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  1. Hello Mark Thanks for your feedback.... I will post a redacted copy of what they sent me and read it for yourself. Maybe I am interpreting in wrong, but I don't think so.
  2. Yes its been a ride for sure. About the back pay. I originally filed in 2014 and they denied me in 2015 the examiner stated i did not have PTSD at the time and so they denied me. I had another C & P exam in Oct of 2018 where the Dr diagnosed me with PTSD and Major depression. What they determined was that they were only going to give me an effective date from then since that's when the diagnosis for PTSD was. I don't agree with this and I filed a timely NOD to a Veterans Law Judge. I don't want anyone to look at it. I want it to go directly go to a judge and use the applicable law on this which should be to the date I originally filed 15 Sept 2014. I believe I will get it to then since they did not apply the law properly. My understanding of the law is that even though I filed for PTSD I am applying for an acquired psychiatric condition which includes all mental disorders relating to the truma. I have notes in my health file and various Dr diagnosis of PTSD. They also stated in the decision letter that only a Board certified psychiatrist can diagnose PTSD . we will see but I do believe i will get an Earlier effective date..If anyone has any input on this would be appreciated
  3. Yeah, I believe so. I am going to go through the RAMP guidelines and see if there is anything in there that states by opting into RAMP changes an effective date....maybe it was in the small print and we just didn't pay attention. I have always been under the impression that opting into RAMP that the only thing different would be the speed of the appeal....we will see, but I plan to file a timely appeal to the board and not choose and of the other options. I need a legal mind to determine this not someone's interpretation of the law....I'll keep you updated as to how its going in the process of appealing a RAMP effective date.
  4. I received the decision in the mail. It states that the effective date they used was the date I was diagnosed PTSD. I need to appeal this to. Its my understanding I was seeking compensation for and acquired psychiatric condition and would encompass all issues not just one. I originally filed my appeal in sept 2015 because i received an unfavorable decision. In the first exame the psychiatrist stated i have multiple mental disorders, but said I did not meet the full criteria for PTSD. Then they stated that a diagnosis of PTSD can only be done by a board certified psychiatrist. I have notes of PTSD in my notes for a long time. Some by nurse practitioner or psychiatrist. I believe they are just hoping I will go away, but they should know by now I just don't and continue to seek the benefits I am owed and deserve.
  5. Hello All, So as of today I was Rated @ 70% for PTSD due to MST.... I first started my journey in Sept of 2014. Not without issue with the system they have in place.... I just want to tell any one who starts this journey don't give up and keep fighting for what you know is yours....I would be happy to help anyone who asks for help in this area....Thank you all for your help and continued success.
  6. Thanks Firedog974. I checked Ebenefits today and My PTSD RAMP Appeal Was approved @ 70 % and 90% overall....My god it feels good. I did notice the effective date is wrong on it, but the main hurdle was getting service connected and will work on the effective date. Good luck to all having claims on appeal. Its a long wait and very stressful.
  7. Preparation for notification......extreme anxiety.......
  8. My Appeal Just moved another step.... It's getting closer, but it has been here in this phase before and went all the way back to gathering evidence.... I have to say this is pretty nerve racking..... In some way having at gathering evidence game me some comfort know they are still working on it. Now its game time do or die and whether all this time spent worrying and going over in my mind if I said something or didn't do enough to help my claim along... I am sure most of you have had those feelings. I have been waiting since 2014 after the denial. Its spent almost a year in RAMP and before that 4 years in appeal status with no movement....I am so ready to move past this. There are 2 outcomes. Approval or Denial. If denial I can still appeal to the board, but I just want it to be done, but I will continue to fight for the benefits that I deserve..... I will post more as updates are made... Current Status: Pending Decision Approval
  9. My RAMP Appeal went to prep for Decision as of 27 Feb 2019 after being in gathering evidence since 12 Jan 2019, but before that it was at Prep for decision .... We will see
  10. Update, I still have not received my Envelope in the mail on how they came up with the decision they made and that was decided on 3 Jan 2019. My RAMP appeal did get split into 2 different ones. Before they split the RAMP appeals they sent me a letter stating they made an error when i first applied back in 2014. The error was about DTA ( Duty to Assist ) and they stated they corrected the error and sending it to the rating activities for further processing under RAMP. I have not heard anything or received anything in the mail. Its almost been a year now. I am assuming they are waiting to mail me the documents until the other RAMP appeal is done, but I just don't know...I will keep updating as more info comes along, but as anyone else have this experience yet ?
  11. Update on my RAMP Claim. Looks like it went back a few steps. It went from Review Of Evidence and then today it went to Gathering Evidence. In a Matter of a week it went from Prep for Decision all the way back to Gathering Evidence. I understand That Ebenefits Is not accurate. Case in point before they decided My other RAMP claim It was at Review of evidence and had a completion date in April, But the next day it was complete, So I don't put much stock in the information it displays. The one thing I can tell by the movement is that it is being actively worked on . Since I opted In to RAMP in March of 2018 and its still there gives me hope it will be Favorable. I know they say this is quicker and supposed to get a decision in I believe it supposed to be 125 Days, but going into this I knew that was not going to be the case. I have been waiting since Sept 2015 in appeal status with no movement. I see progress and I am happy about that. Updates to follow...
  12. My 2nd Appeal in RAMP moved to Preparation for Decision. I did notice they reworded or added different description of the disabilities......I just hope this one is as favorable as the other one.... Ill keep updating as it goes
  13. I received an update... They completed one of the claims I received a rating on some, but i am a little confused on one on the PTSD ( in remission ). They did not service connect me for PTSD and that in Remission wording is confusing me.... I still have the one claim open I posted in an above post and will repost at the bottom... posttraumatic stress disorder with depression and anxiety with alcohol use disorder (in remission) Not Service Connected-PTSD right wrist sprain-Not Service Connected chronic sprain of muscles/tendons of supination and pronation of right forearm/elbow 10% Service Connected 07/11/2016 chronic sprain of muscles/tendons of supination and pronation of left forearm/elbow 10% Service Connected 07/11/2016 left shoulder strain with rotator cuff tear 20% Service Connected 08/12/2012 left wrist sprain 10% Service Connected 07/11/2016 This is the 2nd Appeal in RAMP This is the status of the other claim in which they split my original appeal into 2 The strange part is that 2 of the contentions are the same as the one above just different dates. I'm pretty confused on why this was done Status of Your Claim REVIEW OF EVIDENCE Submitted: 04/17/2018 (Appeal) Estimated Completion: 01/09/2019 - 03/12/2019 Disabilities Claimed: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety with alcohol use disorder
  14. I hope I get a Decision Before the new year. I also Noticed That the spelling is wrong and also it states an ( Increase ) for left elbow condition, but I was never service connected for it also it says left wrist sprain----------- ( REOPEN ). Never opened it, so don't understand that. Most of the contentions say ( NEW ), but there are some wording differences between the 1st Appeal and the 2nd Appeal. Just wanted to share this update... This Is the first Appeal in RAMP Status of Your Claim PREPARATION FOR NOTIFICATION Submitted: 03/13/2018 (Appeal) Estimated Completion: 12/27/2018 - 12/28/2018 Disabilities Claimed: Left elbow condition (Increase), Chronic sprain of muscles/tendons of supination & pronation of right forearm (New), Right elbow condition (New), Left wrist sprain (Reopen), Chronic sprin of muscles/tendons of supination & pronation of left forearm (New), Right wrist sprain (New), Depression to include alcohol abuse (New), Bipolat disorder (New), Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with depression and anxiety with alcohol use disorder (New), Left shoulder strain (New), Right shoulder rotator cuff tear (New), Lumbosacral strain claimed as back condition (New), Cervical intervertebral disc syndrome (New) This is the 2nd Appeal in RAMP This is the status of the other claim in which they split my original appeal into 2 The strange part is that 2 of the contentions are the same as the one above just different dates. I'm pretty confused on why this was done Status of Your Claim REVIEW OF EVIDENCE Submitted: 04/17/2018 (Appeal) Estimated Completion: 01/09/2019 - 03/12/2019 Disabilities Claimed: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety with alcohol use disorder (New), Depression to include alcohol abuse (New)
  15. Good Day to you too, Yes i do have an estimated decision date of 3 march 2019 and mine has been in PDA for a few months actually. It just moved to Prep For Notification with an estimated date of completion 27 Dec - 28 Dec. This info just came in today. I have had mine move back and forth many times before, so I try not to guess any more...The one thing that did happen is they split my appeal into 2 different ones with different dates.... We will see what happens because I have Been In RAMP since March 2018....
  16. No new updates yet, but some of the contentions listed were condensed into different wording and like In the previous post they split my 1 appeal under RAMP into 2 appeals under RAMP 1 with 2 contentions and one with about 6. ..both with different dates...I have not called to figure out why because um sure calling will not give me the answer I'm looking for....
  17. So far nothing has changed. I know the letter stated they found an error with their DTA.... The only thing that changed was that they split the RAMP claim into 2 different ones with different submitted dates and different completion times. One of the claims only has 2 Contentions in it and the other has them all....I am a little confused as to why they did that. I have not called to ask why because I don't believe I will get an answer as to why they did it. 1 claim is in " Review Of Evidence " and the other is in " Prep For Notification "....I have been in RAMP since March. I don't think they will meet their promise to complete the appeal in the time they imposed on themselves, but at least there is movement and they are actually working on it. I hold out hope that that it will be favorable since it taking so long and I did not get declined right away, but only time will tell.... I will keep posting with new updates as the post....
  18. I Just got this in the mail.... looks like they may have messed up. any ideas
  19. Thanks for the reply on this issue. I asked V.E.S. and they said I can go down to my R.O. and they can give it to me. At least that's what they said. I have not tried yet, but I will next week.. I Noticed on Ebenefits that they split my Appeals in to 2 Different ones today. One was for psychiatric conditions and the others were ailments I have claimed.....They both say prep for decision and both have different appeal dates which is odd. One is in march and the other is in April.... Maybe they split them and they are going to decision one and the other they will continue working on, but I just don't know. I hope its a favorable decision and I get to post some good news soon....Thanks for all your support from everyone on here....
  20. so as of today My claim moved to Prep for Notification.....The weird part was that they changed the date of when they supposedly opted in to RAMP. It moved from March to April.....They say the claim will be decided 2 Nov-8 Nov. we will see..... Very anxious as I have been waiting 5 Years
  21. Well, I just completed my C&P exam through VES For PTSD related to MST and I'm a little off today since then. I will say this exam was more in-depth then the last one I had in June of 2015. The last examiner I had in 2015 was a female and most of the questions she asked were ones that tried to catch me in a lie. She was very judgmental towards me and rigid with her questioning.....This time was way different. I met with a Dr. through VES. My first impression was that this was a very nice environment and not like the official offices that you usually see at the VA. those offices make me feel more nervous and more official and intimidating. The moment I got there I met the Examiner. We went inside his room where he does the exams. He first asked basic questions about my history starting from when I was a child. How many siblings and are my parents still together and whether there was abuse or drug or alcohol use or sexual abuse. I understand he is trying to get a history of before during and after. I know most of this stuff has been talked about before and its in my medical records and can easily get it there. I felt it was pretty easy to talk with him because he asked questions about what the wanted to know. Completely different from the last one. So we talked about the before history and there was nothing exciting about that. We got to my time in the service. First was when I went in. I went in right after high school, so I was 18. He asked how was your experience at first and I told him it was fine that my experience at first was great and i did well and excelled at all tasks asked of me and always went above and beyond and I have awards and medals to back it up. That was for the first year I was in. Next he asked what happened after that. I asked "do I have to go through this again because its in my notes" Needless to say I told him what needed to complete that portion of the exam. reluctantly of course. He stuck to the DBQ questions and also helped me work my time line with me. Which was helpful in a way. I was trying not to volunteer information and only answer the question he asked. I did catch myself going on tangents, but I caught myself and shut up. Less is more I would think. Then the next Phase was the after I got out and he asked what was the hardest period for me after I got out and I told him from 2000-2008 where I had multiple run ins with the law and domestic problem multiple suicide attempts and going through and reliving these times in my life I have realized that I changed jobs a lot because I could not handle my emotions and my depression was to much to live with, but I never told anyone what really happened because i was ashamed and embarrassed about what happened . I did not realize what the real problem was at that time. I would never tell the DR whats really wrong with me because I swore this would go with me to the grave and it almost did. He asked how I am doing now and I told him i have issues to this day with anger and frustration with daily life. Granted it is better than it was before, but struggle at-least 3 times a week when its severe. I just wanted to write a little about my experience a little and maybe it might help someone else down the road with similar situations. I don't know how it will turn out.... I always feel that I did not do enough to explain my symptoms to the examiner and everything will go bad... The negative talk in my mind won't stop, so I figured I would write about it here. I am sure I am having the same feelings as a lot of people that have had an exam about this stuff.... I just hope they believe me and understand I have been suffering in silence for over 20 years without telling a soul and struggling daily. I honestly don't care about the monetary aspect of my claim. Its more about the acknowledgement that this did happen to me and I do suffer from it daily from it and I am not making it up....Thank you for your time. I will keep everyone posted.
  22. Well today I went to my C & P exam through VES..... I will have to say the exam was better than the last one I had. The main difference was that the examiner. The last C & P I had for PTSD was done by a VA Examiner. I believe she was more interested in trying to catch me in a lie. She did not believe me and the questions she was asking and how she was saying it was demeaning. All I can say is this was better, but I just don't know what the outcome will be. Of course I always think the worst about these things and second guess myself on the answers I provided and wonder if I said enough about how my behavior and how I am feeling... the examiner pretty much went off the DBQ according to the questions they were asking me.... Making sure my dates and times were correct and the timeline was correct. He was more Detailed oriented for sure.....I wish I knew how to get a copy of the report when its available to read it, but for now I just wait and see what happens... Ill keep you all posted and Thank you all
  23. Thank you all for the feed back.....Well I won't make anything up that's for sure plus they can verify my statements from the last exam I had. My story never changes its just the DR who interprets them and offers an opinion. I just hope I get someone who is sympathetic to what happened to me and not judge and take me serious. I did not feel that way during the last exam. I almost felt I was being interrogated by her and just looking for holes in my story...I just fear its another repeat of almost 5 years ago.... In my head I keep running scenarios that could happen.....I read my previous exam maybe 10 times maybe more looking for inaccuracy. I broke it done sentence by sentence to fully understand what the last examiner said or intended to say..... driving my self loony over this
  24. I originally filed my claim 24 August 2014 and the denial came about 15 Sept. 2015. I filed a NOD right away contesting the results. In march of 2018 I got a notice to opt in the the new RAMP program which I did without hesitation. I figured why not i have already been waiting this long and what else could happen. Ill be the guinea pig to see how this works. I have nothing to loose. So a week ago I got a Call from V.E.S. scheduling a new C&P Exam for next week on a Saturday. Needless to say I was quite surprised about this development. I am happy this process is moving forward and I hope the results are positive. Im a little nervous about the exam as well. I will update the progress of this process as it develops.....
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