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  1. @porgee Your anniversary date is on your marriage certificate - BUT - you remembered to send the employment verification in? - You are in big trouble at home LOL - better make the anniverasay the same day as the employment verification... LOL
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    Advice please...

    @BoatsFFG37 I would think that "Bookface" aka "Facebook" would NOT be a reliable source for any credable statement. It is a social media platform, where any name, within reasons can be utilized - so verification of who is actually on the other end is suspect.... aka "Catfish" I suspect that the ppl you served with are more compassionate that you think.
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    Welcome @Thermainbrown - Sorry for your in service trauma, hope you are in therapy and receiving help MH help for both. ( It works if you work it... 🙂 ) I have found great help with the VA peer groups. This does look like a good ( Generalized) honest C & P exam. Your ICD 9- Code is for PTSD-Chronic - and they linked the Substance abuse to the event... et al. The verbage in the statements are what is necessary for a good rating , meaning 50% & above. ( words like greater probability...) The one thing I was wondering- Which is personal so no need to share in print.... hopefully no criminal convictions with the substance abuse issue - that need to be dealt with - and your remission is relatively short term since May 2018. The write up did not address either one of these as a big issue in the exam. 🙂 Keep up the great work! Looks positive to me. As a reference the criteria. 100 Rating Total occupational and social impairment, due to such symptoms as: gross impairment in thought processes or communication; persistent delusions or hallucinations; grossly inappropriate behavior; persistent danger of hurting self or others; intermittent inability to perform activities of daily living (including maintenance of minimal personal hygiene); disorientation to time or place; memory loss for names of close relatives, own occupation, or own name. 100 Occupational and social impairment, with deficiencies in most areas, such as work, school, family relations, judgment, thinking, or mood, due to such symptoms as: suicidal ideation; obsessional rituals which interfere with routine activities; speech intermittently illogical, obscure, or irrelevant; near-continuous panic or depression affecting the ability to function independently, appropriately and effectively; impaired impulse control (such as unprovoked irritability with periods of violence); spatial disorientation; neglect of personal appearance and hygiene; difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances (including work or a worklike setting); inability to establish and maintain effective relationships. 70 Occupational and social impairment with reduced reliability and productivity due to such symptoms as: flattened affect; circumstantial, circumlocutory, or stereotyped speech; panic attacks more than once a week; difficulty in understanding complex commands; impairment of short- and long-term memory (e.g., retention of only highly learned material, forgetting to complete tasks); impaired judgment; impaired abstract thinking; disturbances of motivation and mood; difficulty in establishing and maintaining effective work and social relationships. 50 Occupational and social impairment with occasional decrease in work efficiency and intermittent periods of inability to perform occupational tasks (although generally functioning satisfactorily, with routine behavior, self-care, and conversation normal), due to such symptoms as: depressed mood, anxiety, suspiciousness, panic attacks (weekly or less often), chronic sleep impairment, mild memory loss (such as forgetting names, directions, recent events). 30 Occupational and social impairment due to mild or transient symptoms which decrease work efficiency and ability to perform occupational tasks only during periods of significant stress, or symptoms controlled by continuous medication. A mental condition has been formally diagnosed, but symptoms are not severe enough either to interfere with occupational and social functioning or to require continuous medication.
  4. Respectfuly submitted Just as a thought for your post to be professional, and for the knowledge gained to benefit others/ yourself. Constructive critisism. Is typing in all caps considered yelling? With the advent of the bulletin board system, or BBS, and later the Internet, typingmessages in all caps commonly became closely identified with "shouting" or attention-seeking behavior, and may be considered rude. ... For this reason, netiquette generally discourages the use of all caps when posting messages online.
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    I worked my own claim after seeing how little the VSO knew or could assist me. I made just as many mistakes early on as they did. I received IU first time requesting it,but I should have received it 4 years earlier..... due to my lack of knowledge... and depression.... my claim was turned down by even Hill & Ponton, who said I was doing the same as their office would do. .... so keep on the same track... LOL Thanks @Matt Hill.
  6. @paulcolrainCongrats- on the increase.... sorry hijacked post... What is up with all the capital font? ... in forums this is perceived as shouting.... jmo
  7. Concurrent pay is drawing both monies if over the VA 50% rating. https://themilitarywallet.com/concurrent-receipt-military-retirement-pay/ I drawn both - non-combat, 22 yrs service.
  8. @SGLI - as a side note pays very quickly - My ex-husband died from complications at a young age Stroke while on active duty - age 41 - died at 55 - paid within a week, $100 thousand.
  9. https://www.benefits.va.gov/INSURANCE/tsgli-claim-questionnaire.asp Looks like depends on the criteria - link has questions and will lead you to the decision - Generalized...
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    SSA - return to work program is called "Ticket" to work - You can collect SSDI - for 9 months and keep your earned wages and at the end of the 9 months you decide if you will continue to work or stay on disability.
  11. @jfrei Citation: http://www.militarydisabilitymadeeasy.com/permanentandtotalunemployability.html Many posts in relation to this topic are here on the forum. Permanent & Total Ratings A Total Rating becomes a “Permanent & Total Rating” once it is medically assumed that the condition is unlikely to improve and will remain the same throughout the rest of the veteran’s life. Permanent & Total Ratings are usually only given if the condition is stable (neither getting better or worse), however, if it is clear that the condition has no chance of improvement and will only worsen in the future, as in the case of incurable degenerative diseases like ALS, a permanent status can be assigned to a total rating at the VA’s discretion. For a Permanent & Total Rating to be given for a single condition, that condition alone must qualify for a 100% rating and be considered permanent. In the case of illness or injury where the original cause passes, but residuals remain, a Permanent & Total Rating can be given if the residuals altogether meet all of the requirements. For example, if an infection causes blindness, then that blindness alone qualifies for a Permanent & Total Rating even though the infection is cured. If a veteran has multiple conditions, none of which are rated 100%, he can still qualify for Permanent & Total Rating if all of his conditions combined using VA Math equal a 100% rating and none of them are expected to improve at all. For example, if a veteran has his dominant hand amputated (a 70% rating) and his entire left leg amputated (a 90% rating), his total combined rating would be 100%. As amputations are undeniably permanent, his conditions together would qualify him for a Permanent & Total Rating. Once a 100% rating is given the status of Permanent & Total, it cannot be changed in the future. The VA does not require regular re-examinations of Permanent & Total Ratings, and the veteran can expect to receive full benefits of a Total Rating for the remainder of his life.
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    Claimed Denied

    I joined at the age of 17 Nov 1975 - 4 months after Vietnam ended. I had tried unsuccessfully for a year to get in, Being a woman I had to wait for a slot- Billet to go to bootcamp.... I understand. @pwrslm
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    @Buck52 I agree with Buck... I have been IU for 4 years and every time I check my ebenefits - they have been reviewing my file on an annual basis close to my award date. I send in my income- lack of income..... verification at the first of the month for my anniversary. To me this means they are checking between the IRS/SSA verifying that I have no income. .
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    Claimed Denied

    Even with or without a MH Diagnosis the VA will see you for MH issues and treatment. Take the help - it will change your life in a good way. The Peer groups have been a Godsend - weekly support.
  15. Sensory nerve test : called an ENG - overcoming the approval for the cost at the va is an obstacle.. I ran into... "Dermatomes" is what paulocolrain is referring to... https://www.webmd.com/brain/emg-and-nerve-conduction-study#1

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