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  1. Hi guys, as the title implies, i have finally received the news that i am 100% P&T no future exams scheduled. I did this without any VSO's or any help other than that of my family writing "buddy statements". I am still involved with my treatment plan, though the depression makes it hard to even do that but i just wanted to say thanks to the people on this forum for all of the help, encouragement, and information. Previously i was at 80% for: left carpal tunnel- 10% Asthma 60% Allergic Rhinitis 10% Cystic Acne (due to jet fumes) 30% My last claimed which i filed on 12/12 and was finalized on 4/4 was for: bipolar 70% Tinnitus 10% For a combined 100% Permanent and Total. It took 7 years, but here we are. This wil definitely help me and me family, actually this will change our lives. I know thats pathetic, but my situation is extremely somber. Thanks guys.
  2. Well I decided that i was interested in seeing how the process unfolds. So i'll be documenting the progress on this thread. more so because i like being able to see the clear and organized progression of a timeline, that excites me personally. Anyway - as of today 3/16/17 my claim is still in the GOE stage. but the completion date moved from 10/30 to 10/18. Went back to prep for decision on 3/28/17 completion date now 6/2/17 - 8/15/17 4/4/2017 100% P&T Thanks Hadit.
  3. Thank you so much for your input. Where/who would i send the letter to?
  4. Thank you for the uplifiting words. the hard part of dealing with this is the knowledge of how i was prior to joining the service. And knowing the struggle of everyday life that i encounter presently. so to answer your questions. I did file for depression (not specifically bipolar, if that makes any difference) back in 2011 i think. But i missed the appt so it was denied (I was going through a severe depressive state). So as far as i know, Dec 12, 2016 is the only EED I can shoot for?? Also, i do not receive SSDI, I recently looked into it - it seems that i would have a better chance at that after getting service connected for bipolar. Again, i dont know so improbably wrong and wasting more time :-( Thanks again for your help.
  5. Ok guys and gals, im back after a few months with more information. So for a little background, my effective date is 12/12/16. It moved to prep for decision in 2 weeks and stayed there for a few months. then it went back to gathering evidence, at which time i recieved a phone call scheduling me for an exam on march 25. 10 minutes later they called back saying i could come in for an exam tomorrow (which was march 1st). I attended my c&p exam for bipolar/depression- and the examiner concluded the exam by telling me to go directly to MH because im not mentally healthy or stable. I have the results from ROI, i scanned them, and posted them online below. I am currently 80% disabled, none of which are MH related :-( (illness consumed my life beginning midway through my 4 years on AD) I know im crazy in the head, and this report only makes me feel worse about myself. please dont judge me, im receiving treatment as we speak. part1: part2: part3: part4: part5: part6: part7: part8:
  6. Well basically, I started treatment for depression after my second deployment in 2009, I was of course still on active duty. I got out in 10' and filed 11' - but i missed my appointment (going through a bad downer episode i couldn't get myself to get up.) In such good manner, the va sends me a paper practically saying hey, we see that you were treated for depression during active duty. And we see that you've been treated after you've separated - however the claim is denied on the grounds that you did not show up to the exam. Well time went by (and to be unequivocally frank, I was in denial about the depression for years, I really thought I had a grasp on life.... But I didn't,) In any event, i filed for other issues and unfortunately (because now im a walking bag of sick) but fortunately managed to get 80% primarily for the asthma (which is 60% on its own) and bad acne that was due to an overexposure to jet fuel as a load master. So the va is well aware of my depression/bipolar issues. Heck i was admitted to the psych ward for 4 days a few months ago in Sept 2016. So with this new claim, i sent in tons of evidence - new and material evidence to be exact, for the depression bipolar. Essentially my depression/bipolar was started/triggered by.... And has worsened overtime because of the asthma, and the stressors i witnessed during AD. (Ofcourse this was much more eloquently laid out and described in my claim. ALSO, If i may note... I did not file depression/bipolar as a reopen claim. I sent it in as an original claim, but they reclassified it on ebennies, im guessing due to the fact that i sent in such a vast quantity of new and material evidence. As for the tinnitus, No im not service connected for hearing loss. I did get a hearing test about 9 days before i sent in my claim, she said 3 of 4 reflexes were functioning normal (whatever that means) Bilaterally. My claim for tinnitus was basically that I worked 12+ hours 4-5 days a week for years around jet engines, and heavy machinery. So im freaking out because its either my new claim was so jam packed with useful evidence that the claim was instantly judged in my favor. Or they instantly denied me... there's no gray area haha.... I need gray area lol. Anyway i hope this better explains things... Thanks for the help guys and girls.
  7. Yea you're right it is very early. What had me so nervous is that it went to prep for decision so quickly. I've filed about 6 times since 2010, and in each case i recieved multiple letters, to included exam scheduling - BEFORE it went to prep for decision. This was my first FDC claim so things could be different. All of my other claims took a year or more start to finish. So i was dug in and ready for the wait. And thats what im going to do now... otherwise ill drive myself crazy.
  8. thats refreshing. I sent in a binder full of evidence and my personal statement was loooong and thorough, So im hoping that it was enough to get approved. Thanks for the reply.
  9. so my claim was submitted on 12/12/2016. I submitted for bipolar/depression (reopen) and tinnitus (new). I sent it in as an FDC with all my evidence. I checked ebenefits on 12/21/2016 and the status is already showing preparation for decision. Is this normal? I haven't even gone to a c&p exam, I haven't recieved any correspondences or anything. For the bipolar depression it is a reopen because when i first filed in 2011, I missed my appointment. After I missed my appointment, the VA sent me papers (back in 2011) saying that they see that i was treated for depression during active duty. but since i failed to show up to the appointment, it was denied. So now i've sent a ton of new evidence that supports my claim and they've reopened the case. But does the speed with which this is progressing means that i am being denied? As noted below, ebennies is showing that the va rep has already made a decision, in less than two weeks. With no exams or anything... What does this mean... Is this normal? have i been denied? Is there a phone number i can call?? im freaking out. Here's what ebenefits show: Estimated Completion: 01/24/2017 - 03/04/2017 STATUS: Preparation For Decision The Veterans Service Representative has recommended a decision, and is preparing required documents detailing that decision. If more evidence is required, the claim will be sent back in the process for more information or evidence
  10. Sorry I can't offer any help as i am in the same boat. Filed a claim on 12/12/2016 now on 12/21/2016 it says prep for decision. And i haven't gone on any exams, nor has any been scheduled. So i think its just a waiting game to get the results and take action from there. I was told that you could call someone and speak to them about this issue... but i wouldn't know who to call.
  11. so my claim was submitted on 12/12/2016. I submitted for bipolar/depression (reopen) and tinnitus (new). I sent it in as an FDC with all my evidence. I checked ebenefits today 12/21/2016 and the status is already showing preparation for decision. Is this normal? I haven't even gone to a c&p exam.... For the bipolar depression it is a reopen because when i first filed in 2011, I missed my appointment. They sent me papers saying that they see that i was treated for depression during active duty. but since i failed to show up to the appointment, it was denied. So now i've sent a ton of new evidence that supports my claim and they've reopened the case. But does it mean i was denied since they haven't scheduled an exam but has already made a decision? Ebenefits says again Estimated Completion: 01/24/2017 - 03/04/2017 The Veterans Service Representative has recommended a decision, and is preparing required documents detailing that decision. If more evidence is required, the claim will be sent back in the process for more information or evidence
  12. Well today I went ahead and sent in my FDC claim with all the evidence that I have. I filed for depression/bipolar and tinnitus. I'll update as things take place.
  13. Hi CaliBay, Yep, I worked c17's from 06'-10' absolutely loved it. But i guess i just wasn't cut out for some of the stuff i saw and experienced. you're the second person that told me to just file the claim on ts on, i guess im just nervous because i really need the income i'd get and i would be crushed if something went wrong. Well im sending in all my docs tomorrow, monday. i'll post any updates here.
  14. I have asked a lot of questions and i continue to ask alot of questions to learn even more. I think this may be my final question before i file. So i am currently service connected at 80% 60% asthma 30% allergic rhinitus 10% carpal tunnel 10% cystic acne (due to jet fumes) Now here's my question. Back in 2009 i began seeing a shrink for depression. ive been on pills and have gone to a counselor very often ever since. It is believed that my depression came from the 3 plane crashes that i witnessed. And another 1 that i didnt witness, but i was apart of the HR (human remains) team that shipped the 6 recovered bodies home. It is also believed that my depression has come as a result of the severe asthma and allergy pains. Recent my therapist marked me down as bipolar I, fyi. My question is, do you think i would have a better chance claiming bipolar/depression as secondary to the asthma and allergies. Or should i just say that ive been depressed from the plane crashes and hr missions. Or should i just claim depression as its own issue. please help. Thanks.
  15. So i know that and FDC requires you to submit all of your evidence of front. Now does this mean that i have to send in all of my medical records as well ior will the va get those?
  16. Yea, i just read the rules and found that if you reopen a case, the effective date WILL NOT be the date of the original date. Instead it will be the date you reopen the case, So in this case i might as well just start a completely new case and go from there. Thank you. for the help and information.
  17. Ok that makes sense. now with that being said, lets say i file a totally new claim for depression with today being being my start date... i should be fine to do that right? Basically retro pay would be out of the picture. in other words im asking if i will have any problems starting a new claim? and if that old claim would hurt me in any way. Thanks again for the help.
  18. back in 2011 I filed for a plethora of disabilities that i received during my time in the air force as a load master. I was given an 80% rating. One of the claims was for depression an ptsd. However, I missed that c&p appt (i forget everything) and i obviously was not given a rating. However, I was sent a letter that says: "You were denied service connection for depression/anxiety/stress because you did not report for the scheduled exam in order to determine if the current disability began on active duty and to obtain sufficient information for evaluation of the disability. Although there is a record of treatment in service for anxiety/depression/stress, no permanent residual or chronic subject to service connection is shown by the service medical records or demonstrated by evidence following the service." Now this was sent to me in 2011. Since then ive received a ton of treatment but ive also have had some unfortunate events happen as a result of the depression, anxiety, anger etc (jail, a stint at the mental health clinic, even a broken hand twice on two separate occasions on 2 separate faces, and few more incidents. i am working so hard on controlling my frustrations with the world and i am taking my meds and getting counseling - i hate living like this because i physically cant control it. And i was never like that prior to 06' my join date). so my question is what exactly does that quote from the va mean? does it mean that they recognize i was treated for depression during active duty but due to me missing the appointment, they need more information? And if i were to file a claim for depression and ptsd - and i were to receive the 80% I need in order to be rated 100%, how would the back pay work? Would the date go bak to my initial 2011 date? Or would they back pay me from the current date of filing? Sorry for the long post - thanks for the help. Also am i correct in saying that they would only be paying the difference between the 80% pay and the 100% pay right??
  19. So let me ask you this. Since i already have a rating. do you think it would be ok to just send the new evidence as to why these new conditions are service connected (as they have arisen as a result of my current serviceconnection disabilities). or is it pretty much mandatory that i find and send in ALL of my records? I guess im just battling between letting the va find everything vs me finding everything. In the past, Ive sent in claims by myself with no vso. And i just let the va find everything. However each of those claims took a year or more from start to finish. This was down in san antonio starting in 2010. Now that im here in vegas currently, ive been seen two claims filed, finalized and awarded (including retro pay) in under 7 months, one of them being my mom who served multiple tours in baghdad, fallujah, and afghanistan as a combat nurse/medic with an infantry brigade between 2002-2006 so filing an FDC only seems possible if you know where your records are. But filing traditionally seems to take forever, except here in vegas, which is where i currently am. So i can either file using the traditional method and hope im one of the lucky ones. or i can wait for months just to find the records and pray on it. I think my decision has been made.
  20. brokensoldier, thats the thing. I dont have all of my records. I dont have any of them to be exact. Im wondering if the process would be quicker for me to send of for my records myself or let the va do it.
  21. I have a question. As it stands I am currently at 80% but things have gotten so much worse for me physically. Well lets just say i just left the mental health clinic again after a two week stay. So i am considering filing to have some things service connected and recieve the other 80% i need to be at 100% Now it is my understanding that if i provide all of my medical records and nexus letters and other necessary items with my claim, that this can expedite the process. Is this true? Or is it easier/better to just let the va locate my records. In the past that normally took a year (to locate the records, schedule and attend my C&P, and receive my results). So i really wonder is it going to at help speed up the process if i were to get my records and then send all of that in with my claim?? somebody said it can take months for the nprc to mail out records, which would pretty much put me in the same situation as letting the va locate the records on their own.
  22. Thank you andyman. A while back I sent off for my records to be retrieved from the NPRC. They sent me a letter back saying that my records arent there. medical or personnel. Any other ideas??
  23. if i left andersen afb(active duty/dod) and went to san antonio (va clinic). Would i need to request my medical records from andersen and san antonio va. Or will the san antonio va have both records? Also, is there anyway to get medical records from basic training. I was in basic in 2006.
  24. Thank you for the information. very helpful So is it possible to file for ptsd, depression, and chronic fatifue syndrome, many of the symptoms are overlapping to the point where they are identical.
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