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  1. I have a non combat PTSD exam today. Any advice? Also will they focus on my childhood? there are things they don’t need to know about me growing up. All in all I’m just going to be myself. I’m taking my wife, my rep says she shouldn’t chime in until the examiner concludes and my counselor says to let the exam flow naturally and if she needs to contribute she can. Just curious on opinions
  2. I have several buddy letters, DBQ's and nexus letters for an appeal I have. I'm also preparing another claim for other issues. 1. During an initial claim are buddy letters, DBQ's and nexus taken into consideration? 2. Is lay evidence taken into consideration for the initial appeal or do they deny so you will have to appeal to the BVA? Some of the issues I have are unfortunately not in my SMR due to poor documentation by the proper personnel who outranked me 100% of the time. I have to rely on lay evidence for my claim in most cases. Thanks in advance Thank you for your help everyone. I am relatively new to the process.
  3. Yes I was stationed at TAFB and was a security policeman. A civilian friend was murdered in the blast. All of my stressors were AD and can be proven with documents and lay evidence. My child was in hospital first 3 weeks of life with meningitis symptoms, a fall I took and a hardship discharge. The one I will have a hard time proving is when someone held me down and you it a pillow over my head while I was sleeping. I can never get it out of my head. My psychiatrist says it’s PTSD. 
  4. Yes I was stationed at TAFB and was a security policeman. A civilian friend was murdered in the blast. All of my stressors were AD and can be proven with documents and lay evidence. My child was in hospital first 3 weeks of life with meningitis symptoms, a fall I took and a hardship discharge. The one I will have a hard time proving is when someone held me down and you it a pillow over my head while I was sleeping. I can never get it out of my head. My psychiatrist says it’s PTSD.
  5. I was recently diagnosed with PTSD with several stressors drug out of me. Would the OKC bombing be considered a “fear of hostile military or terrorist activity”? thank you very much L. Helps tremendously.
  6. Can you file additional claim(s) if you have one already on appeal? Thanks in advance
  7. I have a nexus letter from a physician and the only element that he didn't put in letter was board certified in his practice, however, his vitae / resume' is attached to the letter. Will the VA recognize the vitae as proof of the physicians certifications or are they too dense to consider/understand the given information? Thanks
  8. I have a nexus letter from a physician and the only element that he didn't put in letter was board certified in his practice, however, his vitae / resume' is attached to the letter. Will the VA recognize the vitae as proof of the physicians certifications or are they too dense to consider/understand the given information? Thanks
  9. Also; will the VA think my wife and I contradicted each other? Thanks in advance for all of your time. I hope that one of these days I will be able to give guidance to someone in need as I grow in my knowledge and wisdom.
  10. Thank you sir; I appreciate your response. Everything is covered with the exception of #1. His Vitae/resume' is attached directly behind the letter though. Is that acceptable? If this won't suffice I will have time to get it rectified.
  11. I was a PO2 and it has E-2 listed. I didn't see where rank was asked.
  12. Hello all; I am a US Navy veteran and new to had it and was wanting to ask about my nexus letter and some specific lay evidence that I have. First, I have a nexus from my physician connecting sleep apnea to service. He wrote a letter and said that I have suffered from symptoms of sleep apnea both in service and post service referencing symptoms listed in lay evidence and spouse interview. He didn't call them out specifically just that he seen it in the lay evidence. He did mention frequent indigestion and headaches though. Will my physician not listing each symptom in his letter result in the letter being discredited or does the reference to symptoms in lay evidence work? There was also a time in service that personnel I served with gave me a difficult time for waking them up and complained to the Senior Chief who informed me there was nothing that can be done. This was 1993. Underway in casual conversation I brought it up to the corpsman who said no testing or sleep study would be done at that time. I told my wife about what my Senior chief said several times in the past and she mentioned it in her letter to the VA; however; in my 4138 I only mention the conversation with the corpsman which I thought to be more pertinent. Could this present an issue with my claim and if so would I be allowed to elaborate in another statement on a 4138 or letter and maybe tell the whole story leading up to what the LCPO stated? This has been waiting for appeal for 2 years and I don't know why all of a sudden it has been bothering me this past month. Thanks in advance for any responses or assistance and I hope I didn't ramble on.
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