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About Sharm

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  • Birthday May 31

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  1. I was diagnose with Chronic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (309.81) in 2014.It was not included in my initial VA exam in 2009, as I wasn't even aware of it...I keep it in denial for many years. However, a time came when I broke. I went to see my Doctor and was referred directly to Behavioral Health.I was being seen at the Landstuhl Behavioral Health (Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany) for over two years. A change in both my Psychiatrist, and Psychologist but all went well with the transition. However, with personnel and budget cuts my time at Landstuhl ended and was told that I could be recommended to an outside provider, as I could no longer be seen there as a retiree. I had my last session, and that was it for me...never went to an outside provider, as I don't trust them and or locations that is not within a military community. It took me a long time to trust the Doctors I had in the Military (Contractor) but no way I would trust someone outside. I haven't been seen in about 2 1/2 years now, never made a claim with the VA for this, as it was after my VA exam in 2009...should I put a claim in for this, if so where do I begin. I'm starting to feel some of the anxiety and depression again, as well as anger. I been keeping it under control for now. My next question is in reference to the attachment, do I file for PTSD with secondary of anxiety and autonomic arousal? This is my first new claim, and we do not have VSO's here in Germany. Any advise and or pointer would be most helpful.Any help would be appreacheiate. PTSD Leter.PDF
  2. Hello everyone, looking for advice on preparing a new claim for Compensation. My claim was filed as part of the VA's Quick Start initiative (Ramstein AB) on 6 November 2009 with disabilities shown to be in incurred in service 1 January2010. At the time of my evaluation, I put in for connection for lumbago (claimed as lower back injury and lumbar tendonitis: DENIED ) as I had previous had a few issues with my back during my 24 years + service as a Postal Working in the USAF. I had no idea, or even thought about arthritis. Now I have found out that I have moderate right (with complex labrum tear) and severe left degenerative changes of the bilateral hips evidenced by bony proliferative changes and subchondral sclerosis. Right lateral, femoral head neck junction subcortical cyst, 8mm in size. Right lesser trochanter fragmentation/bony exostosis suggesting enthesopatic changes. IMPRESSION: Advance degenerative changes, left greater than right, bilateral hip. As I later found out, lowing back pain is sometime not from the back at all but from the pelvic. Now I am being schedule for total hip replacement (L) and (R) side. Any ideal on the best way to make a new claim for this, should I wait till after the THR or start the process now? Any advise and or experience on a similar situation would be most appreacheiate.
  3. I recently received my decision letter from the VA for obstructive sleep apnea, which was currently 0 percent disabling, increased to 50 percent effective June 19, 2107. I submitted via e-benefits the intent to file on June 19, 2017, and actually complete the claim for decision on May 8, 2018 (within the one year time frame). The time that I submitted the completed claim (8 May 2018) to the rating decision (20 July 2018) was 100 days, which seem pretty good time to me. My combined rating evaluation was 30% (effective 2010) and was increased to 60% (effective 19 June 2017). My monthly entitlement amount is shown below: How is retro pay calculated? Will I be back pay the $1,180.13 per month from the effective date of 17 June 2017, or only a portion of it as I was paid by the VA for the 30% (with $512.51 being deducted from my military retirement). Will I get the other portion back from DFAS from my military pay? I don't understand the math. Many thanks in advance for your replies.
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