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About jamesriley1990

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  1. An update, my claims estimated completion date was extended to April 24, 2019, and it is still in preparation for decision.
  2. I have been seeing a Private psychologist for my PTSD treatment and he has given me a diagnosis and relates it to my military service. But, with the advice from the board, I started going to the VA psychologist to obtain a diagnosis from them. At my appointment, I told them I have been going to see my private doctor every month and told them that I wanted them to request the records to show that I was seeking treatment. She basically kept saying that the VA does not diagnose PTSD because it takes to long (many hours?) and that I need to get with the Texas Veterans Commission (My VSO) and they set me up with a third party doctor to obtain a diagnosis. None of this sounds right to me.
  3. Contacted my VSO and he saw the letter they sent me regarding the sleep apnea. They stated that I did not bring forth new evidence for the sleep apnea so I am going to have to appeal the decision.
  4. Just an update, my claim went to preparation for decision and my claim now only states it is reopened for PTSD. I am unsure if it is relevant or not but my Primary Care doctor called and asked me if I was using my CPAP machine and told me to tell the Triation technicians the problems that I have using the machine. I do not know if the VA contacted my doctor or what, but I've only had the machine for 4 months. I am assuming my claim is going to be denied again without an exam from the VA since I wasn't diagnosed with PTSD from a VA doctor.
  5. Congratulations on your victory! Like many others, I am now going the secondary to my PTSD, although on my final physical I stated I had sleep problems and the VA diagnosed me with Insomnia within my first year of being out. My VSO stated that the VA was not following the law when they denied my claim because they stated that all my buddy statements and DBQ was credible, their only rebuttal was that they had evidence that was more credible (yeah right!)
  6. Yes my PTSD claim was denied. It was denied for lack of diagnosis. My VSO finally submitted my Reconsideration on 2/1/2019 which included a diagnosis letter from my psychologist to the VA and buddy statements to servicemembers who witnessed my stressor event.
  7. The sleep apnea was denied due to no complaints in service. Although, I have many buddy statements to include from my wife that state I was witnessed to stop breathing while sleeping. And On my exit physical exam, I stated to the Navy that I had a sleep issue which was not followed up on. And within my year of exiting the service, I claimed a sleep disorder which the VA deemed that I had Insomnia with a mental psychosis. And my psychologist states that my sleep apnea and insomnia stem from my PTSD diagnosis.
  8. Thank you both (Broncovet, Buck52) I have already been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea and prescribed a CPAP machine; my psychologist (private non VA) has not referred me to a psychiatrist for the medication he only recommends therapy as needed. And Buck52, I submitted new material evidence for the reconsideration to include the diagnosis from my psychologist and new buddy statements for proof of in-service trauma.
  9. I filed a claim for sleep apnea and PTSD. Originally with my claim, I only had buddy statements for both conditions with the addition of a diagnosis from a doctor for my Sleep Apnea. My claim went to a decision of denied Sleep Apnea due to no complaints in service and PTSD being denied due to lack of diagnosis in my medical records. During the claim period, I was able to obtain a letter from my Psychologist diagnosing me with PTSD and 2 additional eye witness buddy statements. My VSO said we will file a reconsideration instead of an appeal. Has anyone done a reconsideration? All the research I have done states that the VA will reset my effective date, and to not do a reconsideration. My VSO says he's been "swamped" with work to locate all my necessary files to give the VA specific areas in my evidence for them to focus on.
  10. You have to write a letter to the VA specifically asking for your C-File. Youll need Name DOB SSN Branch etc. I did this recently, still waiting for it to come in the mail. I do not remember the address youll have to contact the VA hotline and have them give your RO address. I hope this helps your father!
  11. Thank you, so would you say that If I were denied and took it to the Appeals board then my doctor's evidence would hold more credibility?
  12. I was concerned because my Stressors were never reported in the Military, I have been fortunate to have two eyewitnesses write me statements on the events. I have been seeing a psychologist for about 6 months now and It has greatly helped me coping with my day to day life. My relationship with my wife has improved, but I still encounter my issues but with my psychologist's training I am able to come back to earth. My psychologist stated he would write me a letter and fill out the DBQ form for PTSD on my behalf. I am currently awaiting an exam for PTSD with the VA (filed in October). I built a relationship with my Psychologist and I fear that the VA examiner will not believe what I say to them. Will my doctor's letter and DBQ trump the VA's? And I have all of this evidence right now but my VSO encourages me to wait for a decision because I may not be denied for PTSD although I know I have no records of this and just think its a waste of time. I copied my psychologists ending statement in the letter. Any ensight would be appreciated. He had exposure to experiences which he saw as sexual violence and inappropriate behavior. With the idea of being choked by people who said that they were going to do it till he passed out he was fearful of threatened death and/or serious injury. He has developed recurrent, involuntary and intrusive distressing memories of the traumatic events. He has had recurrent distressing dreams in which the content and some aspects of the events are related to the events. He has developed both sleep problems of insomnia and sleep apnea. He has had flashbacks of the events and times where he has felt as if the events were occurring or about to occur. He has had intense and prolonged psychological distress at exposure to internal and external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic events. Movies, stories on the news and in media, being around groups of people and even driving in unfamiliar areas where the is a lot of traffic create fear of how to handle a situation should it occur. He experiences marked physiological reactions to internal and external cues that symbolize or resemble and aspect of the traumatic events. He has panic attacks, severe anxiety, and depressive reactions and is over-cautious when out in public. he removes himself from situations in which people are speaking about any kind of incidents which are reminiscent of the events. He avoids external reminders that arouse memories, thoughts or feelings about or are closely associated with the traumatic events. He avoids people, places conversations and activities that could be triggers. This involves sporting events, for example. He has developed persistent negative believes about authority and much of the world around him. He believes that it is hard to trust others, believes that there are changes in his body which will never recover and does not think it would be safe to let go of his fears and concerns. He has markedly diminished interest and participation in significant activities. He would rather be at home. He experiences feelings of detachment and estrangement from others due to concern about authority and way people have treated him and the way some people treat each other. He sometimes has gotten irritable and angry with no provocation which is one of the reasons he came to see me as this was occurring at home with no provocation. He has hypervigilance when he is out of his home, and even when he is at home. He has an exaggerated startle response from loud sounds or other intrusive sounds. He sometimes experiences problems with concentration because of his flashbacks, memories of fears. He has developed sleep problems including falling asleep, staying asleep and having bad dreams. The duration of the events has been more than one month. The reaction to the events has caused clinically significant distress in social, occupational and in other relationships. The above reactions all confirm that he has suffered PTSD and that it was from incidents in the military. There are no other experiences in his life which have been traumatic or that could have caused his reactions.
  13. In October I filed a new claim for Sleep Apnea, GERD, PTSD, and convulsive tic. I was never diagnosed in service of any of these conditions other than getting heartburn pills prescribed while in the service to combat my reflux on deployment. In November I received a decision letter and everything was denied service connection with PTSD Deferred. I was scheduled for a GERD C&P exam December 27th where a Nurse Practioner was my examiner. The exam lasted 5 minutes and I am now currently pending decision approval. Is this normal of the VA to deny service connection then back a step and give an exam? I still haven't heard anything about a PTSD exam. Does anyone have any similar experiences with a denial of service connection then a C&P exam?
  14. So I have recently begun my PTSD claim, it has been a few years since I have gotten out and I believe I meet the requirements for PTSD but I fear being deemed unfit to work. If I were to get a 50% or higher rating, does that mean I cannot work?
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