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jamesriley1990

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About jamesriley1990

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    Corporal
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    Corpus Christi

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    Marine Corps

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  1. So way back when (2014) I claimed hearing loss and in my C&P notes it was stated that even though I had hearing loss prior to joining the military, it was aggravated by my service. My hearing discrimination in my right ear was at 96% (under 94% is VA rated). I recently found an article: https://www.research.va.gov/currents/spring2014/spring2014-11.cfm?fbclid=IwAR0KyvGOAYbCHKxA1kWbU7FBOc__5UUnXRKCsW058htYSi6C42UJX9BFDy8 I have a difficult time hearing people speak when they are not facing me and talking to my face. I am wanting to file a new claim for hearing loss and using this as evidence, have any of yall had a experience with it? I was a Egress Tech working on the F/A-18 Hornet
  2. This is true, my private doctors nexus letter and DBQ is what got me a C&P exam and that DBQ is what got me service connection.
  3. I will get with my VSO over the letter, because I think the same way, either the VA says I can work or if they dont then they are stating I cannot maintain employment so I should be rated TDIU. thank you for this idea.
  4. I already filed a claim recieved my decision letter says I am 50% service connected. I printed off all my notes from the VA and took them to my private psychologist Im just getting so anxious because I went from seeing him to the VA and I know hell probably help me out it just sucks learning all this stuff after my physical expires so I have to jump through hoops.
  5. So I have been service connected with PTSD, I get treatment at the VA, Ive been going to the VA for 6 months. My job requires a Department of Transportation type physical every two years (its the OPNAV 8020/6). During the physical I stated that I was service connected with PTSD, and the doctor performing the physical said all they needed was a letter from my doctor saying I can perform the duties and responsibilities of my job and that I am actively being treated for the condition. I go to my VA mental health doctor and they 1. STILL dont recognize my PTSD service connection, and 2. Said they are unable to make a statement on my ability to work or not. 3. They will only say that I am in treatment and I have been active and doing all treatments that are recommended. Now I am trying to get seen by my old private psychologist (whom I havent seen in 6 months) and hope that he will write me a letter. I really cant believe the VA refuses to do this? I just dont know what to do. I can potentially lose my job if I cant get through this physical, I have heard I can talk to a patients advocate at the VA, or I have considered writing my State Senator regarding this. Because at this point Im like what is the point of using VA healthcare?
  6. yes, the PTSD claim was a reconsideration. I have requested my C file and I should "SHOULD" be getting it by the end of June.
  7. To start off I would like to say thank you to every one of this board for helping me for the last 8 months. My claim was the most stressful thing I encountered and you all helped ease my anxiety. I originally claimed: ankle pain (INCREASE), GERD (NEW), Sleep Apnea (NEW), Convulsive Tic (NEW), PTSD (NEW) on October 13, 2018. As initial evidence, I submitted: Slow release Tylenol prescription for my ankle pain (private doctor), Heartburn medication prescription (private doctor), Sleep Study, CPAP prescription, DBQ for Sleep Apnea (private doctor), about 4 Buddy Statements from former roommates and wife for Sleep Apnea. 2 Buddy Statements from Wife and former supervisor for PTSD. I was given a C&P exam for the ankle a month later, awarded an increase to 10% for the ankle. Denied for everything else and deferred for PTSD in December. Received Decision Letter, then given a GERD C&P exam, awarded 10% for GERD at the beginning of January. PTSD was denied in January due to lack of diagnosis. Submitted 2 more eye witness Buddy Statements, and written Nexus letter and PTSD DBQ (private doctor) reopened the claim for reconsideration. Began mental health treatment at the VA in January. Afforded a PTSD C&P exam at the beginning of May 2019 with LHI. May 30, 2019 Service Connected for PTSD with mild alcohol use disorder due to personal assault at 50% If anyone out there is struggling with mental health seek help at the VA originally I was against going to the VA but I have found that it has helped me in my life. Stay strong and dont give up I will begin my appeal for sleep apnea and my convulsive tic disorder.
  8. I contacted my MST coordinator at the VA and they have been very helpful. They gave me a pamphlet about MST for men and really put into perspective of some issues that I have and provided a reason for them. I go once a week for a 1 hour session and it feels good.
  9. My exam got posted to the VA and my VSO was able to see the exam results. The main points were Diagnosis of PTSD, occupational and social impairment with reduced reliability and productivity, and everything was more likely than not due to my service.
  10. This is what the Private psychologist stated in his letter for me. (left out stressor portion of the letter) He developed posttraumatic stress disorder as a result of this treatment. 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. DIAGNOSIS-ICD-10 POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER F43.10 SOMATIC SYMPTOM DISORDER WITH PREDOMINANT PAIN, PERSISTENT, MODERATE F45.1 ANXIETY DISORDER DUE TO ANOTHER MEDICAL CONDITION F06.4 DEPRESSIVE DISORDER DUE TO ANOTHER MEDICAL CONDITION F06.3 I believe that his symptoms are permanent and stationary.
  11. I called LHI and asked them if they could send me the results and they told me they do not send the results I have to request it from the VA.
  12. I also had a letter from a private psychologist and a DBQ from him, he has to consider this material evidence to correct?
  13. I did answer honestly but there were some things that I believe I should have expanded on. Some of them are due to symptoms of MST but as everyone knows its just an extremely stressful situation.
  14. have you considered a reconsideration of your claim? I did this with PTSD and I received a c&p exam... just a recommendation
  15. I feel indifferent to my exam. It was conducted by an LHI contracted Psychologist and the form I was given stated it was going to be 120 minutes. The exam lasted about 60 minutes. When I was telling him of my stressors he stopped me and told me to only give him the important ones... (I had quite a few) he said that they need to focus on the main issues. I filled out a PTSD screen and he was just going down the list and midway through he stopped and said everything on this screen is basically how you feel in your day to day life and I yes. His questions were kind of general and I tried to give as much information as I could. When it came to my work I told him that I was constantly arguing with my supervisors and having strained relationships with my co-workers. I told him that I feel like I was right and my supervisors were wrong. Part of me thinks that I did not say enough. I know it the first day but I sent a letter to the VA requesting the exam results so hopefully by the time it gets posted they have my request. But they've been gathering evidence for this claim for 6 months so I do not see my claim being open for over 2 weeks.
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