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firedog974

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    SGT/ E-5
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    Florida

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  • Service Connected Disability
    20%
  • Branch of Service
    USMC & US Army

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  1. I agree. This is a case of me not knowing any better, and being tired of fighting the VA on my own. I had IMO that confirmed my diagnosis (which the reason I submitted my claim) but the biggest hurdle for me was getting it service connected due to missing service records. I did that on my own. As I said, I didn't know any better at the time, but I would have been much better off using a lawyer. Medical consulting was not the right venue for my particular situation. Either way, I am just happy I was successful, but I think this next step (retro pay) is where a lawyer would be ideal....but I'm stuck with what I have for now.
  2. I am using Vet Comp and Pen. Yes, I won my appeal, but I did almost all of the legwork for it. I did not read the fine print, and I thought they were a VA rep, and they are not. Many times I had questions, I would call them, and they would tell me to call the VA. Now I have to pay them 4x my increase and 10% of any retro I get. I don't think they were worth the money, but many vets had a lot of good things to say about them, so I went with them. I will hire an attorney next time. Learning experience.....
  3. I used a medical consulting company with my appeal, but am kind of regretting it at this point. Wish I would have gone with a lawyer. Hopefully the company I am with will give me some direction, as they won't get paid any retro either....
  4. Makes sense. I appreciate the info, I knew it didn't seem right. I guess this will be my next fight with them....
  5. Thanks vet quest. Not sure what an EED appeal is, can you elaborate? How long does something like that take? This claim has been going on for over 3 years...
  6. Hi all, I recently won a RAMP appeal that originally started Jan 2016 when I put in a claim for PTSD. I received my decision letter today, and the effective date is March 5, 2019. Just wondering if anyone has any advice on where to go from here, as I feel the VA (as usual) screwed this one up. In my decision letter it states the reasoning for the effective date as follows-"You were diagnosed with just alcohol use disorder on Aug 24, 2016 VA initial PTSD exam. Alcohol use disorder by itself is not a disability for VA purposes. You now have a diagnosis of PTSD, therefore alcohol use disorder was included with it. We have assigned an effective date of March 5, 2019 which is the day the facts found show that you had a diagnosis of PTSD. An evaluation of 50% is assigned March 5, 2019" So a little back story, when I initially filed, at the C&P exam, the shrink told me they could not find evidence of the stressor event, so he stated he could not diagnose me with PTSD (couldn't just take my word for it). I filed an appeal when I received my denial letter, and submitted a report from my doctor with a diagnosis of PTSD, and began doing my own research to verify my stressor (The VA advised much of my personnel record was missing). I submitted a lot of evidence during my appeal, and was finally granted it. So is the VA essentially saying we know you filed for a PTSD rating over 3 years ago, but despite what your doctor said, the effective date is only when our doctor diagnosis you? Is this correct, or is the VA wrong? Any input for my next step (if there is one) would be appreciated.
  7. Any word on your effective date? They screwed mine up as well, and it looks like i will have to appeal (again) to fix it.
  8. Checked bennies today and it look like they approved my claim! I have been rated 50% for PTSD, so my overall rate is now at 60%. What a relief this is finally over! Thanks for all of the help everyone has given me here, it is appreciated!
  9. Will Do. Sitting at Pending decision approval, so it's getting close. Awesome news! Congrats!
  10. Good luck, and thanks for the advice! Hopefully they will do the right thing...
  11. I think the new C&P and the other independent docs who submitted stuff will be in my favor. I wish I would have had this info a few years back, because I certainly would have filed a complaint on one doc! Thank you for letting me know, I will use it in the future if needed.
  12. Thanks for the nice words. Mine is kind of an uphill battle, but I’m ready for it. Here goes my long winded rant.... I have been diagnosed with PTSD over the years by different, non VA docs (ironically, during marriage clounceling sessions). I never really sought out real help until about 5 years ago, and didn’t take to it well. I finally asked the VA for help about 3 1/2 years ago and was told by the C&P doc “we have no record of this BS.” Needless to say, that exam did not go well. I was denied, and filed an appeal. Since that time, I did my own research and found I have little to no records of my service in the army. I served in the army from 1992-1995, army reserves from 96-97, and Marine Corps from 97-2003. When I look at my service record from the Marine Corps, it has everything... certs of commendation, fit reps, licenses I held, rifle range scores, ect... I looked at my army records, and all that is there is an enlistment contract! I was blown away. I did my own research, and tracked down my LES’s that show foreign service and hostile fire pay, as well as a roster for recipients of awards for operation restore hope. At the same time I found a platoon mate who I spoke with and wrote a statement concerning the issue I was asking the VA to give me treatment for. I have submitted it all, and am waiting to hear. I went from gathering of evidence to pending decision today, just a day after my C&P. Hopefully that is good. If I loose, the good news is I have managed to reconnect with a lot more of the guys I served with (including my plt Sgt) all of who were there during the incident. I have not asked for a statement from them yet, but I will if I need to. It is kinda hard asking for statements, because it makes you (at least in my opinion) sound weak. But I will ask for them if I need to. I hate this whole process, but I am really happy I had a good shrink this time. I am just ready to put it all behind me and move on and get better. Not that it means much, but admitting all of this here is a bit liberating, and makes me feel better. Sorry for the long rant.
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