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Ruffcreek

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  1. Just wondering if anyone knows how far back the VA started accepting "buddy" and "spousal" letters for PTSD claims? Also do they currently carry any weight in determining the rating for a claim? Thanks
  2. I have been rated 100% Total for PTSD for the last five years and submitted a claim for P & T in July 2013. I received my rating decision recently and I am not 100% sure that I received P & T but am leaning towards thinking I am. The decision does not come out and specifically say that I have P & T but doesn't mention anything about future exam's either. Also the decision says I have basic eligibility to Dependents' Educational Assistance established from July 23, 2013. And it does say that basic eligibility to Dependents' Education Assistance is granted as the evidence shows t
  3. John, Have been going to group sessions once per month and getting two differeent meds for PTSD. So yes I have these things documented and made it clear to the examiner that I was doing these things. Hope it all helps. Ruffcreek
  4. Update: Thanks for your response Mr. Rogers. I went to my C & P this morning. Total time with Dr. was 20 minutes in which he asked same questions as last time. At the end of his examination he asked if I wanted to add anything. I briefly scanned an outline of major points on an index card to see if I needed to add anything I also presented him a narrative written by another grunt from our company describing our last battle. I made the comment that this battle along with several other fire-fights is what I live with each and every day and night. Summary: honest answers to his que
  5. I am a 66 year old Viet Nam vet who has been 100% (temporary) for PTSD for 5 years. I am being called in for another exam this Friday. Would it be worthwhile to write my own statement telling how PTSD has negatively impacted my life to present to the examiner? Also should I make a list of notes to jog my memory when taking the exam? I am slightly nervous about the C & P and would appreciate any advise on how I may help my chances of keeping my 100%. Thanks
  6. I must not be getting SMCS since I don't know what it is. So what actually is SMCS? A VSO I talked to never said anything about the age 55 rule. In fact he said they could bring me in for an exam at any age. Is he incorrect on this and where can I find this rule? Thanks for your reply as I do appreciate it.
  7. I am a 67 year old VN vet and was rated 50% for PTSD about 8 years ago. Then 6 years ago I asked for an increase which of course resulted in another C & P. At this time I was granted a rating of 100% tempory. A year later I was called in for another C & P for PTSD and remained at 100% tempory. Now five years later I am being called in for another C & P. What has me concerned is what I need to do if they reduce my rating. Would appreciate any advise. Thanks P.S. Not that it makes any difference but I am also rated for diabetes, HBP, sleep apnea, and Ischemic Heart di
  8. Jbasser, Meg, and Berta I have obtained copies of my medical records. My Ejection Fraction was 45-50% but my resting EF was 55-60%. Which one does the VA use in rating my case? Thank you.
  9. Thanks everyone for your replies. I will get a copy of diagnosis and surgery report and submit with 21-526ez form. By the way if I have the copies of the reports to submit is it necessary to get a letter from my doctor? Also I took my prescription's for Amiodarone HCL, Coreg, and Plavix to the VA. The lady at the VA said they will call me in for an eye exam and a couple of other tests (don't recall exactly what they were called). I'm assuming I should wait until I have my VA exams and then get copies of them to submit with the 21-526ez also? Basser when I get the ejection
  10. I am a Viet Nam veteran rated 100% Total for PTSD (not permanent). Also rated for diabetes (I think 40%) and hypertension secondary to diabetes at 0%, sleep apnea secondary to PTSD at 0%, and tinitus 10%. I was diagnosed with Ischemic Heart Disease 3 weeks ago and had a stent put in 2 weeks ago. My questions are: Do I have anything to gain by filing for Ischemic Heart Disease since I already have a rating for hypertension secondary to diabetes? If I file a claim and get lets say 10% or 30%, will this help me in any way to get Permanent and Total? If I file a claim will the VA bri
  11. I have service connected diabetes. My outside physician gave me an additional prescription for Onglyza. I took the prescription to the VA but it is not on their formulary so they gave me Glipizide. Immediately my blood sugars went low even after I cut the dosage in half. This leaves me with no alternative but to take the Onglyza which I have to pay out of my own pocket at $50 per month. The question is: what is the procedure I need to take to get Onglyza through the VA? Thanks, Ruffcreek
  12. My friend had his C & P for PTSD, hearing, etc. 3 weeks ago so his claim is in process. The question is, is now a good time to add his wife as a dependent or should he wait until he gets his rating? Thanks
  13. I had a similar problem a few years ago. I was not able to locate any medical records stating I was wounded in Viet Nam, but a buddy from my platoon in Viet Nam wrote a letter for me and this along with my own letter was sent to our Senator. Within a month I had a letter back from the Dept of the Army stating there were no medical records, therefore no Purple Heart. I mistakenly thought the Senator's office would do more than just forward the letters to the Dept of the Army. About a year went by and I was working on a different claim and discovered there was a C-file at the RO. I ordered
  14. I am 100% total for PTSD. (not permanent) I should be getting my annual VA letter scheduling me for a re-exam any day. I have taken the 6 month Coping Skills and it didn't do any good. Have been going to alumni group every two weeks for a couple of years and it provides only temporary relief. Now the VA psyc wants me to begin the CPT (cognitive processing therapy). I told him I would consider it but wanted to first give it some thought. In researching CBT it doesn't sound as if I probably want to do it. However if I turn it down will this give the VA reason to reduce my rating? Als
  15. So I'm wondering.....is going to a PTSD group session at VAMC every couple of weeks enough treatment to establish enough of a paper trail or is it necessary to also be seeing a shrink on a regular basis? If not seeing a shrink and only the group sessions, are your chances greater to have your comp reduced?
  16. Carlie and pigdriver, Thanks for your responses. I am also on 10 mg of Prazosin and 150 mg of Sertaline. Don't really know if they are effective or not since I've tried so many. I'm sure he will adjust the Quetiapine if I call him back. Just feel kind of embarrassed since I told him a month ago it was helping. For what it's worth Pigdriver, I would ask your Dr about the Quetiapine. I know exactly what you're talking about with the sleep problems. I'm 62 and been dealing with it for many years. Sometimes I also wonder about the side effects of the medication especially taking wi
  17. Anyone had any experience with quetiapine? Such as any side effects, etc? Also VA psyc put me on 100 mg in August 09 and by Oct 09 they seemed to reduce the nightmares considerably but now it seems the nightmares are back and bad as ever. It seems unusual that they were helping and now they're not. Even the nights I don't remember having nightmares the wife says my arms and legs are moving all over the place. Has anyone had this kind of experience with this drug?
  18. I have a 100% rating for PTSD and am not considered permanent and is subject to a future review examination since the last VA examination shows that the possibility of improvement is still in existence for my condition. One of my major problems has been with sleep and nightmares and I have been trying several medications through the VA DR. Last month I finally found one that seems to help cut down on the nightmares. In a phone conversation with the DR I was honest and told him that I seem to have hardly any nightmares now with the new medication and the nightmares seem to have stabilized.
  19. I was diagnosed with PTSD in February 2006. In October 2007 I was diagnosed with sleep apnea for which I submitted a claim for Sleep Apnea secondary to and/or aggravated by service connected PTSD. In August 2008 I was granted 0% for sleep apnea aggravated by my PTSD. I filed a NOD for DeNovo Review on 8/19/2008 and April 2009 I received a decision to continue at 0%. I appealed and have a hearing at DRO next Thursday. The SOC says “ Prior to aggravation by a service connected condition, the disability was considered 50% disabling based on evidence that showed you had obstructive sleep
  20. I took 40 mg of Citalopran and it didn't seem to do anything for me. I think they affect everyone differently. Now they have me on 8 mg of Prazosin which is supposed to help me by having fewer nightmares. A month ago it seemed to help but the last 3 weeks with Memorial Day and other triggers the nightmares are as bad as ever.
  21. T&B Did you request it from your local SS office or somewhere else? Thanks
  22. Yes I did keep copies of everything I sent them. However I'd like to find out what their Primary and Secondary diagnosis was as I may send it to the VA if it would help in getting my P & T. I am 100% total with VA for PTSD and if SS disability is primarily for the PTSD I'm thinking it would help my case when and if they call me in for a C & P. I don't think just sending the Award letter to the VA without it stating what the diagnosis is for would carry much weight.
  23. I just received my Notice of Award for SS disabilty a few days ago. Does anyone know how I can get my claims file from Social Security?
  24. Purple--No I don't work and haven't worked since January of 2008. When I was awarded the 100% for PTSD I had just started attending the 6 month Coping Skills classes for PTSD at the local VA. About 2 months into the class I had a C & P exam because I had requested am increase from 50%. The examiner stated "He has severe symptoms and is participating actively in treatment at the VA PTSD clinic. He is still early in treatment so is not possible at this time to make a realistic assessment in how our treatment might diminish the present high level of PTSD symptoms. His present level
  25. I just received my Notice of Award for SS disability. I'm assuming it is for PTSD which I have a 100% VA rating which is not permanent. I think they are going to be calling me in for a C & P in the next few months to see if my condition has changed. Will the SS disability carry any weight for my case to be P & T and should I file a claim for P & T now or just wait until they call me in for the C & P? Anything else I should or shouldn't do at this point? Thanks!
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