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Gmann_2010

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About Gmann_2010

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  • Service Connected Disability
    50%
  • Branch of Service
    Air Force
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    Fitness, Gaming, and Fun!
  1. Hi Everyone, I'm Sorry if this has been posted/addressed here elsewhere, but I am confused and not sure where to post this one. Anyway I just received word that I was awarded 100% on an appeal for PTSD and MTBI, which sounds wonderful I know but the kicker is the rating decision was base on on BiPolar and Adjustment disorders, and with my previous ratings which was already 50%. It all sounds wonderful I know, and I am happy the VA/VBA recognized my BiPolar conditions as well. However, neither PTSD nor the MTBI was addressed in this latest rating which the VA/VBA then cleverly assigned all my PTSD symptoms to my BiPolar condition, and failed to even mention PTSD in my appeal decision rating, so as to avoid paying me back pay from the date that I filed the appeal for PTSD. (Those Bastards!) And to make matters worse, my previous VSO was complaisant with them. So how should I correct this? what is the next step or best course of action to get back what I am owed? Not to mention, that since my PTSD was not even recognized, I wonder what will happen if I need future treatment. Thanks! Gmann_2010
  2. Hello Everyone, I just receive word from a doctor who stated she thought the VA may have to pay me back pay for misdiagnosing my condition which was originally (Adjustment Disorder 30%) to now (PTSD/Bi-Polar 70%). I was also informed by the SSA office, that I would receive back pay from the date I was listed as disabled and unable to work due to my disabilities. Is this all true? And if so, where could/would I find out more information regarding these issues? Thanks to All, and God bless! Gmann_2010
  3. Hello Everyone, I just receive word from a doctor who stated she thought the VA may have to pay me back pay for misdiagnosing my condition which was originally (Adjustment Disorder 30%) to now (PTSD/Bi-Polar 70%). I was also informed by the SSA office, that I would receive back pay from the date I was listed as disabled and unable to work due to my disabilities. Is this all true? And if so, where could/would I find out more information regarding these issues? Thanks to All, and God bless! Gmann_2010
  4. Gmann_2010

    Should I File A Claim?

    Well the obvious answer is, it wouldn't/couldnt hurt. But you will need strong documnetation to back up your claim such as medical records from the Navy, and the VA if you have any from them. You will also need to prove how your current or ongoing medical conditions are military related, i.e. a specific incident, which may have caused you to be suffering now. Good Luck! :)
  5. Gmann_2010

    Ptsd

    Hi JHilly, I don't know if this will help you, but you can take a look at it, here. http://ptsdhelp2000.com/ptsd1.html AXIS I: MAJOR PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESSES, INCLUDING SUBSTANCE ABUSE. AXISII: PERSONALITY DISORDERS/FEATURES AXIS III: PHYSICAL PROBLEMS (MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS-AS OPPOSED TO A PSYCH DIAGNOSIS) AXIS IV: PSYCHOSOCIAL STRESSORS (homeless, unemployment, marital conflict, etc.) AXIS V: GLOBAL ASSESSMENT of FUNCTIONING SCALE, expressed as: none, mild, moderate, severe and then it'll have numbers listed to represent, eye movement, or non-eye contact, tearful, fearful, and these kinds of assessments. (0 is a drooling brain dead person, 100 is a perfectly functioning individual.)
  6. Someone please advise Hi Everyone, Sorry if this is not the correct forum to post this too, as I have different issues that stems from having PTSD. I am a retired Air Force member with 50% service connected disability for adjustment disorder and lower back strain, recently a VA doctor diagnosed me as having PTSD/Bi-Polar disorder, and stated that both conditions were “military related” and ‘inextricably intertwined” and that the initial diagnosis for adjustment disorder was not correct. So I filed for PTSD and Bi-Polar with the Lincoln NE VFW, and was initially denied my claim through the C&P exam which we all know is a joke. I appealed their initial decision and recently spoke with the DRO, who also seemed skeptical and unwilling to hear my claim/case. So after speaking with the DRO the way it stands now, she was willing to consider PTSD, but that I would have to get a separate diagnosis for service connected Bi-Polar disorder, even though the VA’s own doctors had already stated that both were “military related” and ‘inextricably intertwined”. I understand, that the VA will rate for only one mental condition that not my problem, the problem is that if the VA’s own doctors are going to diagnose both of these conditions, then I want the VA to recognize both. I shouldn’t have to go through explaining to the DRO or anyone else within the VA what has already been diagnosed and recognized through their own doctors. To suggest that being Bi-Polar may be considered as being heredity, the VA cannot rule out the fact that my current conditions were not caused or aggravated from military service, which was already recognized by their doctors, and as a minimum should be awarded as secondary service connection, secondary to PTSD. The way I see and understand it the VA cannot have it both ways either, either the VA must recognize both the PTSD and Bi-Polar are “military related” and ‘inextricably intertwined” as their doctors stated or they are not as the DRO stated at the DRO meeting. They have re-schedule me for a second C&P exam on 30 March 10 although I must admit I know it will be waste of my time. On a side note, I was also injured playing a game of flag football where I was rocked off my feet and suffered a concussion which has caused me to have several problems like headaches and dizziness ever since, the incident occurred back in 93-94, and the VA is stating that the reoccurring symptoms I am experiencing is brought on by PTSD, which I know isn’t true because I had these problems long before the incident which caused me to have PTSD. The VA neurological social case manager stated that the problems I am having with my MTBI couldn’t have been from the football injury as that was so long ago, and because the MRI scan didn’t show anything significant, suggested stress was the root cause. Well that would be fine except to say we all know the MRI will not show everything, and just because the MRI didn’t show anything doesn’t mean the my brain didn’t physically heal appearance wise, since the football incident happen so long ago. So my questions are what recourse should I take next? I have thought of contacting my Senator or/Congressman and having the VA explain to them their reluctance in ensuring I was treated fairly, but want to wait and see how my next C&P exam goes, and I have thought to pursue this in court. The VFW (My POA) advised me that taking these issues to court would be a waste of time because the courts would only be concerned with how the claim was processed, (i.e. timely filed, etc…) which I highly doubt it, but never having this happen to me before I am not 100% sure either. I’m sorry for the lengthy story, but I need to get all the facts out. Thanks for your time and assistance, your Brother in arms! Gmann_2010 :)
  7. Hi Everyone, Sorry if this is not the correct forum to post this too, as I have different issues that stems from having PTSD. I am a retired Air Force member with 50% service connected disability for adjustment disorder and lower back strain, recently a VA doctor diagnosed me as having PTSD/Bi-Polar disorder, and stated that both conditions were "military related" and 'inextricably intertwined" and that the initial diagnosis for adjustment disorder was not correct. So I filed for PTSD and Bi-Polar with the Lincoln NE VFW, and was initially denied my claim through the C&P exam which we all know is a joke. I appealed their initial decision and recently spoke with the DRO, who also seemed skeptical and unwilling to hear my claim/case. So after speaking with the DRO the way it stands now, she was willing to consider PTSD, but that I would have to get a separate diagnosis for service connected Bi-Polar disorder, even though the VA's own doctors had already stated that both were "military related" and 'inextricably intertwined". :P I understand, that the VA will rate for only one mental condition that not my problem, the problem is that if the VA's own doctors are going to diagnose both of these conditions, then I want the VA to recognize both. I shouldn't have to go through explaining to the DRO or anyone else within the VA what has already been diagnosed and recognized through their own doctors. :) To suggest that being Bi-Polar may be considered as being heredity, the VA cannot rule out the fact that my current conditions were not caused or aggravated from military service, which was already recognized by their doctors, and as a minimum should be awarded as secondary service connection, secondary to PTSD. The way I see and understand it the VA cannot have it both ways either, either the VA must recognize both the PTSD and Bi-Polar are "military related" and 'inextricably intertwined" as their doctors stated or they are not as the DRO stated at the DRO meeting. They have re-schedule me for a second C&P exam on 30 March 10 although I must admit I know it will be waste of my time. On a side note, I was also injured playing a game of flag football where I was rocked off my feet and suffered a concussion which has caused me to have several problems like headaches and dizziness ever since, the incident occurred back in 93-94, and the VA is stating that the reoccurring symptoms I am experiencing is brought on by PTSD, which I know isn't true because I had these problems long before the incident which caused me to have PTSD. ;) The VA neurological social case manager stated that the problems I am having with my MTBI couldn't have been from the football injury as that was so long ago, and because the MRI scan didn't show anything significant, suggested stress was the root cause. Well that would be fine except to say we all know the MRI will not show everything, and just because the MRI didn't show anything doesn't mean the my brain didn't physically heal appearance wise, since the football incident happen so long ago. B) So my questions are what recourse should I take next? I have thought of contacting my Senator or/Congressman and having the VA explain to them their reluctance in ensuring I was treated fairly, but want to wait and see how my next C&P exam goes, and I have thought to pursue this in court. The VFW (My POA) advised me that taking these issues to court would be a waste of time because the courts would only be concerned with how the claim was processed, (i.e. timely filed, etc…) which I highly doubt it, but never having this happen to me before I am not 100% sure either. I'm sorry for the lengthy story, but I need to get all the facts out. Thanks for your time and assistance, your Brother in arms! Gmann_2010
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