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I just submitted my first claim for PTSD from MST. When I was overseas, I was on guard duty was an infantryman. When in a guard tower, he exposed his penis and started playing with it. He was looking at me and wanted to me "help" him out. We were locked and loaded so I was fearful on what this man was going to do next. I just froze. I told his SGT and he was detained and sent back to garrison. The rules changed and I was looked at a different way since the incident. There was no touching but this incident has impacted my life and my sense of security. I'm fearful of everything and what's worse is that it's now effecting my children and my marriage and that's why I'm now filing. I haven't talked about it openly with my friends and now I'm expected to talk about it with a stranger for my c&p appointments? Any advice on what to expect and how long the whole process take.
Any thoughts appreciated In short; 2013 IDES C&Ps 2014 fit for duty, hit 35yrs, 14 of SOF Ratings Letter rec. June 2015/ 100% (not P&T) due to an claim item that was overrated and will prob be reduced as their boilerplate langauge says will be reviewed in 6 months. 1. BBD (benefits at delivery) claim was Required and submitted Nov 2014. Preparing the BBD, the VSO and I filled out the claim form (to include 2013 C&P diagnoses on several items), for instance one eye diagnosis was 20% BiLat ref. VARSD, but It was ignored or removed from 2014 claim. My C%P examiner was the same on both exams. 2. Five claim items were not rated at all,not even zero, but clearly in med records. For instance, scaitica bilateral - not service related. But scaitica started in Dec 2013, and weekly transdermal Butranorphine (sp) and oxicodone 60 a mo. I cant remember this sec but I had 3 ER visits at Army Hosp in 2014. Army Pain Mgt burned Nerves - didnt work, 3 times facets blockers, Predisone injections x2, and 1- epidural. 2015 out of service and 2 epidurals this year. I won't go into symptons but pain etc keeps me from working. This is the same thing for the other 4 claimed items in various degrees. I've looked at forums quite a while and I've not found this scenerios except for close and sorta. My first thought was Im being set up for a reduction under 100,, because they know with their omissions I'll have to fight a few years to get corrected back. "I dont know". But I know i need to be prepared. The good thing is I have all my Med records in a safety deposit box that support my claims. I'm trying to find a new VSO (since i've moved upon retiring) but I'd like to know what experienced veterans think. Do I file a NOD? 3. Currently my e benefits says review December, 2015, and Letter says not P&T because an item may get better. 4. Several persons, to include a Rep have said not to do anything because i'm 100%, but wait till reduced. What is your opinion? 5. Would filing a NOD or CUE on non- service connected items jeopardize my current rating? Or do I appeal those, ask for reconsideration? 6. One more thing, but comes as result of #2 above. Can I use a diagnosis from prior C&P to file a claim? (yes it was a claimed item on second time). It seems that if the VA diagnosed me and the army treated me, it could be used to support my claim. (clarification - I've had multiple eye problems with several diagnosis and all claimed. At C&P #1, i was diagnosed with what would be auto 20%. So at this time I can only assume either the VA ignored claimed item OR the SAME C&P eye examiner didnt list it on 2nd exam. Couldnt I use the 1st C&P exam/diagnosis as basis for appeal, NOD or whatever it is i need to do? (the diagnosis is permanment- not going away) Thanks for any insights