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So I pretty much have my statements together. I feel pretty confident especially since I do have a CAB. However, I am already diagnosed with Chronic PTSD by my psychiatrist who works for the VA. I am also being treated by him with medication. And it helps me out alot. Will the doctor who I see during the examination judge me off of how he see's me in my current condition and say I am fine even though I am medication to help with PTSD? I typed up a very lengthy paragraph in the remarks section of the 21-0781 and stated two incidents like directed. Surely they wouldnt judge on my current well being because I am being treated. Also it has been 1 year and 3 months since I got out, and I have been on medication for about 2 and a half months. Also, one of my parents committed suicide a day after I got back from deployment. I was on the fence about bringing this up, but I would be lying through my teeth if I brought up all the things that happened since I was 19 and didnt bring this up. Will this hurt my case in any way?
I'm an emotional xxxxxxx wreck, sorry for the long post. For a long time I struggled with refusing to get help, trying to man up... all the bullshit that comes with it. I finally wised up and realized that as a 27 year old young man with my entire life ahead of me I don't have to continue living like this. Time to hold the Army accountable for its actions. I suffer not only with PTSD but also many other chronic health issues, one of them dysautonomia (a nervous sytem disorder that leaves me bed-bound most of my life). Dysautonomia is said to be secondary to long term, unresolved, PTSD, according to my Autonomic Neurologist. Currently I take large amounts of legal, scripted amphetamines to get out of bed in the morning. I'm looking for the best claims rep in Illinois (I live near Chicago). I don't have time to beat around the bush, fail the claim, have to go through appeals... etc. I want this done right the first time. PTSD, migraines, dysautonomia, gastroparesis, chronic idiopathic constipation, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, tinnitus (that greatly exascerbates my migraines), and a irritable bowel syndrome. No I am not making all of these up. I have a 3 inch binder to prove it, with medical records, referrals, doctors notes, diagnoses, etc. Stanford, Mayo, Vanderbilt, etc. visits all included. My health is completely xxxxxx. I am so sick of being alone, having my family abandon me in my time of need, and living on the street. Is there anyone out there that has an idea of a phenomenal claims rep that they would recommend, to help me get my claim processed so I can have a safe place to stay, for once in my life? I'm ready to move forward and need a good name to help me get this claim rolling so I can spend the money on furthering my medical treatment. Thank you, Nick
Folks: I'm a 22 year Army Veteran who retired in 2004 in the Seattle area. I was injured (Back & Neck) in a Anti-Tank Accident in 1984 and late 1985 was involved in an explosion which injured me further in the military. I see a prominent pain specialist but suffer a lot from the pain. I serve in the First Gulf War. My claim went in on 6/30/2014 and is well documented. However, I did work through a VSO and started a informal claim fo the same contentions on 12/06/2013 and I was told that I "saved the date" for the FDC? VBS did not backdfate the claim but the VSO told me that any successful claims would be backdated for compencation? Frankly, I've always had good health insurance and I used that mainly when I retired so as not to burden the VA System by adding another body to it? Madigan Army Hospital was overwhelmed with soldiers coming back from the wars so I felt guilty and so I opted to go the civilian route. The claims set-up process was confusing based upon a lot of the mis-informaiton I received from the VSO? She is very nice but does not understand even the basics of the current system? I did a lot of reading and looking at/into Forums such as this. Frankly, this by far the best site out there to help someone filing a claim. Anyway, I was a Federal FOIA Officer so my claim was very detailed and evidence based. But I think I wasted a lot of time submitting my claim the way I did? For instance, I provided the VSO 2 Notebook Volumes -Service Entry to Retirement and Retirement to Current Time. I also did a nexus diagram which links it all together. Also, it they were colored coded and tabbed by symptoms and dated. I also provided several "buddy" statements as well as 14 DBQ's. The head of the CP Clinic said it was the most detailed package that he ever saw? However, I learned later that the books were just broken up and the records scanned by contractors into the new VBS electronic system? When I asked the VSO about scanning it myself into ebenefits to speed up the process she said "no". One convern -a lot of my records are handwritten by Army Doctors and I hope they can be read by the adjudicators in the new system? Anyway, I was given an estimated completion of 18 months to complete even thought it's an FDC? Absolutely all of my records are contained within the package. Also, I thought by doing the extra work that it would speed up my claim? I'm currently at 30 days and in the "review" process...does anyone have new tips beyond being "patient"? I did read that I should make an appointment with the VA Regional Office and review what has been loaded into the electronic system by VA?