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Hello fellow hard chargers. I'm an 0351/OIF combat veteran who was involved in the initial invasion of Iraq back in March, 2003. I witnessed and did things that were pretty horrific. The last few years have been extremely difficult for me -- and within the last year, in particular, PTSD symptoms have gotten the best of me and for the last 5 months, after being let go from my previous job (due to lashing out at several clients), I have been unable to procure steady employment. My father, who is a Vietnam veteran, told me about the about the possibility of getting compensation for PTSD. Until a couple of months ago, I didn't know this was even a possibility. So I did my research, filed a claim, and then entered treatment at the VA here in Southern California. Within a week, I was diagnosed with PTSD, and they prescribed me two sets of medications - Prazosin for anxiety/panic attacks, & Gabapentin for nightmares. I just started the medications this week and I've already noticed a decrease in nightmares and panic attacks -- which up until last week were occurring 3 to 4 times a week - sometimes every night. They've also started me on PE (Prolonged Exposure) Therapy which I'm doing but honestly -- therapy inside the stagnant walls of the VA are enough to give anybody nightmares!! But I'm grateful that the therapy is available. Just today,I got a notification for a QTC (C&P) exam at a private facility here in Los Angeles. From what I've read online, it seems this process is happening very quickly -- I only filed my initial claim on July 1st. What can I expect from this interview? Like everyone else here, I would gladly except the highest rating possible, since I really do need (and I believe deserve) the monetary assistance to get me through this time of my life. Can I expect them to have already received the medical records from the psychiatrist I've been seeing at the VA - as well as the notes from my initial consultation with the PTSD specialist? Also, with this examiner, do they go into the details of events that occurred while I was in Iraq? I really hate the idea of having to discuss those details again with a complete stranger -- it was hard enough with the VA psychiatrist. And do you have any other suggestions in general as how I should prepare? The medications are helping with certain sleep issues-- should I bring that up or will that lower my chances of getting a higher rating? Thank you all for your input. It is greatly appreciated...
Hello to all of my fellow Veterans, Does anyone have any success stories on filing successful "Fully Developed Claims" in the Los Angeles regional area. I'm just curious as mine seems to be stalling, even with all medical documentation.
Hello everyone, I just wanted to give some information on my success with getting an increase for some S-C disabilities. My claim was actually held up for 2 months from a VSR at the VA in Los Angeles (Wilshire)- They had said it was filed, but upon checking Ebenefits as he told me to do- 6 weeks later- nothing had shown as filed. So I took it upon myself to walk it into the federal building myself and low and behold that following Monday it showed up on eB's... as filed on the date I walked it in. This is the second time I have attempted to allow the VA's reps assist me and every time they screw it up. *smh* So for me no VSR/ VSO's I just can't... I would like to trust them, but it seems when i try to let them "just do their job" they don't. go figure. ANYWAY. 3/14/2014 - Claim for increase was filed (FDC)... (currently 40%) 6/20 - QTC exam 7/3 - VA received QTC results (eB::: Development letter sent) 8/01- VA magically lost original claim paperwork 8/2- Uploaded claim paperwork through eBenefits 8/15- VA confirmed they had received the original paperwork uploaded. (eB::: moved to Preparation for decision) 9/15 - EBenefits reflected claim closed/complete (Decision notification sent/ development letter sent/ appeal possible) 9/16 - A8 (Benefit Summary) reflected my new rating (60%) 9/17TODAY- Called Peggy and got the callback option and my call was returned within 30 minutes. The woman who assisted for verification purposes informed me that it was complete, she cannot tell me what the decision is- however, you have retro pay authorized for Sept. 15th. Below 3K which is fine by me- anything is better than nothing- So now I am waiting for my retro to hit my bank and the BBE. (Big Brown Envelope) and tomorrow 9/18 is my birthday- at least I can enjoy it knowing my claim has indeed been handled 1 day short of the 6 month mark. Keep the faith and stay on top of your paperwork.I agree with most, which is your timeline totally depends on what you're claiming and ensuring you are making your appointments, sending in documentation requested ASAP, and do not forget to FOLLOW UP! Technology cannot be trusted sometimes lol... If it says uploaded that's fine, but 2 days later I will cll anyway because, I need a human telling me they have gotten it. Hopefully you all are getting some quicker decisions as well. Looking forward to interacting with you all.