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  1. Hello to all the amazing people who are helping more people than you know, Looking for help with a few questions so here is the short (longer than intended*)rundown...My ETS was Mar2016.. While still active in 2010 was on my Sr year finishing premed degree with 4.0 gpa had to stop going to college when my second kid was born and wife was very ill the following years missed alot of work but always made up for it (i had very supportive chain of command that made alot of my own med issues go unnoticed or possibly pitty..not sure but love them all miss them all) fast forward to 2016 after ets wife is better all the kids in school and with full post911 benefits left why not try to finish my degree, unfortunately over that time my health had greatly deteriorated and school was not so easy anymore, and it wasnt just school but all areas of life had become to much for me(ALL). Without going to far into a long story I was in two major car accidents in 2014-2015 went into a mental breakdown loosing touch with reality on the reg and it wasnt until this year the "Helpful Psych at VA" actually taking her time to talk with me that we found out it was more than just failing in all areas that was making me act like a different person. Turns out that a blow to my head caused alot more damage than I originally thought, and i hope one day my friends and family can see who i once was again. Towards the end of my enlistment I went to see my pcp a few times and to mental health only once very bad communication between me and anybody from that point in my life to today which I still have trouble seeking/getting help especially when i have to wait months for an appointment and speak maybe 2 min max with the dr who never remembers anything and thinks its the first time we have met almost everytime and being a walk in is even more pointless as they really are already overwhelmed with patients already....so frantically rambling to a dr or dav or vso about a number of issues just trying to get the point across with no useful outcome is how I always leave and I constantly not remembering what im talking about by the time I start talking is why I thought it might be good to get on here and write it down...sorry...so va claim background: June 2016: First claim filed (4months after ETS) August 2017: First claim closed rated at 80% 0% for groin > for foot injury> for facial scar> and knees 10% tinnitus 10% Blood Pressure 10% arthritis wrist 20% back issue 30% migraine 30% maxillary <Denial: Dental> No complaints for dental had unbelievable issues with teeth dont know what or why but by this time next year i wont have ANY left. I have had 2 molars pulled in last year less than a month after dental c&p Side note* no dental or med exam when I got out no exit exam at all..whatever the exit medical exam is called to show you are healthy and well ready for civilian transition the clinic scheduled the exam the day my orders ended so Dr said he couldnt legally see me as I was no longer in the military. Last conversation I had on base... <Denial/TREATMENT ONLY: active psychosis/ gw claimed depression, anxiety/stress" (reason: i did not have any evidence or complaints in service but symptoms developing within time limit of leaving service hence treatment only) even though i did go to MH clinic while in service>>>#didnt know the only service records that the VA doesnt get/have access to is mental health! (Found out after calling the MH clinic at my old base with hopes that maybe a past appointment might be in their computer system somewhere...turns out they did have a record of the appointment with the MH Dr notes from the visit! #only one appointment but still #in service treatment record thats good right? **side note after receiving the "Treatment only" decision by VA and visits and advice from the "Helpful Psych at VA" who told me I should have got service connection "at least deppression 2ndry to chronic pains associated with scd's" which i filed for within a yr of the original notification letter. <Denial: hemorrhoids> (had/have but owell) no treatment in service prep h worked fine <Denial: genitourinary condition> #i had a mucosal discharge documented breifly in smr> with Dr visits in service noting possible relation to <Denial: Digestive condition> problems with gallbladder heavily documented in smr which va said existed before service in confusion with an appendectomy prior to entering service. #visits in 2017 to urologist documented discharge havent been back. <sometime between all of the psych visits from 2017 to now i have a history of TBI of what level is still unclear to me> have met with tbi specialist> still have alot appt scheduled with neurologist and neurosurgeons> TBI not rated as of right now... June 2018: file for increase in knee rated 0% and groin 0%, and claim Depression secondary to chronic pains associated with service connected disabilities Beginning of August 2018: Discover missing Mental Health records were available I notified VA of new material evidence to make sure service connection established and to maintain the effective date of original claim (being made available to VA within 1 year of original rating notification). This was done via VA written statement form and uploaded to the supporting documents for the now open claim for depression secondary on ebennies I also called the 1800# to advise VA and statement was taken over phone. I was also told that this would reopen the original claim for deppression. Mid August 2018 receive notification letter now combined rating is 90% : effective date June 2018 Increase Knee granted: 10% Increase Groin granted: 10% Depression secondary basis to chronic pains associated with scd's granted: 50% August continued>> while the claim was still open I met with the VA TBI specialist provided and she provided me with TDIU form since i have not been able to work due to the severity of my mental health conditions along with the form for spousal support which i faxed to claims intake but the claim closed and 90% rating was assigned but along with the tdiu claim I have a new claim opened for increase for depression and migraines which were the two most severe scds which the tdiu form asks to list on the form. The DAV has not contacted me at all throughout the entire claims process that started back in 2016 so I am not sure what I should be doing if anything more to make sure that i get the earliest effective date. I have been unable to get anything done in my day to day life and typing this has taken an entire day for me. Im failing out of school which means I wont get my post911 housing anymore of which ive used almost all of now, my wife has been taking care of me and our kids and i know its beginning to be to much for her to handle, to put iceing on the cake shes 2 month pregnant which i couldnt be happier to have another child but i dont know what im going to do, if anyone does read this long thing any advice is greatly appreciated. Sorry if it doesnt make much sense. Thank you to all of you who are doing great things for for the vets on this website it has been a go to place for me for the past 3 years Much love to my brothers and sisters i miss yall more than you know -c
  2. so my claim was submitted on 12/12/2016. I submitted for bipolar/depression (reopen) and tinnitus (new). I sent it in as an FDC with all my evidence. I checked ebenefits on 12/21/2016 and the status is already showing preparation for decision. Is this normal? I haven't even gone to a c&p exam, I haven't recieved any correspondences or anything. For the bipolar depression it is a reopen because when i first filed in 2011, I missed my appointment. After I missed my appointment, the VA sent me papers (back in 2011) saying that they see that i was treated for depression during active duty. but since i failed to show up to the appointment, it was denied. So now i've sent a ton of new evidence that supports my claim and they've reopened the case. But does the speed with which this is progressing means that i am being denied? As noted below, ebennies is showing that the va rep has already made a decision, in less than two weeks. With no exams or anything... What does this mean... Is this normal? have i been denied? Is there a phone number i can call?? im freaking out. Here's what ebenefits show: Estimated Completion: 01/24/2017 - 03/04/2017 STATUS: Preparation For Decision The Veterans Service Representative has recommended a decision, and is preparing required documents detailing that decision. If more evidence is required, the claim will be sent back in the process for more information or evidence
  3. Husband was recently awarded 50% mental health. We feel it should have been 70% and would like to reopen/reconsider. I know we need new and material evidence to do so. There are many symptoms in my husband's VA treatment notes that are in the 70% range but were never included in his very incomplete C&P exam. When asked. rater said they did consider the treatment notes but if so they sure missed a ton of references to all these symptoms. One of the symptoms is suicidal ideation. This is and continues to be an ongoing problem. But, since they said they considered the records, we likely cannot try to reopen with this. However, recently my husband's mental health nurse practitioner referred him to a suicide prevention therapist due to the fact that much of the treatment so far has been borderline helpful at most. He does not have an active plan but the thought is always there. So, would this referral be considered new and material evidence to reopen the claim and at that time we can refer to all the other overlooked symptoms also? Thanks Kate
  4. My Current Claims *My claims are in the Prep for decision phase* ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1st Claim: Date Opened: 6/28/11 Type of claim: Appeal Est Completion Date: New date: 8/13-1/14 | Old date: 6/12-8/13 1. PTSD (Reopen) 2. Tinnitus (Reopen) 3. Rash on Chest (Reopen) 4. Hearing Loss, Left Ear (Reopen) 5. Hearing Loss, Right Ear (New) 6. neutropenial leukopenia (New) 7. bilateral pes planus (New) 8. mitral valve (New) 9. thrombocytopenia 2nd to leukippenia (Secondary) 2nd Claim: Date Opened: 4/19/13 Type of claim: Dependency Claim Est Completion Date: (New date: 8/13-2/14) (Old date: 10/12-4/13) ReOpened but shows as new claim Started receiving VA Pension in Nov 11 First Opened claim Oct/12 to add dependents Claim sent to wrong department and closed 4/13 Should be back pay since claim was within one year 3rd Claim Date Opened: 4/10/13 Type of claim: Freedom of information Act/ Privacy Act Request Est Completion Date: N/A Requested my C-file & Inquiry on Dependency claim ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My info : Entered service Sept 2001 / Honerable discharge Sept 2005 Had a C&P for PTSD last month and got the Initial DBQ .The report seems to be in my favor for PTSD. It says the magic VA words, states the condition is related to service , that I have been getting treatment since discharge and that I been baker Acted four times. In the notes in the report it also says that I was diagnosed with Dsythmic dysorder at time of discharge. I tried to claim the Dysthemic disorder in 2006 but was turned down even on NOD. The C&P report from 2006 has a diagnosis of it and the rating decision has me awarded treatment for it since it was with-in a year of discharge. The thing is I tired to reopen it with the current appeal claims but they didnt add Dysthemic Dysorder to it. Can I reclaim/reopen claim for Dysthymic Dysorder even though it is closed but should have been added? or should I wait to find out SC% on the current appeals. There was no exams so far for the "new" condition I listed above. I called Peggy and they said if they needed more info they would let me know. They do have updated medical reports about the new claims like Neutopenia. My first C&P report has a diagnosis of the new conditions I'm claiming. I wish I knew before about the C&P for condition like neutropenia. I could have filed a claim in 2006 but found out about it last year. :( ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My Current SC% Last Rating Decision was in 2010 Currently awarded Va Non-service pension since Nov 2011 Rating(s) 1. Dysthymic disorder ( Not Service-Connected) 2. Chest wall syndrome, claimed as chest pain, tightness and difficulty breathing (0%) 3. Hearing loss, left ear (Not Service-Connected) 4. Tinnitus, claimed as ringing in the ears ( Not Service-Connected) 5. Residuals of fracture of the left ring finger with pinning, to include post traumatic arthritis with ankylosis of the distal interphalangeal joint (dominant) (0%) 6. rash on chest ( Not Service-Connected) 7. sycosis barbae, claimed as razor bumps of the face (0%) 8. PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) (Not Service-Connected) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Can anyone give me a WAG on SC% for the appeals or what to do from here on out. Should I worry about not being service connected for Dysthymic dysorder when its in my 1st C&P and I am awarded meds for it.
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