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  1. After a long battle, my Marine Vietnam Vet brother has been awarded 100% service connection for schizophrenia. The VA has denied this claim since originally filed in 1982. Even though he had schizophrenic episodes and subsequent hospitalization - it was well past his discharge date of 1971 -- thus no service connection in the eyes of the VA. (Discharged because he tripped over a grenade booby trap and was WIA, I might add). Now 48 years later, the VA has approved the claim. It has been denied at least twice, and I filed a Notice of Disagreement, and was fortunate to include an IMO from a very knowledgeable doctor who is a former C&P Examiner. No doubt this is what turned the tide. I happened to luck upon the Doctor on this HAD IT site! I also converted the processing of the NOD to the new RAMP process - instead of waiting years on end for a final decision. Thank you HAD IT and all the members here that have given me guidance through the years in getting my brother the benefits he earned!
  2. I'm new here and am re-posting under this topic as it may be a more appropriate forum. First off, let me say this site has been extremely helpful to me in developing my brother's VA claim. He's a former Marine - served in Vietnam 1969-70 and was WIA by tripping a grenade booby trap - Purple Heart. He was unemployed for approximately 4 years of the first 8 years he was back. Then in the 8th year, he attempted suicide, taken away in a straight jacket, hospitalized and diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Paranoid Type. In the 5 years that followed, he underwent long-term mental health therapy, was incarcerated for hitting a police officer with his truck (charged with intent to maim/kill), received a Felony conviction, put on Probation, and lost his license. There were many other bizarre behaviors too numerous to list here. My father filed a VA claim for his "nervous condition" in 1982 - The VA denied it saying "evidence did not establish service connection for PTSD - and disorder not shown by the evidence of record - your nervous condition not shown to have been incurred in service." With my parents now gone, my husband (retired USA LTC) and I now financially support my brother, who lives below the US Census Poverty level. His only income is SS retirement. He's on food stamps. This prompted me to re-file his claim. They came back with "disabilities claimed" of PTSD - reopen; Non-service connected Pension - new; Schizophrenia, residual type, competent; Scars - increase; Compentency - new; and Special Monthly Pension - new. My biggest obstacle has been gathering medical evidence for this claim. I was only able to submit the written diagnosis from his hospital for schizophrenia in 1978 (quite detailed though citing suicide attempt, paranoia, second coming of Christ hallucinations and all that); emergency center invoice from the local County Community Mental Health center in 1982, a physician's report of medical status (schizophrenia-form episode with depressive symptoms) in 1983. I also submitted relevant documents including the Probation Officer's consult with his mental health therapist agreeing his behavior arose from Vietnam combat experience, a Circuit Court judge probation condition that he undergo a year of mental health treatment, and a DMV suspension letter indicating license would only be reinstated on the condition that he file a psychiatric evaluation annually. I've reached out to the hospital, the mental health center, even the County Court reporter to get further documentation. All records have been destroyed in accordance with the state record destruction policy because it's been so long. The VA has now come back asking for "medical evidence of his permanent inability to obtain/maintain gainful employment". They didn't ask for a medical exam, they didn't offer a medical exam or Field Examination. They made no reference to PTSD or Schizophrenia. (Are they planning to deny it outright or are they perhaps accepting it based on his booby trap trauma??) There is no other medical documentary evidence to be had! I am creating a time line of sorts for them - showing his below poverty earnings and unemployment correlating to the times he was hospitalized and undergoing mental health therapy. DOES HADIT or ANY VET out there have any other suggestions for me as to how to tackle this lack of evidence in my response to the VA? Please come back to me --- they are asking for my response back within 3 weeks. Would greatly appreciate any comments.
  3. ZERO Rating Decision received! "The previous denial of service connection for PTSD is confirmed and continued. The evidence does not show a current diagnosed disability". "The previous denial of service connection for schizophrenia, residual type, competent is confirmed and continued. The evidence does not show an event, disease or injury in service. Your service treatment records do not contain complaints, treatment, or diagnosis for this condition. The evidence does not support a change in our prior decision. Therefore we are confirming the previous denial of this claim. Doesn't being WIA with purple heart from grenade booby trap show an event and injury in service? Furthermore, they made no mention of Agent Orange disabilities claimed (hypertension, ischemic heart disease, etc) even after I responded to 8 of their questions on this disability. They did concede 50% schizophrenia NSC as well as INCOMPETENT requiring my brother to engage me as Fiduciary. Also gave him 40% combined for osteoarthritis and muscle strain SC for his wounds in arm, heel, and knee. At least he'll get this money. But I am utterly flabbergasted and discouraged that they would deny him the major PTSD and Schizophrenia claims. Guess I'll be taking to higher authority now --- Berta, Bronco, anyone ?
  4. My Vietnam Vet brother had his C&P Exams last week. The physical lasted 30 minutes. The Psychiatric exam lasted 20 minutes! How can they determine PTSD, schizophrenia, and competency within 20 minutes ? They wouldn't allow me to be present - even though he wanted me there -- said it was their "policy". So the eBenefits claim status has changed to "Preparation for Decision". Does anyone know if the VA shares the VA medical reports (conducted by QTC) from the C&P Exams?
  5. First off, let me say this site has been extremely helpful to me in developing my brother's VA claim. He's a former Marine - served in Vietnam 1969-70 and was WIA by tripping a grenade booby trap - Purple Heart. He was unemployed for approximately 4 years of the first 8 years he was back. Then in the 8th year, he attempted suicide, taken away in a straight jacket, hospitalized and diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Paranoid Type. In the 5 years that followed, he underwent long-term mental health therapy, was incarcerated for hitting a police officer with his truck (charged with intent to maim/kill), received a Felony conviction, put on Probation, and lost his license. There were many other bizarre behaviors too numerous to list here. My father filed a VA claim for his "nervous condition" in 1982 - The VA denied it saying "evidence did not establish service connection for PTSD - and disorder not shown by the evidence of record - your nervous condition not shown to have been incurred in service." With my parents now gone, my husband (retired USA LTC) and I now financially support my brother, who lives below the US Census Poverty level. His only income is SS retirement. He's on food stamps. This prompted me to re-file his claim. They came back with "disabilities claimed" of PTSD - reopen; Non-service connected Pension - new; Schizophrenia, residual type, competent; Scars - increase; Compentency - new; and Special Monthly Pension - new. My biggest obstacle has been gathering medical evidence for this claim. I was only able to submit the written diagnosis from his hospital for schizophrenia in 1978 (quite detailed though citing suicide attempt, paranoia, second coming of Christ hallucinations and all that); emergency center invoice from the local County Community Mental Health center in 1982, a physician's report of medical status (schizophrenia-form episode with depressive symptoms) in 1983. I also submitted relevant documents including the Probation Officer's consult with his mental health therapist agreeing his behavior arose from Vietnam combat experience, a Circuit Court judge probation condition that he undergo a year of mental health treatment, and a DMV suspension letter indicating license would only be reinstated on the condition that he file a psychiatric evaluation annually. I've reached out to the hospital, the mental health center, even the County Court reporter to get further documentation. All records have been destroyed in accordance with the state record destruction policy because it's been so long. The VA has now come back asking for "medical evidence of his permanent inability to obtain/maintain gainful employment". They didn't ask for a medical exam, they didn't offer a medical exam or Field Examination. They made no reference to PTSD or Schizophrenia. (Are they planning to deny it outright or are they perhaps accepting it based on his booby trap trauma??) There is no other medical documentary evidence to be had! I am creating a time line of sorts for them - showing his below poverty earnings and unemployment correlating to the times he was hospitalized and undergoing mental health therapy. DOES HADIT or ANY VET out there have any other suggestions for me as to how to tackle this lack of evidence in my response to the VA? Please come back to me --- they are asking for my response back within 3 weeks. Would greatly appreciate any comments.
  6. Hello to those reading this, I am currently an Active service member (E-5) in the USAF with 10 years of service. I am in need of advice and guidance on my situation. Here is a background history of events that have led me to the beginning stages of an MEB. On 29 Oct 15, I was kicked in the back of the head during a sporting event. I had been seen by my medical provider for what was documented as post concussive syndrome (concussion). I was put on quarters for the week. During this week I had symptoms of dizziness, nausea, light sensitivity and memory issues. Two months go by and I go through a downward spiral of mental state, suicidal ideations, severe anxiety, severe migraines, major depressions, memory issues and muscle spasms. On 10 Jan 16, I was hospitalized for all the things mentioned. A CT, MRI, Spinal test, EEG and neurological test are conducted. Neg on all tests but EEG noted TBI with decreased brain activity on the left lobe. Once the test results were verified, I was then started on an anti-psychotic called Risperdal and a anxiety med called Cymbalta . I had an immediate reaction to the medication. I was then informed that my diagnosis was Schizophrenia Paranoid Type with major mood disorder. Further testing would occur where my family history is screened and earliest occurrence of symptoms were established after BMT. I was than told about the possibility of a medical retirement and the whole ordeal of an MEB. I just recently received my NARSUM which stated everything I stated and other things like " Service member continues to have brief periods of paranoia and has continued auditory hallucinations which are improved with treatment but persist nonetheless" "Severe social and industrial impairment" "Recommend subsequent medical retirement". I have searched and read many posts about Schizophrenia and things related to SC and VA disability/process. My questions are the following: 1) Does anybody of experience with EDES process 2) Is there anything else I should prepare myself for with the start of this MEB/process? I believe I have service connection correct? 3) When I have a C/P exam can they diagnose something differently? Can the military diagnoses and C/P exam diagnoses differ from each other? 4) What should I know about social security programs and When can I possibly file for things like SSD? I will most likely have more questions down the road, so any tips/guidance would be appreciated.
  7. Hey everyone. Ive been in the army for 5 years and im getting out in 197 days exactly and im just down right terrified. I wana cry at night cause im scared but my body wont let me shed one tear. Im here partly to get help to understand what i should do to get va disability, personal stories and partly for emotional support. Im going to behavior health for suicidal ideation, depression and anxiety currently. Ive been speaking to my ex girlfriend shes studying to be a shrink and she thinks i have paranoid schizophrenia and i was speaking to my mother the other day she said my sister has said for the last 4 years that she thought i have it as well, they both have never met in their life. However i did abuse cough syrup a few times. And im afraid they might blame the schizophrenia on that. But i was seeing behavior health before that even. Military found out. Never got introuble for it. Dark history in my life, but i have overcome that thanks to my asap class. Thank you God. I just got a psychiatric evaluation done, but im still waiting on the tests to come back to know whats really happening i dont even know who i am and worst of all for service connection, i have no clue at all what to make of this. I just had surgery for my shoulder impingement syndrome 2 weeks ago, they removed a bursa, did clavicular excision, and bicep tenesis. And ive healed well but still have a limited range of motion. (That much is all i know of va disability) I was told i have occipital nuralgia which causes me not only to have emence neck pain but to have incredible migranges daily i just walk around the motorpool acting like im busy but the pain is so bad i massage my neck and scalp to ease the pain and take naproxen like crazy, and when im off work not only do i stay home for fear of social interaction, i stay to nurse my headaches. I drink caffeine to help it and take more pain medication. I have lower back problems that came out of no where. 4 years ago my chiropractor said its facet syndrome but i stopped going to him for the last few years cause it wasnt helping and i went to see my primary care provider again for it he said its para spinal myalgia. Gave me some muscle relaxers and said have a good day after I asked for a referal back to the chiropractor. He just blew me off i feel. But i have social anxiety im scared to be a bother..... And i know im just screwing myself over but i cant help how i am. And i have to schedule appointments for anything and hes always a month backed up. Idk what to do about anything ladies and gentleman. Im begging for your help here. Im bugging my family so much about my anxieties they are ignoring my phone calls even... I want 100% disability not because it gets me out of work. I LOVE WORKING. It makes me feel accomplished and like I deserve to live and breath Gods air. But mentally im not right in the head.... If you all ask i can even show you all a text i sent to my mother when i was having a really bad episode, and even that doesnt cover all of me. (You all dont know me so i feel a ok sharing this if it helps the advice i would be given.) i mean its 0308. My mind is just racing itself i cant sleep at all!! PLEASE HELP.
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