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Hey folks new here I was Diagnosed with adjustment disorder with anxiety and depressed mood / occupational problem. I tried to file for benefits IDK if I did before I got out. Someone told me to go to the VA and I did they told me to go see a private doctor and then apply. I was broke within a month after I was discharged and never saw a doc for about 7 years. I finialy hit a rock bottom so I applied anyway with 17 different Ebenfits Problems. I also have not recieved a letter notifying me of the decision. I recieved a letter saying I qualified for disabled va life insurance I recieved a call from va health care welcoming me to va health care Disability Rating Decision Related To Effective Date drug abuse Willful Misconduct phobic anxiety disorder unspecified also claimed as (nervousness, bipolar disorder, memory loss, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)) 10% Service Connected 06/09/2017 eye condition, left eye Not Service Connected sleep apnea Not Service Connected non-specific digestive complaints Not Service Connected alcohol abuse Willful Misconduct right wrist condition Not Service Connected back condition Not Service Connected nutritional deficiency Not Service Connected so After this Im Considering appealing For either more benefire or retro pay. since I dont remember If i filed for va compensation before i was discharged I know I spoke with the VA IDK how to find out if I did. I also have A VSO who wouldnt answer an email from me but ID like to know if I could get any GI Bills I was give an GENERAL(UNder honorable conditions) discharge and donno if it could get upgraded. Either way I never expected to get service connected years later im just learning about all this stuff now years later
I've been lurking this forum during my entire last year on active duty, which recently ended. I served well north of 20 years on active duty in the military. I paid attention in TAPS class, especially during the VSO (AMVETS) portion. I took notes. I began seeing my military doctor a year prior to retirement regarding issues I'd concealed and downplayed as not to hold my active duty career at risk (military job required strict medical physicals, high clearance, etc). At the advice of my VSO, I came completely clean from head to toe on all issues to my military doctor. I immediately lost my eligibility for my active duty job in doing this, but it was a calculated decision. I spent the next year fitting in medical appointments while still on active duty. I met with my VSO on three seperate occasions before submitting my claim. I listened to everything he said and followed his council exactly (he recommended I go back to my active duty doctor for clarification on a few issues he discovered in my active duty MTF records). I requested two certified copies of my MTF and it took about two weeks to get them from the hospital (I was still on active duty so I was able to come in every day and apply pressure to the records people). I went through each of the 800 pages of my record with sticky notes and a highlighter before turning them into my VSO (AMVETS) to help him arrange my paperwork. I finally felt that I'd reached the point of submitting my claim, two weeks prior to my last day on active duty. My claim was submitted (in eBenefits) on 01AUG2017, and finalized on 29AUG2017 at the final rating of 90%. According to eBenefits, I was awarded 50, 30, 20, 20, 10, 10, 10, 10 for various issues and a few 0% service connected ratings which surprised me as one of the zeros causes great pain and suffering in my daily life. I just wanted to share my story of going through this process methodically and honestly during my last year on active duty. I'd also like to say that although I feel I have PTSD, I did not claim it as I don't want to lose my firearms or effect any future gainful employment. I know that some of you will say that it would have no effect on my constitutional rights, but I worry about what the laws will be tomorrow, not today. Thank you, E1toO4