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Medically retired in 1985 for USAF. Offerred me 20K and said no way. Have been underrated, have taken all my comp away for a year. I beat them at their own game. Even had a BVA hearing in DC. I won - sort of. Set precedence as they added a new category of Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and clarified laws about genetic conditions aggravated/made worse by military service. Even with that, they put me in the wrong category: "Hodgkins" at a cap 30%. And they threatened that they would take everything away forever if I ever made a claim again. Ten years later I just happened to see a NSO. He did a quick claim and I got 100% SC PAT for MD and 60% SC for cardiomyopathy. I was excited until I found out they withheld info about SMC, AA and IU. So I recently made a claim and it is now at the raters desk and is "on deck" as of last week. The coolest part is the the "earlier effective date" goes to 1997 and then 1997 to 1985. Let's see how much battle I have to do with these yahoos. I have been through this wringer a lot. I am almost clean.

I have a wonderful, caring and way compassionate wife who by all indications lover me, and two grown up daughters, and a spunky little 2 year old grandson, a nice home in a nice area and a dog named Moose. I am very content with the way things are now, but I should have been receiving help from the VA at a higher level all these years. I am in a power wheelchair and I will be getting a pacemaker soon. My health is fading quicker than I would like. I like to joke around and I have a great outlook on life. I recently became DAV Unit Commander and love to help out all I can. PTSDers are a bit of a challenge, but I try to be a buddy to all. My wife is the DAVA Unit Commander as well. We have a great group.

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Well since no one wants to welcome you aboard, let me be the first. Welcome aboard, thank you for your service and your continued service as a DAV unit commander. I am a life time member of the DAV.

Seems you have things under control and just waiting the final results. Best of luck.

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Googy:

Welcome to Hadit and thanks for helping Veterans.

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Welcome to Hadit. The people here are great and their knowledge will amaze you.

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Medically retired in 1985 for USAF. Offerred me 20K and said no way. Have been underrated, have taken all my comp away for a year. I beat them at their own game. Even had a BVA hearing in DC. I won - sort of. Set precedence as they added a new category of Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and clarified laws about genetic conditions aggravated/made worse by military service. Even with that, they put me in the wrong category: "Hodgkins" at a cap 30%. And they threatened that they would take everything away forever if I ever made a claim again. Ten years later I just happened to see a NSO. He did a quick claim and I got 100% SC PAT for MD and 60% SC for cardiomyopathy. I was excited until I found out they withheld info about SMC, AA and IU. So I recently made a claim and it is now at the raters desk and is "on deck" as of last week. The coolest part is the the "earlier effective date" goes to 1997 and then 1997 to 1985. Let's see how much battle I have to do with these yahoos. I have been through this wringer a lot. I am almost clean.

I have a wonderful, caring and way compassionate wife who by all indications lover me, and two grown up daughters, and a spunky little 2 year old grandson, a nice home in a nice area and a dog named Moose. I am very content with the way things are now, but I should have been receiving help from the VA at a higher level all these years. I am in a power wheelchair and I will be getting a pacemaker soon. My health is fading quicker than I would like. I like to joke around and I have a great outlook on life. I recently became DAV Unit Commander and love to help out all I can. PTSDers are a bit of a challenge, but I try to be a buddy to all. My wife is the DAVA Unit Commander as well. We have a great group.

GOOGY & MOOSE,

WELCOME TO THIS GROUP FROM A PTSD'R. AND AS YOU SAID " A BIT OF A CHALLENGE''.

YOU INTRODUCTION SERVES AS AN INSPIRATION FOR ME TO KEEP TRYING TO GET WELL AND GET BACK TO BEING ME.TO KNOW THEY THEATENED TO TAKE AWAY WHAT ARE DESERVE AND ARE ENTITLED TO PROVES THAT :

''WE SHOULD NEVER ALLOW THE DEBATE

TO BECOME MORE IMPORTANT THAN

THE TRUTH.''

I AM LIFETIME MEMBER OF THE DAV BUT MY DOG IS NOT.THANK YOU FOR HELPING ALL VETS AND REMINDING ME TO STAY PAWSITIVE ABOUT MY NON-COMBAT PTSD

CLAIM THAT THEY DON'T WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE.

FEEL FREE TO REMIND ME TO NEVER GIVE UP AND REMEMBER HOW MUCH THEY MADE YOU FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU DESERVED.

George and his english black lab.

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    • Yes 

      After a PTSD/Unspecific MDD Diagnose From the VA Dr's

      The gold standard for diagnosing PTSD is a structured clinical interview such as the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS-5). When necessary, the PCL-5 can be scored to provide a provisional PTSD DSM 5 diagnosis.

      Any clinical clinician such as MD ,Psychiatrist even a L.C.S.W. (Certified)can perform the Diagnostics Evaluation Employed by the the VA

      ...They just need to figure out your symptoms and put together a list of your symptom's that you possess or show from the evaluation...I am not 100% Sure just how they do this ?

      being I am not a Dr or clinical clinician 

      Once a Diagnoses of PTSD is given they try to set you up with a Therapist to help with your New dx And how to adjust or cope with the Anxiety and Depression the PTSD can cause.

        you learn the tools to cope with and depending how severe your symptoms are ? 

       They test /screen you with phychoeducational type therapy treatment usually at first.

       Warning  some of this therapy can be very rough on a Veteran  from holding on to guilt  from the trauma its self or you maybe in a  ''stuck point''from memories and guilt or from the stressor's or anything that reminds you of the trauma you endured.

      The therapy works  even if we think it don't,  I recommend Therapy for all PTSD Veterans  it could very well save your life once the correct therapy is in place and the Veteran makes all his Clinical Appointments.

      I still have Combat PTSD it probably will never be cured completely but we can learn the tools it takes to cope with this horrible diseases 

      even learning breathing techniques  Helps tremendously during a panic attact.

      I have guilt from the war in Vietnam  ( I ask my self what could I have done to make a better outcome/difference?..and also I am in what the therapist calls stuck points. working on that at present once a week for 90 minutes.  I am very fortunate to have the help the VA gives me and I am lucky I have not turned to alcohol or drugs to mask my problem.

      But I have put my family through a living hell with my angers of burst.and they all stood by me the whole time years and years of my family life was disrupted because of me and my children &spouse  never deserved it one bit.

      That's all I want to say about that.

      At least I am still around. and plan to be tell my old age dying day.
    • No timeframe gotta love that answer it’s even better when you ask 1800 people or call the board directly they’ll say you’ll know sooner then later. I had mine advanced and it was about 2 months later until I had the decision in my hand which seems forever but in the present system in 2016 lightning fast...
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    • I am serviced connected for ankylosing spondylitis back in 1985. I had a C&P exam on 7-7-19 since I am asking for an increase in my cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral ratings. After speaking with the DAV to find out progress and info on my exam, the Rep. noted sort of what I expected. Radiculopathy was noted and ROM was 0-15 for cervical, and 0-25 for back. I am currently rated as Cervical 30%, Thoracic 10%, and Lumbosacral 40%. The main question that I have is relating to the thoracic 10% and lumbosacral 40%. I am confused on these two. Is Lumbosacral separate from the thoracic/others ? Since my back ROM is at 0-25, does this mean that my thoracic might increase from the 10% to a higher rating ? I am confused how they break down my ratings from cervical at 30%, Thoracic at 10%, and Lumbosacral at 40%. Also, with the radiculopathy, is this something that they will rate also ? I am currently at 90% total combined for all my disabilities. I hope this helps for someone to give me advice/answers.
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    • Thank you @GeekySquid for your reply. 

       

      I have redacted personal information for my documents listed below. 

      I look forward to your reply. 

      HEADACHE STR 2006 copy_Redacted.pdf

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    • Hello Defenders of freedom!

      I have a question pertaining to this denial for headaches. The decision letter is quoted below. 

       

      3. Service connection for headaches.

      "We may grant service connection for a disability which began in military service or was caused by some event or experience in service.

      Your STRs are negative for any treatment of or diagnosis of headaches. On your post-deployment exam in 2005 you denied any headaches. On separation, you denied any headaches. VA treatment records are negative for any treatment of or diagnosis of headaches. On VA exam, the examiner stated there was no evidence of any residuals of a traumatic brain injury.

      We have denied service connection for headaches because the evidence of record fails to show this disability was incurred in or caused by military service."

      From my understanding these 3 points must be overturned to successfully win a CUE case:

       (1) either the correct facts, as they were known at the time, were not before the adjudicator or the statutory or regulatory provisions in existence at that time were incorrectly applied; 

      (2) the error must be undebatable and of the sort which, had it not been made, would have manifestly changed the outcome at the time of the prior determination

      and (3) a determination that there was CUE must be based on the record and law that existed at the time of the prior adjudication in question.  

      @Berta, or veterans out here who have knowledge/experience, tell me what facts you think would be needed to prove this denial for headaches was an error? 
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