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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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      All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

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      Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of ‘I have a question’.


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      I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?



      B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?

      I was involved in traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?



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Hello again, I apologize for talking so fast about so many things and appreciate my dear freind Rickys step by step approach. Either way, it sounds like you are started along a good claim path. As far as getting re-imbursed for mri, that is another issue.

As Ricky mentioned, a VSO is very helpful, but be mindful that they wont "work" for you, they will represent you as a Power of Attorney and 'guide' some of your steps. YOU are going to have to find what works for you, get your records, SMRs and clear medical opinions that relate your military injuries to current conditions that you have today. Yes, that means possibly providing your doctor with portions of your military records to validate an injury if you want.

Do create a file and keep copies of everything you submit and or recieve from the VA. (letter envelopes included). Do know that any appointment the VA sets up will be noted in a new file called your Compensation File (Cfile). Heads up, its very important to attend scheduled appointment. My Cfile has records of a telephone call made to my home and my daughter answered the phone (a young lady answered and sounded capable, took the message to have the veteran return the call to our office). Well, the daugher didnt clue mom in, so it shows as 'no show'. That was years ago, but the amount of detail the VA keeps is amazing and can be used for or against a vet, just read several of the posts here to see that.

Note, please dont take anything the VA sends you 'personal', often the statements are preset or VA, medical 'regulation speak'. I did that in the beginnig of my claim process and delayed action for years because of the ambiguity of their system. Until I got to Hadit, I was in the dark about the compensation that is 'due me' by law.

Best to ya. cg

CowGirl,

Wow, I am so glad to see all of the information and guidance that you guys offer. It is normally my husbands duty to guide, gaurd and govern, but not in this situation. I really appreciate it more than you know. I am taking down the notes as fast as you all put them up here. I am heading over to the VA hospital today to see where to start here in Houston. I spoke with a Vietnam vet at my church last night, and he assured me that they would set me in the right direction. I did file for my SMR's yesturday, and I am in the process of getting an MRI on my lower back and hip. However, I went a very long time with out insurance, so have very, very few medical records. But, the last 2 years are documented with the same doctor. I did not get a physical upon release, but I did give birth. So, all of my history with the service should be recorded up until the last day. I am anxious to see the records. It has been a long time.

Now, as for the MRI, I will have to pay out of pocket for 10% of that, should I wait until my initial paper work is started in order to get reimbursment later, or go ahead and do it now? It sounds like you have been through all sorts of trouble with this, and I would rather not reinvent the wheel, I will gladly learn from your lessons.

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      All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

      Tips on posting on the forums.

      Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of ‘I have a question’.


      Knowledgable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title. I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.


      Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.


      Leading to:

      Post clear questions and then give background info on them.

      Examples:

      A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?


      I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?



      B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?

      I was involved in traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?



      This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial from your claim?” etc.

      Note:

      Your firsts posts on the board may be delayed before they show up, as they are reviewed, this process does not take long and the review requirement will be removed usually by the 6th post, though we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.

      This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before they hit the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims and this helps us do that.
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