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.
Knowledgeable 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 massive, 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.
Post straightforward questions and then post background information.
Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
Adding Background information in your post will help members understand what information you are looking for so they can assist you in finding it.
Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
Question B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
See how the details below give us a better understanding of what you’re claiming.
Rephrase the question: I was involved in a 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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I think my lawyer is losing confidence in my claim. He keeps saying he does not have the complete file from the VA. They have refused to send him a copy. I sent him my copy. The CUE is just based on my decision in 1973 and the thin, thin evidence the VA used, excluding the evidence from my doctor. I have a hearing on Thursday. I won't be surprised if I get a call saying to forget it. I did not even ask for a DRO. I wanted to go to the BVA but landed up at the DRO. Nothing is going to happen at the DRO except it gives the VA a chance to cover their tracks, and make up some more lies. They want to maintain that my inability to work was due to a PD and not due to schizophrenia. Of course, at the time they never even considered unemployability even though my doctor said I could not work and they had that evidence. They will drag up the topic of drug abuse even though I never used illegal drugs except in the service as self medication. If I had drank a fifth of whiskey a day like some I would have been home free. This is like reliving PTSD having to go through all the lies and kicks in the teeth I got as a young man. Maybe it is worth it, but they will drag up all the old stuff about drug addiction and personality disorder and that hurts. You live a clean life for 36 years but you are still a dope fiend in their eyes. No criminal record, no addiction problems, but they will hold my college degree against me. I better wear an iron clad jock strap to fend off all the kicks to the groin.
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