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 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 had my DRO Hearing with my lawyer regarding my CUE. The lawyer argued that a CUE was made because all the evidence that was available to the rater was not considered. He did not argue how the evidence was weighed only that it was not considered in the decision. My psychologist's report on a VA Form was not considered in the rating decision. The DRO seemed to agree that I was low balled in my original rating, but that could just be talk. He will have to have some brass ones to award me 30 years of retro based on a CUE. However, if we go to court over it then it might become a precedent and the VA does not want that. If the VA admits a CUE then the evidence will be reconsidered again. God knows what will happen then, but I would advise anyone with a CUE that involves retro to get a lawyer. You can be blown out of the water so easily depending how you argue the case. I am asking for IU but even if I get 30% from 1971 to 1994 it would be a nice sum of money. If I had argued that I had an inferred claim for IU I would have lost because the lawyer said that was not CUE. Is there anyway I could lose service connection due to a CUE after 37 years? I thought it was only through fraud or character of service that your SC could be severed after so many years. Talking about that old stuff made me nervous, and I can't believe what the Army did to me. They knew I was sick and they threw me out anyway with nothing. Then the VA just low balled me and threw me aside as well. I got no appeal rights or any of that stuff.
It sort of reminds me of Berta's IMO's that have not been considered or even recognized. This seems like an error following the lawyer's logic. All evidence that is available to the rater must be considered. It does not have to win the day, but must at least be recognized if I understand it. That would be like the VA ignoring your SMR's and making a decision without regard to them. That would be an error.
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