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 submitted for TDIU in 02/2008 after a long battle to get awarded for fibro. I'm a GWVet and began the fight in 1998 when I was medically discharged with 10%. I was increased to 60% over the years for other disabilities and they denied SC for the fibro. I asked for a DRO de novo who also denied, then I asked for a hearing by a letter that also stated the facts of the code pertaining to my fibro. They sent me a date for a hearing and get this - THE DAY BEFORE THE HEARING, my VSR calls me to tell me they awarded for the fibro (40%) and that I didn't need to come to Roanoke (5 hours away) for the hearing. I would be getting the paperwork soon. Sure enough I got everything in the mail from VA but what really bothers me is that THEY, the VA never called to tell me this, so if it hadn't been for my rep, I would have made the trip for nothing. Along with the paperwork they sent info for TDIU. I filled everything out and sent it back in. (sorry for the long history) Here is the question: For the last two months the CS reps have been telling me where my claim is, at the raters, it is being written, and as of Friday it went for authorization before it goes out. In the meantime, since I saw everything on hadit about the CS reps making up lies and telling people, I sent an inquiry through IRIS and got this response on 07/07:
Information in the systems shows that your claim file is assigned to a Rating Specialist. It has not been rated as of this date. I can not gvie you a timeframe, because I don;t know what the work load of this individual. If they have claim older that yours; then they must work them first. Once they received your claim it could take them anywhere from 30 to 60 days to make a decision, that is if everything is in order. I suggest you check back in about this days for an update.
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Granted, this was on last Monday and the CS rep told me on Friday that it went for authorization (whatever that means?!) So can anyone tell me when I should check back again? They told me it was with the raters since the beginning of May. I thought is would be moving by now?! I sent a reply back to IRIS letting them know that it has been with the raters since the beginning of May and what the CS rep told me on Friday to see if it was true, but should I trust the IRIS reply more than the CS rep, or is it a crapshoot? The CS reps progression made sense to me but now this reply does not and I question whether or not they are even working on it yet.
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