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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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
I received my SOC from the DRO after the hack-job 2nd C&P physical. In it they state:
Your request for potential hearing as been noted but has not been scheduled because your records will be returned to the medical center for clarification of cervical spine degenerative disc disease being related to the service connected thoracic injury. After that clarification is received, a hearing will be scheduled.
I know the clock is ticking for the substantive appeal (form 9). What I do not know is if I don’t file a form 9, what happens with the cervical spine issue that they are waiting for an opinion on? Will they stop working it and treat it as an abandoned claim or will they issue another decision and generate a fresh SOC/SSOC for that issue only?
Right now my appeal is holding up work on my hypertension and heart disease claim which is potentially a 60%, 20%, and 10% addition to my current 40% for a total rating around 80%. The issues they have denied in the SOC are two 10% items of which one will come back into play in the hypertension claim (urinary frequency).
The hearing note is a hoot since I asked for a hearing prior to a DRO decision being made.
Should I ask for a time extension on the form 9 deadline to 60 days past the decision on my cervical item they have deferred and the hearing that will come after it?
I can always re-file the denied items with some fresh evidence although it resets the effective date clock.
What do you good people think?
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