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Hi all:

I am rated TDIU T&P PTSD.

The meds and the ptsd don't allow me much ability to go out into public.

Should I apply for HOUSEBOUND Special Compensation?

Should I not bother because a new claim will open my case for review and "attack"??

Thank you,

Mike S.

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If you have agoraphobia or a combine rating of 160% the answer is yes. Otherwise with 100% you will need to meet certain medical criteria.

I am 100% P&T for Panic Disorder/with Agoraphobia and 30% for Falt Feet and SMC Housebound. The VA is very reluctant to award it so you have to fight for it.

The best way to get it is to ask your Primary Doc to fill out the required Form and than ask for it.

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They won't award HB if you are TDIU. They will have to bump you up to 100% schedular and then award HB. It can be done. If you are HB then you should be rated 100%. A friend of mine was TDIU. He was also HB due to agoraphobia. He asked for HB and they VA granted HB, but also bumped him up to 100% schedular. Just remember your TDIU is almost impossible to reduce. This is a decision to think about. I have thought about it since I am TDIU but have agoraphobia SC'ed. It is $295 a month for HB. If you are entitled go for it, but it is a personal decision since you probably will have another C&P exam.


Did you have a C&P exam for HB when you got it? This is probably what MikeS is afraid of happening. I am afraid of that myself.

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Matter of fact I did have a C&P. Never did say if I was rated for agoraphobia or just the meds and general physical condition.

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I did not have a C@P exam for HB either. It was awarded in my decision. They worded it as a serious disability.


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So that is the VA at its best. You never know exactly what they might do. Hmmmm....I have a diagnosis of agoraphobia, but I am TDIU as well. I am not sure I want to risk anything I have for $295 extra. However, I am confined pretty much because of the pain disorder which has made the agoraphobia much worse, and that is SC'ed. I go round and round with this in my head. I need to get the form for HB and take it to a doctor to get them to fill it out?

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I really think and you know what my thinking is good for that you could qualify on both parts to get it.

The pain meds keep you from driving, you have physical limitations, pain, need help at times.

I know you and your wife are similar to situations that I am in and that Mrs Pete and me could not make it on our own but together we do ok. Plus I have sons that help out.

The VA is very interested in what you can do and what you don't do anymore.

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