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Hello. My name is Mike and I am a 50% disabled vet for my Arm and back. I have a claim at the BVA that was remanded 3 years ago from them for PTSD and my ankle. I had surgery on the ankle 2 years ago as I could no longer wait on the VA to help me with it and I was lucky enough to find a good doctor whom was able to correct the ankle, and make the injury tolerable. I had a C&P on the ankle and I told the doctor there what was wrong and the fact that I had the surgery. He seemed to be leading me with questions as I have a nice scar and lack of feeling, and some awkward pain. The achilles tendon had been torn and resewed back together, and a bone tumor was removed on the back of the ankle. If that keeps me from compensation then so be it, I think being better is better. Also I have a PTSD claim that dates back to June 1998. In 1998 the VA doc said I had PTSD and the Cleveland VARO denied me, I appealed, denied, Appealed to BVA and they remanded in 2005. Did the stressor letter, and sent more info including letter from a co-worker, and copies of awards, and letters from private psychologists. I have had failed marriages, and live alone, and don't like crowds and need routine. I have anger for no reason,and little triggers make me appear nuts. I had another VA C&P exam on October 3, 2008 with the VA Psych. He took his time with me and gave me a GAF of 45. He diagnosed me with PTSD & Depression, have copy of exam. He told me I needed medication. Which I mentioned to my GP and she prescribed me a couple of meds that seem to be helping. I have had a lot of shame over this in the past, and I know this is not curable.

My claim is with the BVA and my stressors are combat and non-combat(Law Enforcement) active duty. If the BVA does not have proof of my stressors, why did they have the C&P exam? That was a specific order in the remand? If anyone can help me I would appreciate it. Thank you.

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Mike welcome to Hadit.

Merely having a C&P Exam does not prove you have PTSD or that VARO thinks that you do. Your symptoms include Depression which may be easier to get than PTSD.

Currently are you in therapy for PTSD. That would include meeting with Vets regularly in group. Treatment is important to the VA. Do they have a list of the prescriptions that you take? Does your Military records have a diagnosis for Depression or PTSD? If not you need a Medical Doctor to write and opinion stating your have PTSD or Depression and it started in Service. Your GAF of 45 is proof that the Depression probably caused by PTSD by the way has made it impossible for you to hold a job. Do you have Social Security Disability? If not are you working and if you don't work you should also apply for it.

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