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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. PTSD is not easy and although the VA is supposed to help you for most who win its up to them to probe the stressor by documentation of the the actual event that caused it. Most do this by showing the VA a report of the incident and proof that they were there. Often times people who have PTSD have other problems like depression which is a much easier road to take in my opinion as a Doctor can write an Independent Medical Opinion give a diagnosis and link it to your service.

If you are unalble to work and have any kind of disability insurance or Social Security that is also another element. Has your Service Officer been able to help you?

Good Luck and I am sure others will join this conversation. Thank you for your service.

Pete

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Hi, I have applied for PTSD and having no luck with finding records. Now they say no records exist. My son died and they say he does not exist but yet I have his death certificate that states military jurisdiction brought him here from Germany. So figure this one out. And my ex-husband is spending time at Ft. Leavenworth but he does not exist either they say. But yet I have all the parole papers sent to me from Ft. Leavenworth. Now, I know paperwork can get lost, but come on. Do you know of anyone having the same problems.

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Mike:

Welcome to Hadit. PTSD is not easy and although the VA is supposed to help you for most who win its up to them to probe the stressor by documentation of the the actual event that caused it. Most do this by showing the VA a report of the incident and proof that they were there. Often times people who have PTSD have other problems like depression which is a much easier road to take in my opinion as a Doctor can write an Independent Medical Opinion give a diagnosis and link it to your service.

If you are unalble to work and have any kind of disability insurance or Social Security that is also another element. Has your Service Officer been able to help you?

Good Luck and I am sure others will join this conversation. Thank you for your service.

Pete

I am trying to get records that they say do not exist. But they do exist. I am trying to PTSD. I have American Legion as my POA. I am pulling my hair out trying to understand the VA system. I got a letter saying they can not find records on my ex-husband who is in Ft Leavenworth for the last 16 years and no records. If anyone can commit a crime and no records be found do you know how many criminals would love that? It is unbelievable. I gave american legion copies of everything and they could not believe they stated they can not find records. Ok, I am done venting. It is frustrating. How can a court-martial just disappear?

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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.

Well, make sure you keep all your copies of all your paperwork. I have 20% disability for my ankle. I got by the American Legions help. You may want to call them. That is the best organization to represent you in my opinion. I know what you are going through. I am trying for PTSD myself. I served 10 yrs of constant harrassment. My mental health nurse says because I was too easy-going. They were able to push me around. It is probably why I lasted 10 yrs because I let everything pass. But it does get to you. My baby died in Germany at the hands of my husband and they tried to take my rank away stating that Maybe I was not mentally capable of upholding my rank right now with what was going on in my life. can you believe it. Yes, they can get rough I learned. Try the American Legion. They do wonders for you.

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Mike:

Welcome to Hadit. PTSD is not easy and although the VA is supposed to help you for most who win its up to them to probe the stressor by documentation of the the actual event that caused it. Most do this by showing the VA a report of the incident and proof that they were there. Often times people who have PTSD have other problems like depression which is a much easier road to take in my opinion as a Doctor can write an Independent Medical Opinion give a diagnosis and link it to your service.

If you are unalble to work and have any kind of disability insurance or Social Security that is also another element. Has your Service Officer been able to help you?

Good Luck and I am sure others will join this conversation. Thank you for your service.

Pete

Pete,

Thank you for the reply, the VA doc said it was severe and the depression was secondary. He said it was chronic, and that I should not need anymore exams. I can work, I work alone most of the time so it is not too bad. I have been better off since the meds. I have been at the same job for 3 years, prior to that though I was at 11 other jobs in 7 years. Not good I know, but I have to work, need to work. I just don't understand why I would have a C&P prior to proof of stressors. I thought the BVA was better organized? This was the dictate of thier own remand?

Thank you

Mike

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Mike:

Welcome to Hadit. PTSD is not easy and although the VA is supposed to help you for most who win its up to them to probe the stressor by documentation of the the actual event that caused it. Most do this by showing the VA a report of the incident and proof that they were there. Often times people who have PTSD have other problems like depression which is a much easier road to take in my opinion as a Doctor can write an Independent Medical Opinion give a diagnosis and link it to your service.

If you are unalble to work and have any kind of disability insurance or Social Security that is also another element. Has your Service Officer been able to help you?

Good Luck and I am sure others will join this conversation. Thank you for your service.

Oh, yeah I am a Life Member of DAV. I think sometimes they just restate what the 800 tells them.

Pete

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