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Here is my list of questions for today. Sorry I have so many.

1. Will I be able to still get my C-file after I have my C & P exam?

2. I have been diagnosed, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks, Agoraphobic, COPD, and I have chronic migraine attacks with vision issues I live in my comfort zone only other than that I have to have someone I trust with me to go somewhere, will they try to force me into a treatment center?

3. They say i originally filed a claim for benefits due to PTSD MST in 1979 but don't remember it what do I say when I was denied due to not showing up for an appt.?

4. How long will I have to continue to add info and records to my C-File?

Guess that is it for now.

Thank you all so much for being here and willing to help.

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Hi...I understand what you are going thru...I have PTSD due to MST as well. I hope I can help as I successfully navigated the VA claims system.

As for your questions, I'll do the best I can as to what worked for me:

1. You can always get a copy of your c-file, but while your claim is being decided, it's best not to bother your c-file because it will just slow up the process.

2. No, they cannot force you into a treatment center.

3. Be honest...if you don't remember, just state that.

4. File all of your info for your claim upfront at one time...imo, continuing to add info by bits and pieces while your claim is being decided is a bad thing. It slows up your claim and does not make for a happy rater because it's confusing. The key to a good claim is evidence and organization!! It's better to spend a little extra time ensuring you have all of your evidence the first time rather than getting a denial due to lack of evidence and having to go thru the appeal process. Have patience...you can get this done yourself.

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You can go to the VARO and review your C File. They go and get it and put it back in same place. But wait till after a decision is made. That is a good time to ask for it.

PTSD claims require a stressor that the VA can substantiate and that can be hard. The best is a report in military records of incident but you can use official police records or even eye witness if you can get them.

Good Luck

Purple gave you good advice

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You can go to the VARO and review your C File. They go and get it and put it back in same place. But wait till after a decision is made. That is a good time to ask for it.

PTSD claims require a stressor that the VA can substantiate and that can be hard. The best is a report in military records of incident but you can use official police records or even eye witness if you can get them.

Good Luck

Purple gave you good advice

Thank Pete. I have now seen my medical records and the trip in ambulance and exam are in there as plain as day. Also the depression I suffered from it while still in and the suicide attempt following which led to my expedicious discharge and threats of disciplinary action from the chain of command if I didn't agree to it. It's all in black and white. I believe this will help my claim and letters from my family as to how it has affected my life every since can't hurt.

Much appreciated.

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Materials Worth Reading; especially #4 (below) ~Wings

1. American Psychiatric Association. 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR). Washington DC: APA.

2. Institute of Medicine. 2007. PTSD Compensation and Military Service. Washington, DC: National Academies Press

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11870

3. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. 2009. Military Service Records and Official Military Personnel Files http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

4. Watson P, McFall M, McBrine C, Schnurr PP, Friedman MJ, Keane T, Hamblen JL. 2002. Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Compensation and Pension Examinations

http://www.avapl.org/pub/PTSD%20Manual%20final%206.pdf

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