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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If the BVA leaves out a important IMO in their final decision, is this an error the court would look at?
The BVA says in their final that the cervical, thoracic & lumbar region that has developed DJD & DDD from the accident I'm claiming, couldn't have been service connected, but the osteoarthritis that developed over the same time span in the shoulder, from the same accident, is.
The judge completely left out the Sept IMO Dr Bash & the PVA submitted.
Dr Bash submitted a prior IMO in Feb & the BVA said he didn't have the complete file in front of him when he made his statement, so they gave it no weight.
He states in his Sept-05 IMO that he "again" reviewed the VA claim file and it is still my impression that his multilevel degenerative changes of the spine are related to his motor vehicle accident in service.
Rationale: The accident(being thrown from a car) represents a significant trauma to the neck & back. He states," it is known that such an injury precipitates or accelerates the onset of the degenerative process of the spine, Turek, beginning at page 1512 and elsewhere.
The BVA judge Thomas, requested a IMO for the shoulder"only" this last Jan & the Dr said almost the same as Dr Bash for the shoulder. The BVA than awards the shoulder & writes it up like medical science couldn't apply to the spine, only the shoulder?
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