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?
This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial of your claim?”
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You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons …Continue reading
Hi and thanks for all that helped me here on this forum in reference to my VA Appeal. I initially placed my Claim in July 2006. I came here after I was denied on 4 of the six items I filed for by the regional office by the DRO review.
I was awarded for Facial scars at 0% and Right ankle Achilles tendinitis at 10%.
With the help of Bertha who advised me to get an IMO which I did from Dr. Bash and reading all the posts I learned what was needed to file my appeal and have a DRO hearing at the local level prior to sending my appeal to the BVA. I was denied for Migraine Headaches, Lumbar Strain, Left ankle sprain, and Irritable bowel syndrome. I had my DRO hearing at the St Petersburg Regional Office on 4/20/2009. I received copies of the transcripts of the DRO Hearing on 5/27/2009. Today I got an e-mail from The State of Florida Department of Veterans Affairs VSO. IN his e-mail he alerted me to the following:
"DRO has granted service connection for migraines at 30%; irritable bowel syndrome at 10%; left ankle sprain at 10%; and lumbosacral disc disease (back strain) at 10%. I will process the rating today and send it back up stairs. It still will take 3-4 weeks before you receive your official notification. Most important thing is the benefits we sought on appeal were granted".
Again this has been a long process and if I knew when I started what I know now it would not have taken this long.
Thanks for being here and if this proves to be true in the next few weeks I should be rated at least at 50%.I plan on staying here and helping any other veterans I can.
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