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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Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:
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
The denial letter states:
"The record shows you are a 61 years old. You have a reported education level of fours of college with a Masters Degree in Business Administration and last worked full time in June 2006 with XXXXXXXXXXX.
There is no indication that you would be precluded from all types of employment due to your service connected disabilities. (I am 80% SC total, 50% PTSD the rest Agent Orange related)
The sole fact that a claimant is unemployed or has difficulty obtaining employment is not enough to grant entitlement to individual unemployability. The question is whether the veteran is "Capable" of performing the physical and mental acts required by employment.
You have not been found unable to secure of follow a substantial gainful occupation as a result of your service connected disabilities. Such cases are submitted to the Director of the Compensation and Pension Service for extra-scheduler consideration. This case has not been submitted for extra-scheduler consideration because the evidence fails to show that you are precluded from all substantial gainful employment due to service connected disabilities.
Based on the objective evidence above you are not shown to be unable to secure or follow qa substantially gainful occupation as a result of service connected disabilities and are considered capable of gainful employment. Therefore, entitlement to individual unemployability is denied.
The rule regarding benefit of reasonable doubt does not apply because the preponderance of evidence is unfavorable."
This is despite a VA Psychiatrist and VA Psychologist saying that I was unable to work due to PTSD symptoms. I have filed a NOD and retained an attorney but not sure if I have missed anything, or their is anything that I can do to speed this thing up. I am also on SSDI so they found me unable to work, and that is also in my C-file.
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