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Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
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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?
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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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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
A little background. Deployed Iraq wid guard unit title 10 from 2002 to 2004. After release from AD I havent worked wid any full-time sustainable work. I have continued to work wid guard bout 50 days a yr. I have only continued to work wid guard cause its only 2 days a month and I slip under the radar from ANYONE detecting my behaviour till recently. I havent worked anything under the table to survive and dont need much income. I just have tried to work but for no more than few days. My PTSD symptoms mostly prevents me from showin up on time, takin direction, concentration, memory and my short temper anger outbursts prevent me from any social communication as well as the well being of others.
On VA form 21-8940 # 16. LIST ALL YOUR EMPLOYMENT INCLUDING SELF-EMPLOYMENT FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS YOU WORKED. SO that means not just list work from the last 5 calender yrs but ALL from last 5 yrs.
So as an example if you worked in 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 but not in 2006, 2007, 2008 or 2009 You would answer wid the first four dates(the last 5 yrs u worked) not just from 2005 to 2009 (the last 5 yr pd.) Anybody see it a different way???
And would only full-time be considered or part-time work be included?
Also if the only work u performed in the last 5 yrs worked was MDAY (drilling weekend) national guard work would that be listed as work?
And would this guard work be considered a sufficient answer even though guard is considered part time job?
To make this more clear I answer the question listing only guard as the only job I have worked for the last 5 yrs I have worked. Would that be correct???
Does the VA care on an IU claim bout the accountability/reason of ur presence outside of the 5 yr work pd? For example why u didnt work this yr or that yr cause of suspicion of how one can survive w/o working.
Hope my meds havent kicked in so as to be confusing.
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