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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My husband is getting ready to retire and we are in the process of gathering medical records now. He has had 3 surgeries on his left knee. One to repair the meniscus, one to remove the meniscus and one to repair the ACL. He has also had three surgies on his ankle. One to repair the ankle where it was crushed in an automoble accident (active duty), one to remove the screws from his ankle and then one last month to remove a couple of the bone spurs on it. The surgical report and MRI shows many torn ligaments and severe arthritis. He is unable to raise his toes off of the floor if his heel is on the floor. I am wondering how they rate something like this. His knee also had one MRI show minimal arthritis. His hip is now bothering him. Do they rate this as one injury or is the arthritis and ligament damage separate from the ankle problems?
We also keep hearing about an exit exam. When should something like this be scheduled for. He retires January 1. He already has another job that he will start while on terminal leave so we are trying to schedule as much stuff around the new job. Don't want to start out with a bad impression.
He also has tinnitus in both ears. It is only marked on one of his hearing test and then it is put as patient voiced C/O for tinnitis both ears for years. Does anyone know what this means? Any help with what to do next or where to start on getting things filed would be greatly appreciated. He also was just diagnosed with TMJ.
Sorry for being so long. Just have a lot of questions and trying to make sure we do it right.
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