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.
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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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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
I applied for IVDS back in Feb 09. I keep getting letters that say we are working on your claim. *sigh* I'm rated 50% now for other issues that include a sacroiliac joint in my hip that's listed as sacroiliac dysfunction. My neuro-surgeon wrote in my records that my sacroiliac issue was what caused the last 2 disc's in my back to slip. I've had 3 surgeries so far this year. I was just told that I need another to fuse the last 2 vertebra in my spine. I've now developed blood clots and need an IVC filter put in. The blood clots were from my spine surgery. Nobody in my family has a spine issue or blood clots. I'm not going to try to claim blood clots or the next surgery yet. I need the VA to rate and approve my IVDS so I can get the 100% temporary convalescence. I've been out of work for 4 and a half months so far this year. I really need to just try and get IU. I can't sit up right for very long or stand for very long because of the pain. It's hard to explain. You guys with back issues know what I'm talking about. I've been going through bouts of depression and even got a pre-auth from my insurance to see a psyche-doc. I haven't done it because I have enough doctor appointments every week as it is.
I'm crying as I write this because it's so disheartening dealing with this every day. I haven't even got a letter asking me to go to a C&P exam. I don't know what good that will do anyway. I'm in a full back brace 24/7. I haven't added anything else to my claim because I really need them to finish and make their decision on the current back claim before I go on.
My neuro-surgeon asked me what I was rated at. I told him 50% and he scoffed,"thats it?" I said yes and that I had a claim in for an increase. He feels as if I should be 100% at least. He's going to give me a handicapped placard since I can't get one from the VA because i'm not 100%.
Anyway,,sorry to vent here, but I felt I needed to share this story for my piece of mind. You guys provide great information for every vet. Thanks for being here!
Love you guys/gals!
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