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?
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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
Veterans Affairs Regional Office
Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, South Carolina September 4, 2009
To Whom It May Concern,
I find myself objecting to the effective date of my compensation claim, that was awarded after the BVA hearing decision rendered on April 7, 2009, with your award letter dated 4 June 2009.
I had filed a letter to then Secretary Anthony Principi, on November 20, 2002, which he forwarded for some unknown reason to the Director, of the VA in Montgomery, Alabama to respond to me. The date of that response was 6 December 2002, before my American Legion Service Officer had even filed the official claim in later December 2002. This letter spelled out all of the different medical issues, I felt were related to my military service, including “stress” and cardiovascular problems, among numerous other issues.
In January 2003, I began treatment for PTSD, and was officially diagnosed with PTSD in May 2003. The American Legion Service Officer was less than competent, he had numerous personal problems and failed to properly handle the veterans claims from his office in the VA hospital in Augusta Georgia, where his office door stated he was the Governor of South Carolina’s Representative.
He refused to file my claim for PTSD and my appeal for the denial of my heart problems issued by your office in July 2003, in December 2003, I revoked his Power of Attorney and filed all of the issues involved with my claim then. His poor performance was not my fault, I had followed his instructions, and I still feel that the letter to Secretary Principi fills the requirement for an informal claim, despite the failure of the American Legion and the VARO to properly handle it.
It is not my nor my families fault and we should not be punished for it, I am asking for the benefits we are entitled to, if the claim had been properly handled from November 20, 2002. I am SC for PTSD at the 100% rate since December 2003, and 60% for cardiovascular issues, and 10% for hypertension since December 2003, the actual effective date should be November 2002, if the rules for informal claims are followed, I would appreciate your guidance and help in straightening this out. I just want the benefits my wife and son are entitled to, nothing more and nothing less.
I appreciate your assistance in correcting this issue.
I plan on adding copies of the letter to Principi and the Montgomery Ala repsone dated Dec 6 what else should I add or change
25 grand is 25 grand there are only so many chances at it now that I am disabled and in a non adversarial process they should have done the right thing and not attacked me over this I did things right, they didn't nor did the American Legion Rep why should my family suffer due to their errors?
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