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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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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

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Papa

Non Combat Ptsd

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Some months back when I went to my PTSD examination, the doctor did not want to hear about my stressors prior to Vietnam. He said we just need to leave it alone. I believe that I had PTSD even before I went to Vietnam. Should I persue this, or just do like the good doctor said and drop it?

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If you can prove it maybe. The reason is that if you can show aggravation of PTSD that was acquired prior to your service and there is no fraud in the papers you filled out than maybe. You will still have to prove it.

Do you have a stressor that you can prove?

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It was not prior to service, but prior to vietnam. I was forced to climb telephone poles, and stay until the pain got so bad, I would fall or slid down the pole. I have Hereditary Angioedema. Since the doctors did not see blood, or a bone sticking out, they thought that I was just trying to get out of climbing poles. I could have done that the first day when they ask about being scared of heights. Stupid me. I use to pull long splinters out of my chest and stomach.

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I think that the Doc was trying to help you. I also think that unless you have a provable stressor that you should look into another way to win your claim. If you were afraid of heights that may indicate another dx that would be eaiser for you to win.

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You don't even want to mention PTSD prior to service or Vietnam. If it was me I wound not mention PTSD prior Vietnam. You need a stressor. Did you ever get shot at on one of those poles?

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Papa,

What is your current40 % SC for?

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