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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I also need help. Recently my private doctor diagnosed me with PTSD/Depression more likely than not from stressors during my enlistment. I have filed a VA claim for PTSD/Depression and currently waiting for a response from the VA. I had some incidents that happened during boot camp and during my enlistment that affected me mentally. I did not go to get evaluated because I was afraid I would be discharged. So there is no medical documentation in my service files. I know that was a mistake. I did write letters to my wife telling her how I was being affected and the nightmares that I was having. Those nightmares continued during my enlistment and I still have them on and off years after my enlistment ended. I also have in my service record where I took an exam for promotion in a job that was different from the one I was doing at the time. I took the exam without the knowledge of the Chief Petty Officer who had been throwing away my transfer requests. I had put in transfer requests because of an incident aboard ship, but did not list the incident as the reason for the transfer requests. My reason for not listing the incident as the cause for the transfer request was because I had been threaten if I let anyone know about the incident.
I have tried to get buddy letters from two former shipmates who I spoke to and also sent them letters to please confirm that the incident happened. I told them no names were needed just confirmation that the incident happened. Both had previously provided buddy letters on another VA claim. Both former shipmates have not responded. It seems that in this claim they just want to leave it in the past, which may be good for them but bad for me.
Anyone have any advice so I can get prepared if the VA flat out denies the claim? Thanks.
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