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Hi to all,
This is my first post here, so sorry for the length.
I recently had my re-evaluation based in the infamous letter announcing the change to DC 8045. When I sent in the form to request the re-evaluation, I got a letter back stating that they would make a decision within 30 days. I thought this was a bit strange as I anticipated actually talking to someone. I got an odd call from MES Solutions on the 30th day informing me of 3 appointments the following week.
The first was a neuropsychological evaluation, which took parts of 2 days, Friday and Monday, since I take an ADHD medication (I was wrongly DX'd by my family doctor with ADHD in 2006 – 6 years after discharge), I had to come back on Monday for the long part. The Neuro-psych Dr told me it was my decision to either take it or not (I did not take it all weekend). The testing on Monday was 4 hours long and the Friday part was 1-1/2 hours. This Dr. was NOT with MES, he was a third party.
The second appointment was about an hour with the MES Dr. (MD) and this was 1-1/2 hours and more testing, mostly balance and muscular testing along with the self-evaluation while reading off of the VA form and he typed in my words (I watched).
The third appointment was a skull x-ray, which the MES Dr. told me was useless since it has been 10 years since I was discharged.
My question is, how long does it take to get the decision back from VA? And… For those with more experience in this process, does it sound like I got fair testing?
I am in Dallas, TX and my regional office is Waco.
I am currently rated (in November 2000) at:
10% - Residuals of Head Injury
10% - Lower back
10% Right Knee
10% Left Knee
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