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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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    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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Filing For Tbi, Ptsd, And Tinnitus

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Not sure if this is the right place for this. I'm getting ready to file my claims. Do i simply just walk in and talk to a VSO? Not a clue on how this works. TIA

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I'm brand new here.... surprised no one answered you. My advise it to use one of the Veteran Service Organizations to help you understand the process and guide you through it. VFW, DVA, American Legion... etc.

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I'm new to this.... but I would reccomend you contact the service organizations (VFW, DAV, American Ligion, etc.), and also go to the VA website. but get the service org help from one of them

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The formal application 21-526 is there at the VA web site- you can print it off or use VONAPP to file it.

I feel printing it off is best idea to give you time to really think about the questions and not leave anything out.

Then you could take it to a Vet rep to help with.

For the PTSD you need proof of inservice stressor so be detailed when asked about that-

You also need PTSD diagnosis but if the rep will not help you if you dont have the diagnosis yet- can that rep and get another one

For the TBI claim you will also need proof of IED involvement or inservice accident.

If you have the CAR, CIB or PH on your DD 214 these claims should go smoothly-

If not after you file the claim the VA will send you a VCAA letter telling you exactly what evidence they need,

Now is the time to think about that evidence.

I am assuming you are OEF OIF incountry veteran?

Sorry guys- we seem to be missing stuff in the sub forums- you can always post up in CLaims Research if we dont see the posts here.

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Also make sure the rep understands TBI and PTSD are rated separately-

The VA cant lump these together.

Make sure you have copy of this 526 form and the VCAA letter should come in 2-3 months hopefully.If you have one or more of those combat awards I mentioned they might not even need top send the VCAA letter- with a diagnosis of PTSD and TBI and C & P exams and the awards they could rate the claim fast-but no one knows how long anything could take with the VA.

If you are OIF OEF and findyou are having significant problems with the claim- contact NVLSP Lawyers for Warriors program at their web site.

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