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Doc John

Hearing For Increase In Compensation


I am scheduled for a C&P evaluation for rating purposes tomorrow at the VARO, Bay Pines, FL. Currently I am at 30% for PTSD. Things have gotten worse and I applied for an increase in compensation. What can I expect- will I be reexamined by another psychiatrist or will I see a hearing officer?

My American Legion rep said it is possible to lose my compensation and I am very afraid I might somehow say the wrong thing.

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doc john,

have you been regularly going to treatment? do you have any letters from fmaily members, noting the differences? been attending group?

the C&P will examine the time from when you were last rated 30% and now. They will go down a predetermined worksheet, which can be found on VA.gov website.

You should write aletter as well, stating the impact it has had on your life and the symptoms you are currently suffereing from.

You might want to get familiar with the schedule for rating mental disabilities criteria. This will be a guide as well as this site.

Good luck

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Yes, I see a VA psychiatrist regularly and am on several psychotropic meds and also receive individual counseling at the Vet Center every two weeks.

I didn't know I would need a letter. Thank you for mentioning it. My wife is going with me and will give her testimony if she is allowed to.

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Are you working? I would be surprised if you don't get it raised.

Yes when you ask for an increase they can look at it from scratch and its vaguely possible decide that you don't rate 30% but from your posts that you take meds, see clinicians and are having a difficult time indicate that 30% is a low ball number.

Good Luck

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No, I am not working, but I am attending school 1/2 time on Chapter 31, Voc Rehab, benefits. I am struggling to pass. Memory and concentration are poor.

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If you are going to school you should tell VA its rehab so that you can possibly go back to work but that you are not there yet.

Good Luck

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