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gent68

First C & P Exam Scheduled

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All,

I have two C & P Exams are scheduled for 5 & 14 Jan and these are my first ever. I went to the Texas Veterans Commision (TVC) three weeks ago and signed a Power of Attorney. The VA called me and sent a letter because from an IRIS I sent. They scheduled me for appointments on 5 and 15 Jan, for hearing/tennitus and others. I contacted my TVC Rep and asked this question, but still not sure. Maybe someone can explain. I had applied a claim for 21 different injuries/illnesses, but my two exams only cover 11. The TVC said the appointments are for claims that need further exams; Range of Motion, Pain, Scars; and the others have enough medical documentation and require no further exams. This doesn't sound right to me, but the VTC are the experts. Any advice would help.

P.S. I just retired on 1 Dec 09 and provided the VA with 2 1/2 volumes of medical folders, about 500 medical document pages.

Thanks everyone.

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When you made your claims did you get a VCAA letter that mentioned each and every disability that you claimed? The VCAA letter should mention each and every disability and what you need to win those claims. This is about the only way I know to be sure all your claims are in the system. I see you just retired so your procedure may be a bit different. You sure as heck want all your claims to be filed within the first year after discharge. It does not matter how long it takes on appeal but you want all the claims in the first year.

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The two exams are probably covering only the conditions that a general medical examiner can evaluate. The others might require a specialist in those areas or if mental they would require a shrink.

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All,

I had applied a claim for 21 different injuries/illnesses, but my two exams only cover 11. The TVC said the appointments are for claims that need further exams; Range of Motion, Pain, Scars; and the others have enough medical documentation and require no further exams. This doesn't sound right to me, but the VTC are the experts. Any advice would help.

P.S. I just retired on 1 Dec 09 and provided the VA with 2 1/2 volumes of medical folders, about 500 medical document pages.

Thanks everyone.

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John999,

Thanks, I received a cover letter from the VA when they returned some of my medical records that were duplicates that stated they were working on my claim for all the injuries/illnesses I filed on the VA Form and the Army Physical. So, it looks as though they have everything I claimed. I was just worried because the appts were for half of the claims, then with what my TVC Reps comments were I was just curious and wanted to get an azmyth check.

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Keep checking to make sure all your disabilites are included in your claim. I would not take their word for it. You have so many claimed conditions the VA might drop the ball on some. When a vet files a claim he is supposed to get what they call a VCAA letter. This is like a roadmap for you to follow to establish service connection for every claimed disability. I would ask the VA if you are going to get a VCAA letter. Most of us here have learned not to trust what the VA says but only what is in black and white.

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John999,

Thanks, I'll ask for one and will ask for more advice in the future. Thanks again.

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