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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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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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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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Hi: I'm a oif veteran. I just got my rating decision letter for my first claim in august 2009. I was rated 30% for PTSD, 10% for lumbar spine strain, 10% cervical spine strain and 10% for varicocele. My question is: can I ask for another c&p exam instead of appealing my PTSD claim? Since my c&p exam on feb 2009 I've been going down hill because of my PTSD. Increase in anxiety, panic, anger and haven't been working for the last 3 months due to my sc disabiliies, ie:neck and back pain. :D :) If not what are my options. I'm new in this and my memory is not good at all so please bear with me. I'm also a Purple heart recipient, don't know if that mathers. Any advice on what I can do.

Also on my claim it states that "a higher evaluation of 50% is not warranted unless there is reduce reliability and productivity due to such symptoms as: panic attacks more than once a week". Then somewhere in the next paragraph states that my records of the Va hospital I go to contain information about my panic attacks "reported as ocurring on average 3 to 4 times per week. Did they miss that part and granted me 30% instead of 50%? panic attack 3 to 4 times a week are also mention by my mental health dr on my Va records? Any help with this one too please!!!

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Hi: I'm a oif veteran. I just got my rating decision letter for my first claim in august 2009. I was rated 30% for PTSD, 10% for lumbar spine strain, 10% cervical spine strain and 10% for varicocele. My question is: can I ask for another c&p exam instead of appealing my PTSD claim? Since my c&p exam on feb 2009 I've been going down hill because of my PTSD. Increase in anxiety, panic, anger and haven't been working for the last 3 months due to my sc disabiliies, ie:neck and back pain. :) B) If not what are my options. I'm new in this and my memory is not good at all so please bear with me. I'm also a Purple heart recipient, don't know if that mathers. Any advice on what I can do.

Also on my claim it states that "a higher evaluation of 50% is not warranted unless there is reduce reliability and productivity due to such symptoms as: panic attacks more than once a week". Then somewhere in the next paragraph states that my records of the Va hospital I go to contain information about my panic attacks "reported as ocurring on average 3 to 4 times per week. Did they miss that part and granted me 30% instead of 50%? panic attack 3 to 4 times a week are also mention by my mental health dr on my Va records? Any help with this one too please!!!

They generally will order a new exam if the old one is over 1 year. You could file for an increase and have them review your records. By the time they VCAA you it will probably be over a year and give you a new exam. If not, then they can use your treatment records to evaluate you for an increase

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