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No Psych Eval Scheduled... Should I Be Worried?

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I filed my claim back in April, received & submitted the stressor worksheet in November. I've been through evals for my physical claims, but not for PTSD.

I stopped in to see the local VA rep last week and he said he was a little concerned that there wasn't one scheduled. I said I thought it was probably too soon to start worrying, that they were likely still investigating the evidence/records. He confessed that mine is only the second MST claim he's worked with. (!)

They don't do the psych evaluation if they can't verify the who and where, etc., right? I mean, they'll need to look back 20-odd years at personnel records, etc. No news is good news, right?

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I filed a claim for PTSD last April, I didn't have my PTSD C&P exam until last month. Keep yourself busy, keep reading and learning, and though I know it's almost impossible, try not to worry so much.

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I would recommend you call the 1-800-827-1000 number and ask for the status of your claim. Keep in mind they hardly ever get it right, but every now and then they will. At least you may get a little piece of mind. I would think you could ask them if you are scheduled for a PTSD examination. Good Luck!!!

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Thanks, guys. I'm on hold now with the 800 number. First song they played was "The Crying Game". Ironic or appropriate, I can't decide...

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Well, she said that the claim is at the rating board.

She said that the claim for increase (left foot condition) is at the rating board & they're making a decision. The PTSD portion is also part of that claim.

I asked her if no psych evaluation means that they've decided to deny the PTSD and she said no.

My only hope is that they're using the psych evaluations they did at the PTSD treatment center for rating purposes.

They do that sometimes, right?

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I know I'm replying to myself, and I hate that, but I've been sitting here for the past hour thinking what it will mean to me if they deny me. I don't care if they rated me at 0%, at least they would acknowledge that it happened.

If they deny my claim, they're calling me a liar. I can't express what that feels like.

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