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Ptsd And Appeal

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When I originally filed a claim for ptst I did not have a full diagnosis of ptst. My MH Dr. said I had some symptoms of ptsd but not enough to warrant a diagnosis of it.She said I had major recurrent depressive disorder. I was sent for another evaluation at my va hospital, and was sent a denial several months later. I filed for a nod and requested to go before a traveling board which evidently takes forever. I finally did receive a call when I wasn't home that there was a cancellation and if I could be there I could fill that spot. Well I was working so I didn't know about it untill I came home. They left a number that I could call so I asked just to have a teleconference hearing at the local RO. I contacted my poa and they told me my claim was at the appeals office.

This claim started in 2005, the denial was in 2007. I see my MH Dr. frequently at my local va clinic. I saw her last November and she asked that my wife write a letter and I was to return the next day. Apparently my wife's letter convinced her of the missing link to ptsd. She diagnosed me Axis I ptsd with recurrent major depressive disorder separate from ptsd, but aggravated by it.

Axis IV Stressors being moderate

Axis V GAF of 50

Because I have a clear diagnosis of ptst do you think it will still go through appeals? And does this new evidence bode well for me?

I would appreciate any feedback please

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You have about half of what is needed for your appeal to win. Did you provide a stressor that was verified? If you are a combat Veteran with a CIB or a Medal like purple heart they will accept your narrative but you will still need to have the incident verified.

Did you get a Statement of the Case when you appealed and have you overcome what the VA thinks needs to be fixed in VCAA Letter.

I am sorry no one answered before now perhaps others here could contribute?

Pete

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Pete is correct-they will need to verify the stressor.

I hope you have given them as many details as possible as they will send the info to Joint Services Records Research Center to attempt to0 verify the stressor through yor unit records.

Meantime-if you can get buddy statements or any info on your own to verify the stressor that will help.

PH, CAR, and CIB are awards they will usually concede stressor with as Peter said.

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Pete is correct-they will need to verify the stressor.

I hope you have given them as many details as possible as they will send the info to Joint Services Records Research Center to attempt to0 verify the stressor through yor unit records.

Meantime-if you can get buddy statements or any info on your own to verify the stressor that will help.

PH, CAR, and CIB are awards they will usually concede stressor with as Peter said.

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Pete is correct-they will need to verify the stressor.

I hope you have given them as many details as possible as they will send the info to Joint Services Records Research Center to attempt to0 verify the stressor through yor unit records.

Meantime-if you can get buddy statements or any info on your own to verify the stressor that will help.

PH, CAR, and CIB are awards they will usually concede stressor with as Peter said.

My stessors have been verified and I did have a buudy statement

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You have about half of what is needed for your appeal to win. Did you provide a stressor that was verified? If you are a combat Veteran with a CIB or a Medal like purple heart they will accept your narrative but you will still need to have the incident verified.

Did you get a Statement of the Case when you appealed and have you overcome what the VA thinks needs to be fixed in VCAA Letter.

I am sorry no one answered before now perhaps others here could contribute?

Pete

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Thanks Pete,

My stressor was verified, I was a medic who took care of the pow's. I received a Statement of Case when they first denied me but not after I appealed. My case is still at the appeals office. I just summitted new evidence with a diagnosis of ptsd. Could you explain the vcaa letter more.

Thanks Pete, Stever

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