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calisoldier83

Ptsd Determination

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Hey all,

I waited a long 2 years for a determination on my PTSD claim! It came out to 30%. I'm so glad something finally came, I was about to give up. It seems I wasn't diagnosed with all of the symptoms, such as, loss of memory, motivation, and relationship problems. It says I'll be having future review examinations.

When I did my exam I didn't feel like they gave me a qualified doctor and he was middle eastern so I felt he was biased against me from the start. Also, I've been going to the VA hospitals psychologist every month for help. In addition to that I got a total amount of 50% disability for injuries connected to mil service. But I forgot to file for my knee injury so I still need to do that.

So should I dispute the PTSD claim or wait for the re-examination?

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Just file for a increase for ptsd,and get your pyschiatrist to write you a letter that your ptsd is worsten then then the 30% rating that you recevied

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I'd review the percentages, for PTSD, and see where you feel you fit in. Then, if you feel you should be rated more than 30%, file a NOD and request another C&P exam. You can also ask your shrink for an opinion.

mobie16r - Asking for an increase starts a new claim and then you wouldn't get any retro, if you win. I suggest filing a NOD(appeal). jmo

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Hey all,

I waited a long 2 years for a determination on my PTSD claim! It came out to 30%. I'm so glad something finally came, I was about to give up. It seems I wasn't diagnosed with all of the symptoms, such as, loss of memory, motivation, and relationship problems. It says I'll be having future review examinations.

When I did my exam I didn't feel like they gave me a qualified doctor and he was middle eastern so I felt he was biased against me from the start. Also, I've been going to the VA hospitals psychologist every month for help. In addition to that I got a total amount of 50% disability for injuries connected to mil service. But I forgot to file for my knee injury so I still need to do that.

So should I dispute the PTSD claim or wait for the re-examination?

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I agree-

PTSD claims for higher rating-

If the VA changes your meds at some point for PTSD-that can sometimes indicate the PTSD is affecting you worse than before.

It all depends on fitting into the higher rating criteria.

By all means claim the knee if you feel you should get SC for it.

You did good. A BIG foot in the door.

Congrats!

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I believe many people are initially awarded a 30% rating for PTSD regardless of their symptoms. The important thing is that it has been determined service connected.

In my situation, I was awarded 30% for PTSD in October of 2008. In March 2009 I had a number of serious issues at work, was suspended and nearly fired, and I went again to the VA and filed a second claim saying that I felt my PTSD had worsened (which it had). I was re-evaluated and promptly bumped up to a 70% rating in June 2009. I eventually was fired from my job in October 2009.

I applied for TDIU, but I didn't feel that I was a %100 guy and I wanted to try my best to live a "normal" life. I went about 4 months without finding work, but I found a great job working for the Federal Government so it all worked out.

As an aside, are you an OIF/OEF veteran? If so, the OIF/OEF case workers could be your best friends. Anytime I go to the VA or pass the VA I make it a point to stop in and talk to the OIF/OEF guys. The case workers always take brief notes about your visit like "he says that he is having problems adjusting at work" or "he says he was fired from his job" and various notes about your appearance. These notes end up in your file that is evaluated when they award you a rating. So if you are having a hard day, stop by and BS with these guys. Aside from that, some of the case workers at the VA I go to in Wilmington, DE have actually been deployed to Iraq and have issues of their own and really understand what you're going through.

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I believe many people are initially awarded a 30% rating for PTSD regardless of their symptoms. The important thing is that it has been determined service connected.

In my situation, I was awarded 30% for PTSD in October of 2008. In March 2009 I had a number of serious issues at work, was suspended and nearly fired, and I went again to the VA and filed a second claim saying that I felt my PTSD had worsened (which it had). I was re-evaluated and promptly bumped up to a 70% rating in June 2009. I eventually was fired from my job in October 2009.

I applied for TDIU, but I didn't feel that I was a %100 guy and I wanted to try my best to live a "normal" life. I went about 4 months without finding work, but I found a great job working for the Federal Government so it all worked out.

As an aside, are you an OIF/OEF veteran? If so, the OIF/OEF case workers could be your best friends. Anytime I go to the VA or pass the VA I make it a point to stop in and talk to the OIF/OEF guys. The case workers always take brief notes about your visit like "he says that he is having problems adjusting at work" or "he says he was fired from his job" and various notes about your appearance. These notes end up in your file that is evaluated when they award you a rating. So if you are having a hard day, stop by and BS with these guys. Aside from that, some of the case workers at the VA I go to in Wilmington, DE have actually been deployed to Iraq and have issues of their own and really understand what you're going through.

Not disrespecting others here; but i feel that the VA in general is concentrating alot more on the OIF/OEF veterans then the rest of us. Again, thats how I feel about this whole disability thing...

Again, not here to dis my fellow vets!!

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