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I am currently being treated for ptsd outside of the V.A. My current therapist feels the V.A. would be better at treating me. I went to a screening at the V.A. without any doubt the screener stated yes I have ptsd and he lined out a large list of benefits I can use for treatment. I went to start making appointments and was told I was being denied treatment because I make to much money and have no service connection. It is my therapist and the screeners opinion the ptsd was prior to military service. I agree. I have a extensive background of drug abuse and child abuse. In the military I saw no combat. I am being set up for a c&p exam. What I am currently struggling with is how I can connect at all to my time in service. I understand I will need to show that my condition was exasperated by my time in. My concern is will the examiner choose to direct questions that way. Do I need to direct conversation into a specifc direction and point out how it was exasperated. Prior to joining The military I had been to a drug rehab and was sober. That is documented in my service record. It was also documented that I had fallen off the wagon while in the military is that a example of exasperation. I guess what I am looking for is what exaxtly do I need to do or look for in making a service connection . If I cant fine. If I cant fine. I just want to get treatment at the V.A. or elsewhere.

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mickey,

I think the word you really are wanting to use is aggravated versus "exasperated".

To win a claim for this you will need to show a diagnosis of the condition prior

to active duty - and then show evidence of things that happened while on active duty, that

aggravated your condition.

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I am currently being treated for ptsd outside of the V.A. My current therapist feels the V.A. would be better at treating me. I went to a screening at the V.A. without any doubt the screener stated yes I have ptsd and he lined out a large list of benefits I can use for treatment. I went to start making appointments and was told I was being denied treatment because I make to much money and have no service connection. It is my therapist and the screeners opinion the ptsd was prior to military service. I agree. I have a extensive background of drug abuse and child abuse. In the military I saw no combat. I am being set up for a c&p exam. What I am currently struggling with is how I can connect at all to my time in service. I understand I will need to show that my condition was exasperated by my time in. My concern is will the examiner choose to direct questions that way. Do I need to direct conversation into a specifc direction and point out how it was exasperated. Prior to joining The military I had been to a drug rehab and was sober. That is documented in my service record. It was also documented that I had fallen off the wagon while in the military is that a example of exasperation. I guess what I am looking for is what exaxtly do I need to do or look for in making a service connection . If I cant fine. If I cant fine. I just want to get treatment at the V.A. or elsewhere.

Welcome aboard, 'mickey138'. I am glad to hear that you are seeking help. Can you show where and how your condition was aggravated in the military? What happened?

Good luck with your C&P. Hang in there.

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Were you treated while in the military. Was there an incident that caused you to fall off the wagon? Any traumatic event? Were you discharged because of drinking/drugs? Need a little more information in order to help in your quest.

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When you" went off the wagon" exactally what happened? What triggered you to go back to drinking/drug use? Is this documented in your smr(service medical records)? Did you loose rank? Get article 15's? GO into a rehab/ or treatment program or have counseling while inservice? Did you speak to psychologists or psychologist during this time? Was there an event/assault that made you start using again and is there anything in your records which may show this? Did you suddenly have deficient performance exams? Can anyone vouch these occurances you claim?

You need tohave EVIDENCE to provide a linkage to inservice, and a Diagnosis to be able to succeed Welcome here at hadit and seek any info from all here. No one knows it all but many know alot here who can help you along your plight journey.

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Welcome to Hadit. I see you list as documented that you were abused as a child. The Navy knew this when you enlisted? You really do need to show that your service caused your problems to get worse.

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