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2Nd C&p For Ptsd

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Hi All,

Need some advise from my brothers and sisters. In March this year I received my award letter, 70% PTSD, 10% hearing and 10% tinnitus, part of the text in the award letter recommended I apply for IU due to certain statements included in my PTSD exam results by the examining MD regarding my past employment problems; I had 15 different employers between 2003 and 2008. The VARO ordered a second C&P for both hearing and PTSD. Audio examiner told me severe loss right ear and profound loss left ear, thats a positive. The PTSD C&P is scheduled 12/02/10 and is with a civilian MD not a VA examiner. Why would they order this with a civilian MD? There will be examination of my employability during this exam. My wife tells me I am getting worse not better; I still take all the meds including the "do not kill pills" and see two shrinks every month and have therapy on a regular basis. If anyone has been through this IU process please tell me what to expect and will this C&P be any different then the first one?

I honestly think chasing "charlie" in the jungles and highlands of Vietnam was a lot easier then dealing with the VARO!!!

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The civilian doctor is on contract with the VA to provide exams. The VA has been doing this for some time with other claims. I'm not surprised to hear that they are doing it with PTSD, even with the recent law change.

If the civilian doctor should come up with an "off the wall" non PTSD diagnosis, you miht be in for some grief. On the other hand, since a VA doctor has already said that you have PTSD, even that unlikely event can be overcome.

Have you applied for and been awarded any SSA benefits?

Hi All,

Need some advise from my brothers and sisters. In March this year I received my award letter, 70% PTSD, 10% hearing and 10% tinnitus, part of the text in the award letter recommended I apply for IU due to certain statements included in my PTSD exam results by the examining MD regarding my past employment problems; I had 15 different employers between 2003 and 2008. The VARO ordered a second C&P for both hearing and PTSD. Audio examiner told me severe loss right ear and profound loss left ear, thats a positive. The PTSD C&P is scheduled 12/02/10 and is with a civilian MD not a VA examiner. Why would they order this with a civilian MD? There will be examination of my employability during this exam. My wife tells me I am getting worse not better; I still take all the meds including the "do not kill pills" and see two shrinks every month and have therapy on a regular basis. If anyone has been through this IU process please tell me what to expect and will this C&P be any different then the first one?

I honestly think chasing "charlie" in the jungles and highlands of Vietnam was a lot easier then dealing with the VARO!!!

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The first PTSD C&P that I had was with a civilian doctor through QTC, and my second one was also with a QTC doctor. My General Medical Exam was with a QTC doctor. So it is not that unusual, and I think that the VA does this to appear to be fair and impartial. However, QTC and any other medical personnel is under contract to the VA. The VA is still responsible.

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Hi All,

I honestly think chasing "charlie" in the jungles and highlands of Vietnam was a lot easier then dealing with the VARO!!!

Roger that.

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The civilian doctor is on contract with the VA to provide exams. The VA has been doing this for some time with other claims. I'm not surprised to hear that they are doing it with PTSD, even with the recent law change.

If the civilian doctor should come up with an "off the wall" non PTSD diagnosis, you miht be in for some grief. On the other hand, since a VA doctor has already said that you have PTSD, even that unlikely event can be overcome.

Have you applied for and been awarded any SSA benefits?

Thanks for the reply Chuck75. My current GAF is 43 per the VA Pysch Dr. I know PTSD is my demon, I had a great life until I experienced the things I did as a Marine grunt in Vietnam. I am 66 and receive SSR retirement payment, somehow I accummulated enough whatever I needed to qualify but my monthly stipend is not very much. Should I or can I apply for SSA? Thanks for the advice.

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:huh: Hi All and Merry Christmas, Had the 2nd C&P on Dec 2nd. Wife went with me and Dr allowed her to participate. Funny the whole thing started with this TDIU claim when the VARO stated in my first C&P results the Dr made a very strong reference to my employment issues over the last 40+ yrs so the VARO recommended I file a claim for TDIU. A few questions, a couple of the memory tests at which I did poorly. Whole thing was 30 minutes, Dr told me I have severe PTSD and> am totally unemployable. Competency issue resolved, wife manages the funds anyway. The Dr made it a point to thank me for my service before I left, sealed with a firm handshake. He did recommend I do the in-patient thing, told him won't work, been too long, told me he still recommends I do. We'll see what develops and wait for the brown envelope, one never knows what the VA will do. Would appreciate any and all interpretations of this last C&P and a Dr. stating what he is putting in report. Why would he do that???

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