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OEF 21B - Looking forward to participating on the forum.

A little bit about me... Spent two tours in Afghanistan; 1-year (04-05) 1.5-years(07-08) as deployed USAR. Started having PTSD symptoms when I returned from Afghanistan in Dec 08 (irritablity, social/family withdrawal avoidance, anxiety, panic attacks, reccurrent memories, work issues with co-workers, etc.) Retired from USAR in May 2009. Volunteered for a civilian job in Iraq after 30 days at work due to co-worker issues. Deployed to Iraq as a DA Civilian Aug 09 - Aug 10, high anxiety and panic attacks 2-3 time a week while deployed to Iraq. Panic attacks 2-3 times a week, anxiety, same symptoms from OEF upon return.

Civilian Psych eval diagnosis: MDD, PTSD, Anxiety Disorder.

Filed PTSD claim with VA on 30 Aug 10. C&P 20 Oct 10 (Service Connected - Anxiety Disorder NOS by VA evaluator). Still waiting on VARO for final rating.

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I would down play what happened in Iraq as a civilian contractor. The VA is liable to say the reasons you have PTSD are related to the civilian experience. I would focus on Afghanistan combat experience. You don't want to give the VA any threads to pull on to shred your claim to service connection.

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Thanks John - My first VA Psych appointment is on the 14th of December.... I put the cart before the horse and applied for benefits before getting into the VA MH system.

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