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Increase In Compensation?


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Hi everyone, been trolling this forum for awhile and figured it was time to ask a question. Here's my story, I was low balled with 10% SC disability for PTSD back in 08 right after I got out of the army. I did my NOD and then they just handed me a 30% rating. I've denied that decision as well but haven't heard squat since. Anyway after filling out a mandatory DoD post deployment health assessment recently I've been in and out of the VA for appointments. Long story short, the first shrink that I talked to a couple of weeks ago stated in her report that I meet the symptoms for severe PTSD. I also talked to a psychiatrist the other week who mentioned that he might put me on anti-depressants such as prozac and zoloft, but for now he wants to see how individual psycho therapy works. My question is... Do I have a good shot at increasing my rating to at least 50%? I mean its been 3 years since the first C&P and here I am now seeing doctors that actually give a sh*t wanting me to go through treatment. Thanks in advance for everyone's feedback/opinions

-matt

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MattH,

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Here's the difference in the rating criteria for 50 % versus 30 % for mental health disability's.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2009/julqtr/38cfr4.130.htm

Occupational and social impairment with reduced reliability and productivity due to such symptomsas: flattened affect; circumstantial,circumlocutory, or stereotyped speech; panic attacks more than once a week; difficulty inunderstanding complex commands; impairment ofshort- and long-term memory (e.g., retention of only highly learned material, forgetting tocomplete tasks); impaired judgment; impairedabstract thinking; disturbances of motivation andmood; difficulty in establishing and maintaining effective work and social relationships... 50

Occupational and social impairment with occasional decrease in work efficiency and intermittentperiods of inability to perform occupational tasks(although generally functioning satisfactorily,with routine behavior, self-care, and conversationnormal), due to such symptoms as: depressed mood,anxiety, suspiciousness, panic attacks (weekly orless often), chronic sleep impairment, mild memoryloss (such as forgetting names, directions, recentevents)... 30

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