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I Have No Clue

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First of all I am 0% sc for fracture of lower jaw, roof of mouth and loss of teeth (11 of them at one time). Now here comes the confusing part. Filed a claim for TBI, PTSD, Anxeity, Major Depression, and IU with Severe COPD. Nsc may cover the COPD part, not sure. All of these are documented by MH at local VA. for the past 20 years. In each case meds have been increasing. My C&P exam clearly states "Vet meets criteria for PTSD". I have read Cfr 38 untill my eyes are falling out and the forums here to find out if they all tie together and roughly what % it may be. This all started 27 years ago in a peace time era. One part of 38 says it has to be combat related another says it doesn't matter. Now here's the question, in laymans terms do I stand a snowballs chance of a favorable rating? Any help would be a great comfort to my already shot nerves.

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Peace time or Wartime should not make a difference if it happened while you served and you can link it to your service.

So yes from what you say you have a bona fide claim.

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This is the new PTSD criteria as of July 2010:

http://www.va.gov/PTSD_QA.pdf

This new regulation affects claims-

"received by VA on or after July 13, 2010;

o received before July 13, 2010 but not yet decided by a VA regional office;

o appealed to the Board of Veterans' Appeals on or after July 13, 2010;

o appealed to the Board before July 13, 2010, but not yet decided by the Board; and

o pending before VA on or after July 13, 2010, because the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims vacated a Board decision and remanded for re-adjudication."

It eliminates the need for the veteran to prove the stressor event if their stressor is consistent with the points within the regulation as to "hostile activity" etc and their MOS and time and place of stressor.

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is anything related to your issues in your med records or dental records? anything at all? Do you see an therapist at the VA?

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With your 0% sc award granted for your Fx jaw, loss of teeth and other oral problems did you put in a NOD? (notice of disagreement) with in the 1 year of this? Post them giving you the 0%sc?

When did you initially apply for all the other claims? Are you represented by any VSO?

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With your 0% sc award granted for your Fx jaw, loss of teeth and other oral problems did you put in a NOD? (notice of disagreement) with in the 1 year of this? Post them giving you the 0%sc?

When did you initially apply for all the other claims? Are you represented by any VSO?

The 0% has been taken care of I guess (complete prosthetics, dentures). Application date of 3 mar 11 for the other claims. C%P was last Wednesday with a favorable report I think. TBI with residuals of major depression, anxiety, and all that applies with PTSD from 1992 until now with increasing meds the whole time. Also filed for IU do to Severe COPD. Whether it means anything or not the C&P psychiatrist put quote "Vet meets criteria for PTSD". GAF is 59. As for the VSO, yes. He is a good one too. A new piece of evidence for a claim is immediately sent to rating board. And he actually returns my calls.

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