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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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I've got ortho C & P for my left knee followed quickly by the one for PTSD. I am filling out forms tonight, all advice to this site and my personal e-mail appreciated, my first trip for either.

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I've got ortho C & P for my left knee followed quickly by the one for PTSD. I am filling out forms tonight, all advice to this site and my personal e-mail appreciated, my first trip for either.

Few points on PTSD exam 1) Do not go out of your way to look good or impress anyone....dress as you normally would on a "down" day and act accordingly. 2) Make sure not to be over-friendly....do not make eye contact with the doc and keep the friendly chat to a minimum. 3) Do not highlite any of your good days or good behavior...only talk about your "worst" days and do not even hint that there are good ones. 4) Your childhood was GREAT...your parents were GREAT...you got plenty of hugs as a child, etc.... give one hint about an abusive past and your SC is gone.

I know this may sound a little like working the system, but the system is set up to help you fail. No one-time exam can give an accurate account of your PTSD and anything in your favor will be ignored in favor of anything against you ('tis the VARO way). Think of it as more of a testimony in a criminal case then an exam.... only speak of things that help your case and plead the fifth on everything else:-)

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On left knee C&P the key thing is your ROM (Range of Motion) or flexion as they call it. Pain wasn't used as a factor on my left knee OA C&P exam.

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On left knee C&P the key thing is your ROM (Range of Motion) or flexion as they call it. Pain wasn't used as a factor on my left knee OA C&P exam.

Also on your knee, make them determine whether or not you have Arthritis in your knee as this is an additional 10 % to the 30% they may award......Also after the C&P , I would find a good ORTH for a IMO on this , as the VA will try to low ball you, it is always best to get one ahead of time.

This will in the long run save you a lot of headache dealing with the VA.

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Appreciate the good posts so far - hadn't considered the arthritis on the knee, I'll bet they can find good evidence of that!

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