Jump to content
VA Disability Claims Community Forums - HadIt.com Veterans


  • veterans-crisis-line.jpg
    The Veterans Crisis Line can help even if you’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care.

    CHAT NOW

  • question-001.jpeg

    Have Questions? Get Answers.

    Tips on posting on the forums.

    1. Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery instead of ‘I have a question.
       
    2. Knowledgeable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title.
      I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
       
    3. Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story.
       
      Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.
     
    Leading too:

    exclamation-point.pngPost straightforward questions and then post background information.
     
     
    Examples:
     
    • Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
      • Adding Background information in your post will help members understand what information you are looking for so they can assist you in finding it.
    Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
     
    • Question B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
      • See how the details below give us a better understanding of what you’re claiming.
    Rephrase the question: I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?
     
    This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial of your claim?”
     
    Note:
     
    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed. This process does not take long.
    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed. The review requirement will usually be removed by the 6th post. However, we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.
    • This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before hitting the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims, and this helps us do that.
  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   

    tinnitus-005.pngptsd-005.pnglumbosacral-005.pngscars-005.pnglimitation-flexion-knee-005.pngdiabetes-005.pnglimitation-motion-ankle-005.pngparalysis-005.pngdegenerative-arthitis-spine-005.pngtbi-traumatic-brain-injury-005.png

  • VA Watchdog

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    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


  • 2023-foeum-banner.jpg

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • red-rectangle-thin-bar.png

     

    Ask Your VA Claims QuestionThe LatestVeterans Crisis Line


     

     

     


    red-rectangle-thin-bar.png

  • Show Your Support for HadIt.com Veteran to Veteran - Wear With Pride - You are part of a 25 Year Tradition of Veterans Help Veterans through the VA Disability Claims Process.

     Check Out All The Ways To Show Your Support! 2022-11-16_06-22-29.png

  • Who's Online   0 Members, 0 Anonymous, 11 Guests (See full list)

    • There are no registered users currently online
  • 0

Social Security Denied...what's New?


halos2

Question

Veteran worked over 48 years and never applied for or received unemployment benefits as he always worked. The last 12 years has had many problems changing jobs back and forth between 2.

Put in VA claim in 05, and appealed a few times and was at 60% with PTSD @50% and Tinnitus @ 10% so vet receives 60%...still has VA claims appeals, however denied unemployment for "irrational behavior, and use of foul language and yelling and shouting co-workers and explosiveness!

" Denied unemployment so he had to file for regular SS benefits, and filed for SSDI. DENIED! So he has an appeal for SSDI and one for his IU. VA is doing nothing with his claim, knowing he is unable to find employment/therefore no job but they too refuse to act on this.

So now he sits more depressed than prior and waiting since 05/09 VA, and 11/10 SSDI to get some action.

He did a Congressional Inquiry with SSDI and they seemed to get response "SSDI will investigate." 2 months ago...VA says file was with rater and pulled for inquiry, so it will take forever to get back to a rater... WTF? He is VN vet awarded Bronze star with Valor...for combat, and states killing the enemy,,,yet VA and SSDI appear to think or believe he is OK? Or think maybe he will die while waiting? This is getting so old!!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Answers 12
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters For This Question

12 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • HadIt.com Elder

Need more info before I comment. As to his PTSD, I'd put in for an increase, if he's past the NOD deadline. The VA usually lowballs those ratings so he could get 70%, or 100%, if it's gotten worse or if they lowballed him.

As to his BS w/"V" device . . . don't know what that has to do w/anything. Kinda like combat vets saying they should have a higher rating, for PTSD, when in fact it has nothing to do with how bad they had it then, but is about how bad you/they have it now and tomorrow. Not saying this to piss you off but I just didn't understand the BS comment, that's all, unless it was to point out his great character, then.

jmo

pr

Edited by Philip Rogers (see edit history)
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I agree with you PR.....

BS w V is a wonderful award but awards, once a SC PTSD diagnosis has been made -have nothing to do with attaining a higher SC rating.

"VA is doing nothing with his claim, knowing he is unable to find employment/therefore no job but they too refuse to act on this."

I think you are definitely reading too much into that.....

I think VA is so overwhelmed with the backlog,they don't really have time to be spiteful. The VA has over 900,000 claims ion process last time I checked

Not enough info here.

I assume he applied for TDIU with a 21-8940. I also assume he got a VCAA letter by now and has attempted to use IRIS,or the 800# or ebenefits to get some sort of status from time to time.

I also assume you meant he cannot collect unemployment workers compensation from the state.???.

Here in NY, even if someone is fired, I think they can collect UCC if they paid into UCC enough.

I already have Assumed too much...... more info needed here.

Edited by Berta (see edit history)
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Need more info before I comment. As to his PTSD, I'd put in for an increase, if he's past the NOD deadline. The VA usually lowballs those ratings so he could get 70%, or 100%, if it's gotten worse or if they lowballed him.

As to his BS w/"V" device . . . don't know what that has to do w/anything. Kinda like combat vets saying they should have a higher rating, for PTSD, when in fact it has nothing to do with how bad they had it then, but is about how bad you/they have it now and tomorrow. Not saying this to piss you off but I just didn't understand the BS comment, that's all, unless it was to point out his great character, then.

jmo

pr

OK the bsv was to point out his active participation and documented he kept the enemy from advancing any further and killed enemy and a sabotage team sent them to help him found he had the enemy pinned down and unable to advance...showing a scarey situation and his reaction and ?remorse?guilt? fear? He was 30% PTSD appealed and got 50% and put in for an increase and denied and appealed...this claim is from 5/09...He turned into a monster and trying to state mental problems continue to get progressively worse...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Berta, Just trying to establish a stressor with fear(see response to pr below). MO does not allow unemployment benefits doesn't matter how many years you worked and never received benefits if you are agressive with workers and some managers...he filed they denied, he appealed, they denied, he appealed and they denied again as to aggressive loud vocal threatening comments to the staff at his previous job...

as far as his claim he was 30 appealed got to 50, put in for increase denied, Nod, Denovo, waiting on this since 5/09, and put in for TDIU post tx PTSD program.

over 2 years ago...hr went into PTSD Tx in Topeka Ks over 2 yrs ago...So his VSO (VFW) has told him RO rater has his file...for 3 months then put back in another area reviewing it, then back with a rater again now a few months...( Never heard anything about NOD results but if it keeps going back to a rater someone made some decision along the way...Right?)

I know there is a back log as so does he but rater to a VA person, back to rater...???

Also when he went into an inpatient tx program for for just over 7 straight weeks they finally gave him 100% for 1 month not 2 so he put in for the other week too,,,this was 7 months after the program...yes he was in over 24 days one month and continued to next month without a break for a total of 47 or 48 days for both months. They write on the statement the dates he is eligible from the 8th of one month to the last day of the second month, but only paid him for the first month.

He is unemployable all this time,,,hence his claims...so 5/13 will be 4 years for the initial request... BTW he waited 4 years with his original claim for PTSD and Tinnitus with the appealing too...just thought with mixed messages something would proceed faster now...yep I too can not assume anything with the VARO either...Got a head ache so composition is fragmented, sorry. Thanks PR and Berta.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

"when he went into an inpatient tx program for for just over 7 straight weeks the"

Does he have any med recs from the inhouse program?

I assume you mean the PTSD inhouse program.

SSDI considered my husband's inhouse program stuff for their SSDI PTSD award.

And I used it for his posthumous 100% P & T PTSD SC award.

But it really was only a very small part of his PTSD treatment records.

Did this vet mention his PTSD meds on the TDIU form and how their side affects impact on his ability to work?

Lots to TDIU here.....can he come on board with us here?

My husband killed the enemy too. His main stressors actually had nothing to do with the combat. I know that sounds odd.First Wave,Rolling Thunder Ist MarDiv 1965-66- Danang . His stressor letter said 'combat and/or incoming as usual' in most of the monthly timeline he had to fill out.

I dont even know why he filed that out for the PTSD inhouse.

His main stressor was verified by a VA psychiatrist who was in Vietnam when his first stressor happened.

A vet only needs one verified stressor, which the vet you mention here, obviously has.

Edited by Berta (see edit history)
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Berta, He does not use a computer very well There is one in his home but he is lower than a novice when it comes to usage. He does not really have the desire to learn either. He is a member Tuy Hoa vet.

No he did not add this meds to his forms. Guess he thought everything is in his records.

He was in a PTSD tx program, yes. Problem is some of the guys in the program kept telling him to try and "act normal" or they will try to keep him longer or might do shock treatments on him!! Are you kidding??

So he went in with a GAF 42 and came out with a 55...He did have episodes of screaming nightmares where staff or roommates would wake him up.(Yelling I'm gonna kill you or something to the effects get them, get them, etc) (some were documented in nurses notes)

VA hosp sent 95 pages of his VA hospital tx info, however I don't know if they have the one's from his inpatient PTSD tx one's?? They knew he was in there, but could it be because he tried to be "on his best behavior" the last 2 weeks it hurt him? He was a very violent man too. Abusive to wife and family. Violent in fact. Alcoholic, but drinks seldom anymore.

I have helped him along this way but it seems like he doesn't want them to know how warped he really is and every once and a while tries to "act normal" as he really believes he will be committed into a insane hospital...(Do they even have these anymore?) He did get an attorney for his SSDI but I told him NOT to for the VA claim...I helped him these years, and there is basically nothing different an attorney could do at this point, and I as a relative have done it all for him, so he can receive help in his life freely! Thanks for your impute. He doesn't remember his password for hadit, so he will have to learn how to retrieve it. Time for him to get involved with computers 101... OMG I did write a post about him like over 20 months ago...found out his spouse wrote some comments back then for him...Don't know why I let them drag me back into trying to help them except I did have them file for SSDI as you folks here at hadit suggested... Thanks for more info to give her (him) esp from Berta and PR.

Edited by halos2 (see edit history)
Link to comment
Share on other sites

This vet received notification he was to have C & P exams for his conditions claimed...one for ED because he put a claim in for it a few years back, and one for hearing loss?? He did not put in a claim for hearing loss, and both were related to his claim for IU...This seems really odd. Nothing really mentions his increase for mental health PTSD related to the IU...He will go to these, and beings that he is not going to see BH do you think the VARO has enough evidence regarding his mental status and documentation to not need more to grant this yet are trying to tie up his ED with it? The hearing loss is a questionable thing as no where has he claimed this...He does receive 10% for Tinnitus, and this was granted back from 05...

Any comments or suggestions on what else he should do/say regarding this questionable claim?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • HadIt.com Elder

It could be inferred from the Examiner from the tinnitus exam., It could be other things. A mistake.

The Vet needs to go and be prepared for any exam.

J

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It could be inferred from the Examiner from the tinnitus exam., It could be other things. A mistake.

The Vet needs to go and be prepared for any exam.

J

The original date of Tinnitus was 05 and he got the usual 10% They denied hearing loss back then but did give him hearing aides. He never appealed that rating...He did start out at 30 % PTSD and went to 50% but did put in for increase for that, and put in for IU too...Basically been waiting since 09 for the original appeal dates. Yes the ED was one he applied for in 08 though...Told him to go for whatever they have him scheduled for and to be honest and truthful on all his disabilitating conditions...Thanks John for you comment.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I do hope that this veteran with a bronze star with a V (valor) device is receiving the care he needs at the VA. Those should never downplay any award with a V device!ss

It is difficult to obtain SC for hearing loss from the VA, unless you have hearing loss. On the form that the audiologists will complete, there are 5 blocks that they write the decibals of hearing loss in. The first three blocks beginning on the left going right have to be a 40 or greater to receive compensation from the VA.

By virtue of him being a veteran, the VA will monitor his hearing and if there comes a time when hearing aides are needed the VA will provide the vet with them and they will also maintain them. There was a comment above about this vet only receiving "the usual 10% for tinnitus". Unfortunately, the VA only rates tinnitus at a 10%, whether it is singular or bilateral.

I pray for this veteran, it seems his life has been turned upside down, but how many lives of other veterans have also been turned upside down due to war, MST, the list goes on and on. It just effects us differently when it is somone close, family or friends.

The VA has come a long way when dealing with veterans dealing with any type of mental health conditions and they have a much longer road to travel until each veteran needing these services can be either resolved or able to maintain a quality of life where they can hopefully live a less disruptive life. I would hope that the VA focus on what event he experienced 12 years ago that caused him to be the individual that can no longer work, tolerate people, and behave in the manner which he is...

Edited by meghp0405 (see edit history)
Link to comment
Share on other sites

He went for the 2 exams he was scheduled for last week. Noticed he was 0% prior for hearing and does have hearing aides they gave him when initially tested and receiving the 0%.

Well he said the examiner was abrupt and half way through the exam she said well your hearing is the same, after he asked for some hearing aide batteries, as he has been buying his own all these years. He found out others get their batteries free from VAMC. So he knows where that will go.

Other exam was for ED. Brought in copies of his side effects/adverse reactions from the 5 different antidepressants they had him on, plus these were copied in his VAMC records and reasons they changed them 4 times...The physician was rude and wanted to talk more about himself, I was told...

Told vet even thou Psychiatrist wrote in records he has had problems since 2008 and documented in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and now he doesn't think tha'ts why he has ED. He has PTSD, and is just plain getting older and that is probably why. He wrote notes during these exams so he could remember.

His Psychiatrist stated he had ED and probably side effect of antidepressants, on numerous notes throughout the years. She is a medical doctor first...plus he had other appeals in and mostly his IU which was not addresses or ordered yet! So who knows but does sound doubtful!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Answer this question...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines