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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 have been seeing a VA mental health doctor for a couple months now, GAF of 55, my question is does VA want to see a certain amount of appt's before you file a claim, I would claim this secondary to my SC shoulder and wrist injuries because I have been out of work since July, got approved for VocRehab but cant move on a plan tilll I get my ortho stuff straight or if I am able to return to work at all, have increase for my shoulder claim in already, Doctor said I have depression and I am on Prozac and ambien and trazadone because I wake up every morning at three, thanks again in advance for the advice.

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No they don't. I filed my claim in '89 having never filed a claim for PTSD, nor been treated for PTSD. Just always be truthful and you should be okay. jmo

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Unless you have been diagnosed with a MH condition, I would wait until a diagnosis is rendered. You can submit a claim for generalized mental disorder and let VA figure out what you have by what is written in your mental health records.

I have know veterans to do this, but my own opinion would be to wait until you have a diagnosis, then submit a claim for it providing a nexus has been established.

Good luck!

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