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Senior or Pvt, I know it has been awhile since this post, but any chance either of you still check this? Sorry- new to this and this topic hits home here.
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Why am I seeing different ratings for PTSD here?
My total rating, including Tinitus (thanks to multiple explosions) and shrapnel wound, AND PTSD is 60%. Yet, if I'm reading this correctly, there are some here who have been granted 70% for PTSD alone.
I don't get it.
Employment was mentioned in a few posts, but considering I haven't been significantly employed, or under-employed for a number of years, I would think that might weigh in my favor.
And some are here who got 100% SC P & T for PTSD (my dead husband- 3 years after his death). It might be best to start a new thread here...this one is old.
The PTSD ratings are explained in the VA Schedule of Ratings, linked below the main forums.
"Employment was mentioned in a few posts, but considering I haven't been significantly employed, or under-employed for a number of years, I would think that might weigh in my favor."
Employability is a key factor to all ratings.
Did you NOD the 60%? If not you can re-open the claim with New and Material evidence.
Do you get SSDI solely for the SC conditions?
Did VA Voc Rehab ever turn you down stating your SCs make Voc Rehab unfeasible?
"considering I haven't been significantly employed, or under-employed for a number of years, I would think that might weigh in my favor."
It certainly could but there are other factors, as within the VA SRD, and VA has to know if you are ,in fact unemployed and/or how your SCs have affected your ability to work....since their last rating...that is where the new and material evidence comes in, if you did not appeal the 60% in time.
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you might try to get your last C&P for the PTSD and check the systoms the examiner checked yes in the boxes.
and compare them to the rating criteria that the VA has for PTSD
General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders
Total occupational and social impairment, due to such symptoms as: gross impairment in thought processes or communication; persistent delusions or hallucinations; grossly inappropriate behavior; persistent danger of hurting self or others; intermittent inability to perform activities of daily living (including maintenance of minimal personal hygiene); disorientation to time or place; memory loss for names of close relatives, own occupation, or own name.100
Occupational and social impairment, with deficiencies in most areas, such as work, school, family relations, judgment, thinking, or mood, due to such symptoms as: suicidal ideation; obsessional rituals which interfere with routine activities; speech intermittently illogical, obscure, or irrelevant; near-continuous panic or depression affecting the ability to function independently, appropriately and effectively; impaired impulse control (such as unprovoked irritability with periods of violence); spatial disorientation; neglect of personal appearance and hygiene; difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances (including work or a worklike setting); inability to establish and maintain effective relationships.70
Occupational and social impairment with reduced reliability and productivity due to such symptoms as: flattened affect; circumstantial, circumlocutory, or stereotyped speech; panic attacks more than once a week; difficulty in understanding complex commands; impairment of short- and long-term memory (e.g., retention of only highly learned material, forgetting to complete tasks); impaired judgment; impaired abstract thinking; disturbances of motivation and mood; difficulty in establishing and maintaining effective work and social relationships.50
Occupational and social impairment with occasional decrease in work efficiency and intermittent periods of inability to perform occupational tasks (although generally functioning satisfactorily, with routine behavior, self-care, and conversation normal), due to such symptoms as: depressed mood, anxiety, suspiciousness, panic attacks (weekly or less often), chronic sleep impairment, mild memory loss (such as forgetting names, directions, recent events).30
Occupational and social impairment due to mild or transient symptoms which decrease work efficiency and ability to perform occupational tasks only during periods of significant stress, or symptoms controlled by continuous medication.10
A mental condition has been formally diagnosed, but symptoms are not severe enough either to interfere with occupational and social functioning or to require continuous medication.
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