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I was wondering if anyone might have gone though this:

I have been rated at 70% with 100% IU for about 5 years for PTSD. For the last couple of years, I have been recieving a form from the VA asking me if I have worked. I fill it out no and send it back. I got one this February and sent it back. In April, I got two seperate letters talking about my family possibly being eligible for CHAMPVA in one letter and Chapter 38 education benefits in the 2nd letter. I finally called the VA and asked if I had been made P&T. The person I spoke to on the phone said that they are no longer able to see if someone is P&T in the computer. I explained about the letters and they said I must be if I was getting those letters. I asked about future exams and they saw none scheduled. They then asked me if I had asked for my case to be reviewed and I said I hadn't. They told me it was before the board. At that point, there wasn't much I was going to ask and figuered I had gotten the letters as some action taken.

On Friday afternoon (I just love how they do that), I recieved a letter in the mail that I am to report for a C&P exam on 9/11 in connection to my claim. I have no clue what is going on and when I had spoke to the VA before 3 years ago, they told me I will not need representation for a re eval.

Anyone? And what can I expect during this exam?

Thank You.

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Write to the VARO and ask for a "Certification of Permanent Total Disability".

The VARO can sign a VA FORM 21-0172 - or write their Certification free-style.

Normally VA Form 21-0172 is used for tax purposes (IRS), but you can state that you need P@T Certification for other veterans benefits (Life Insurance, Champva, Military ID, State Benefits such as property tax exemption, hunting and fishing liscence and the like).

In my case, the VARO did not respond to their own VA Form - that I sent them! Instead, they wrote a free-form statement to the effect that I was P@T. It actually took my writing them several times and they wrote two different letters - but hey, I got what I needed.

It took some letter writing and phone calls to the VARO to get the mess straightened out in the VAMC computers too becuase the VAMC did NOT have certification that I was P@T and I needed dental care.

See M21-1, Part III. Authorization and Clerical Procedures, Chapter 10 - Certificates and Eligibility Statements for Special Purposes http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/M21_1.html#c

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Thanks, Wings. Looking at the site in just a second. This is getting to be a merry go round with who has got the file.

I will post the state when I get the letter that I was made P and T in April. THen I will be more than happy to warn people of what will happen if they move here and their file eventually gets sent here. Mine took 3 1/2 years just to get sent. Paranoid, ya know. Okay living in the state way beyond paranoid at this point. :D

I called the DAV they finally called me back and told me the VA told them the file is not in the state I am currently living in, not in the state I moved from, but a third state that borders us where the C & P is scheduled because it is the closest VA facility to me. Called that state's DAV, told me nope - my file is in the state I live in. BUT, he read off to me what the screen said - eligible for CHAMPVA and Chapter 35 (or is it 38) for dependent and spouse education and no further exams scheduled. Then he says - you are P&T backdated back to the original decision date. I'm sorry to him because I started crying. I asked if he could send me a copy of that and he told me he will try to track it down and get it to me.

Andrea

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Thanks, Wings. Looking at the site in just a second. This is getting to be a merry go round with who has got the file.

I will post the state when I get the letter that I was made P and T in April. THen I will be more than happy to warn people of what will happen if they move here and their file eventually gets sent here. Mine took 3 1/2 years just to get sent. Paranoid, ya know. Okay living in the state way beyond paranoid at this point. :D

I called the DAV they finally called me back and told me the VA told them the file is not in the state I am currently living in, not in the state I moved from, but a third state that borders us where the C & P is scheduled because it is the closest VA facility to me. Called that state's DAV, told me nope - my file is in the state I live in. BUT, he read off to me what the screen said - eligible for CHAMPVA and Chapter 35 (or is it 38) for dependent and spouse education and no further exams scheduled. Then he says - you are P&T backdated back to the original decision date. I'm sorry to him because I started crying. I asked if he could send me a copy of that and he told me he will try to track it down and get it to me.

Andrea

Andrea,

Have you filed any new claims? Do you think you're POA might have filed a new claim on your behalf?

I know this is agonizing - but right now you are scheduled for a C@P Exam. I know you just wanna be left alone - me too - but the truth is, unless and until we are at the same rating for 20 years, we are all subject to re-examinations.

With your TDIU rating, you will not be reduced unless you become gainfully employed. Even if they find material improvements in other areas of your life, unlless you are working, they won't take away your 100% ! If you're stressed and crying now, wrap up that emotional energy and take it with you to your exam. You've gone through examinations before, you can do it again. If I had to go today for a re-eval, believe me, they would get an earful!

I'm almost certain that they will want to do a mental status examination. Read up on GAF scores.

You have already been service-connected for some time, so they don't need to re-evaluate that part of the equation. They shouldn't ask you questions about your military stressors or ask you to re-experience the horror! If they do, ask them to READ YOUR RECORDS!

Thhe examiner may be a total ass, maybe not, but to justify your 70% rating, look to the areas of your life that are most profoundly affected with PTSD and talk about your CURRENT life, living with PTSD. How this mental disorder keeps your life, well dis-ordered: can't leave the house, can't drive the car, panic attacks, can't shop, no friends, interpersonal problems, intense anger, flashbacks, nightmares, lack of sleep and so on (my issues too).

You simply MUST show up for the C@P. PLEASE take someone with you. If they don't allow them to be in the same room, at least have them sit outside the door for you!

I wish I could be there with you, but we'll be here and you can post right up until you go through that door. We each have to carry our own rucksacks, but we can all carry them together!

Keep us updated. HUGS !! ~Wings

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You have already been service-connected for some time, so they don't need to re-evaluate that part of the

I wish I could be there with you, but we'll be here and you can post right up until you go through that door. We each have to carry our own rucksacks, but we can all carry them together!

Keep us updated. HUGS !! ~Wings

In the meantime, since your C-File has been forwarded to the VAMC that's going to examine you, you do have the opportunity then and there to

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