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Hey all... I was in the Army from 96-97 (little over 1 yr and 5 months)... I shattered my knee during an FTX in Guatemala, where I tore my patella tendon from my tibia and the tibia shattered in 3 places about 1/4'' from my kneecap, ruptured my plantaris muscle, and small fracture in my ankle as well as a slight tear of my achilles (all in right leg). I had surgery on the knee and plantaris muscle, where they put in a grafting using a "new" technique (I was told I was the 2nd one done in a military hospital) to restructure the tibia. After 2 months of therapy (still in military) I tried doing PT whereas I could no longer run at full speed, thus my inability to "pass" my PT (of course situps and push ups never a problem)... During my medical hold evaluation I was told I could Chapter 2 Med Discharge, but it would take months and I would have to stay in the MEdical hold barracks at Ft Stewart, OR I could take a Chapter 13 - unsatisfactory performance due to medical condition and discharge immediately (days to weeks)... now being 19 at the time and not knowing better, I opted out so I could rehab more with a civilian doctor. I didn't receive ANYTHING from the VA for 3 months upon discharge because I had no idea of the avenues to take or who to talk to. FINALLY got in to see a VA worker. My first P&T went by and they evaluated me and gave me SC 0%... ?????? WTH? LOL... they basically told me I was still able to walk so no %, but it WAS SC... over the years, my knee started deteriorating and buckling and constant arthritis to it. The ankle was getting worse, and because the injury was causing a poor gait, my lower back was getting messed up. In 2009, AFTER 4 years of appeals, I was awarded 40% for 3 problems, ankle, knee and back. NOW, (in 2012 when I re-applied a claim) I am literally using a cane 24-7, cant bend over, knee in a brace, ankle/knee swells daily 4x +, pain is 10+ daily, back is continually in knots, and due to the injury and inability to do ANYTHING, I have been diagnosed with Anxiety/Depression secondary to a SC medical condition. My question is this... My claim has been in VA since 12/12 and it JUST now went to "Preparations fr Decision - Rating Phase"... what am I looking at, as NOW i'm wondering if I should contact an attorney.... any ideas??? questions to help me...??? Does it look promising being this is the 6th time I have appealed or re-claimed for an injury I had no control over... and my lifestyle is now shot, losing my family (wife of 12 years) because I can't offer any support in any manner... I cant even play soccer with my young daughter... THIS IS KILLING ME!!!

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"I have been diagnosed with Anxiety/Depression secondary to a SC medical condition. "

Have you formally claimed that yet?

I know how difficult it is to wait for a VA decision.

I think you need to go to the VA SRD (Sshedule of Ratings) here at hadit and scroll down to the Diagnostic codes and how they rate them to get some idea of what rating % you might get now or should get

Are you employed?.

If not do you get SSDI and is it solely for these SC conditions?

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Hey Phillip..

Unfortunately I was denied for SSDI. APPARENTLY I dont qualify for SSDI just because im disabled by the VA standards.. something about the percentage is not about how much you are disabled, but the percentage is of how much it is service connected?? Secondly, that was in 2009... now it is 2013 and I have not worked since 2008.. thus, no SSDI to fall back on... yep, im screwed...

Rob

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