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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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Hello,

I'll go through this in chronological order:

On my initial determination letter for 100% rating (May 10, 2011) it says "An examination will be scheduled at a future date to evaluate the severity of your service connected "PTSD".

Further in the letter it states, "The examiner indicated that you would benefit from counseling and other mental health service, therefore, there is evidence indicating a possibility for improvement" The assigned evaluation is not considered permanent and is subject to a future review examination".

So, I submitted another application for increased determination, for P&T (August 31, 2013), and received a determination letter (October 29, 2013), stating:

1. "Evaluation of PTSD which is currently 100 percent disabling, is continued".

2. "Eligibility to Dependents' Educational Assistance is not established". (Indicating that it's not P&T I'm thinking).

So, I called the VA phone number and asked for a letter so I could receive base access and MWR privileges. I received the following letter:

"We are giving you this certificate so you may receive commissary store and exchange privileges from the Armed Forces". "This is to certify that xxxxxx is an honorably discharged Veteran of the Army and receives benefits at the 100% rate".

I was able to obtain a Base ID Card (DD Form 2765) using this certificate, which I thought required P&T Status to obtain.

Sp now, I've gone onto the MilConnect (www.dmdc.osd.mil) website and when clicking the 'my profile' tab I see the following information:

Persona Type: Disabled Veteran

Disability Extent: Permanent and Total Disability

Begin Date: 08-21-2013

I am trying to figure out where exactly I stand. Am I P&T? Am I not? Is my spouse eligible for CHAMPVA?

Any assistance is deciphering all this will be appreciated.

- DESERT

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Hello and thank you for your service from what i know you are eligible for the ID card when you get a 100% rating with the statement about dependents not getting ch35 benefits you are not rated P&T through the VA. when you had your ID done they should have put down the date of your future exams as your expiration date but the person who did your id card didnt catch that and made it an indefinite expiration so you got a bonus. hope this helps

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Go with the most recent determination, it takes precedence over any priors. You are P&T. Laminate that letter, too. CYA and all that.

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The MilConnect (www.dmdc.osd.mil) website only shows the information that was entered when you got your ID card if you are still confused call the va 1-800 827-1000 they can give you the info the VA has the letter stating your kids are not eligible for the ch 35 educational benefits shows you are not P&T this web site help http://militarybenefits.info/military-id-cards/

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Hello and thank you for your service from what i know you are eligible for the ID card when you get a 100% rating with the statement about dependents not getting ch35 benefits you are not rated P&T through the VA. when you had your ID done they should have put down the date of your future exams as your expiration date but the person who did your id card didnt catch that and made it an indefinite expiration so you got a bonus. hope this helps

This id-firefighter30 is exactly correct in his observation.. I had a Vet friend, in your exact situation 100% not PT and got the ID card life expiration etc. Now this Vet actually believed he was P&T.. 4 years later He deceides to apply for Dep Edu. benetfits for his wife... and VA Drops the bomb on his world.. They gave him the news you know and scheduled him for a re-eval C&P exam... The guy calls me in panic mode.... I mean my man was in tears and shuttered at another C&P exam that may find him partially recovered and rate his PTSD at 50 or 70%. Fortunately, my Vet friend had applied and won his Social Security disability claim and was drawing social Security based on his evidence of the 100% VA rating. Secondly He have continued his Mental Health treatment with Veteran Admin (VA) and was on Med"s for the last 4 years.. I advised him to petition VA for P&T status with the aforementioned as evidence.

VA approved it, considering the Social Security award and the continuence of Mental Health treatment records (with Medication regiment)..... And that's just the way it Is ! RLWT

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