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Appeal For Ptsd Claim And A New Ptsd C&p



Hello to all Veterans and thank you for your service. Filed claim for PTSD and Sleep Apnea 4/2010. Did C&P's and VA sleep study a year later dx with OSA and recieved denial packet for both claims. Filed NOD/ appeal 6/2011. Recieved new PTSD c&p 6/2014 that I didn't ask for. Is this protocol or for my appeal? Thanks for any help.

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Welcome to Hadit!

In my opinion, the VA is following protocol. Even if you overwhelmed the VA with evidence in your favor, which many of us do, the VA historically tends to deny initial claims. They have recently supposedly tried to change this in light of all the scandals in the news. I believe most claims are won on appeal, which sometimes can take years.

Let's look at your situation:

2010-04 - Filed PTSD and Sleep Apnea claims

2011 - C&P exam and sleep study, followed by what was most likely a 'rubber stamp' denial

2011-06 - NOD/appeal filed

2014-06 - New PTSD C&P exam

If you did not hear back from 2011-06 on your claims, then the new exam was most likely involving your NOD/appeal. They most likely needed a new exam because it has been more than 12 months since your last exam and they needed to get a current assessment.

If you want to know for sure, or at least get a reasonable idea, call 1-800-827-1000 (also known as Peggy, per the cheesy Discovery card commercial). Call them early in the day. If you wait until later you will get the cheesy recording saying they are 'too busy'.

Also, be sure to check out the many of the cool forums and resources here at Hadit.

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