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Good Nexus Statement From Veterans Affairs Doctor?

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Hello Hadit Members, I have not been on here in a very long time. However, I do check in from time to time to read opinions on different subjects. I appreciate all the hard work that members do here.

Backstory:

Discharged in 1988 due to “other physical/mental conditions. Personality disorder”

In 2008 and after 14 years of battling for my disability for neck/back injuries and depression, I gave up after being denied. I didn’t appeal the BVA decision. I was really worn out.

I was diagnosed with PTSD due to MST (changed from depression) back in 2007. For some reason I didn’t pursue it. I told someone after it happened and she didn’t believe me so I held it in. Over the years I shared it with family/friends and they ‘got it’ they now understood why I am the way that I am.

I heard of a study that was being done by the VA and I was chosen to participate. When told I would be videotaped, I said no. I wasn’t ready. Every time I would start therapy/meds I would stop, I started again last September, it was going well until she kept wanting me to write about the incident. Yuck. I bailed. Praying that I will get the courage to start again sooner than later. I already feel the effects of leaving. However, I have been taking my meds daily and sticking to it for once. I have resigned from my job once already, just turned in another notice last week. They really like me and my work and are looking for something that isn’t client facing. My anxiety ruins my chances of ever dealing with people on a constant basis. I get angry and it’s just not good for the company.

Earlier this year, after my youngest turned 18, I decided to file my claim. While gathering evidence I ran across this a letter from my VA physician at the time. I was so worn out I didn’t even read it to be honest. It came after the fact, if memory serves me.

He mentioned the things that he was treating me for and the meds that I was taking. The only thing that he wrote was this one paragraph and it made me scream HALLELUJAH!!!

“Her DD214 documents “other physical/mental conditions-personality disorder”. In my opinion, it is likely that depression and fibromyalgia, with onset during time of military service, are causing ongoing physical and mental symptoms.”

Is this a good nexus statement? In my mind its yes yes yes, but I know that you all have more experience.

Your thoughts?

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Yes it is a start...please search for and read all the PTSD MST info here.

" In 2008 and after 14 years of battling for my disability for neck/back injuries and depression, I gave up after being denied. I didn’t appeal the BVA decision. I was really worn out."

Can you tell us the Docket number and Citation Number of that decision?

BVA decisions ( no names or anything) are public at the BVA web site.

"I was diagnosed with PTSD due to MST (changed from depression) back in 2007. "

As long as this was documented I am surprised the BVA denied.

When we read their decision we can help more. That date puts you under the older PTSD criteria, easier for many vets to fulfill,than the new 2010 criteria.

Did you claim and did they deny the fibro as well?

Many have walked away from their claims. I know how frustrating this all is.

The VA does not want us to fight back denials and they want us to be uninformed of all the regulations that can work for us as well as for them.

Do you have a copy of your VA medical records and also your SMRs?

The Personality Disorder is the same Bull Crap they have pulled on many vets.

I am glad you are willing to take them on again!

Thank you for your service.

Do you get SSDI or SSI and is it solely for the PTSD or for depression due to the MST?

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Berta, thank you for the speedy reply. I will try to answer as much as I can

Yes it is a start...please search for and read all the PTSD MST info here.

I have and it is very useful and part of the reason I decided to move forward.

" In 2008 and after 14 years of battling for my disability for neck/back injuries and depression, I gave up after being denied. I didn’t appeal the BVA decision. I was really worn out."

Can you tell us the Docket number and Citation Number of that decision?

BVA decisions ( no names or anything) are public at the BVA web site.

I will have to locate the numbers. Will post asap.

"I was diagnosed with PTSD due to MST (changed from depression) back in 2007. "

As long as this was documented I am surprised the BVA denied.

I don’t think this was changed until after the fact or possibly during the appeals process. I wasn’t pursuing the MST case then. I decided to wait.

When we read their decision we can help more. That date puts you under the older PTSD criteria, easier for many vets to fulfill,than the new 2010 criteria.

Did you claim and did they deny the fibro as well?

Yes they denied it even though they I believe that my VSO did in fact send this letter in to support it. HonestlyI don’t recall the details from that time as I was so upset about the outcome. I literally blocked it all out. So hurt.

Many have walked away from their claims. I know how frustrating this all is.

The VA does not want us to fight back denials and they want us to be uninformed of all the regulations that can work for us as well as for them.

Do you have a copy of your VA medical records and also your SMRs?

I have everything but the past year of records from the VA. I stopped going to the VA in 2009 after a Dr in pain management accused me of trying to get compensation for three car accidents (only one was my fault) that I had that year. He didn’t know I had been in the VA system since 1994 for the neck/back injuries.

The Personality Disorder is the same Bull Crap they have pulled on many vets.

I have heard that and its awful.

I am glad you are willing to take them on again!

Thank you for your service.

I am honored. In the past I was ashamed to even say that I was a vet because I felt like I failed since I got out early. Now looking back and admitting/accepting that this did happen to me i realize that I am still a Veteran, just an injured one.

Do you get SSDI or SSI and is it solely for the PTSD or for depression due to the MST?

I do not. Can I? I have not even checked into that.

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Sounds very favorable................

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Sounds very favorable................

Thanks Fat, its weird because I notice a LOT of movement on my claim since I uploaded that letter and letters from a relative very close to me and another from a State Official (non legislative but someone I met along the way).

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Update:

On Saturday 5/23 at 1630, the RO Women Veterans Coordinator called me to ask ONE question. She said that they have everything that they need but she wanted to see if I had that information in my file and if not if it was available so that she could retrieve it. I told her no that the chaplian in question fell asleep on me during our counseling so there are not any notes.. She is sending me to the rater and the rater will decided whether I need a C&P or not.

I told her that I am impressed to 1) get a call on a Saturday and 2) especially on a holiday weekend. She said that they work mandatory 10 hours on Saturday. So if anyone thinks that these claims are sitting idle, I can attest that mine isn't. I pray that it continues to move forward and I also pray that you all see similar action taken.

I will update as soon as I get more information.

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