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Ptsd Back Pay,filing For Other Disabilities


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I am new to this sight and filing for benefits. After almost 40 years of suffering I filed for compensation and was awarded 50% I am a vietnam vet and was awarded the bronze star with valor.Now I am finding out that I have several other service connected disabilities as part of the ptsd. I don't know where to start and would hopefully would like to get 100 percent in case I die before my wife does so she does not have to worry about finances. Does anyone have an opinion as to where I should start?

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I replied to the knee claim in another post you made but I just saw this:

"My knees never healed properly and the doctor says my bones are rotting"

Did the VA perform this surgery? If so Do you have any medical proof that somehow VA caused them not to heal properly? What does the doctor say your bones are rotting from?

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:huh: Hello to all persons giving me feedback. Have I ever missed the boat as I should have filed for comp years ago. When I returned home from Nam I went to the VA and ask for help but was told I did not qualify for anything so I just dropped the subject.My wife was the one who finally said she had enough and after years of fear of even mentioning the word Vietnam she talked some sence into me. She took me in to the VA office and started a ptsd claim for which I got a 50% rating and it is now on appeal. I was in the corp of Engineers for 9 years and believe me I spent a lot of time on my knees. I have requested my service records and so I don't know what I will find in them. Is medical records the same as the military file or are there two seperate files. Oh am maybe someone would post abbrivations as when I read questions and answers I don't always know the meanings. Maybe T-bird would put together a page to access so other dumbies like me could use them as a cheat sheet!
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Answer; Military records are official work, transfer, evaluation and training files on you

Answer: Service Medical Records (SMR) are just that.

(note: Hospital inpatient records or mental health records are sometimes seperate items )

Answer: Veterans Administration Medical records are developed after you are in the VA system

Answer: Compensation File (C-File) maintained by the VA hold copies of your claims, correspondence and whatnot like that.

Hope this helps, cg

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