Jump to content


  • veteranscrisisline-badge-chat-1.gif

  • Fund HadIt.com

    143%
    $2,153.00 of $1,500.00 Donate Now
  • Advertisemnt

  • 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims

    questions-001@3x.png

    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
    Continue Reading
     
  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   

    tinnitus-005.pngptsd-005.pnglumbosacral-005.pngscars-005.pnglimitation-flexion-knee-005.pngdiabetes-005.pnglimitation-motion-ankle-005.pngparalysis-005.pngdegenerative-arthitis-spine-005.pngtbi-traumatic-brain-injury-005.png

  • Advertisemnt

  • VA Watchdog

  • Advertisemnt

  • Ads

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    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

  • 0

Denied 70% Rating For Ptsd Yesterday


Question

:huh: Hi folks, I just got the denial for an increase from 50% to 70% for PTSD. I am really angry and want so much to blast the powers to be for just blowing off what I have gone through and what I still live with today. Because I choose to try and live a somewhat normal life and keep problems to myself and my wife I am not 70%. If I went to the c&p looking like a slob, denied that I do have contact with my sister and her husband it problbly would have made a difference. I intend to follow up on this but I really want to write a letter blasting the raters for being jackasses. Will it do me more harm than good to do so?
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Answers 19
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters For This Question

Recommended Posts

  • HadIt.com Elder

emmak-

If you focus on exactly why they denied-the exact wording they used in Reasons and Bases- and send them the medical evidence and the rating schedule for the higher rating-and tell them how you fit into this higher rating criteria for your SC-

that will make them feel like jackasses-

I bet most of us here can relate to exactly how you feel-

But anger is one thing- it takes action -not clouded by anger-to succeed in VA claims.

Evidence is everything- did they ignore any of your evidence?

Was this based on the C & P report?

Did the C & P doctor have all of your records at the C & P?

Hold them to exactly what they stated in the reasons for denial and attach to your NOD anything that they overlooked and send a printout of the rating criteria that you fit into.(probably they even attached this to the decision) In the NOD you can request a DRO review.

Anger can be a great motivator but sending them a nasty letter will do no good.

Only evidence can make the claim succeed.

Do you have a vet rep? What do they think of the decision?

Link to post
Share on other sites

I did go to the VA office to file for the 70% The rep there was the one who suggested that I file the nod. I will go through the reply again when the anger is a little better. Maybe those raters need to be sent to Iraq and follow some of our GI"S around for awhile. I am a Vietnam combat vet of 1967/1968 and I am just now facing what I and 1000's of other men and women went through to serve our country.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • HadIt.com Elder

Emmak

Did you have an independent medical opinion supporting your claim for 70% rating. Are you working? It is hard to get beyond 50% for PTSD if you are working. You need the IMO anyway, or even strong evidence from your own private psychiatrist to win these claims.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Emmak:

I am also 50% and filed an appeal just like you did. I haven`t heard from mine yet, its only been 3 months. I was wondering, as john999 is, what evidence totally did you submit with your appeal? I have sent doctor`s letters, letters from family etc. Even as I speak I am sending previous cases of reference. I won`t let up. If you file a BVA appeal let us know.

Cavman

Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
  • Ads

  • Ads

  • Similar Content

    • By Joey Ross
      OK, I need some advice. I started a HLR in March 2020, and had a new C&P in August of 2020. VA has been waiting on records from JSRRC since then. By my MOS (11B1P), and awards (SWASM, etc.) , plus being in a combat zone and my C&P I'm uploading, should I file to have the VA process my claim with what they have, or wait for them to finish with the records request that could take God knows how long.
      C&P exam.pdf
    • By KC3
      Can you claim insomnia secondary to PTSD or is this considered part of the pyramid system that the VA created. 
    • By paoret82655
      I received my decision letter today stating that they lowered my ptsd rating from 70 to 50. They also dropped anxiety and alcohol use. I'm currently pregnant and that is the only reason why I'm not hurting myself but it's only a matter of time before I fall into old habits. I'm doing my best to follow through on therapy with the VA but I don't think I'm getting the best care and I'm afraid once I give birth, I will lose everything like I have in the past because of my ptsd. I feel like the VA isn't listening to my fears and I will keep wash, rinsing, and repeating myself. I want to appeal but I honestly hate talking about my ptsd every single time. What should I do?
    • By paoret82655
      I applied for 100% unemployability on my own after my VSO did nothing to help with the process back in February 2021. I received my decision this month stating that I was denied and was also reduced from 70% to 50% for PTSD and depression. They removed anxiety and alcohol use. When I was asked questions during my C&P they kept asking me what happened within the last year, not what happened since the date of injury, which was 2013. I'm not sure how to approach this issue any further. I want to appeal but I want my entire case looked at because I feel that I've been unjustly reviewed. What should I do for 100% UI?
    • By Irving
      Can anyone speak generally, or from experience, on how TDIU claims are affected when the applicant resigned from their last job?
      I am 70% SC for PTSD. While I am currently working now, my condition makes it impossible, and management understandably wants to fire me for cause. They cannot do it before the strong union "protecting" me drags things out for months on end. I don't want to go through any of that. If I just resign and leave the job am I sabotaging the TDIU claim I intend to file?
       Any insight or advice is appreciated.
  • Ads

  • Our picks

    • I already get compensation for bladder cancer for Camp Lejeune Water issue, now that it is added to Agent Orange does it mean that the VA should pay me the difference between Camp Lejeune and 1992 when I retired from the Marine Corps or do I have to re-apply for it for Agent Orange, or will the VA look at at current cases already receiving bladder cancer compensation. I’m considered 100% Disabled Permanently 
      • 10 replies
    • 5,10, 20 Rule
      The 5, 10, 20 year rules...



      Five Year Rule) If you have had the same rating for five or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless your condition has improved on a sustained basis. All the medical evidence, not just the reexamination report, must support the conclusion that your improvement is more than temporary.



      Ten Year Rule) The 10 year rule is after 10 years, the service connection is protected from being dropped.



      Twenty Year Rule) If your disability has been continuously rated at or above a certain rating level for 20 or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless it finds the rating was based on fraud. This is a very high standard and it's unlikely the rating would get reduced.



      If you are 100% for 20 years (Either 100% schedular or 100% TDIU - Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability or IU), you are automatically Permanent & Total (P&T). And, that after 20 years the total disability (100% or IU) is protected from reduction for the remainder of the person's life. "M-21-1-IX.ii.2.1.j. When a P&T Disability Exists"



      At 55, P&T (Permanent & Total) or a few other reasons the VBA will not initiate a review. Here is the graphic below for that. However if the Veteran files a new compensation claim or files for an increase, then it is YOU that initiated to possible review.



      NOTE: Until a percentage is in place for 10 years, the service connection can be removed. After that, the service connection is protected.



      ------



      Example for 2020 using the same disability rating



      1998 - Initially Service Connected @ 10%



      RESULT: Service Connection Protected in 2008



      RESULT: 10% Protected from reduction in 2018 (20 years)



      2020 - Service Connection Increased @ 30%



      RESULT: 30% is Protected from reduction in 2040 (20 years)
        • Thanks
        • Like
      • 53 replies
    • Post in New BVA Grants
      While the BVA has some discretion here, often they "chop up claims".  For example, BVA will order SERVICE CONNECTION, and leave it up to the VARO the disability percent and effective date.  

      I hate that its that way.  The board should "render a decision", to include service connection, disability percentage AND effective date, so we dont have to appeal "each" of those issues over then next 15 years on a hamster wheel.  
    • Finally heard back that I received my 100% Overall rating and a 100% PTSD rating Following my long appeal process!

      My question is this, given the fact that my appeal was on the advanced docket and is an “Expedited” appeal, what happens now and how long(ish) is the process from here on out with retro and so forth? I’ve read a million things but nothing with an expedited appeal status.

      Anyone deal with this situation before? My jump is from 50 to 100 over the course of 2 years if that helps some. I only am asking because as happy as I am, I would be much happier to pay some of these bills off!
        • Like
      • 13 replies
    • I told reviewer that I had a bad C&P, and that all I wanted was a fair shake, and she even said, that was what she was all ready viewed for herself. The first C&P don't even  reflect my Treatment in the VA PTSD clinic. In my new C&P I was only asked about symptoms, seeing shit, rituals, nightmares, paying bills and about childhood, but didn't ask about details of it. Just about twenty question, and  nothing about stressor,
  • Ads

  • Popular Contributors

  • Ad

  • Latest News
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines