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30% so far!!!! PTSD/MST deferred

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HELLO ALL! LITTLE UPDATE.  JUST CHECKED EBENEFITS AND MY PTSD/MST IS DEFERRED BECAUSE THEY SCHEDULED A BLADDER TRAUMA C&P,  THEY ALREADY HAVE ALL INFO FROM PRIVATE PHYSICIANS.  DO THEY JUST WANT AN OPINION FROM A VA DOCTOR?  THEY RATED ME 30% FOR BOTH ANKLES AND TINNITUS.  THE BLADDER TRAUMA IS SECONDARY TO THE MST.  WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH SECONDARY CONDITIONS? DO THEY RATE YOU FOR THAT?  THIS IS ALL SO CONFUSING. 

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Yes,  they most certainly do rate for secondary conditions and you usually have to claim them formally and then provide proof of the connection to some already accepted condition.  If you can afford to wait this will eventually be good for your overall rating.  If you get 100% for the MST the other conditions may set you up for SMC "S" housebound.   I know it is hell to wait for deferred ratings.  If it take too long maybe you can prod them. I filed an NOD when they kept deferring a certain rating for an SMC claim.  I just got tired of waiting and filed a NOD on the basis of making me wait endlessly for my money.  There was no question about the rating only about the money which the VA was holding onto as long as possible.  Why they would defer your MST rating for a bladder rating is just for their purposes to make their jobs easier.   How serious is your bladder trauma? Would it be as high as 60% perhaps?

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Deferred is way better than a Denial.

I don't think the MST/PTSD was deferred because of the need for a Bladder Trauma C & P, just saying, I think it's more likely the PTSD Rating needed further Development.

Stay Strong, SC @ 30% is a good start. Did you receive an actual VA Award/Denial letter or is the Award info from your E-Ben site?

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I see 100% and housebound in your future.  If you were on SSDI for your bladder and it is SC you should have gotten TDIU for your bladder alone.  Sometimes the VA just likes to wrap everything up in one  rating.  If you got SSDI for your bladder and  was this due to the rape?   All this is dovetailing into 100% in my mind and Some serious SMC .  You cannot live without a bladder and it was damaged.  I think you should get 60% at least for the bladder and 100% for the MST which is why I see the housebound rating.  You deserve more!   I believe the amount of compensation vets get is totally inadequate because there is not compensation for pain and suffering.  Just earning loss mostly.  So I am P&T and two SMC's and married and I get about 3500 bucks a month.   That is chumpcheese.  I like you, Florida nurse, lost the best earning and living years of my life.  Where is my compensation for that?  I was making $50,000 a year in 2000 and that was 16 years ago.  I might be making $75,000 by now because I was getting double Sunday pay and 40 hours of night differential .  If I were not disabled I would still be working and so would my wife since we both liked our jobs and had tons of vacation time.   This is what the VA does not compensate us for is the loss of quality of life.  

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so what is deferred and what is NOD?

 

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