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    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

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Well I guess I should have known they would do this. My accident was TBI was 2006 my deployment was 2009. The physiatrist said she couldn't tell the difference between the two even though there 3 years in between my deployment and my TBI/coma. My VA primary doctor tells me to bring the 7 MRIs from 2007 and then the video of my friend dieing from an IED in IRAQ IN 2006. At first they told me it was depressive disorder in 2014 and then PTSD in 2016 but lumped it as a TBI residual. If it was a residual of my TBI I have no memory of my accident so how is this possible? I have in my lumped residuals is amenesia from my accident about 4 months of lost memories or out in a coma for one of those months? I do remember my deployment and the long days of being on high alert on fire guard and driving a Humvee on the base the same way my friend did in 2006 except I was the driving in the Humvee this time. I have another C&P Saturday for my TBI the second in 5 months. Is it possible I can get it un lumped from my TBI it is totally two different issues?

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It is definitely possible for them to be rated separately, and they frequently are.  But it happens when that is not the case too.

But its not something you can do - basically, the doctors have to say what symptoms are separate, and what is not.  The VA will (should) then rate you as favorably as possible

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