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LopezSsG

IU for 70% PTSD

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So, new here. I've been wondering if I qualify for IU. Back story: was diagnosed with 70 for ptsd at the end of 2014. Since then I've quit 2 jobs, fired from one and just laid off from one at the beginning of this month. My therapist recommended I file for an increase in disability and file for IU. I have since already had my c&p exam where the guy acknowledged my ptsd was getting worse but could not increase it to 100% and said the 70% is more than justified I also just submitted paper work to the VA to verify my employment history. My question is, how likely is it that I will receive the IU?

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You need a Board Certified Specialist in MH to opine a letter stating you can't work because of your 70%SC PTSD.

YOU GET THAT AND ALONG WITH YOUR OTHER EVIDENCE YOU MENTION HERE  YOU HAVE A GOOD CHANCE FOR IU.

File the IU Fast letter  request IU be given to you because you can't work or keep a job because of your 70%PTSD.

MAKE SURE That C&P examiner was qualified to render his opinion on the Increase?

IF HE SAID YOUR 70% S.C. PTSD ''WAS GETTING WORSE''  but not justified for increase   he is full of it!

YOU SHOULD  get in VA Voc-Rehab  and see if they can help you find employment?  if they can't  usually your counselor will write you a good letter that says your unable to train at this time b/c of your 70%PTSD ...> THAT IS GOOD EVIDENCE TO SUBMIT FOR IU.

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Thanks for the advice. I did my c&p for the increase. The examiner said he could not raise it due to not meeting the 100 percent criteria for ptsd. All I've submitted for the IU was proof of employment. I just applied to voc rehab about 5 months ago to go back to school to help me find work. I haven't heard anything back from them yet.

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Before I start my usual, PROVEN SUCCESSFUL RECOMMENDATION, regarding a Voc Rehab Denial letter,  more info please.

What exactly have you indicated on your VA Income Form as " Gainful Earned Income" over the past 12 - 24 - 36 months? Are you absolutely positive that the only reason that your out of work, unable to find "any type of Sedentary work" that would provide you with the the VA SGI level of $12,400 (under 65) per year, is solely due to your SC PTSD?

Apply for a Vocational Rehab appointment on your E-Ben Claim site. You should get your 1st meeting with your VR Councillor within a couple weeks. Be very straight forward when you initially meet, explain that you have an IU claim pending. The VR Councilor will review your PTSD Record, education & work history. If he/she agrees that your SC PTSD precludes you from being successful with the Rehab Program, a Vocational Rehab Denial Letter will be made available. This Denial Letter, is the best piece of Supporting Evidence for an IU Award.

That Denial Letter got my 2014 DRO Hearing IU T & P Award, as well as (4) other Nam Vets that I work with. The Denial Letter reversed (2) Denials and got (2) 1st try Awards when submitted with the FDCs.  IT WORKS, GET IT!

Semper Fi

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I didn't put down any income. The forms I had to have my past employers fill out put it down. I doubt I made more than 15k this whole year. I've been trying to find full time work since I've been out and have only managed to find bs part time Jobs that pay the bare minimum. I quit the first job I had because at the time I was going to school to become a firefighter and that job was interfering with me attending a firefighting Academy so I resigned after I completed the fire academy I did an internship with the fire department and at the end of The Internship I was offered to apply to become a full-time firefighter in which I made it all the way to the background investigation and the mental portion and I failed the mental portion that put me in a pretty big depression to where my wife insisted that I go talk to somebody at that time it was found out that I had PTSD I kept applying for other fire departments but kept failing the mental portion of the exam. I then got a job at Best Buy and had that job for about 6 months until I was told by my boss I need to either quit or be fired because my performance was poor I was always getting in arguments with customers and they just couldn't keep me around. I got another job 5 months later working for a Park District for about a year-and-a-half and was fired for basically the same thing that Best Buy was going to fire me for because Id always get into arguments with Park patrons. During the time I was working with the park I found another part-time job that was only seasonal working for the city I live in working with Department of Public Works fixing roads they paid me pretty good money it was 30 hours a week at twenty bucks an hour and I was hoping that the job would continue but they laid me off so all-in-all I really don't think I made that much money. I do know that another guy that used to work at the park district was let go earlier this year and he is also diagnosed with 70% PTSD and when he was fired he filed for IU and was awarded IU. It's not like I don't want to work I've been trying really hard to find work it's just when I received the job I don't really last very long and I'm trying to find something that I can actually adapt two and find some way of making the job work but every job I've been able to get I basically screwed myself out of. The best job I could have gotten was the park job because I was basically on my own just doing my thing mowing grass kind of in like a Zen state and that didn't work out too well.

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IU Awards get Denied all the time because the Rater determines based on your education and work experience, you should be able to find some sort of Sedentary Employment regardless of if it's related to anything you've done in the past.

A Vet that is unemployed or under-employed but otherwise determined capable of sedentary work, will get Denied.

Give very serious consideration as to applying on e-Ben for the VA vocational Rehabilitation Program. The VRC's determination as to your chances of completing the program successfully, could "Seal the Deal" on your IU Award. If you get the IU, you sound too young to expect a Total & Permanent Rating, especially if it's based primarily on a MH SC.

No matter, the 100% SC Comp would definitely take the edge off, right.

Semper Fi

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