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I recently submitted a claim, 09/28/16, for IBS (presumptive to Gulf WAR) and dysthymic disorder.  Had C&P exam on 11/16/16 and EBenifits shows Claim Complete on 12/24/16.  Received BBE on 01/02/17 only addressing dysthymic disorder (Denied, not SC).  There was no mention of IBS and it does not show up at all in my Ebenefits.  I should note that C&P exam results clearly note my IBS and referenced my Gulf War Service.  Called 1-800 # on 01/02/17 and was informed information on IBS was mailed on 12/21/16 and had to wait 10 days to request copy.  Called 1800# yesterday and the woman informed me that I was given incorrect information about the IBS decision being mailed on 12/21/16.  She then went into what I will describe as a more technical mode, informing me that she was a VA employee authorized to give and receive claim info. something along those lines.  She told me I would have to file an appeal to have it looked at again ( I have no decision to appeal).  She then informed me that my best bet would be to file the IBS claim again but this time as secondary to my currently rated GERD.  She stressed this strongly and would not answer any of my questions, stating it was my choice to appeal or re=file as secondary.  It appeard she was trying to help me out by stressing the Secondary method, but she was very vague and suggested it was the consensus among who she was conversing while I was on hold that I undertake the Secondary path.

My questions are does anyone know what occured here?  Why was I not notified of a decision either way on IBS? I thought IBS was Presumptive!  Is Secondary the best path?

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How about Requesting an "Official Review For Possible CUE?" Grab your VSO Rep, explain your situation and ask him to file the claim for you. That way, he can help you track it.

If possible, use a VSO-Rep located at your RO. They can sometimes, just walk down the hall to the Rating Dept, for info. RO VSOs have greater access to your Rating Dept info, than do Field VSO Reps.

You should have a decision within 2 mos or so. Still plenty of time to file a NOD.

How about posting a Redacted copy of your original Claim and the Actual Award/Denial Letter. Could be very helpful.

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This letter tells you what we decided. It gives the evidence used and reasons for our decision. We have also included information about what to do if you disagree with our decision and who to contact if you have questions or need assistance. 
Your current benefit payment will continue unchanged. 

What We Decided We made the following decision(s): 
dysthymic disorde

• Service connection may be granted for a disability which began in military service or was caused by some event or experience in service. Service connection for dysthymic disorder is denied because the medical evidence of record fails to show that this disability has been clinically diagnosed.

• The evidence does not show that dysthymic disorder is related to the service-connected condition of migraine headaches, nor is there any evidence of this disability during military service.

• Service connection for dysthymic disorder is denied since this condition neither occurred in nor was caused by service. 

Claim Details

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Status of Your Claim

  • Submitted: 09/26/2016 (Compensation)
  • Claim Closed: 12/24/2016
  • Disabilities Claimed: dysthymic disorder (Secondary), irritable bowel syndrome (related to: Environmental Hazard in Gulf War) (New)
  • Representative for VA Claims: DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS
  • Current Status: Complete

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