Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery”instead of ‘I have a question.
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Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story.
Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.
Post straightforward questions and then post background information.
Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
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Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
Question B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
See how the details below give us a better understanding of what you’re claiming.
Rephrase the question: I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?
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Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:
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
Background: 90% rated
70% PTSD with C & P exam date of April 2017
20% DDD Lumbar spine
20% radiculopathy left leg
10% left knee
10% right knee
I am applying for TDIU and SSDI. Just filed both as of two weeks ago. I also attended my first treatment for PTSD with VA. She is recommending Prolonged Exposure treatment which I am not sure about yet. Not sure if I can handle that just yet. The notes from first appointment states: Clearly has PTSD and would make a good candidate for prolonged exposure treatment. Lumbar back: MRI results: Severe DDD L4-S1 & L2-L3, bulging disc throughout and mild to moderate stenosis. I have had back issues since 1998 and have done acupuncture, chiropractor, meds, message therapy and have records showing treatment up until about 2008. I got frustrated with VA and quit going. So I have a lapse in treatment records. I finally got enrolled in choice and was able to get an MRI and awaiting neurology appointment to see what type of treatment.
Have not worked since Feb 2016 when I was fired for anger outburst with my boss. He fired me over phone while driving to VA hospital couple hours away. He stated I snapped on him. I worked for them for 6 months. In May of 2017 I was awarded 70% for PTSD and increase in lumbar spine.
When I filed TDIU form I put I was not in treatment because I had not started yet even though I had appointment setup and was waiting to be seen.
Question: Should I send in a self report stating my limitations and also notify in writing that I am now in treatment? Also, I have contacted Pat Clifford of "cliffordvocationalservices" to review my medical records and possibly write a vocational rehab assessment. Should I consider having him conduct an assessment? Has anyone used his services?
For SSDI: I sent in a self report and used the template that I found on site (Patrick self -report). I am not sure if I should contact a lawyer now? I do not want to get stuck in the appeals process for ever.
If I need to add self report to TDIU claim: how can I add that to file? Also any recommendations on getting the vocational assessment from Pat?
I appreciate any advice.
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