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PTSD Re-exam after two years of being 70%

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What is required or to submit to keep the 70% PTSD if and when I may get called into a PTSD Dairy C&P?  (note:) I am not asking for increase!

What evidence Do they want? progress notes off myhealthyvet? 

Treatment sessions for two years? 

Will they take older records that I submitted for the original claim?

I think they may want to see if my PTSD has got better?

I think its still the same although therapy sessions have been every week and bi weekly now after two  1/2 years.  ( in therapy constant) never missed an appointment.

The only thing I can say is that I can sleep a little better than I used to because the meds knock me out  & a C-PAP Machine DX by VA AFTER I WAS DX FOR PTSD.

  but I still have flash backs  N/M's 3 or more times a week. & feel jumpi all the time and non-sociable in a sociable setting..but the therapist don't put that in his notes.

I always mention all this to him at my sessions.

So what do they (Examiner) want to look at besides my treatment notes? Will examiner let me speak up during the exam? usually they just read off the computer and make a decision.

I need to make sure I have the therapy notes in my favor that my PTSD is about the same? correct.?  I been DX  70% PTSD & Service Connected for it about 30 months now.

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Buck were you not 100% P & T ?

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On 1/9/2018 at 9:24 PM, Rocket1949 said:

Buck were you not 100% P & T ?

yes I am 100% P&T  With 2 SMC  And over 55   actually I'll be 66 in July.

I believe what kent101 is right on the nail

The only way the  Raters can get reports on a veteran with S.C. Disability's  is  via Medical reports or medical records , there basically the same or mean the same to a rater  and the raters get these reports off the computer  just like we can   via myhealthyvet

So if there is information in them that the veterans has  shown improvement from progress notes (from fraudulent therapist or even Dr's )  Then in my opinion this is what causes to alarm the raters to send out the  C&P and failure to show up will result in a benefit reduction  or at least a proposal to reduce letter.

So every Veteran no matter what his disability is  if he is using the VA for treatment and medications   he better recheck  his progress notes in myhealthyvet  to see what the Therapist & Dr's are saying in their reports.

Every  VA Clinical visit will have a report made   even if you don't see a Dr , it can be a  RVN  OR RN or PCP Nurse  from sick call without an appointment  there will be reports.

If your getting compensation at any % from 0% to 100%  its in your better interest to check those progress notes.

The VA System is Adversarial with anything we do.

At least until you reach your 20 year protection.

Ms Tbird  (Hadit founder) reach hers last year and said what a relief it was.

I can only imagine  be  happy day for me too.

I am so tired worrying over my shoulder I have 3 more years to go.

just to add I am not afraid to go to a C&P My Disability's have not improved  any of them, my PTSD is about the same as it was  although my spouse thinks its worse since I been in therapy...to me having to go to a C&P at this stage is ridiculous  on the VA Part  it does make them look like their trying to take away a veteran benefits.

  and having to get out and go to a C&P is bad for a disabled veteran  its all I can do to get to the VA for therapy.

 

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I agree totally with you Buck.......anytime they want a Vet to do another C & P exam the intent, in my opinion, is to see if they can reduce - not help.   My  last C &P exam was a total joke taking all of 15 minutes, if that, and thrown maybe 6-8 questions.  That guy in charge of ENT at VAMC is not only a hard ass pro-VA, but he got my claim mixed up with another 20-year Veteran  ( I served 3)  and placed erroneous data into my C &P report that belonged to him.  That is now included in my Appeal that I am still waiting out now.  He's retiring I've been told and all I can say is don't let the door kick you in the butt......can't happen fast enough for Vets to have a real fighting chance.  That C & P exam hurt me as I should have been rated right the first time and not be waiting on an Appeal to right several wrongs and screw ups on behalf of the examiner. I agree the only sure thing is getting to the 20-year-mark to end the assault on existing disabilities.

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On 1/7/2018 at 10:04 AM, Buck52 said:

What is required or to submit to keep the 70% PTSD if and when I may get called into a PTSD Dairy C&P?  (note:) I am not asking for increase!

What evidence Do they want? progress notes off myhealthyvet? 

Treatment sessions for two years? 

Will they take older records that I submitted for the original claim?

I think they may want to see if my PTSD has got better?

I think its still the same although therapy sessions have been every week and bi weekly now after two  1/2 years.  ( in therapy constant) never missed an appointment.

The only thing I can say is that I can sleep a little better than I used to because the meds knock me out  & a C-PAP Machine DX by VA AFTER I WAS DX FOR PTSD.

  but I still have flash backs  N/M's 3 or more times a week. & feel jumpi all the time and non-sociable in a sociable setting..but the therapist don't put that in his notes.

I always mention all this to him at my sessions.

So what do they (Examiner) want to look at besides my treatment notes? Will examiner let me speak up during the exam? usually they just read off the computer and make a decision.

I need to make sure I have the therapy notes in my favor that my PTSD is about the same? correct.?  I been DX  70% PTSD & Service Connected for it about 30 months now.

Buck, from what I read on the citation nr: the VA has to show sustained improvement for a year to reduce a rating. If you have a few records during the year showing your symptoms then you can know you have evidence you need to win at the BVA. That's why I'm going to the VA and if they refuse to record symptoms I'll get a few appointments with a private doc who will record symptoms to cover my back.

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That is correct "sustained improvement"...and this is why PTSD vets should make sure they have continuous treatment and med records for their PTSD...... otherwise VA can considered them to be "cured".

My dead husband (rated at 30 at the time for PTSD) received long ago a proposed reduction to 10%.1988

Their rationale was he had acquired a VA job the VA had deemed as "Substantial "employment (which only occurred when the VA feared an EEOC case, that I explained in the NOD. The Director of this VAMC , I named as a witness, and also myself)

The VA job also was only part time and far below his past employment as a Nuclear Power Plant Equipment Operator and PHVAC. The local VA  personnel director was fired due to this fiasco.long story.

But the worse part of their ridiculous rationale was using  his college status under Voc Rehab . He had finished only  One Semester of Voc Rehab and I stated in the NOD that one semester of college does not make anyone a Rocket scientist. Also he had to request acommodations to his PTSD at the college and was also getting tutoring because his grades were not good. I sent them proof of all that with the NOD.

I used the exact regulations they used for the proposed reduction against them.And plain old common sense and the VA dropped the proposed reduction.

This was in 1988. His last award (posthumously) on the PTSD was 100% P & T due to PTSD, retro to 1991.

That too goes to show how ludicrous the 1988 proposal was.

I dont think you need to worry at all.

 

 

 

 

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