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deelaryn

Two Claims- Awarded Separate or Together

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Hello Everyone and a peaceful Memorial Day weekend to all.

 

I have a claim in for PTSD due to MST and FSAD due to MST. The C&P exam for the PTSD (ended up being MDD service-connected and I got out in the 90s) claim was done 2 weeks ago and the exam for FSAD is the middle of next month. 

If the MDD claim is granted, will it be awarded and I be notified before the FSAD exam is done? Or, would I have to wait until the FSAD exam is done? 

My last claim last year had multiple contentions that had one contention granted while the others were deferred for another month. So, I wonder if having my two current claims due to MST would require them to be considered as one claim. Or something like that. Does anyone have an idea?

Thank you.

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Of course, when people ask us what will VA do when....blank happens, we always have to say we have no idea.  VA doesnt know what they are doing so we sure dont either.  

However, generally you get a rating decision for both at the same time.  Sometimes, they will "defer" one or the other if they are missing something.  

If FSAD is a "mental health" disorder (and I dont know, it could be mental or physical), then all mental health disorders are lumped into one.  

For example, you cant be paid for "inability to get along with others" for both PTSD and MDD.  For men, ED is a SMC K, and I dont think there is any percentage rating for the disorder..just smc k.  Smc K is about $104 per month, but I have no idea about FSAD.  I will guess its the same, but I have no idea.  

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12 minutes ago, broncovet said:

Of course, when people ask us what will VA do when....blank happens, we always have to say we have no idea.  VA doesnt know what they are doing so we sure dont either.  

However, generally you get a rating decision for both at the same time.  Sometimes, they will "defer" one or the other if they are missing something.  

If FSAD is a "mental health" disorder (and I dont know, it could be mental or physical), then all mental health disorders are lumped into one.  

For example, you cant be paid for "inability to get along with others" for both PTSD and MDD.  For men, ED is a SMC K, and I dont think there is any percentage rating for the disorder..just smc k.  Smc K is about $104 per month, but I have no idea about FSAD.  I will guess its the same, but I have no idea.  

Thank you for your response, Broncovet.

I didn't get asked any FSAD questions during the PTSD exam. From what I've read, it's part of the gynecological exam that asks about gyn conditions and history. I guess it's considered physical. I was throwing the question out there in case someone has had a similar situation, too.

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I am wondering this as well. I was awarded PTSD a year ago based on MST. Because the new VASRD Code was just approved this May...would I file for FSAD secondary to PTSD (MST) and request the SMC-K at the same time?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The VA is supposed to award SMC "when you meet the criteria", you shouldnt have to apply for it.  Of course, you "shouldnt" have to appeal either, VA "should" get it right the first time, but we all know how that goes.  

I dont see them shutting down the BVA or CAVC anytime soon, because they run out of Veterans appealing because everyone got their benefits exactly right the first time.  

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On 6/1/2018 at 6:22 PM, Raza2009 said:

I am wondering this as well. I was awarded PTSD a year ago based on MST. Because the new VASRD Code was just approved this May...would I file for FSAD secondary to PTSD (MST) and request the SMC-K at the same time?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I listed my contention as "FSAD due to MST." I was scheduled for a gynecological C&P that will take place later this week. Based on what I've seen on this forum and some other sites, the gyn exam is to see if you may have experienced physical trauma due to the MST experience. The gyn DBQ doesn't have an area to list FSAD specifically but the exam is an opportunity to discuss what may be causing any intimacy/sexual problems physically. Yet, as Broncovet said, there is a chance that they will see enough evidence based on your statement and medical history to grant the rating and SMC. 

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Change "PTSD" to "MST." I'd entered the wrong word initially.
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