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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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    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

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At the behest of my psychiatrist at the V.A. on more than one occasion, I was asked why I did not request an increase from my 30% initial rating 8 years ago. I have no answer for that other than I felt like I wasn't deserving. After a particular hard day, I changed my mind, again at her request, and started the process. My symptoms have gotten worse as I get older. I have been working with the V.A. Psychiatrist and a "Medication Advisor" for lack of a better title the entire time. This process is bringing back all the bad thoughts that have been plaguing me since my first round with my claim. I am scheduled for another C&P exam next month and my anxiety attacks are now just compounded. I guess this is just the nature of the beast ? am I wasting my time and the level of sanity I have managed to maintain ? 

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Each Veteran makes a decision as to when/if they file a claim.  I have not met "ONE" yet, who regretted filing for benefits.  If you should be the first, then you can withdraw your claim, and VA will be happy to accomodate you.  

However, I have met many (including myself) who regrets waiting to file.  

Do you really think it will help your anxiety level by not filing?  

My experience has been that ignoring a 5000 pound gorilla in the room wont make him go away, if he is realy there.  

It sounds like your "gorrilla" is the real deal and you are dealing with your issues.  

I see it you have 2 choices:

1.  Deal with your issues. 

2.  Deal with your issues AND file for benefits and maybe get paid for them.  

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I sure can relate to that-my husband went through the same thing when he requested a rating higher than his PTSD ( at 30% since 1984)

By 1993 SSA awarded him SSDI solely for his PTSD.

In 1997 he was posthumously awarded 100% SC for PTSD. SSA used all of his VA records and VA could have awarded the 100 %  in his lifetime....

But you can get through this-

I guess this is just the nature of the beast ? " Yes it is.

"am I wasting my time and the level of sanity I have managed to maintain ? " Not in my opinion at all. 

Broncovet is right.

 

 

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On 5/29/2018 at 5:16 PM, Berta said:

I sure can relate to that-my husband went through the same thing when he requested a rating higher than his PTSD ( at 30% since 1984)

By 1993 SSA awarded him SSDI solely for his PTSD.

In 1997 he was posthumously awarded 100% SC for PTSD. SSA used all of his VA records and VA could have awarded the 100 %  in his lifetime....

But you can get through this-

I guess this is just the nature of the beast ? " Yes it is.

"am I wasting my time and the level of sanity I have managed to maintain ? " Not in my opinion at all. 

Broncovet is right.

 

 

I am so sorry to hear of your spouses passing. God Bless him for his service and the hell he was put through. 

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On 5/29/2018 at 3:04 PM, broncovet said:

Each Veteran makes a decision as to when/if they file a claim.  I have not met "ONE" yet, who regretted filing for benefits.  If you should be the first, then you can withdraw your claim, and VA will be happy to accomodate you.  

However, I have met many (including myself) who regrets waiting to file.  

Do you really think it will help your anxiety level by not filing?  

My experience has been that ignoring a 5000 pound gorilla in the room wont make him go away, if he is realy there.  

It sounds like your "gorrilla" is the real deal and you are dealing with your issues.  

I see it you have 2 choices:

1.  Deal with your issues. 

2.  Deal with your issues AND file for benefits and maybe get paid for them.  

I went ahead with the rating increase request (4/26/18), did my C&P (6/15/18) and it is now in "Preparation for Notification" stage (6/27/18)/ I had another appointment with the V.A.Psychiatrist after the C&P and she reviewed my DBQ online. I heard a "oh no" at the very beginning of her reading and then a "wait a minute" as she continued and ended with a "it looks pretty good, I think will be happy with the outcome".  Did she see the recommended increase ??? After driving myself nuts for a couple of days I went to the V.A. Outpatient clinic and got a copy for myself. Reading that really put the pedal to the metal on my psyche and I just folded it up and relegated it to my "V.A. stuff-save" drawer. I will be getting my answer hopefully soon. It just seems pretty quick to be positive........

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