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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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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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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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is this in my favor?   The veteran's use of opiates, cannabis, and alcohol began prior to service, thus current/recent use/abuse is not caused by an in-service related event. Given
the veteran's consistent diagnosis and treatment of PTSD, and the frequency of relapse of substance use, it is as least as likely as not that his substance use
(to include opioid use disorder) is aggravated beyond its natural progression by his PTSD symptoms.

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at least as likely as not is the 50% mark and thats all it takes to win

 

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except, I was denied.  You think I'd win in ramp?  Ive got additional evidence...I've been hospitalized three times,.  Once, in a lockdown ward/

 

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What did they cite as the reason for denial?  At least as likely as not should be favorable.  Can you post a redacted SOC?

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It clearly states he had prior substance abuse and

14 hours ago, tylerb333 said:

is this in my favor?   The veteran's use of opiates, cannabis, and alcohol began prior to service, thus current/recent use/abuse is not caused by an in-service related event. Given
the veteran's consistent diagnosis and treatment of PTSD, and the frequency of relapse of substance use, it is as least as likely as not that his substance use
(to include opioid use disorder) is aggravated beyond its natural progression by his PTSD symptoms.

You were denied correct?  What was the denial on the SOC?  What lane are you in under the RAMP program?  HLR or SLR?  This wording is a clear denial based on the writer's statement in the second sentence that it "is not caused by an in-service related event".  All this examiner is stating is that your substance abuse has gotten worse and progressing based on PTSD symptoms.  Have you ever been diagnosed with PTSD?

On another note, you need to get into rehab and get yourself clean.  You can't learn to heal and get better until you do so.  Good luck and I hope you do get clean.  Substance abuse is never good 😞

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Yes I'm 70 percent with secondary substance use disorder.  I have a total rating of 80 percent.  The soc said I was able to follow direction, etc.  And I would likely get better with treatment.  

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