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PTSD C&P this Thursday. A question?

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I have my PTSD claim C&P scheduled for Thursday. The exam was set up by VES. The examiner is a PHd out of Las Vegas/Arizona/CA that does C&P exams.

 

My question: Can my wife sit in the exam? She knew me before, during, and after the Army. We were married the last few years of service, and after my incidents.

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I think it would be good if you took your wife in with you  they usually will let her come in..she knows you better than anyone and she can speak up during the exam on your behalf. about your behavior and how you are at home  ect,,,ect,,

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On 2/4/2019 at 8:03 PM, vetquest said:

Doc, I have to disagree with you on this one.  I wore my Sunday go to meeting clothes and showered and shaved for my appointment and was awarded 70%.  It was the evidence that made my rating.   I can look good but that does not mean I am not a wreck on my bad days. 

I'm compelled to agree with you on the evidence part. It outweighs anything else. I stand corrected.

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Had the exam today, and lasted an hour. Was a PhD Doctor from Las Vegas. My wife was allowed in, and was able to contribute. My wife was able to add things from another point of view.

My stressors were non-combat. My only concern was his question about why I thought one of my stressors was related to PTSD. That was the proposed Article 15, and spiced with chain of command destroying evidence and threating me. I did not like his tone when he commented about my requesting a court-martial. I told him that was because they had to prove their case and I was innocent. Chain of Command ultimately gave me a Letter of Caution, took my team away, and sent me to another company. Oh, and then was harassed, because I did not want any promotion, by every chain of command I had till I got out.

I did ask, but said the VA was paying him. So I just have to wait for the rating for the diagnosis, and maybe a FOIA for the DBQ.

Dr. recommended being checked for sleep apnea. Said that my eliminate my nightmares and ability to go back to sleep. I did cover most symptoms I have in my Vet Center records and statements.  

Sorry for rambling, still reeling from exam. 

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D0C 25 -The VA IG went through vet web sites years ago because someone had reported to them that vets were being given advice, 'not to bathe, shave, or tie their shoes' etc when going to a PTSD C & P, on some veteran web sites. The IG report is somewhere on th VA IG site.

Hadit passed the IG internet investigation with flying colors.I hope the other sites did too.

My husband (100% P & T SC PTSD ) had impeccable personal habits. I agree with vetquest who said:

  " I can look good but that does not mean I am not a wreck on my bad days. "

That was so true regarding my husband and the Many PTSD vets I have known.

VA MH professionals do not diagnose PTSD by the way a veteran looks...or lives ( I mention that because I have  known a few wannabees-one who lives in the desolate boonies of NY surrounded 'by pungy sticks') always in cameos , and believe me I did try to help him prove his stressors. But there was no proof.

His 17 page BVA denial is still at the BVA web site.

PTSD arises from a valid provable or conceded  stressor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, tazntaylr said:

I did ask, but said the VA was paying him. So I just have to wait for the rating for the diagnosis, and maybe a FOIA for the DBQ.

Instead of filing an FOIA that might not come back in time I would try to go to the VA release of information office and try to get it there if it is not too far away.

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