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Sorry in advance for length of post. Getting ready to file: Gulf War 1 vet. Have diagnosis and VA DBQ form from Civilian Dr for Fibromyalgia. Also looking to file for PTSD, Tinnitus and flat foot (flat foot issue happened in basic, figured toss it in). Only have diagnosis for Fibro. Is it ok to file pending the VA med/psych exams for the others. Also, I have severe insomnia issues that are a combination from pain from the fibro, nightmares assoc with the PTSD issues and old fashion staring at the walls for hours insomnia. Can/Should I file for insomnia secondary to the Fibro and/or PTSD now or wait until when/if the other items are approved first? Thanks for any advice!

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Yes, file.  Regardless of what your VSO tells you, its gonna take months, or even years, for Va to process your claim.  You can file, then make sure you have all Caluza elements by visiting the doc, or gathering evidence.  

After you get your benefits, you can calculate how much it costs you to wait to file.  

If you are awarded 100 percent, for example, it just cost you about 3000 dollars by not filing in April..its too late to file in April, as of this morning.  Benefits are not prorated by the day.  If you file today, your benefits will be effective June 1, if awarded and the facts show you are entitled.   Benefits start the first day of the month FOLLOWING your date of claim.  This means you wont be getting benefits for May, either.  The earliest it can start is June 1, and only then if you get your application "received by VA" during the month of May.  

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Yes, file. ASAP. It's going to take a lot of work gathering evidence, going to exams, etc., etc. And it is going to be frustrating, but get it started now. If you don't have enough on your issue(s) and it gets denied, you still have a whole year to get  what you need.

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https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/hazardous-materials-exposure/gulf-war-illness-southwest-asia/

These are the Gulf War regulations.

The 2010 PTSD criteria is here in our PTSD forum.

If you have the CAR, CIB, or PH on you DD 214, the VA should concede a stressor.

If not, you will need to prove the stressor(s) but that can be done.

It is best to list as stressor the one you believe is easiest to prove.You can list more than one however.

The Va might consider the insomnia as part of the overall PTSD rating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I advise to file an intent to file which is good for one year.  You can then file for your conditions within that year and keep your filing date, the date you filed the intent to file.  Good luck and as broncovet says it can take years.

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