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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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So I just got notices of my upcoming exams. I'm already really worried about them just because of all the horror stories I've read. But I was looking into my examiners, and the one for the mental health evaluation is very poorly rated on Google by other veterans that had him do their exam. They say he did not ask them any pertinent questions to their disability and wrote them off. Is there a way I can request someone different? Or should I just go ahead with it and take the chance?

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You showed yourself at 0 percent in your profile, so this is apparently a new exam, not a rexam for reductions.  

In either case, do be prepared and worry wont help anything.  

Know what your answer is when he says "how are you?"  If you give the conventional "fine", then you may be backpedaling the whole exam.  

Just say something like, "Today is better than Thursday.  That's when...now give your symptoms and what happened on your worst day."  

If you are "fine", why should Va give you compensation?  You arent the only one with this problem..we all tend to give that answer as we dont want to discuss what is wrong with us.  

Dont do that at an exam..never lie, but this is not the time to suck it up and not reveal what is wrong with you.  

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Broncovet is right on!  In my first exam 5+ years ago I did this same crap and said I was fine, but I did talk about a few things, but the rater never did talk to me like a person.  They talked to me from the form they had and weather or not I hit the criteria before.

So my advice is to look over this rating area and talk about them all in the exam.  Hell bring your notes and mark them off as you talk about them.  Make sure you cover each area and then move on.  The questions they are asking are not in this format.  So at the end make sure to cover it so it is in the record.  Be honest, but be stern about what is going on and your worst day and how often it happens.

 

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@jon15805, do as broncovet has advised.  I would advise getting a hobby because this is a long and difficult road and you need something to occupy your time or you will go nuts dealing with the VA.  I have had two ten year battles with the powers to be and it is not easy on any of us.  Just remember that the VA is difficult to deal with and worrying only makes matters worse.  If you draw a tough examiner do your best to remain level headed and not let your anxiety get the worst of you.  I had one shrink that I let him push my buttons and it did not go well.  Keep calm and try to be honest at all times.  If the examiner asks you how you are doing, tell him about your anxiety and why you have it.  

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