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We have a full Agent Orange forum here.
Many veterans (and even their survivors) have succeeded in getting a disability, not on the presumptive list, service connected due to their proven exposure to AO.
Also Secretary Wilkie is considering a few new presumptives, but we have no idea if he will even add any to the list.
I wrote to him making a strong argument, as to the potential for HBP to be added, as well as ischemic stroke and have prepared a personal claim based on the same report a veteran used at the BVA, who also had a strong IMO/IME, and the BVA recently granted his HBP as due to his exposure to AO in Vietnam.
Most veterans with HBP were deemed as having "essential" - a medical term for no know cause- now we have a cause in Vietnam veterans---AO caused it.
The report is here:
On page 8 they found there is "Sufficient" evidence that AO caused HBP in Vietnam veterans.
The BVA case and this report is also searchable in our AO forum.
Ol' Bob posted an answer to a question,I just received a deposit to my checking account. The description says VALG TREAS 310 TYPE: XXVA.
I'm not sure who to ask about this deposit. I am concerned because I was not notified I would be receiving it.
I retired from the Marines in 1997 with 10% disability. I've been receiving a separate disability payment from my regular retirement pay. This deposit is completely unexpected. thank you for any insight.
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Less Likely, More Likely Than Not – and why reasonable doubt rule is one of the most important liberalizing rules that Veterans Affairs uses…Independent Medical Opinions by Your Private Physician
If you spend any time reading VA case law you’ll come across the phrase less likely, more likely than not and so on. In the VA Clinicians Guide for Disability Examination it lays out how these are weighted.
Buck52 posted an answer to a question,Yes
After a PTSD/Unspecific MDD Diagnose From the VA Dr's
The gold standard for diagnosing PTSD is a structured clinical interview such as the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS-5). When necessary, the PCL-5 can be scored to provide a provisional PTSD DSM 5 diagnosis.
Any clinical clinician such as MD ,Psychiatrist even a L.C.S.W. (Certified)can perform the Diagnostics Evaluation Employed by the the VA
...They just need to figure out your symptoms and put together a list of your symptom's that you possess or show from the evaluation...I am not 100% Sure just how they do this ?
being I am not a Dr or clinical clinician
Once a Diagnoses of PTSD is given they try to set you up with a Therapist to help with your New dx And how to adjust or cope with the Anxiety and Depression the PTSD can cause.
you learn the tools to cope with and depending how severe your symptoms are ?
They test /screen you with phychoeducational type therapy treatment usually at first.
Warning some of this therapy can be very rough on a Veteran from holding on to guilt from the trauma its self or you maybe in a ''stuck point''from memories and guilt or from the stressor's or anything that reminds you of the trauma you endured.
The therapy works even if we think it don't, I recommend Therapy for all PTSD Veterans it could very well save your life once the correct therapy is in place and the Veteran makes all his Clinical Appointments.
I still have Combat PTSD it probably will never be cured completely but we can learn the tools it takes to cope with this horrible diseases
even learning breathing techniques Helps tremendously during a panic attact.
I have guilt from the war in Vietnam ( I ask my self what could I have done to make a better outcome/difference?..and also I am in what the therapist calls stuck points. working on that at present once a week for 90 minutes. I am very fortunate to have the help the VA gives me and I am lucky I have not turned to alcohol or drugs to mask my problem.
But I have put my family through a living hell with my angers of burst.and they all stood by me the whole time years and years of my family life was disrupted because of me and my children &spouse never deserved it one bit.
That's all I want to say about that.
At least I am still around. and plan to be tell my old age dying day.