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PTSD disability decision didn't include key concern


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Earlier this year, I had VA sponsored exams, including one for PTSD. My existing rating originates from two traumatic incidents during each of my two tours in RVN. During the exam, I provided a detailed description of my depression & other symptoms & explained that since my deteriorating health, including advanced cancer and the need to use a catheter and impotence, I'd had recurring thoughts of suicide, including research on a possible trip to Holland to end my life there. The psychologist was empathetic, even offering me contact info about death with dignity.

When my VA decision came recently, no mention of the suicide discussion was considered in the rating. I would be grateful if someone could advise me and concerning what type of recourse I have. Many thanks.

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VA decisions "rarely" list symptoms.  What was your rating?  Suicidal ideation is only in the 70 percent or 100 percent categories.  If your rating is less than 70 percent, consider strongly filing a nod disputing the disabiltiy percentage, arguing that the CFR's support at least 70 percent.  

Are you working?  If you are not working, then your rating should be 100 percent or tdiu, "provided that" the reason you are not working is due to sc conditions.  

You could also consider disputing the effective date, VA loves to hornswaggle us on those.  

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5 hours ago, Eureka said:

Earlier this year, I had VA sponsored exams, including one for PTSD. My existing rating originates from two traumatic incidents during each of my two tours in RVN. During the exam, I provided a detailed description of my depression & other symptoms & explained that since my deteriorating health, including advanced cancer and the need to use a catheter and impotence, I'd had recurring thoughts of suicide, including research on a possible trip to Holland to end my life there. The psychologist was empathetic, even offering me contact info about death with dignity.

When my VA decision came recently, no mention of the suicide discussion was considered in the rating. I would be grateful if someone could advise me and concerning what type of recourse I have. Many thanks.

I agree with broncovet’s advice. You can also filed a notice of disagreement (NOD) if you feel the VA low-balled you on your rating.

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I assume, but could be wrong, that your type of  cancer is not on the Agent Orange Presumptive list?

Or maybe you already get SC for it?

Good advice above on the PTSD. The rating schedule for PTSD is here under a search.

 

 

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I'd had recurring thoughts of suicide, including research on a possible trip to Holland to end my life there. The psychologist was empathetic, even offering me contact info about death with dignity. 

 

Not sure you have did this/  but check your Myhealthvet progress notes  this Dr should have written up a report on this and it could be in these notes?

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