Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery”instead of ‘I have a question.
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I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story.
Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.
Post straightforward questions and then post background information.
Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
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Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
Question B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
See how the details below give us a better understanding of what you’re claiming.
Rephrase the question: I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?
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This might get a little long winded but please stick with me. I just had my supplemental claim for arthritis closed. I was awarded 2 out of about 15 affected joints, and suprise, suprise it seems that the reason the others were denied was because of the C&P examiner not doing a thorough exam and incorrect reporting on the paperwork. The reason for denial on all of them was no diagnosis. Now the problem with this was that she was provided with a letter and medical records from my rhuematologist (an M.D.) stating specifically which joints are diagnosed and affected, and the letter is from May 2020, so it is current information (she is a nurse practitioner, and best I can tell specializing in family medicine). She decided she didn't believe me when I told her joints hurt during the exam so basically said nothing was wrong, thus no diagnosis. In particular I know she lied about the range of motion of my shoulders. I have a difficult time getting to 90 degrees on either arm, but her range of motion says 120 degrees. she did actually measure this, but I know where my arms were and it was less than 90. She did measure my back (which was approved) but nothing else. She didn't even actually examine my hands or feet. She "examined my elbows and knee from across the room. Also, she stated I have no flare ups, but I know for a fact the QTC questionairre I submitted to her stated that I do, as well as my statement I filed with the claim to the VA.
I called DAV as soon as I left the exam and asked them what to do and they said, just wait for the exams to come in and see what they say. When the exams came in I couldn't get anyone at DAV to actually look through them all, so they said just wait for the decision. I finally got someone to look through a few of them (after the decision was made) and from what the DAV is telling me, many of the joints don't look like the reach the compensable level based on her C&P.
Now I am at a crossroads. I can either Higher level review and see if maybe they will give me 0% service connection because my doc's diagnosis should outweigh her 10 minute "exam"(maybe a couple 10% ratings if I'm lucky), or get in line at the the BVA. I'm not sure what to do next and I've heard advice to go both ways from the DAV. They say I can't fight the bad C&P through HLR. Any thoughts or advice?
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