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Hello all. First I would like to say the information here has been very helpful with me being able to understand the VA claim process. I've been a reader of this forum for a while have have learned a lot from reading all of the helpful information here. Thanks to all of you who help and guide us veterans. 

I was awarded 70% ptsd back in February to give me a total rating of 80% with other injuries I have. Had a ptsd c&p exam beginning of February and was awarded couple weeks later. In April I submitted a claim for tdiu and was sent to another ptsd c&p exam by a different doctor in May. I received the envelope last Saturday which stated the ptsd has been continued at 70% and the unemployability has been deferred: medical opinion. 

Today I recieved a call from LHI (contractor va used to schedule my previous exams) and was told I have another ptsd c&p exam beginning of September. The exam will be with the doctor who did the first c&p exam back in February.

Called VA and asked why I have to do another c&p when I just did two within last 6 months. VA stated the one done in February didn't list all correct information and to continue tdiu claim I must go again even though I went to one in May for the tdiu. 

Can anyone explain this? Sorry my question is so long.

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Just an update. Now I'm completely confused. So I'm already rated 70% for ptsd. Submitted the tdiu claim went to the c&p in May, 70% ptsd continued and tdiu deferred. New c&p scheduled for September with different doctor and Friday I recieved a letter from VA asking me to provide details, date, place, location, etc of incidents that caused my ptsd so they can research it with JSRRC. This makes no sense at all. My stressors and incidents that caused ptsd were verified when I received my original rating for ptsd. Why would they want me to provide it again regarding a tdiu claim? Shouldn't the rater be able to see it in my files?

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The only thing comes to mind is that when a veteran files a claim for TDIU, VA will review the veterans' service connected disabilities to see if they can increase them. Now why they are asking for your details, date, place, location, etc., etc...  I can only speculate that someone is very lazy or someone wants you to give them your information so they can verify even though it has already been done. Keep in mind that filing a TDIU claim is asking VA to re-evaluate your service connected conditions to determine if any makes you unemployable. 

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Thanks pacmanx1. I think you hit the nail on the head with the lazy part. I don't mind writing another statement with the info, it just bugs me someone would stall my claim just for that when it's already been done and verified previously when I originally was granted the 70% ptsd. Thanks.

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