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PTSD claim accepted. MST deferred. What does this mean


I submitted a claims for ptsd through the VA due to sexual assault in active duty.  I was just informed by my VSO that I was awarded 30% for PTSD and the MST is deferred.  What does this mean?   Also she explained that I was only awarded 30% due to what boxes the C&P examiner checked.  She read me the ones not checked and I know that several of them should have been according to the things we discussed in the exam.  I am very new to all of this and it has taken me years to get to a point where I could talk about this enough to even file and no I feel as if my experience has just been minimized.  

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Buc.....what you said about C&P examinations is so true.  I think the VA goes 95% with the exam. If exam doctor says you are a basket casthe VA just excepts that because they are lazy.  I did get

I think it means that the decision for the MST claim relating to your PTSD has been delayed. They are saying you have PTSD AT A 30% level BUT was it caused by MST? Maybe someone else will come along a

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Buc.....what you said about C&P examinations is so true.  I think the VA goes 95% with the exam. If exam doctor says you are a basket casthe VA just excepts that because they are lazy.  I did get a great exam from LHI lately, but I was so suspicious of them regarding any mental health exam for an increase I did not do it.  I was already 70% for a combination of mental conditions I just left it alone.  Exams for mental health conditions are so subjective that you can get screwed to the wall in 20 minutes. A PTSD exam could fly like an eagle or sink like a stone depending on the C&P exam doctor.  I had a DMII exam a few years ago where the doctor told me that most Vietnam vets would do anything for an increase including gaining 100 pounds.  I was like "Are you shitting me?".  Where do they get these guys?

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Getting the proper compensation from the VA depends on your having plenty of information about your condition.  Now that you have your foot in the door I would get a private doctor to write you and IMO if you intend to appeal.  If not for IMO's in my own mental health claims I would still be sitting at 30% 30 years later.  For years I had ten minute C&P exams where the only question the VA asked me was "Are you working?" If I said "yes I work " it was automatic denial of an increase.  Then I got smart reading Hadit.  My ignorance and VA's lies cost me many thousands of dollars over the years.

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PTSD requires a stressor to get approved. Unless you submitted more info on a different stressor, then it had do have been approved based on your evidence of MST.  MST is not a rating, it is a stressor, the event that caused the condition.

Wait till you get your decision letter to unravel this. Lots of mistakes in communications can happen, so as soon as you got it in writing, you can validate what the VSO told you.

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I got my letter. It clearly stated 30% due to ptsd.  My VSO read the c&p exam notes and sent me - with the notes - back to the private psychologist who initially diagnosed ptsd.  He read the c&p notes and said that the criteria the examiner listed qualified for 100% but the symptoms list was missing a lot.  Now waiting on his letter to take to the VSO.  I believe I am more confused than ever.  

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