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You titled your original post with "major depressive disorder with unspecified anxiety disorder".

Is that a diagnosis from the VA or from a private doctor?

I hope you realize that many veterans over past decades , have had emergency contacts via the Red Cross, and gained emergency leave.

Even if this leave appears in the 201 file, it might have no info whatsoever on why you got the leave.

I understand that Command has to approve the leave- the Red Cross only makes the request.

Many inservice military ,for decades, have had requests like this from the Red Cross-

I know I can have family generate buddy statements attesting to such, but I'm not really comfortable talking to my family about this at this point in time and would prefer to use hard proof of the event. Any help or recommendations anyone can provide would be appreciated"

It happened a long time ago but maybe the Red Cross would have a record of the request.

However that does not prove what happened to give you these MH disabilities.

Perhaps you should talk to your family about it- because the VA will want to know what happened anyhow.

They will need "hard proof". 

I will post the link to the Red Cross-









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When you cam back from the leave, did your behavior change in any way,that would show you experienced anxiety and depression, while on leave?


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Hi Everyone, sorry for not replying sooner, but I wanted to wait for my letter to come, and as such, I finally got my denial letter today. Apparently I was severely abused as a child and didn't know it? That was not what I told her. I told her I was aware that my father was abusive before he stopped drinking, which happened before I was born, as he developed epilepsy after a motorcycle accident and could no longer drink alcohol due to the medication he takes. While my living situation wasn't great just before I entered service due to my parents divorcing (I was still 17), I had no symptoms of depression or anxiety before my time in service. Apparently she wrote "The etiology of his depression and anxiety is his troubled and abusive childhood, not the ringing in his ears" I swear this lady has got to be a nut and should have her medical license revoked. Wow, I read stuff like this happens, but just wow. Should I call the VA and complain? I just can't believe this. The only event that occurred that I was afraid would be a problem was my grandfather(who I was very close to) being diagnosed with terminal cancer while I was in training (which happened while I was in service) and by the time I found out and received the emergency order from the red cross to visit him he was already in hospice care and could no longer speak. I came to understand years ago that it was a PTSD event and that is why I developed and still have such anxiety when ever I have to visit a doctor or hospital. Ever since then, I just don't trust doctors and always feel like they are doing something nefarious even though I know they are not. But that isn't what has been driving me crazy and keeping me up at night. It's the ever slowly worsening, constant headaches, migraines, and buzzing in my head for 20 years and constantly feeling like I can't be normal and sleep like a normal person. Sorry for the rant, but what the heck! I should have known this lady was a nut when she told me 6 hours of sleep is great after I told her I get between 0 and 6 hours of sleep each night.

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This happens to most of us.  The doctor gives a report in the VA's favor..remember, the VA signs their checks.  

You probably need an IMO/IME to refute that docs opinion.  

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