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Brand new here. I'm posting because I'm so confused and unsure if I'm doing the right stuff, or if I should be doing it at all.
I'm hoping to find answers on how to file a claim for GAD/Major depression. Here's my story.
1996-2000 high school captain of soccer and baseball teams. Captain of Snare Drum line in marching band.
2000 - enlist in USMC, squad leader in boot camp, meritoriously promoted to PFC at graduation.
2001 - Class leader in A school
2002 - PCS to Japan (Iwakuni) volunteer for secondary school, awarded Microminiature soldering credentials. Perform extra duties and awarded Meritorious Mast for going above and beyond. Compete in meritorious board for Cpl, and win.
2002 cont. While celebrating the win (but not yet actually promoted) engage in arm wrestling match, and lose, terribly. Suffer spiral fracture which requires evacuation to naval hospital for surgery - internal fixation (plate and 8 screws). Require months of rehab, and continuous wear of mechanical brace and continued light duty for months.
Ok, this is where things get hairy.
2002 cont. PCS back stateside (NY) while still wearing mechanical brace and on light duty. Within 1 week of reporting, promotion ceremony is held. I had to be promoted while wearing a brace and a sling, no "pinning" of rank and no "earning" of blood stripe. From this point on, I'm pretty much viewed as a punk, and a melingerer. I stop volunteering for extra duties or assignments, motivation drops, etc.
2003 - Drink heavily. Merry an awful woman who is into drugs.
2004 - pop on piss test. Before NJP, I make Sergeant due to previous meritorious promotions and excellent pro/con, rifle, PFT scores. This infuriates most Marines in my squadron, and further solidifies my reputation as a shitbird, because I am a piss-popped mellinger who made Sergeant before most people.
2004 cont. NJPed, busted down to Cpl. Result of NJP is that I will not be discharged, based on demonstration of excellent performance earlier in service, but will not be allowed to re-enlist. During a PT session I fall and get a class III AC joint separation, which again requires light duty and use of a sling. Anyone who didn't think I was a melingerer before, starts thinking/calling me one now.
2005 - EAS.
2005 - Civilian diagnosed with everything from ADHD, to GAD, to MDD, to bipolar. Various medications do not improve mental performance or fatigue.
2013 - buddy talks me in to visiting VA for disability due to arm. Awarded 30%, feel like I don't deserve it because of NJP.
2019 - visit VA mental health clinic, diagnosed with GAD and MDD. Therapist suggests sleep study. Just got results. I have mild sleep apnea.
I have decided to file a claim for GAD/MDD and sleep apnea. I have buddy statements on the official VA forms from Marines who served with me from boot camp through Japan stating I was a stellar Marine. I have statements from Marines who served with me in NY stating I was not at all stellar, and performed poorly. I have statements from civilian coworkers stating I had performance issues, was fired from a job, and was on the chopping block at another.
I have medical records from Naval hospitals for all my injuries.
So, from other service members, does it sound like I have any chance at a case? How should I file? I have an appointment with my previous Psych. Nurse Practitioner in 2 months from now, to request a nexus letter. I don't know if she will write one, but based on our prior treatment session discussions, I believe she agrees my GAD and MDD or related to my service.
Where do I go from here? Should I even be filing a case at all?
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You dont need a diagnosis "in service", you need a current diagnosis. While there is nothing wrong with a doc diagnosis in service, its not necessary. As far as "proof" of your symptoms, menti
USMCNASA Your buddy letters are good; shows before and after. You have continuity. Diagnostic codes for MH are all lumped together. If you are granted s-c, then it is 0, 10, 30, 50, 70, and 100%. If y
USMCNASA Yes, you have a difficult situation to overcome, but, a BIG BUT, you have to have a diagnosis AND a nexus to win your claim. On MH conditions, the VA does their own evaluations and you may n
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