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.
Knowledgeable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title.
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?
Adding Background information in your post will help members understand what information you are looking for so they can assist you in finding it.
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?
This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial of your claim?”
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Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:
You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons …Continue reading
My VAMC providers never disclosed to me adverse events in my care, or referred me to the benefits claim process.
A VA employee told me I was not eligible for VA disability benefits in connection with VAMC delayed cancer dx.
My VAMC then referred me - all at my expense (including ~ 8,000 miles transportation), to a civilian medical center for ~ 40 corrective surgery & radiation therapy treatments.
Pain & scarring, depression, homelessness, bankruptcy soon followed.
Eventually (2 years later) I came to know I was eligible for 1151 benefits, applied, and, after 2 more years, “won.”
Currently rated 80% for pain & scarring, SC-MDD, but receive 100% due to TDIU.
Subsequently I came to hear about equitable relief (38 U.SC. § 503(a)(b)(c), submitted my petition, got turned down on the basis of “such & such.”
However, my VAMC medical records & c-file made clear that “such & such” was not remotely applicable to my case.
I wrote VA a rebuttal > VA came up with new denial rationales.> I wrote VA a rebuttal > VA came up with new denial rationales …
This pattern has continued for 10 (!) years.
Calls to the White House Veterans Hot Line got me more of the same.
Last year, a law school veterans legal clinic exhaustively went through my file, took on my case, prepared a petition for equitable relief for me, and sent it to VA Central Office.
In response, I got a letter from way down the VA totem pole (my VARO) telling me they had turned down my petition, on the basis: “As multiple arms of the VA have already told you, you are not eligible for equitable relief.
Q: How do I get a meeting with an upper-echelon VA official to go over the record/my actual file, from a-z, not merely glance at a distorted “top sheet” view.
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