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Hello all. I am a 12 year army veteran investgator who started having problem in 11th year of army. Left army in May 1992 with an OTH. the army and the VA held hearings on my discharge and VA concluded my time was all HOnorable. THe DRB after a full hearing in front of a board of Officers upgraded to full Honorable and RE Code of 1 and discharge authority "Secretarial Authority". Have been seeing private doctor for depression since leaving army. I am being treated by VA Hospital for PTSD and they confirm the diagnosis. Dr. there told me I should file a claim. I did and am waiting. I included photos of the murder crime scenes I attended as precip stressors, as well as autopsies which I was required by my job to attend. I included some of the photos of crime scenes where parents had killed thier children which were the toughest for me, letter showing last salary and release from employement due to excessive time off due to meds, etc; provided names of deceased, letter from my wife, and provided all medical reocrds from private physicians including psychiatrist which has diagnosed me with major depression. When he saw me in 1992, he made a comment of the symtpoms appearing as PTSD but diagnosed with Major Depression. The Dr. at VA says clearly PTSD, both in psychiatry and primary care. I am on several meds per day, included all pharmacy records. I was recently told in a letter I should know something within 60 days. I do not work and essentially do not leave the house. I dont like to be around people and dont answer door. At one point for almost a year, I slept with a 9mm under pillow out of fear. I can tell you that the VA hospital here in Virginia has been very helpful to me and has taken great care of me. I was concerned that I would not be taken seriously but they took me as soon as I applied for help and have done quite a bit of counseling including the new EMDR. Can anyone tell me from thier experience if I am on the right track here? Am I sending the right stuff? Am I doing the right thing? Also do I need to tell the VA if I receive some type of inheritance? I am not destitute but have not worked in two years afer losing a 100k a year job due to the depression. Thank you for your help.

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Yeah, what Rick said!! :rolleyes:

Wow... I can't really add anything...... :unsure: because

This thread is a very fine example of veterans helping veterans. Everyone presented clear factual information while building on what others said. I am proud to be a hadit family member, and part of the fine example Hadit sets for the veteran community. You guys should all give yourselfs a pat on the back for a job well done. TBird should be especially proud for the Vetsters (sters as in monsters) she has helped create. Ahhh yes it is good to be back.... :rolleyes:

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Ricky, no problem man, I wasn't offended, but I do have some game in certain areas, like we all do. If I have delt with it, and KNOW it then I offer advise, if I dont then I say what I think and offer an opinion, but I state it as such... thats all.

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OK, thank you all for your help here. I have finally finished with all the records and provided ALL medical records regardless of thier source. I was under the mistaken impression, that I would also be evaluated for the sinusitis, hypertension, and migraines without submitting an additional application. Contacted VA through IRIS and was told to immediately send a letter requesting consideration for the sinusitis and migraines and hypertension and fax it to them. I pointed out the diagnosis and identification of the problems in the ETS physical which I also sent to them. A VCAA letter had been sent to me asking me for all these records. It stated if I did not send these items, a decision on my claim could be made within sixty days with the information contained therein.

Today, I prepared a letter which states overall how the medications and diagnosis impact me. For instance, I shop using Net Grocer; I also have a person who comes to my house to clean and take care of things during the week and check on me. My wife also submitted an affidavit indicating that she had to go back to work even though she had retired after 25 years with a local company. By the way, due to a problem with Effexor I was switched this past week to Mirtazapine, 30 mg. This medicine made me sleep for two days straight when i first took it. I am getting to a normal sleep rythym now but let me tell you that first couple of days was rough. I am told by my private physician that Mirtazapine is the cream of the crop medicine but is rarely prescribed because the side oeffect is serious weight gain. I have had the reverse and lost three pounds this week. I also outlined all of the claims and made references to where they could find evidence of them in the records. I kept copies of everything I sent and the total file exceeds 500 pages. I know this because I have gone through one ream of copy paper.

Now here is what my questions: I have already sent photos of the crime scenes some which are absolutely horrific as you can imagine, mass casualties from an army plane crash, tank blown apart, etc. I also just found a video of a crime scene which is pretty bad. I recall the scene from 1989 and it was a murder suicide. The bodies were in a heated apartment and it took six days before they were found. Should I send this video along with all the other matierial or is there such a thing as overdoing it with the evidence to the VA? Should I hold this back in case of a denial and then send this as additional information? Due to what i did in the army I have a tendency to be a little obsessvie compulsive.

Question: Since the VA is treating me for PTSD, and the treater feels it is Service Connected, will I still need to go to a CP exam.

Question: has anyone here tried the new EMDR for PTSD? If so were the results positive.

Question: Is there a CP requirement for Hypertension, Migraines and Sinusitis? If so has anyone gone through these before and can you tell me what they did. I have to tell you that I dislike needles and every time I go to Richmond, the vampires there want three of four tubes of blood. I give so much that I dont think I could donate any if I wanted to.

Thanks for your help...Jerry

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I don't know anyone who has had a award granted for PTSD without doing a C&P exam I have had three of them I have had C&Ps multiple times for the same issues maybe others here have had different experiences but not I

I don't know anyone who has had a award granted for PTSD without doing a C&P exam I have had three of them I have had C&Ps multiple times for the same issues maybe others here have had different experiences but not I

I don't know anyone who has had a award granted for PTSD without doing a C&P exam I have had three of them I have had C&Ps multiple times for the same issues maybe others here have had different experiences but not I

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I think the PTSD CP exam is a quick exam. I really didnt mind it. It seems like the examiner here was really respectful, fast efficently and empathic

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