I am on my second appeal, I have my congeressman involved. I have proven my stressor, I have proven it was in the line of duty. I have documented over 1000 pages of medical history relating to my PTSD, anti-social personality disorder, and psychosis. I have a diagnosis from a private PTSD "expert" physician. Now, the problem is that my stressor is non-combat related. I was stabbed and beaten by fellow service members in a barracks. I didn't even know what my problem was until years later, 4 marriages and divorces later and several arrests for assault. Does anyone out there think I have a chance this time of acutally getting rated? I meet the 70% criteria and was told today that they have me scheduled to be rated on October the tenth. Please pray for me.
Do you think you stand a chance to finally be rated? Absolutely.
However, in your post you omitted any psychological treatment from a VA Mental Health Facility, and barring any treatment from a VA Shrink...I fear you will lose this appeal as well. I understand that you are seeing a civilian expert, and that is great. His Diagnosis/Prognosis will weigh in when the VA adjudicates your claim. However, again, without any VA facility treatment, it will count very little. I sincerely hope that you left that out and that you are being treated by some type of VA mental health facility.
Btw..just a side question..you mention that you meet the 70% criteria. Mind if you share as to how you came about that?
Thank you so much for responding. Yes I am diagnosed and currently being treated by the VA for PTSD etc.... This includes several trips to the ER and inpatient treatment. My (over 1000 pages) of medical treatment and diagnosis are 99% from VA medical doctors and treatment at VA medical centers. My first PTSD diagnosis was via the VA after taking the computer diagnosis, and being seen by a VA psychiatrist and psychologist. Do you think this may be the catalyst that I was needing initially? I based the 70% on the criteria that was listed on the VA website and on my GAF score. I used my diagnosis write up and what the VA and Civilian DOCS told me I should be rated as.... Good thing??? I am hoping!!!!! PS, sorry for not clarifying that initially. But your response gives me much more hope.
Well..in that case, you should be in a pretty good shape...well documented VA Healthcare, VA diagnosis...a Civilian expert opinion and document..ALL GOOD !!
Now some updates: THE VA does not place much value on the GAF scoring system anymore like they once used to..but that's alright because more weight is given to the Healthcare providers records and treatment..JUST MAKE SURE..your civilian doctor documents things properly..meaning "It is in my professional opinion as a """"" that this patient clearly suffers from XXX PTSD of :::Blank...blank severity so as to ""blank blank...effect his normal day to day activities to a degree'''blank blank..that employment..is..may..blank blank..etc..I HOPE YOU GET THE PICTURE..I AM NOT your Doctor and I can't pretend to be one..so the blanks will give you a better idea of how well you may come out of this coming rating.
Lastly..the comment about 70%..YOU MAY BE RIGHT...but be prepared for less..and be surprised if you do better..it beats the feeling of "slighted" again.
My best to you.
blank blank blank... I get it!!! thank you so much for the awesome input. I feel pretty good now. I think ANY percentage with a service connection will be good, and with this additional info... the next step should be easier. You are a TRUE friend to us vets with questions. (BTW this is the vets wife thanking you ;-) ) He can barely get by day to day, so I am wife #5 trying to make this happen, (but that can be our little secret) LOL thank you good man!! God Bless and God Speed! Eres Tu? just curiosity!
Ah,..my tag line "Eres Tu" means "TOUCH THE WIND" = The Greater ONE is always there, like the wind..fell it or not..it is ALWAYS there !
Eres Tu..for YOU !
We have more PTSD topics than Jimmy Carter had peanuts!
Do you have a veterans service officer involved? Normally the congressman aide will write a form letter to a VA employee, assigned to respond to an congressional inquiry, with a basic form letter response. I have read multiple thousands "nearly same" responses.
If you click on this link and read my booklet on PTSD non combat, you will find much help"
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I am not sure if we have a true VSO. I think that is who we gave POA to in '08. If so, we have never personally spoke to this person nor have we ever even had correspondence with this person. ???? Am I missing something here? I know we had an attorney for a while, but fired him soon after going to the local VA office and having someone from the DVA assigned to our case? Is that our VSO?
Yes, the DVA rep is your VSO.
We have a date of October, 11 2009 for a ratings decision. We just got our congressman involved, we are on second appeal. Is there anything we need to be doing right now besides waiting? Did we just make the VA mad by contacting our congressman?
No, you didn't make the VA OR anyone else mad by doing what you did...if you did anything at all..it is (1) you could have delayed it or (2) you put some speed into it.
which one will apply to you, no one knows.
As Freddy said, it may slow it down or speed it up. That depends on if the VA pulls the file to answer the Congressional inquiry. If that is the case, your file could go to the bottom of the stack. Is your case at the AMC?
Sorry for not knowing, but what is the AMC? I checked last week, after the congressional inquiry began, and the case was awaiting decision. I can't remember what they called it but it was something like in Decisions and Ratings with a projected date of 10-11-09.
You used the term appeal. AN appeal can be a DRO or usually the BVA> If the BVA has heard the case and made a decision, it goes to the AMC or Appeals Management Center for the processing of the BVA decision. If it is at the RO, the it is with a rating officer, and could be anywhere in the process, but sounds like they are writing the decision and getting it approved.
Your DAV VSO should be able to answer these questions.
Thank you very much for this info. I will call the VSO and verify tomorrow, but I am very sure it's with the RO. That was the term used in the conversation I had with the VSO. I am new to these acronyms, but at writing them down to learn as I go. I found Military.com by accident and navigated my way to this particular board. I have found out more reading just a few of these posts than what I have learned in the last 4 years working on my own. I went back and re-read the initial post on PTSD that was recommended in a different discussion and am in the process of getting together "buddy statements" in the case that we may need them. I am not sure what motivates each of you to be so helpful, but whatever it is, I would like to thank each and everyone of you. To this point I have only dealt face to face with this and am so un-educated in the military lingo and way of life that I have felt like a stranger. Thank you for making things a little more clear.
RO - Regional office - there are 88 VA Regional Offices (If I remember right)
VSO, NSO - Service officer employed by groups like DAV, AMVETS, VFW, etc.
CSO, SSO - County or State Service Officer - works for the State Veterans Commission
DRO - VA Decision Rating Officer - they decide claims, and when you do a De Novo Appeal, a senior DRO handles the appeal.
BVA - Board of Veterans Appeal - Administrative Law Court of the Veterans Administration - Handles appeals from the RO.
CVA - Court of Veterans Appeals - it is a Federal Court that handles appeals of law versus fact from the BVA. Courts above it are the US Court of Appeals for the Federal District and the US Supreme Court.
VAMC - VA Medical Center
MEB - Medical Evaluation Board of the Service/Command
PEB - Physical Evaluation Board of the Service (Arny, Navy, AF, CG)
NOD - Notice of Disagreement - the form of filing an appeal of an RO decision, within 1 year of receipt of the decision
POA - Power of Attorney - authorization of a Service Officer to represent you before the VA.
Federal Fiduciary - If you are 100% Scheduler for PTSD or other mental illness, the VA requires a payee to handle your money.
Those are off the top of my head.
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