How long after the C & P exam does it typically takes to recieve word on if you did or didn't recieve disability. I had this knowledge before, however, I just can't remember. Maybe because it was so long ago or it could be because of my Fibro-fog. In anyevent, does anyone know this answer? Thanks
From my little experience a long time. I had my C&P exam June 30th and the VA medical facility i received my exam at still has not released my C&P report to the regional office. Even after they finish the report, the regional office has to approve your claim then they have to submit it to a rating board which can take up to 90 days or longer or whenever the VA feels like doing stuff. From my experience the VA has very little checks and balances on its employees and some employees milk that flaw for all they can.
Good luck to you.
It depends on the complexity of the claim, how easy it is to create Nexus and the backlog of the person who has to do the rating.
For me, with a claim that was a re-evaluation, with no requirement to develop Nexus (already rated), it took about 3 - 4 months each time. That includes substantial VA and non-VA medical documentation.
With a more complex disease, and a harder time with the Nexus on a claim long after the service, it could take over a year.
Over a year!!? I am getting tired of the VA waiting game.
You have claimed a disease that is hard to document many years after your service - Fibromyalgia from Vietnam War service, if my memory serves me right. These are not easy cases to say yes to, and that is what you want.
If you walked out of the service with a Med Board and PEB, and you where granted SC at that time, and it got worse or there was secondary problems, it is relativly fast.
If you had documented AO exposure and a presumptive disease, then it is an easier case.
Battle Stations !!
I truly wish you the best and I also think Dave is giving you a smooth answer, while I sense he likely feels pessimistic himself. Ah...I do wish you the best though and truly hope you win.
Dave is such a nice guy, isn't he? Smile Dave !
From the Vietnam war?! Whoa!! I am not that old. :-) I got out the service in 2001. Got in 1997. Am considered a Gulf war Veteran because I did two tours in the Gulf. My ailments began as follows:
1. Depression and anxiety while in service
2. Fibro, Chronic Fatigue About a year and half to two years after being out.
3. Hypertension while in service.
All are documented. And all are chronic.
I was given the anthrax shots and was exposed to various chemicals during the course of my duties. Some include PkP, halon, Co2, JP5, JP4, Toxic Welding Vapors, Freon, and many to numeroius to recall now. In addition to that I was exposed to toxins from being station near a Trash incinerator in Japan.
But anyhow, thats for the advice and knowledge I really do appreciate it.
Sorry on the Era. 1 and 3 are the easier issues. They are in your service medical records. Number 2 is the hard one to win.
You have both my appreciation and respect for your service to this Great Country, and my best of wishes for your claim. Isn't it pathetic and sad that the vet has to prove so much, wait so long, fight battle after battle, Form after Form, Doctor after Doctor just to prove what was done to us either directly or indirectly, all due to whatever the exposure was during our time in service? Sad, but such is life, and top everything off with a dash of "suspicion" on the part of the VA. eh...irritating. oh...Hey there !!! I'm a VN Vet and I'm not THAT OLD !! Good Grief, under 70 is young my dear lady !!
My best to you and Godspeed.
I called the 1800 number to inquire if the VA had recieved my C&P exam which I took on the 10th. The agent said that they did and that the rating board has come to a decision. WoW, that was fast. I thought by comments on this forum I had to wait upwards of 3 months. This got me thinking... Since the decision was made so quickly, I am thinking that they have denied my claim. I have a deep down feeling this is the case. You know, this is how the VA plays with service members. Deny first, then let the appeal process begin in hopes of having the veteran either die before the apeal come to or having the vet give up his appeal. Anyhow, the telephone agent said that is was sent today. So it should arrive by friday or saturday. Wish me luck.
Camaromaster Posted Thu 25 September 2008 08:40 AM
Has anyone ever won a claim for Fibromyalgia & CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome) Did your symptoms begin in service? If so, do you have medical evidence in your service records to substantiate your claim? If you symptoms did not begin in service how long after did they start? Lastly, how is life with these two illnesses? Are you able to work full time? Thanks
I won one here on behalf of a veteran. It required a synopsis from a Shrink, and 6 months worth of painkillers, for the veteran, he varied from Oxy to Hydrocodone, documented. So not to confuse and still compress this post. The Shrink he was under treatment for, he in turn had a treatment plan in conjunction with the vet's PCP for the narcotics. Combine the two and you have a basis for a good claim (both diagnosed and assigned prognosis) Hope to be of help.
Hey Freddy my friend,
Good to have you back! Hope all is A-OK with you & the family. Say hey to my man Bubba for me.
My best to you & yours,
Ha!! Just as I expected. I was denied. Now I have to appeal and fight the VA for another 5 or more years.
What is interesting.... The C&P examiner was not good. First of all the lady was not AMERICAN! By this I mean she was most likely an importation from the phillipines. There was a communication problem. I had to constantly repeat myself and explain myself like a child so that she could understand. Unlike my other C&P exam for my depression I had an opportunity to explain myself. With this individual I did not.Additionally, the female examiner was pretty old. Propely 65 to 70 years old.
So basically, I must be crazy with all this pain, fatigue, headaches, insomnia,etc. And that the assortment of health hazards that I was exposed(Way beyond what is exposed to to the general populace) to during the course of my duties are irrelevant.
You damn right I am %#^&%$ MAD!!, and I'm not going to take anymore. lol What a life!!
NAVY = Never Again Voluntere Yourself! Oh how I wish I did not join. Imagine I could have maintain my flawless health and finish college 7 years sooner. But, woe is me. I was patriotic.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Camaromaster,
Hello Dick Tracy and Company
Thank you for the welcome back, although it wasn't a painful absence, I think I posted that I would be and was in Hawaii for 2 weeks representing some veterans there with their disability issues, all went well. More importantly, how are you and your claims coming along? I keep track of all your postings and read each and every one of them and when I don't see an update an internal alarm goes off to remind me to ask you how things are. I sincerely hope that all is well, you have a great wife, kids and so deserving of so much. To my other cohorts; Bruce, Don, James, Ron, Mac, The Daves, Larrp, Grover and any others that I may have missed by name but you know I know you, and know that right after I post this your name will pop up. All of you are near and dear to my heart and my extended family. I apologize for just now coming up to speed on the postings. I barely read that Don has a crisis with his daughter and my heart aches for you my dear friend. Sometimes life seems so unfair, I understand very well should you take leave from here for a while. I also read barely an exchange over stupid issues that veteran brotherhoods have no business in engaging in and that was "medals" so worthless on such a priceless website like this, don't you think? Steve, my friend, you, like me, were a Drill Sergeant a long, long time ago, what seperates us now is that I became a long haired educated hippie and you...still a army haircut, can't let go Army Dude, but it's all good. I am ending this point and it will not be answered for like Dave said ENOUGH!! Now to answer this veteran lady friend who needs a thought or two: The C&P examiner likely had little to no choice as to what she was to examine, oftentimes they even have a simple checklist or specific test they must measure. Her age had little to nothing to do with the outcome of your C&P either, and you're better off leaving that issue alone, just as your frustration is well taken and understood, I hope you understand it well also to leave her english communication skills also at the same door (Behind you). Now is the time for you to submit a smart, to the point NOD, try to keep it local, I have never advocated appeals above the VARO. In your NOD, you can address your pain that you felt was left unchecked or under-evaluated. Other conditions or symptoms left unanswered, and in detail specifically detail the misery in your daily life as you experience it. It is now up to you to paint the picture a non-medical person can decide a medical issue. Don't use a pain scale, often used by doctors, rather state for example"when I rise each morning the pain is so intense I have actual fear of my bones breaking and cannot sustain myself with my body weight, in addition to having to stand in a warped stance awaiting the pain to subside just enough for me to then enable navigation to where my medications are stored. When I eat, it feels as if the fork I hold is made of steel and my hands rampaged with arthritic pain try to wrench food from my plate into my mouth. My daily life has been so compromised to the point where not only do I seek favorable adjudication for my filed disability but also amend the3 same with a request for automatic consideration for either "Housebound" status or "Aid and Attendance" I believe I meet both standards afforded me under 38CFR and that I am in need and in receipt of help to meet my daily life requirements from members of my family. THE AFORMENTIONED is intended as a proffered NOD, it is not specifically refernced and should only be used to the point where it applied to the veteran and I do not subscribe that any misrepresentation be taken or made. (Had to insert that last statement my Friend) Anyway, If you handle the NOD well, you can get an answer within 90 days, for in requesting an amended version for adjudication I have found that the VARO will give you your original claim rather than gamble on the more expensive.
Wishing you the best and Godspeed.
I have had 4 C & P exams in the last 10 years. In all cases the examiner and I have had nice conversations. In one case we compared notes of who we knew. And then he got down to business. As Freddy said, each illness has a check list. The examiner has to ask questions or exam certain things to meet the criteria for the list. These are the assessments that they have been asked to make as a medical professional. I think on the last one, the other issues I brought up where discussed and ignored, as they never made it into the decision. Since I am 100% the would have put me in the SMC category, and that was not a part of his job to examine. He even was intrigued with something and it was never in the report from the RO. It did not change my standing, I am still 100% temp.
Over time, I have had a number of good doctors at the VA from foreign countries. And I have had some lousy foreign doctors at private facilities.
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