I have been retired for 30 years (1 July 77). I had never been evaluated or rated by the VA. In July of this year I applied for a rating for PTSD. Last week I had Compensation and Pension (C&P) review/hearing or what ever it is called. It was a short and very pleasant meeting with a psychiatrist at Bay Pines Medical Center. After he asked me several questions - the what, when, where, how and then what, and how are things now and of course we chatted for a couple of minutes - he said “It’s most definitely PTSD and combat related.”
My question is what happens next?
And how is the rating determined?
I’m really dumb about this process. I don’t even understand how it got to the C&P.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Not going to ask why you took so long to apply for disability but whew! The first thing that needs to be determined if the PTSD is service connected and I'm guessing you might be because you had a c&p. The pyschiatrist determines how severe your PTSD is and then this is put in your records and then sent to a rating team. If this is your only claim then I would expect that you will be rated within 2-4 months but like I said it depends on if they have all the info they need to rate your file.
Thanks for your reply and for your service.
As to why I waited so long, nightmares, a couple times a week, just became part of my life. At first I thought they would go way and then they were just always there.
The doctor said it was combat related.
In looking at your Bio, it looks like you are over 70, you may wish to contact a Disabled American Veteran office..talk to a National Service Officer.They have a "Fast Track Tiger Team" for veterans that are over 70. Best wishes.
you're math is very good - I just made that number this year. I call the DAV this week.
Thanks for the reply and for your service.
Your case sounds very similar to mine, I am a 70 year old WO also.
The problem you might have, is that in a PTSD case, the pyschiatrists opinion of service connection has no weight at all! You might want to read the thread called "PTSD Problems" that I started some time ago. In a nutshell, unless you can prove with buddy statements, health records, unit reports that the stressors happened 40 years ago, you have nothing. In my case the only person that was a witness is dead, and it can be very difficult to find the proof of the stressor, I hope in your case that is not the hurdle. In short, the VA seems to think that if you don't have a CIB or a purple heart, you were never in Vietnam.
You can request a copy of the C&P exam, it will show a GAF score, that you can loosely convert into a rating percentage.
Thanks Chief, for the great information and thanks for your service.
I will read and see what I can gleam from the “PTSD Problems” thread. I will also request a copy of the C&P exam and see what I can figure out. If it is alright with you, I might have to ask for your help in coming up with the GAF score.
Thankfully, I think I’m on the right track to getting quality medical help (thanks to MEDICARE Part B/TRICARE-for-Life and a great pulmonologist) with my sleep and nightmare problems. All I really wanted out VA was help with the problem.
As I progress (hopefully not regress) with the VA, I will try to update everyone who has replied to the post.
Thanks again –WOPA
Feel free to send me a personal message. The PTSD Problems thread is a classic case of an old WO starting out with poor help, trying to get educated as I progressed. With lots of research and even more help from this forum, I am still trying to get mine back on course. I made the mistake of drawing a really bad VSO and assuming he know what he was doing. BAD MISTAKE! Get yourself a good one or fly it yourself is my recommendation. Many people are in geographic areas with lots to choose from, I have none to choose from.
Good luck, and don't hesitate to ask questions. Oh yeah, the C&P exam will give you a GAF score, and over on the PTSD Forum there is a post at the top on how to decipher them.
Donald (or anyone else), can you tell me if, as far as you know, this GAF Scale current?
Global Asset Functioning Scale
The GAF is a 100-point tool rating overall psychological, social and occupational functioning of people over 18 years of age and older. It excludes physical and environmental impairment. The GAF is included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) in the section on multi-axial assessments.
100 - 91
Superior functioning in a wide range of activities, life’s problems never seem to get out of hand, is sought out by others because of his or her many positive qualities. No symptoms.
90 - 81
Absent or minimal symptoms (e.g. mild anxiety before an exam), good functioning in all areas, interested and involved in a wide range of activities, socially effective, generally satisfied with life, no more than everyday problems or concerns (e.g., an occasional argument with family members).
80 - 71
If symptoms are present, they are transient and expectable reactions to psychosocial stressors (e.g., difficulty concentrating after family argument); no more than slight impairment in social, occupational, or school functioning (e.g., temporarily falling behind in schoolwork).
70 - 61
Some mild symptoms (e.g., depressed mood and mild insomnia) OR some difficulty in social, occupational, or school functioning (e.g., occasional truancy, or theft within the household), but generally functioning pretty well, has some meaningful interpersonal relationships.
60 - 51
Moderate symptoms (e.g., flat affect and circumstantial speech, occasional panic attacks) OR moderate difficulty in social, occupational, or school functioning (e.g., few friends, conflicts with peers or co-workers).
50 - 41
Serious symptoms (e.g., suicidal ideation, severe obsessional rituals, frequent shoplifting) OR any serious impairment in social, occupational, or school functioning (e.g., no friends, unable to keep a job).
40 - 31
Some impairment in reality testing or communication (e.g., speech is at times illogical, obscure, or irrelevant) OR major impairment in several areas, such as work or school, family relations, judgment, thinking, or mood (e.g., depressed man avoids friends, neglects family, and is unable to work: child frequently beats up younger children, is defiant at home, and is failing at school).
30 - 21
Behavior is considerably influenced by delusions or hallucinations OR serious impairment in communication or judgment (e.g., sometimes incoherent, acts grossly inappropriately, suicidal preoccupation) OR inability to function in almost all areas (e.g., stays in bed all day; no job, home, or friends).
20 - 11
Some danger of hurting self or others (e.g., suicide attempts without clear expectation of death, frequently violent; manic excitement) OR occasionally fails to maintain minimal personal hygiene (e.g., smears feces) OR gross impairment in communication (e.g., largely incoherent or mute.
10 - 1
Persistent danger of severely hurting self or others (e.g., recurrent violence) OR persistent inability to maintain minimal personal hygiene OR serious suicidal act with clear expectation of death.
Sure looks ok, I was shocked when the C&P gave me a 30 score, I of course assumed that any Warrant Officer would be scored 100 based on the description of a 100 score! !
You need to find another forum, it is the PTSD forum, the current ones are posted there. I think I can give you this clickable link to get you there: http://forums.military.com/eve/forums/a/frm/f/4230026980001
Thanks, got it did it. Warrants ratings s/b be 100 or 0 depending on the time of day.
Another good reason for why I recommend you get a copy of your claims file after the C&P, is that when I got mine, I found that the C&P was based on 18 pages of another service members health records! The VA sort of Ho Hum'd when I told them about it, kind of a "crap happens" attitude. ONLY YOU can determine if it was done properly.
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