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Claim Timeline - Atlanta Varo

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July 07, 2011

Claim filed for:

  • memory loss
  • insomnia
  • post traumatic stress disorder
  • hypertension (claimed as hypertensive vascular disease)
  • sleep apnea
  • generalized anxiety disorder
  • major depressive disorder
  • chronic adjustment disorder

    and I asked for and increase in my sc condition:
    • s/p low back injury with posterior (small) disc herniation and IVD at L4-L5 with degenerative changes at L1-L2
    • L4-L5 spinal nerve involvement with paralysis
    • left lower (claimed as back injury)

October 14, 2011

Received brown envelope with several documents that read:

"Complete and return an enclosedVA Form 21-4142, Authorization and Consent to Release Information...

Send any treatment records pertinent to your claimed condition(s),especially those which are recent

We need evidence showing that the following condition(s) existed frommilitary service to the present time: chronic adjustment disorder, major depressivedisorder, generalized anxiety disorder, sleep apnea, hypertension (claimed ashypertensive vascular disease), post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia,memory loss

As we consider your claim, youmay submit evidence showing that your service-connected L4-L5 spinal nerveinvolvement with paralysis, left lower (claimed as back injury), s/p low backinjury with posterior (small) disc herniation and IVD at L4-L5 with degenerativechanges at L1-L2 [[has][have]] increased in severity…

We need specific details of thecombat related incident(s) that resulted in post-traumatic disorder (PTSD)…"

You may be entitled to compensation at the 100 percent rate if you areunable to secure and follow a substantially gainful occupation because ofyour service-connected disabilities. If you believe you qualify, complete,sign, and return the enclosed VA Form 21-8940, Veterans Application forIncreased Compensation Based on Unemployability."

I expected to receive all of the above except for the last one. Is it normal for the VA so just voluntarily send someone a for for TDIU when they did not file a claim for it?

October 18, 2011

Went to VA Regional Office and submitted all forms and evidence requested, including the application for TDIU.

Notes:

I filed my claim following the guidelines posted at http://www.howtoassemblevaclaims.com/step_7.html. I included my service medical records, current records from the VA hospital and the outpatient clinic the VA referred me to, where a Psychiatrist officially diagnosed me with all of the mental issues I filed a claim for.

On October 20, 2011 I went to the SS office and applied for SSI and SSDI under the Military Causality Service Case (MSCC) rule which expedites cases for veterans injured after October 1, 2011 while on active duty.

So now I wait. . .

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I've received the same notice several times. I think it's due to my % and the types of conditions claimed/existing/SC'd. At least I know it's an option when the time comes that I can no longer work. I assume by your post that you're not working? Are you retired? I also use the ATL VARO, and have posted some experiences with them and the Augusta VAMC. Don't know if it will help you, but I'd be curious to follow your story as you respond and get your other issues resolved.

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Atlanta VARO uses a lot of "cut and paste". The letter(s) reflect this.

They have been known to include statements that lead a veteran to believe that evidence already existing in the veteran's "C" file needs to be submitted (again).

The reference to TDIU is likely the result of various complaints and possibly some legal actions, and just maybe because the problems surrounding TDIU came to political notice.

The VA was not bothering to tell veterans that they might qualify for TDIU, and the result was that many did not know that they had it available.

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@ Justrluk:

I'm not working. I have not worked since April of this year. . . I did not retire from the military if that is what you mean. I was injured in '02 discharged in '03 and awarded 40% by the VA in '04. I took the 40%, found work and never looked back. Over the years I realized I could only do certain types of work due to my injury and I could never keep a job too long. One day my wife pointed out the numerous problems that I had since my discharge so I eventually went to the VA and started getting diagnosed with stuff I never thought I suffered from such as depression. The side effects from my meds, pain in my back, headaches and memory problems have gotten the best of me. I can't work any more!

So I guess I can say I'm retired.

I am familiar with your posts. I read through them before filing my claim. It was apart of my research when determining if I wanted a rep or not. Thx!!!

@ Chuck75:

I kinda figured it was a 'cut and paste' / generic packet after reading through it because everything they asked for, I submitted with my original statement attached to the initial claim. So before I went to the Regional Office to submit the evidence they requested on the 18th of this month, I simply opened saved file I typed back in July as my statement following the guidelines on the link I posted and hit print. I then grabbed one of the 5 prebundled copies of my medical records walked out the door. In essence, I gave them the same thing twice just in case the first stack of documents got misplaced. I did not know any thing about the political issues surrounding TDIU. I just Googled it and came across some interesting stuff. That makes sense now!

I'll keep you posted on my progress.

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Best of luck in your claims! Hopefully, the ATL will take it easy on you...

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Work on your letter for your PTSD, have your wife do one for your symptoms that she has seen since you left the servcie / came home from the war. The AV rates PTSD under chronic adjustment disorder along with depression and all other mental health issues. some of what you have are a part of PTSD. I have worked with some vets out of that RO, do not blow of these letter. If you was near an IED tell them that too. Try and get with some that was in your unit and have them send in letter to tell of the firefight or what ever.

@ Justrluk:

I'm not working. I have not worked since April of this year. . . I did not retire from the military if that is what you mean. I was injured in '02 discharged in '03 and awarded 40% by the VA in '04. I took the 40%, found work and never looked back. Over the years I realized I could only do certain types of work due to my injury and I could never keep a job too long. One day my wife pointed out the numerous problems that I had since my discharge so I eventually went to the VA and started getting diagnosed with stuff I never thought I suffered from such as depression. The side effects from my meds, pain in my back, headaches and memory problems have gotten the best of me. I can't work any more!

So I guess I can say I'm retired.

I am familiar with your posts. I read through them before filing my claim. It was apart of my research when determining if I wanted a rep or not. Thx!!!

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Thanks for the advice GulfVet! My wife completed the PTSD letter today. I contacted a few guys from my unit, hopefully they will come through for me.

I received my QTC notification today. I'm scheduled for a C&P exam on the 21st of Nov. The letter states that the exam is for the increase in my current sc condition. I've been reading up on these exams. I found some good advice on here. Thanks to all that have posted their experience and knowledge on everything VA!!!

My last C&P exam was in 2003! Hopefully I won't let my pride overshadow my injury and blow it.

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Good Luck on your C&P looks to me that you have your ducks lined up. Remember the only way to get a copy of a QTC exam is from your VARO.

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Hello all!

I went to my C & P exam today. . .

I think it went well. . . I think . . .

I entered the waiting area, went to the desk and handed the secretary the documents that QTC sent me to complete prior to my appt. I sat down and waited about 10 minutes and was called back at exactly 1:00pm as scheduled. I was given my check for travel, weighted, asked about the most I have weighted over the past year, had my blood pressure checked then escorted to a room to wait on the doctor. After waiting about 10 mins the doctor knocked and stuck his head in the door and said he would be with me in a few more minutes. I then heard him in knock and enter the room next to me. He and the patient in that room talked about the problems that guy was having and what he did in the military. They then started laughing out loud and the doctor started saying what a small world it was because his father (whom is Korean) worked with the same unit this guy was apart of. They laughed some more as they moved into the hall outside my room door, said goodbyes then the doctor entered my room.

He introduced himself, looked over my paperwork and asked if the VA knew about my injury. I said yes. He then said that is why they only want one x-ray. He asked me to stand and touch my toes. I bent forward until I felt pain and stopped. He said wow, your in bad shape. He told me to lean back and to both sides. I sat down and he attempted to straighten my left leg, I jerked back due to pain and he said the VA should not have even bothered sending me to him because clearly I have severe nerve root compression. He did the same to the other leg and I could not lift it at all without leaning back to do so. He then asked if I had hemorrhoids or bleeding in my rectum. I said no. He asked me to stand and drop my pants. He helped me up and wen to get a glove. I pulled my pants just below my buttocks and he saw my TENS unit and wires going to my back and asked if it was VA issued, I said yes. He said forget the anal exam pull your pants up this is ridiculous. He then asked how far I had to travel to get to his office. I told him about 50 miles. He apologized for me having to drive that far and said the VA should see these things every time I go see my primary care doctor. He then asked me what about some papers I brought with me, I told him they were my medical records and a list of medicines I take in-case he needed to review them. He looked at my list of prescriptions, said wow as he put his hand on his jaw said the side effects alone from my meds would render me unemployable. He asked if they made me dizzy and sleepy. I said yes. He said I probably cannot climb stairs or walk too far either. I said that is also true, nor can I be intimate with my wife anymore or do anything physical with the family. He said don't worry, he will write it up so that the VA will have to take care of me and give me proper compensation. He started jotting down notes about my range of motion being very poor, my TENS unit and meds. He told me to take my time gathering my stuff and that was it. There was no need for x-rays because the VA already has numerous sets and he would write it up so that it will be a no-brainer for the VA. He then shook my had and walked out.

All this occurred in less than 10 minutes. As I left all of his staff opened doors for me and waited with me as my wife pulled the car to the door.

Is it really that easy. . . I'm still sitting here in disbelief!!!

Some feed back would be nice on this one!!!

How long do I have to wait before I can get a copy of those records?

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I also have another QTC C & P for PTSD on the 28th of his month then an appointment on the 7th of Dec for Social Security. . . Wish me luck!

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