Claim filed for:
- memory loss
- 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.
I filed my claim following the guidelines posted at http://www.howtoasse...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. . .