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#1 blexican

 
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:43 AM

Hello everyone been reading the forums for awhile but this is my first time posting in here. Brief bio of me Im a 14 year marine veteran SSG who served on many west-pac and was stationed in many theaters throughout the world from the first gulf war to Somalia to bangladish to OIF and everything inbetween served with 3/9 from 1989 till 1994 got out for 18 months came back in then got out once in again in 2004. I noticed when I got out I was experencing some personal issues that I wont go into detail on this forum about. I was hoping that you guys can give me a little heads up as to what you think I will be rated. I did my C& P exam on May 17 2012 at the Columbia Missouri VA the results are as follows
Does the Veteran have a diagnosis of PTSD that conforms to DSM-IV criteria-yes
axis I- PTSD With panic and depression-
axis II-none
Axis III-medical diagnoses (to include TBI): hearing loss, hyperlipidemia
Axis IV-Psychosocial and Environmental Problems (describe if any): Unemployed, social environment, martial conflict
Axis V-Current global Assesment of functioning score (GAF): 40
Comments, if any: GAF is assigned due to the presence of major impairment across multiple areas of functioning including irritability and anger outburst, unemployment, martial conflict, avoiding family members, and severe avoidence behaviors.
Does the veteran have more than one mental disorder? no
Occupational and social impairment-
A)Which of the following best summarizes the Veteran's level of occuption and social impairment with regards to all mental diaggnosis?-Occupational and social impairment with deficiencies in most areas, such as work, school, family relations, judgement, thinking and/or mood.
B)For the indicated level of occupational and social impairment, is it possible to differentiate what portion of the occupational and social impairment indicated above is caused by each mental disorder- no other disorder has been diagnosed
C)If diagnosis of TBI exsist, is it possible to differentiate what portion of the indicated level of occupational and social impairment is attributable to each diagnosis:yes
5/17/2012 Veteran was assesed and determined to have had "two mild" TBI's as a result of truma he recieved while on duty in the marines. He was determined to have no risiduals from this TBI. The other mild TBI is from the concussive forces of a blast. This eposide is associated with residuals of headaches. Thus, the psychiatric symptoms described in today's examination are most likely due to PTSD.
Records reviewed-yes
Was pertinent information from collateral sources reviewed? yes
History
a. Relevent Social/Marital/Family history (premilitary, military, and post military):
Veteran was raised in an intact home with one older brother. denied any abuse. Stated childhood and adoescene was a good time for him. Hehad many friends and enjoyed playing baseball.
Veteran has been married twice. He was married while in the Marines and devorced about a year after his first discarge. He stated this was due to his anger. He has been married again since 2002. He reported his anger continues to be a problem.
Veteran has 7 childeren all still living at home. His wife works. He stated his parenting skills are poor and he tends to isolate in his bedroom. Stated he finds the childeren stressfull.
Veteran reported he has no friends except his brother.
Stated he use to like watching boxing; however no longer can tolorate this.
Here was the military incident I choose to leave out due to the fact it happened in Somilia and its very personal and very emotional part of my life hope everyone understands this.
Occupational history:
a)Veteran is unemployed. His last job was for 5 months at a grocery store. Stated he quit because he could not tolorate being around people, even though it was the night shift. Stated he had trouble forcing himself to leave the house to go to work due to fear. Stated his longest period of employment since discharge was 6 months. He has had about 10 jobs since 2004. Stated he has been fired and has had problems with yelling at coworkers.
Relevent Mental Health (pre-military, military, and post military): Veteran is currently treated at the Columbia VA for PTSD. He recently had to be switched from an intern to a licened psychologist as he could not tolorate the changes when interns left. Treatment records corroborate significant symptoms and functional impairment.
b)Relevent legal and behavioral history:
Stated he has been in many fights since discharge and has been arrested a couple of times for fighting.
No substence abuse
No sentinal Events
Here once again it explains the stressors that I wish to leave out
Stressor #1 does the stressor meet Criterion A (i.e., is it adequate to support the diagnosis of PTSD)? yes
Is the stressor related to the Veteran's fear of hostile military or terrorist activity?yes
Stressor #2 does the stressor meet Criterion A (i.e., is it adequate to support the diagnosis of PTSD)? yes
Is the stressor related to the Veteran's fear of hostile military or terrorist activity?yes
Stressor #3 does the stressor meet Criterion A (i.e., is it adequate to support the diagnosis of PTSD)? yes
Is the stressor related to the Veteran's fear of hostile military or terrorist activity?yes
Criterion A: The Veteran has been exposed to a tramatic event where both of the following were present:
The Veteran experienced, witnessed or was confronted with an event that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical intergity of self or others.
The Veterans response involved intense fear, helpnessness or horror.
Criterion B: The traumatic even is persistently reexperinced in 1 or more of the following ways:
Recurrent and distressing recollections of the event, including images, thoughts or perceptions.
recurrent distressing dreams of the event
Intense psychological distress at exposure to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event.
Physiological reactivity on exposure to internal or external cues that symbolizeor resemble an aspect of the tramutic event.
Criterion C: Persistence avoidence of stimuli associated with the trauma and numbing of general responiveness ( not present before the trauma) as indicated by three or more of the following:
Efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings or conversations associated with the trauma
Efforts to avoid activities, places or people that arouse recollections of the trauma
Marketedly diminished intrest or participation in significant activities
Feeling of detachment or estrangement from others
Restricted range of affect ( e.g., does not expect to have a career, marriage, childeren or a normal life span)
Criterion D: persistent symptoms of increased arousal, not present before the trauma, as indicated by two or more of the following:
Difficulity falling asleep
irritability or outburst of anger
difficulty concentrating
hypervigilance
exaggerated startle response
Criterion E:
The duration of the symptoms described above in Criteria B, C and D is more than one month
Criterion F: The PTSD symptoms described above cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
Which stressor (s) contributed to the Veterans PTSD diagnosis?:
Stressor #1-yes
Stressor #2-yes
Stressor #3-yes
For VA rating purposes, check all symptoms that apply to the Veterans diagnosis:
Depressed mood
Anxiety
Suspiciousness
Near-continous panic or depression affecting te ability to function independently, appropriately and effectively
Chronic sleep impairment
Mild memory loss, such as forgetting names, directions or recent events.
Flattened effect
Impaired judgement
Impaired abstract thinking
Disturbances of motivation and mood
Difficulty in establishing and maintaining effective work and social relationships
Difficulty in adapting to stressfull circumstances, including work orworklife setting
Obsessional rituals which interefer with routine activites
Impaired impule control, such as unprovoked irritability with period of violence
Remarks if any-Mental status/behavioral observations: Alert and oriented. Veteran looked disheveled with holes in his pants. Mood appeared anxious with tense affect. Veteran was hiding outside the waiting area initially. He sat at the farthest distance possible from the interview and did not make eye contact at all. He tended to look at the floor, wring his hands, and rock himself. Thoughts were logical and goal directed. Noevidence of psychosis. Spech was within normal limits
Reported Symptoms:
Re-experinces symptoms: Veterans reported he was not initially bothered by re-experienceing symptoms for about the first year after deployment; however the developed over time and worsened significantly when there was news about Somalia pirates. Currently he has intrusive memories daily about stressors. Reported that he has nightmares about 4 times per week, about being in Somalia, about ~Deleted this part~. He wakes up and cannot return to sleep.
Hyperarousal: Endorsed hypervigilence that occurs constantly. He frequently checks doors and windows are locked. Irritability and anger outburst results in problems at home and at work. He tends to puch walls he sleeps 4-5 hours per night. Stated he is afraid to fall asleep due to nightmares. Endorsed difficulty with concentration such as absorbing what he is reading. stated he tends to forget things.
Avoidence: Veteran tends to avoid talking about stressors and tries not to think about stressors. When he does this is highly distressing. He avoids leaving his home and stays for weeks at a time only coming to the VA appointments. He avoids people in general and his family members. he feels loving towards his family; however stated he has difficulty showing this.
Panic attacks: Endorsed spisodes of hyperventlilating, shaking, feeling paralyzed, heart racing that occur about once per week and when he is alone.
Indicate type of exam for which opinion has been requested-DBQ Intial PTSD
Was the Veteran VA Claims file reviewed-YesChoose the statement that most closely approximates the etiology of all claims condition.
The claimed condition was at least as likely as not (50 percent or greater probability) incured in or caused by the claimed in-service injury, even, or illness. Provide rational in sectionc.
c. Rationale: Data from veteran interview and record review suggests that veteran presents with symptomology that meets the criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Moreover, data suggests that reported symptomolgy is associated with moderate to sever levels of impairment across multiple areas of functioning that are addressed throughout the report. Veterans self report and treatment records suggest that these reported symptoms and functional impairment developed after veteran returned from Somalia. Overall, it appears likely that veterans reported symptoms are manifestations of exposure to stressors events while serving for the Marines in Somalia. Rationalfor this is the severity of the described combat experiences; the symptoms and the nature of his avoidence behaviors, such as avoiding crowds which are reminders of his stressors.
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Well that is the entire C & P report if some one can give me an idea as to what the rating may be like and time frame. Luckly im getting great help at the Colubia VA, they are an amazing group here and they are helping me with my problem mentaly. Its just very difficult for me to work. Presently my wife is the one working so that helps. I know this report is extremely long but I didnt want to leave anything out (except the actual stressors).
This was actually posted in another forum but got little help on it so I decided to put it in a more direct forum.

#2 Berta

 
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 10:43 AM

This is what I think the VA should do:

A big SHOULD

I think they should award you TDIU but then again I see no TDIU claim has been filed yet, so I think they will award you 70% SC and enclose the TDIU form and defer it until they get it back.

But if I were you, I would print off the TDIU form here(21-8940) ,go over the suggestions I made in our TDIU forum as to how to prepare it, sign,copy and mail it to your VARO certified mail (or Priority with a tracking slip ) and then apply for SSDI-Social Security Disability.

You can begin the SSDI application on line.

There is a SSDI criteria ,however, as to when you last worked and the criteria is at the SSA site.

SSA awarded my husband for PTSD based solely on his VA medical records.

He was only 30 % SC for PTSD at that time with a claim for higher rating pending and finally was awarded 100% for PTSD 3 years after he died. Figure that.

They should consider you for SMC under Housebound too when they award TDIU.

Under the new PTSD regs, in my opinion, this C & P exam has cponceded your stressors so that should not be any issue here at all.

Many of us hardcore VA claimants have learned that VA doesn't always do what they 'should' do and this is one reason why there are almost a million claims presently on appeal.

Good luck with this and all you can do now is wait for a decision.

My husband was a Marine too and my education for my degree came primarily from active duty and retired Marine officers at AMU who had never dealt with a civilian tactical warfare student before. You can imagine what that was like.


Both of those factors have made me a kick ass VA claimant , and inspired me to always succeed in the VA claims process,even though some of my awards took years ,required me preparing a War plan for each claim, ( how I would assault them at every flank and frontal with evidence)and were downright battles. My last award got them from the rear so to speak. HA HA!!!!!

My AOJ VARO as not even seen it yet because it came from the Nehmer VARO in Phila.

I cannot foresee with this C & P exam that you will have any problems at all with an award.It will just take time.







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Edited by Berta, 10 June 2012 - 10:50 AM.


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Posted 10 June 2012 - 11:01 AM

One other thing (sorry no one responded to the original post!)

There is so much here daily and often one single response can take some time and research that it happens but hopefully not too often.

I am missing something in the C & P and maybe just don't see it there.

Was the examiner asked if you can handle your own funds?

Sometimes the VA will grant a MH claim and then determine the veteran is incompetent to handle their funds. It is usually VA Bull shit
but in a few cases, it is a protection for the veteran.

Did you read the incompetency info here at hadit?

Never suggest the wife pays all the bills and handles the money.This is normal in almost every American Family but.to the VA, it means the veteran might be incompetent. Solely for VA purposes.

That issue can add significant time to seeing any retro compensation.

Yet I dont see here if that question was proposed to the examiner or how he/she replied.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 01:36 PM

To Berta,

Thank you so much for your response, Im very apprciative of that...for your question pretaining to the handleing of funds she did state this in the report. and its as follows:
Is the Veteran capable of managing his or her financial affairs? YES
So hopefully I can get a response quickly and swiftly so I can help my family. This issues are very hurtfull and believe me when I tell you im trying to handle this the best way I can. But people out there like you give people like me who is new to the VA process some hope ~god bless you for that~

Steve

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 07:56 PM

Steve if you are going to Columbia VA in South Carolina or rather Dorn VA, I give them high marks for healthcare but the VARO for compensation claims gets an F it doesn't matter if you have one or 20 stressors for PTSD you only need one verifiable the rest is up to your medical condition and how your doctors notes detail it in 2005 they tried granting me 50% I filed the NOD the very next day it was a year later when they gave me anopther C&P exam that lasted about 5 minutes and granted 100% P&T my GAF scores were always 30-40 since I started treatment in Jan 2003 they did grant retro to Dec 2003 when I filed the PTSD claim my cardiac claim took until June 2009 to be granted and paid after all the appeals and BVA hearing

they are not your friends at the VARO learn patience

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:10 AM

Testvet thank you for the insight

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 12:25 AM

To Berta,

Thank you so much for your response, Im very apprciative of that...for your question pretaining to the handleing of funds she did state this in the report. and its as follows:
Is the Veteran capable of managing his or her financial affairs? YES
So hopefully I can get a response quickly and swiftly so I can help my family. This issues are very hurtfull and believe me when I tell you im trying to handle this the best way I can. But people out there like you give people like me who is new to the VA process some hope ~god bless you for that~

Steve

thanks Berta for the response