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  •  That AF Times article (2+ / 0-)
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    gives me hope for myself, although I already have "presumptive" stressors with a CIB and SF MOS 18B.  However, I am very pessimistic that the president's pen will sign this into law if it even gets that far.

    I really do not understand what the VARO is saying in their denial to my claim, it doesn't seem to be based on stressors:

    "Although a current diagnosis of PTSD is of record a complete review of all the evidence of record does not provide a confirm diagnosis. "

    But I had a private VA requested C&P exam from the director of the hospital where I was hospitalised for three months state in the exam.  The doctor conducting the exam is the general director of the regional psychiatric hospital where I was hospitalized and teaching professor, and confirms reports from two separate doctors that are also in my C-File.

    "At least more likely as not the severe depressive disorder and anxiety disorder has been caused by and is secondary to the diagnosis of PTSD, which is at least more likely as not the result of Mr. *****'s experience in Panama... Our diagnosis were post traumatic stress disorder severe depressive disorder and anxiety disorder. We treated Mr. **** in a complex multimodel psychiatric and psychotherapeutic way with dialectical behaviourial therapy, cognitive therapy, with traumaspecific psychic treatment, with antidepressive with antidepressive and anxielytic pharmaceutical drugs such as Mirtazapine and Escitalopram."

    and so on for six pages.

    Does this makes sense for anyone with knowledge VA ratings?  I can't figure it out but I do know that it makes me go to the BVA and wait another two years before it is reviewed.  Maybe this trial will help with that.

    "I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." - Thomas Jefferson

    by Jeffersonian Democrat on Thu May 01, 2008 at 01:56:43 AM PDT

    •  Their denial statement is just typical RO (3+ / 0-)

      weasel words. You'll have to take it to the BVA. They are just trying to frustrate you and get you to give up in the meantime. Stay with it.

      In the meantime you might want to get another doctor to give you a thorough exam and write up a report to back-up your case.

      A word of caution though. Even if the BVA rules in your favor you still might have a long wait before receiving compensation.

      Stall and delay, stall and delay. VAROs are no friend of veterans.

      "Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control people..." Henry Kissinger

      by truong son traveler on Thu May 01, 2008 at 02:52:08 AM PDT

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      •  thanks, I need the warm fuzzy (2+ / 0-)
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        the weasel words seem to contradict each other.  I have to wait until I hear about my health insurance before I get another exam as the VA probably will not order another exam.  Then I will probably have to get it translated if I can't find a doctor who can write it up in English (VA will translate but that is at least another six months to tack on.)

        I started this in 2002, and have now turned it over to an attorney.  I hope that helps but I wasn't aware that if the BVA overturns, that there is even more of a wait for compensation.

        "I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." - Thomas Jefferson

        by Jeffersonian Democrat on Thu May 01, 2008 at 03:08:17 AM PDT

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        •  Where are you? (2+ / 0-)
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          Yes, it does sound contradictory. Weasel words or bullshit, they are only stalling and buying time. They'd prefer to pay you later in dollars that are worth less. Hopefully your attorney will be able to help.

          Similar waiting situation regarding BVA ruling / compensation. How long I don't know.

          Don't mean to discourage you. Maybe things will change in 2009. Just don't give up.

          "Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control people..." Henry Kissinger

          by truong son traveler on Thu May 01, 2008 at 04:56:08 AM PDT

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    •  Read somewhere that "Contractors" have been (4+ / 0-)

      hired to 'process paper work' because of the huge backlog and like all contractors their work is 'suspect'.  

      Don't know, just saying.

      "...fighting the wildfires of my life with squirt guns."

      by deMemedeMedia on Thu May 01, 2008 at 02:52:46 AM PDT

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      •  I heard that too (1+ / 0-)
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        jimstaro

        as well as the VARO farming out to other VAROs.  But I think I am passed that stage as this last one was a de novo DRO review.

        "I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." - Thomas Jefferson

        by Jeffersonian Democrat on Thu May 01, 2008 at 03:04:17 AM PDT

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