PTSD VA C&P experience and question

californiasurfboy

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I am in the new pilot program and had a C&P through the VA for PTSD. I had no clue what a C&P was and researched it on a veterans board and knew what to expect of it. What I got was the opposite.

My appointment was two hours late. Instead of one doctor for the exam I had two. One gave me this sheet of paper to fill out which was horrible. It asked for all meds, treatments, symptoms, etc. on only two lines. There was not enough space or the energy within me to fill it out properly. Also, the first doctor that gave me the sheet kept asking me if I was done yet and sat across from me in the waiting room starring at me tapping her feet and nails frustrated I was taking longer then five minutes so I gave up because I was pressured, annoyed, and suffering from anxiety due to her presence. I know it sounds bad too but she was dressed head to toe in black except for her face due to her middle eastern background which was really aggravating me. Yeah thats bad but I cannot help it sometimes....

I was escorted in to the next doctor who only spoke with me once. As soon as I walked in he started talking into his tape recorder doing a dictation ignoring me. I pipped in a few times but I was shushed with "I understand... not needed." The only time I was directly spoken to was when he asked me to look at the ceiling and count from 100 backwards. I was so upset my voice cracked after 95 and I stopped. At the very end he opened up the door, said good luck in the future, and sat down in his chair. All together the appointment lasted about 8 - 10 minutes.

All the other veterans that deal with the VA after military that do PTSD C&P's say it is usually lengthy, involves interaction with the doctor, and going over stressors, med records, but none of that happened. Is it, the PTSD C&P, shortened in the pilot program because they are going by whatever the MEB psych doctors are saying or wrote up for the NARSUM draft that is in my file that is being passed onto the MEB physician?

One thing I wonder is what the PEB is going to do. The peb is now suppose to go by VA ratings. The army psych doctors believe I am mild to moderate and keep writing great things about me. The VA doctor dictated I was sever impairment social and occupational and was unemployable non-bed ridden. Can the army challenge the VA ratings at the PEB level if they feel they do not line up with what their expectations are?
 

Jason Perry

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One thing I wonder is what the PEB is going to do. The peb is now suppose to go by VA ratings. The army psych doctors believe I am mild to moderate and keep writing great things about me. The VA doctor dictated I was sever impairment social and occupational and was unemployable non-bed ridden. Can the army challenge the VA ratings at the PEB level if they feel they do not line up with what their expectations are?
What outcome are you hoping for?

To answer your question, no, the Army is bound by the VA rating. The issue for the Army is only the fitness question (which determines if you are rated or not). There is a one time challenge available to you for the VA rating while you are in the system. I believe that the VA must still comply with the duty to assist in Pilot Program cases, so this is a powerful protection for you.
 
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