Veterans Benefits for Depression

– I’m Combat Craig, and I have 100% disability rating from the VA. I’ve been helping my fellow
veterans with their VA claims for the better part of 20 years, and I’ve created this channel
to share my experiences with you guys. Today, I’m talking about
veterans benefits for depression. (static) (gun cocking) If you suffer from a depressive
disorder, like depression, and you think that it might be linked to your time on active duty, you’re going to need to prove
it, using medical evidence. You and I are both aware
that your depression stemmed from your active duty service, because, you know, that’s when you started feeling depressed. You probably didn’t know that
you’re depressed at the time, and you might’ve started
to drink to numb the pain. This is totally normal to
self-medicate yourself, in order to cope with a
mental health disability like depression. Time has probably passed from the moment you first started feeling depressed, and the point where you are now, where you’re considering filing for veterans benefits for depression. It’s probably quite obvious
to you when and where your depressive disorder started, and obviously that was
while you’re on active duty. It makes perfect sense to
you, and it’s literally a no-brainer to you, right? Now you need to get the
Veterans Benefits Association to also see this clearly, and that’s done with medical evidence. Before we get into medical evidence, I’d like to plug my channel for a minute. I make these videos to educate veterans, so please smash the like button, (whooshing) leave a comment, subscribe to
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as many veterans as possible, so I appreciate your support. Okay, so, getting the medical evidence is going to be a little
bit more difficult, because this is going to
require you to officially admit that you suffer from depression, right? In order to receive veterans
benefits for depression, you’re gonna need a current diagnosis, and that’s what we’re
gonna talk about here. You can be diagnosed by a
psychologist or a psychiatrist, and I recommend that you see both. One will talk with you
about your problems, and the other will prescribe medications to help stabilize your mood. By visiting both of these doctors, you’re not only getting the help you need, but you’re building up evidence in order to win your claim for veterans benefits. If you’re able to see a VA psychiatrist or a VA psychologist, that’s preferred, because this is the most inexpensive way to see these specialized doctors, and get prescribed medication, because that can get up there,
and get pretty expensive. If you’re seeing a VA psychiatrist
and a VA psychologist, you only wanna discuss
your symptoms with them and try to get better. They’re part of the Veterans
Health Administration, and they have nothing to do with the Veterans Benefits Administration. They’re the organization
that gives you your rating and pays you every month. It’s best to keep the two separated, and know that they’re
completely different entities. The VA psychiatrist
and the VA psychologist might even diagnose you with depression, or a depressive disorder,
but I still recommend going to a private doctor that specializes in winning veterans
benefits for depression. You can never have enough evidence when you file a claim
for veterans benefits, but veterans are denied most of the time because they lack evidence. If you follow the steps that
I laid out for you here, you will have the evidence chain dialed and locked in, no problem. Okay, so let’s talk about
the private psychologist that’s going to diagnose
you with depression or a major depressive disorder. The first thing I want you to know is that it’s gonna cost
money, and the prices are all over the board. It’ll run you between 200
bucks and 15 hundred bucks, depending on your doctor. There are consulting companies out there that specialize in
winning veterans claims, so you might wanna think
about hiring one of them. They take more money off the back end, but the doctor’s a little cheaper. You can pick any doctor in the country because it’s perfectly legal for them to diagnose you via Telehealth, which involves you talking with
them through your computer, using an app like Skype,
or something like that. This is actually a great way to go, because this might be your first time talking about this stuff with a doctor, and doing it in the
comfort of your own home makes it much easier. Plus, you don’t have to drive anywhere, and wait in a doctor’s office,
and all that kind of stuff. Telehealth is awesome, and
I use it with all three of my mental health
doctors through the VA. So I highly recommend it. Your doctor is going to
provide you with a diagnosis, a DBQ, one, two, and a
Nexus letter and rationale. Three things, you need all
three of these elements in order to win your claim for veterans benefits for depression. The diagnosis will cover the first element of a successful claim
for veterans benefits, and that’s the current diagnosis. The Nexus letter and rationale
will cover the second part of a successful claim, and that’s the link between your current diagnosis and your symptoms on active duty service. The third part is the DBQ, or the Disability Benefits Questionnaire, and that’s a form that’s
issued by the VA doctors or the doctors contracted by the VA to perform CNP exams. The purpose of the DBQ is
to make sure the doctor records all the information properly, so you’re properly rated. This is where you get your rating. There are six service connected
ratings for depression, and they are all measured in percentages. Zero, 10, 30, 50, 70, and 100. The higher your symptoms are, the higher your monthly payment is, and that’s tax free money. I want to cover the language
that the VA’s looking for in a good Nexus letter and rationale, because this is the most important part. If you ask your VA doctor,
or your own private doctor, to provide this Nexus
letter, there’s a good chance that they will get the verbiage wrong because they just don’t
know what to write, or how to speak to the VA. If you do this, it’s a
complete waste of time. You wanna make sure that the doctor says that there’s a 50% chance or higher that your current symptoms
are caused or made worse by your active duty service. So, these three phrases are acceptable: “The patient’s depression is due to “his active duty service.” This means there’s a 100%
chance that it happened, and that’s acceptable. “The patient’s depression
is more likely than not due to his active duty service.” That means it’s a 50% chance or greater. “The patient’s depression
is at least as likely as not due to his active duty service.” This means it’s a an equal
or greater than 50% chance. These three are acceptable. If your doctor writes one
of these other two options you shouldn’t even bother filing a claim, ’cause it’s just gonna get rejected. “The patient’s depression is
not at least as likely as not.” Sorry, that’s a handful, that’s below 50%. “The patient’s depression is not due to “his active duty service.” Obviously, the doctor’s
saying it’s not due to it, so zero percent. The verbiage is everything,
I hope I didn’t make it too complicated. I think I kind of made that
a little bit more confusing than I should’ve, so I wanted to show you on paper what this looks like. So, “how much proof do I need on a claim?” So, the VA requires “as likely as not.” So just to give you an
idea of where that fits in, veterans claims are here, “more likely as not,” civil trials, “clear and convincing
evidence,” civil juvenile court, “to a medical certainty,” or
a medical degree of certainty, which is about 80%, that’s
a court doctor’s opinion. “Beyond a reasonable doubt,”
is 90%, in criminal trials. And (laughs) “beyond a
shadow of a doubt,” 100%, that’s funny, ignorant doctors. So just to give you an idea,
the standard is very low is the point I’m trying to make. And then here’s what I just said, so, “is due to” is 100%
sure, that’s a good one, “more likely than not”,
is greater than 50%, “at least as likely as not,” is equal to or greater than 50%. And these two are no good, “not at least as likely as not,” still can’t say it when I’m reading it. That’s less than 50%,
and then “is not due to.” This is the Nexus letter example that’s right on the VA’s
website, which is kinda funny, they say here’s the verbiage, “not likely, “at least as likely as
not, more than likely, “and highly likely.” Those aren’t even the words
that you’re supposed to use, so I’m not a doctor or
a lawyer or whatever, but it just seems like typical VA stuff, they post something that they
either don’t use anymore, or it’s just wrong. So not sure about that. You can get this online,
this is a little bit better, these are the components
you want in there. The doctor, he needs his
credentials in there. And it doesn’t need to be long, it just needs to make sure
his rationale’s in there, and “at least as likely as
not”, or “more than likely,” or (laughs) not “highly likely.” Here’s a couple of examples. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, so, “after a review of
the pertinent records “it is my professional opinion that it’s “at least as likely as not “this condition is
related to the service.” Here’s another one. “Post nasal drip is more likely than not,” so that one is a higher standard, that’s above 50%. And there’s another one, “It’s my professional
opinion this hearing loss “is more likely than not
due to his military service, “and his history of
excessive noise exposure “he has suffered.” So again, this one’s another
one that’s over 50% likelihood. Oh, and then this one, this is just an example I would consider bad. So he’s, “chronic, disabling
pain, objective evidence,” blah, blah, blah, “as the probably etiology of pain.” So, this doesn’t include the language that the VA needs to see, and probable is open up to
all sorts of interpretation, so this doctor, this is
the way he’d write things, for whatever he writes them
for, but for VA standards this wouldn’t hold up. And you’re wasting your
time asking him to do this, if you’re paying, you’re
wasting your money. And he’s wasting his own
time by doing this wrong. So that’s all. Now I hope this is a
little bit more clear. So thanks for watching my video, and I hope I was able to provide you with some useful and usable information about veterans benefits for depression. Combat Craig, out.

12 thoughts on “Veterans Benefits for Depression

  1. Fact over deployment is becoming a nasty issue with the Govt because more suicides are being commited by non deployed individuals then there counterparts its not good either way but someone needs to recognise the way young men are trained especialy in the army and marines to never ask for help, suck it up, or get punished for having a mental issue or a problem while serving and until someone sounds the alarm we will keep having these suicides, and of course the VA can be a problem because they have so many cases to go through and I am sorry to say alot of guys are faking disabilities to get some free cash.

  2. C'mon Craig. Get it together man. Advising brothers & sisters to hire doctors – and NOTHING ABOUT THE MH C&P? You must subscribe to the notion that all VA examiners are crap & incapable of empathy. Telling vets to at least try not to antagonize the doctor would help a little. Links to experts even better.

  3. If it's in your military medical record and they gave you meds for it. You're good to go. Alot of guys don't mention it to medical while you're in.

  4. If you are tired of going round and round with VA and ready to take the fight to them then I recommend that you sign up for Va Claims Insider Elite. This link will take you to a video about the program as well as a simple sign up form. Va Claims Insider knows how to play the game and they will kick Va’s ass for you and you will receive the compensation that you deserve.

  5. Hey Craig, I am in WWP alumni and they provide tele-health calls from doctors as well. Would you suggest using this route to build evidence for a claim? I'm currently in the process of trying for a secondary claim of depression. I have been diagnosed with PTSD, migraines and tinnitus.

  6. I need help the is Robert Russell will someone please call me I'm a veteran to got 50% now I'm mist up call 8652087116

  7. I'm trying to get intouth with Chris I talked to him once I fell had a brain scan got to go see doctor she will be tomorrow the 9. Can someone get me a hold of Chris i don't no has last name Robert Russell .please

  8. Hey Combat Craig. Question. 54 year old USMC veteran 84-88. Got called back for Operation Desert Storm Desert Shield. Started seeing Mental Health about 5 years after I got out. Seen Mental Health about 8 Years straight. Wife and daughter talked me out it to see other than VA doctors. Big mistake. Started seeing VA Mental Health again 6 months ago and taking meds. Been consistent with Mental Health. Filed claim about 6 months ago on depression and anxiety. Had C&P exam 3 weeks ago. I believe my chances are pretty good. What you think?  Is PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, all one?

  9. you say this doesn't affect your right to own weapons but i'm hesitant since i' don't think that's entirely true, when you go to the v.a. they have in writing, i don't remember exactly what it said, however, they say in a nutshell it does affect your right to own weapons by seeking treatment for depression, etc., maybe this is under certain conditions or depending on the state you live but this seems to be a gray area, i do believe in a state like n.j. they will take away your right to own guns and come to your house and take them just for being diagnosed with depression (red flag laws,), in west virginia they say no if you ask but still. maybe i'm missing a detail as to why but the v.a. does have something a sign or flyer at the medical centers saying something about it may/will effect your right to own guns. it may only be if you are institutionalized, unable to make your own decisions, and depend on state.

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