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04/16/2012 07:29 PM

Disability rating for BP II

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When I retired from the Army I filled out VA form whatever to claim a service-connected disability. I got 10 % for hearing loss and a whopping 10% for Depression. That was in 05'. Last year for the hell of it I filed a re-claim because my diagnosis was changed to BP2 the first year out of the Army. I finaly get "the letter" Saturday. My disability rating jumped to 70%!!

It's nice to know crazy pays. More importantly the VA is finaly recognizing mental illness is like any other disability. The shift in rating scales were in response to the increasing numbers of soldiers coming home with TBI's, PTSD,and Major depression.

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04/16/2012 07:55 PM
Joy75
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Interesting that it changed that much. It's good that they are recognizing mental illnesses like any other disability because it is a disability.

04/17/2012 01:03 AM
wisewuman
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That's refreshing to hear. When I told my employer about my bipolar, they said it's a disability and gave me an extended trigger (for attendance management procedures). Also, reasonable adjustments, including job role & hours to suit my condition (to work well with my sleep routine & minimise stress) ... even where I sit!

04/17/2012 01:47 AM
mem4809

I am sorry you and others have to go through this but it is good to know that mental illness isn't just the invisible disorder anymore. All I hear about in the news is how so many soldiers are experiencing PTSD, it's so sad.

I hope you are stable on your meds. Thanks for sharing!


04/17/2012 02:57 PM
InvisibleMe
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That's fantastic that you re-applied for it! I know it will help a lot.
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