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Personal DAV Follow-up Letter after
discharge from PRRP Program
On January 5, 1998 we had a conversation about my VA claim based on my completion of the PTSD program at the VAMC-Denver. During that conversation you requested that I show patience during this process. I find this very difficult to do since I have found that the only time action is taken to assist me has been from an adversarial position on my part with the Veterans Administration.
On the 12th of September, 1997 Ray XXXXX of the Veterans Administration, Denver, completed VA forms pertaining to my admission into the Post-Traumatic Stress Residential Rehabilitation Program (PRRP). On the 30th of September all patients (14) received an Administrative Discharge from the PRRP program and were readmitted the same day into the new hospital outpatient PIRRP program located at Ward 8 South within the Denver VAMC. I remained in the program until the 20th of November 1997 when I completed the curriculum.
Documents from your office dated November 26, 1997 shows that I received temporary 100% from 03SEP-30SEP97 with no further action planned. This is where I became concerned about the final review and started to investigate the location of my medical records. The control of these records had been transferred to Ft. Lyons on the first of October.
What I find so difficult to understand is why no further action was taken on my behalf upon completion of the remainder of my time within the PTSD program. It was necessary for me to come to the conclusion that no activity was taking place on my file; that the VA was not reviewing my medical records; and that there had been a screw up with my claim.
Other than working part-time for three (3) months, I have been unemployed since May 1996. Even though I have had several job interviews I have been unable to find employment and I believe it is because of my attitude caused by my PTSD.
During the course of counseling and attending the PTSD program in Denver, I have become very aware of the problems that I have had in my life since my discharge from the Army 31 years ago. I have lived with these problems but was not aware of the effects they were having on me. I am working very hard on resolving these problems but do understand that it will take years to solve them.
I have continued to deteriorate in my personal life since my PTSD symptoms became evident in August 1996 and I was diagnosed with PTSD in September 1996. This situation has led me to counseling at the Colorado Springs Vet Center, start taking medication to help control the rage that I feel, attend the PTSD program in Denver, and I now attend two sessions of counseling every week since my discharge from Denver. There has been no improvement but I have gotten worse. To this date I have not come to grips with my condition.
I am requesting your assistance to expedite my case before the Veterans Administration. I have enclosed several documents that I hope will assist in this matter. They are as follows:
- Enclosure: 1. Medical Record – Discharge Instructions- VA Form 10-7978M
This record shows an Admission date of 9/3/97 and a discharge date of 11/20/97. It also shows a diagnosis of Chronic PTSD and the lack in my ability to work because of the severity of my PTSD.
- 2. PTSD Discharge Summary from the Denver program. This is divided into two (2) parts. The first part, pages 1-2, is the summary that was reviewed in November.
- The second part, pages 3-7, is the discharge summary of my stay from 10/1/97 through 11/20/97. This section is the area that I request the VA’s Review for increase of disability benefits and temporary 100% payment.
- 3. Neuropsychological Assessment Report. Dr. Donald XXXX at the VAMC-Denver prepared this report on the request of Colorado Springs Satellite Clinic. This report is included because it is mentioned in Dr. XXXXXX summary report, reflects many areas of difficulties I experience and traumas from Vietnam. If additional supporting information is required; I have the August 1997 issue of the Vietnam Veterans Association magazine that describes Operation Attleboro where this combat action and primary trauma took place.