OK, so we all know that the backlog on compensation decisions are fairly long. That being said, I received a decision on my new claim that I submitted in March. After years of struggling to live a stable and meaningful life with my PTSD, the VA acknowledged the challenges I face every day and raised my PTSD rating from 30% to 70%.
The first question I get asked: 'How much more money do you get every month?'
Not the point. It is the acknowledgement and validation of my struggles that are so important to me. I don't feel like I am the only one who sees it anymore. Funny thing - it never would have happened if my doc wouldn't have demanded that I get re-evaluated. I finally acquiesced. For the longest time I felt like I was a money-grubber if I asked to be re-evaluated. The docs finally broke me of that foolish pride.
So now I can finally relax and breathe a sigh of relief. And wonder how long it is going to take for it to sink in...
As I continue my life with PTSD, I will share my challenges and discoveries on this blog.