Alright guys, bear with me because this might be a bit long, but I would really appreciate any help I can get.
My boyfriend was discharged from the Army in 2002 due to a closed head injury that left him bedridden for months. At his dismissal, he was given a severance pay and a whopping 10% disability rating. 5 years after the injury, I encouraged him to see a doctor because he seemed to be having some strange medical issues (for instance, he would space out for long periods of time, he had some major ups and downs in mood, and the strangest thing was that he was urinating every 15 minutes). As it turns out, he has Diabetes Insipidus, which is directly connected to a malfunction in the brain--specifically the hypothalamus. Even though he was drinking upwards of 3 gallons of water a day, he was chronically dehydrated. Very strange.
He also had a PET scan done that showed significant damage to several areas of his brain. He has extreme memory loss, almost from moment to moment. He even has difficulty remembering his own birthday. The neurologist has documented all of this. He has also visited a psychiatrist and has been diagnosed with depression as well as several anxiety disorders and body dysmorphia. He had none of these problems before the injury.
He filed for an increase about 8 months ago and has finally landed an appointment for an evaluation. I am just wondering if anyone has any tips for us.
First of all, should I go with him? In all honesty, he has a hard time remembering what is even wrong with him and how it affects him day to day. I feel like I
could help explain (if they will even talk to me). Second, anyone know approximately how long it takes to get approved/denied after the evaluation? Has anyone
else suffered a similar injury? In my eyes, he ought to get 100% because the DI is a lifelong illness. What compounds it is the fact that it went undiagnosed
for so long that his kidneys tried to comepensate, so now he is not even reacting to the medicine. He is currently taking 4 times the maximum dose with no
effect. This means he still urinates every 15 minutes, even at night.
Does the VA give back pay? If so, is it only in special circumstances?
OK, sorry for being so long-winded, but we really need help!!! Any suggestions?