Bighead Posted December 4, 2013 Report Share Posted December 4, 2013 Hi everybody, I am a VA Ch. 33 student at Green River CC in Auburn, WA currently attending Aviation Technology courses on the Helicopter Pilot track. I also am 80% disabled through the VA for PTSD (70%) and "residuals" of a TBI (40%). My last VA C&P evaluation was in June 2011, over 2 years ago. At this time, I have been denied for my class 2 Medical Certificate which is required for enrollment into Part 141 flight courses at the college's partnering helicopter flight school (Classic Helicopter Corp. at KBFI). My denial letter from the FAA Regional Office in Renton, WA states that the FAA requires: 1. A detailed evaluation from a mental health professional regarding the history of my PTSD to include the presence or absence of symptoms and what they are, an assessment of stability in future stressful situations, an assessment of my capability to handling the stress of aviation decision making and flight training detailing any coping mechanisms I have in place, and any other testing deemed necessary. 2. A current head CT or brain MRI and current status report from the treating physician regarding my history of TBI. Current status report should address any findings from the chosen scan, and any other testing deemed necessary. However, after talking to my previous VA psychologist, he is not willing to provide me an evaluation for my PTSD and I will talk with my PCP tomorrow about the CT scan. I have also read through various threads on different sites and obtained what I thought would be a sufficient reassessment from my psychologist before going to my AME in October 2013. I thought it would help avoid this extra step that I am now facing. Unfortunately, his remarks don't satisfy the FAA's requirements (he noted a significant improvement in my overall condition, my coping mechanisms I mentioned, etc. but his findings "weren't thorough enough") and he stated he is unable to do anything more. He also claims that he cannot take on the liability of the evaluation that the FAA requires? What are your recommendations and/or experiences with this subject? Have other vets on here that were in my same situation been shot down by the VA as well? Where did you go for your evaluations? I have had a lot of time to think about it and a career in Rotorcraft Aviation is my dream. I have never wanted to pursue anything more. Any input is greatly appreciated 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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