I am sorry to hear that you did
not have enough credits to claim Social Security Disability. Many people fail to realized that after a certain period of time once unemployed credits expire.
As to the VA. I suggest you go to
Here you will find all the information needed concerning compensable disabilities and how they are rated.
Then go to:
Here you will find the rating schedule for mental disorders.
If you are claiming Bipolar Disorder you want to resubmit it with the coding for Bipolar which is 9432. Do not ask for an Appeal of your decision. Ask for a reconsideration or a DRO Review (if your decision is 12 months old or less) with any new supportive evidence such as a VA/Private doctor's summary, notes, or any evaluation performed by a Psychiatrist or a Ph.D. level Psychologist. The VA will accept diagnoses from these two practitioners only. So a regular MD or a Social Worker will not suffice. If your decision is over 12 months old you must refile a new claim.
A DRO review is simply saying that you do not agree with the rater's findings. A DRO is the Supervisor of all raters in a VA Regional Office and can overturn any decision made by a rating team.
If this helps please hit the ACCEPT button.