Health Issues

Post your experiences dealing with the VA Disability Filing Process for GWS, issues with VA diagnoses, and so on.
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Cpt.Tamm
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Re: Health Issues

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Re: Health Issues

Post by cpljar » Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:48 pm

I was with 1/5 wpns co. Task Force Ripper during the gulf. I have the joint pains, muscle cramps, can't sleep and many other systoms and have been fight ing my claim for 6 years now but everytime I am declined comp. I have 2 herniated disc in my back and severe joint pain all over but they have diagnosed it as DJD so since there is a diagnoses my claims are denied. I have no proof of any pills or shots I've taken when I was there because my medical records from active duty can't be found. :evil:
I have had a hearing with a rep from Washington D.C. via video conferance but it seamed it was a waste of their time being there listing to a nut case and his problems.
I am still fighting this and will continue to fight as all of us should, just because we didin't come home missing limbs or dead shouldn't give them the right to kick us to the curb.

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Re: Health Issues

Post by Cpt.Tamm » Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:42 pm

Kick some ass!
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Re: Health Issues

Post by FA1SGret » Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:56 am

Keep fighting! I've been fighting this for awhile myself ... the VA does a lot of talking about how well they take care of veterans, and in some cases they do, but I sure haven't gotten the 'great' care I here about.

Keep barking, somewhere along the line things will have to break loose, either as a definite decision one way or another.

Get a service representative that will work for you.
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Re: Health Issues

Post by floatingeagle » Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:12 am

FA1SGret wrote:Keep fighting! I've been fighting this for awhile myself ... the VA does a lot of talking about how well they take care of veterans, and in some cases they do, but I sure haven't gotten the 'great' care I here about.

Keep barking, somewhere along the line things will have to break loose, either as a definite decision one way or another.

Get a service representative that will work for you.

Hi,

I have been fighting for my disability with the VA since feb 2000, I was recently denied for my claims due to "records are not available threw normal sources" "without records no proof of service in desert storm/shield" I was with 513 trans co. I am now being told to get buddy letters from all I served with because the VA and my self can not find my records 201 file (personnel file) or med files.

I am trying to find any way that I can track my records down, I ETSed in Nov 91. I have tried the St Louis VA records center, Fort Lewis personnel office (Ft. Lewis is were I ETS from) does any one know how I can find these missing files. Also I was told when I was ETSing by the Med station when I realized that the medical files from desert storm/shield were not in my files that they were ordered to destroy the records before leaving country. Does anyone else have this issue? I and my truck was exposed to some kind of chemical agent (NBC warfare) during a mission into Iraq to deliver supplies and the rest of the convoy that included other supply units. I was there during the oil fires and the missal attacks, was sent home before the rest of the unit due to infection from the exposure and sent to Ft. Lewis Madigan Medical Center. I have contact the Medical Center Records dept. as well and no luck all records would be in my medical file and sent to St. Louis upon ETS.

Does anyone have any ideas how I might find my records?
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Re: Health Issues

Post by tricky89 » Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:37 pm

you may try contacting department of defence (and use the freedom of imformation act) i do know some people have used this to get records of employees. also the IRS should have a record of those years in service, becuse..... you should have been tax exempt for those days in country.its a long shot but there is a paper trail for that time. the DOD knows that. also you can go on line and do aback ground check on yourself, it may leed you to somthing. thats all i know, or contact AMVETS the may be able to help.
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Re: Health Issues

Post by Dagger X-Ray » Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:48 am

AND your local Congressman. DOD and VA do not like it when they start to get congressonal inquries into soldiers files. Things really begin to happen and heads start to roll then.
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Re: Health Issues

Post by tricky89 » Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:17 pm

oh ye i forgot about that, i remember 1985 i contacted my congresman, it went real quick! and got my premotion. good idea. i dont know what they did but it was done in 24 hours.
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Re: Health Issues

Post by FA1SGret » Thu Sep 04, 2008 6:20 am

Hope it works out for ya ... it's a damn shame what a vet has to go through to get benefits ... I guess it's necessary to have controls in place, but damn!
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Re: Health Issues

Post by David » Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:06 pm

New here. I am 30% for migrains. I have just been diagnosed with fibromialga. Which is joint and muscle pain mostly in the neck shoulders arms and hands. just filed another claim with the va. I have been hurting since 1991. These complaints are listed in my military records upon leaving the service. Am taking 9 bottles 0f medicine to keep going. I hurt every day and cant get a good night sleep for my arms and shoulders hurting. Any help would be nice. Thanks David
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Re: Health Issues

Post by FA1SGret » Sat Oct 31, 2009 7:39 pm

Advice? Don't give up the fight. Get a service officer to help you, and keep seeking treatment.
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Re: Health Issues

Post by redfish » Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:32 pm

I remember going to the VA in '95. It was a really shitty experience and they really pissed me off, not that hard to do it seems, and I raised hell in the VA waiting area. Well, they called the fellas with the badges and escorted me off the property. Stilled being perturbed, I emailed my Congressman. Three days later the director of the VA in Atlanta called me and scheduled me another appointment. Therefore, I would highly recommend that avenue as a possibility for anyone feeling they are getting the "run around".
As for me, I let the VA win. I gave up on it and dealt with things without them for the last 14 years. Now I recently found myself under the bus and had to go somewhere or jail or hell for help. So far so good this time. It seems a kinder gentler VA this time. So far..........
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Re: Health Issues

Post by dbotsfordtat » Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:31 pm

My first contact with VA occurred in 94'. I had broke an arm on active duty and went to claim it but claimed the wrong arm! I was pretty messed up mentally back then and after I got the denial letter I just let it go. By 2000 I was really at the end of my rope and ready to snap so I went back figuring I didn't have anything to lose. Turns out I had a neck injury that was making my arm ache and because they were so quick to dismiss it as a case of malingering I went another 6 years without treatment or compensation. F*ck the VA and the government for that matter, nothing but a bunch of greedy A-holes IMO.

I get 100% now I don't even know exactly for what. Somes for ptsd, somes for my neck and theres a couple of other things I got service connected. I don't know, lately I just wish I would hurry up and die. Not that I would commit suicide but I really hate being here anymore even with the free money. Wish I could go back in time and be with my unit again, thats the last time I felt decent.
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Re: Health Issues

Post by David » Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:42 pm

Just went for my c&p for fibromyalgia today. The PA checked my reflexes and touched me on the head and said does that hurt. We spoke for five minutes and that was it. He did ask if i was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and i told him yes by a specialist. He said that is it you can go. I did get to update some other records though. I also signed for the Gulf War exam. What a joke
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Re: Health Issues

Post by redfish » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:27 pm

The Gulf War Exam was a joke when I did it in the mid 90's. They don't have a clue yet as to who knows what we got exposed to or what to do with those that have reacted to it. Don't let them win.
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