re: va help

Post your experiences dealing with the VA Disability Filing Process for GWS, issues with VA diagnoses, and so on.
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Re: re: va help

Post by redfish » Sat Dec 11, 2010 8:30 am

Call it gulf war syndrome. You can always submit statements from friends, employers or family about your symptoms. Include a statement from yourself. Get a letter from your doc etc. Do you have a rep?
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Re: re: va help

Post by lmsnh » Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:55 am

Request a Neurophsych evaluation, they will do testing to determine the type and severity of cognitive memory loss. Make sure you state EVERYTHING that you were exposed to, (i.e. oil smoke, PB pills, burn pits, Kamashiya Bunkers, pesticides...). I've been tested several times to follow the rate of decline. It's real and veterans are getting ratings for it. Get a good rep to help you.
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Re: re: va help

Post by pgwvet » Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:08 pm

lmsnh wrote:Request a Neurophsych evaluation, they will do testing to determine the type and severity of cognitive memory loss. Make sure you state EVERYTHING that you were exposed to, (i.e. oil smoke, PB pills, burn pits, Kamashiya Bunkers, pesticides...). I've been tested several times to follow the rate of decline. It's real and veterans are getting ratings for it. Get a good rep to help you.

Use the NGWRC health care guide that is on their website. They give out a lot of free help to veterans on GWI claims.
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Re: re: va help

Post by OnQuest » Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:40 am

redfish wrote:Call it gulf war syndrome. You can always submit statements from friends, employers or family about your symptoms. Include a statement from yourself. Get a letter from your doc etc. Do you have a rep?

Nope no rep yet. Gotten pretty far on my own.. but I think i should look into the rep soon.

I need to find one... Any opinions on which is the best? Im leaning toward disabled american vets i think its called.


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Re: re: va help

Post by pgwvet » Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:21 am

They are all different in every part of the U.S.

I have done a lot of claim from VA & FL that the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) given up on. At one time they was the best, but not now. I was trained by them back in 1994 before it all became OJT. Ask other GWV as to the best one around you to use.
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redfish wrote:Call it gulf war syndrome. You can always submit statements from friends, employers or family about your symptoms. Include a statement from yourself. Get a letter from your doc etc. Do you have a rep?

Nope no rep yet. Gotten pretty far on my own.. but I think i should look into the rep soon.

I need to find one... Any opinions on which is the best? Im leaning toward disabled american vets i think its called.


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Re: re: va help

Post by haze » Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:38 pm

american legion, vfw, dav, these all have service reps that can help. shop around, find the best one for you. saddly , some are better than others.
i was in our local legion the other day, getting some stuff together, a wwII vet came in to see about his claim, he'd first started it with the dav back in .....1947!!!! :o 8O :roll: .
this claim has been open nonstop since 1984!!!!
the dav had his social # wrong , by one #, all the infro had been filed under a dead vets name, hence the screw up. its taken over a year now to get it all straightened out. lucky that he'd kept copies of over 60 yrs. of paperwork.
can we say backpay!!!!!! :wink: :mrgreen:
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Re: re: va help

Post by OnQuest » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:15 pm

I talked to the DAV last night philippine time and found out that only certain orgs have a service rep here. So it looks like its going to be American legion since as far as i know its the only one that has a service officer here.


Hope the guy knows what he's doing :).

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Re: re: va help

Post by FA1SGret » Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:57 am

Read, Read, Read, and Read.

Educate yourself on the process as a check on the service rep.

I didn't like the DAV .... could be just my case or SO, but they seemed to be more concerned with the VA than me. They advocated very well for the VA and not so much for me ... could be isolated, could be systemic.
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Re: re: va help

Post by pgwvet » Thu Dec 30, 2010 10:59 am

if you need extra help for them the NGWRC will help you and them

OnQuest wrote:I talked to the DAV last night philippine time and found out that only certain orgs have a service rep here. So it looks like its going to be American legion since as far as i know its the only one that has a service officer here.


Hope the guy knows what he's doing :).

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Re: re: va help

Post by OnQuest » Thu Dec 30, 2010 12:39 pm

going for the american legion as thats the only one ive heard is in the Philippines.

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Re: re: va help

Post by Dispacther » Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:54 pm

pgwvet , Hey Jim !
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Re: re: va help

Post by Dagger X-Ray » Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:25 am

I am using my local county VA services office in conjunction with the VFW.
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Re: re: va help

Post by OnQuest » Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:45 am

paperwork done and in touch with a VSO from the american legion in Manila. Now we play the paperwork war.
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Re: re: va help

Post by redfish » Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:23 am

Jump in and get started. It's the only way to get it done. Good luck
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Re: re: va help

Post by pgwvet » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:35 am

redfish wrote:A great deal of frustration today. It is crazy that the VA expects all this paperwork and documentation to be found, kept up with, signed, filed and or maintained by me. I can barely focus on anything, can't remember nuthin', can't tolerate much, can't find anything, can't tolerate people much, can't get motivated and can't follow directions well. My poor wife.
That is why you need a good VSO or some one to help.
Sometime the VA will be asking for thing you do not have to be sending in.
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