Army in Desert Storm

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Re: Army in Desert Storm

Post by San Antonio GWV » Sat Jun 13, 2009 10:59 pm

You know the VA has denied my benefits, again, for all this shit we were put through in Iraq!

If you were in the 62nd Engineer Battalion, you know about the diesel fuel that they sprayed down the sand with so it wouldn't blow around! Who the fuck thought that up??? Anyway, here I am , fucking dieing from some unknown shit and the VA says no, you are just depressed. WTF is up with that??? Can we say FUBAR!!!!!

Damn it to hell!!!!
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Re: Army in Desert Storm

Post by 5thFSEMSG » Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:28 am

San Antonio GWV wrote:You know the VA has denied my benefits, again, for all this shit we were put through in Iraq!

If you were in the 62nd Engineer Battalion, you know about the diesel fuel that they sprayed down the sand with so it wouldn't blow around! Who the frick thought that up??? Anyway, here I am , friggin dieing from some unknown shit and the VA says no, you are just depressed. WTF is up with that??? Can we say FUBAR!!!!!

Damn it to hell!!!!
Took me eleven year and getting canned from many jobs for not working and playing well with outhers before they found me 100% IU pernanent and total. Don't give up hope and don't do it alone. Have the DAV or someone act as VSO for you. They know how to get these things done. Hang in there, you'll make it.
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Re: Army in Desert Storm

Post by FA1SGret » Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:34 am

[quote]Hfriggin dieing from some unknown shit and the VA says no, you are just depressed./quote]

Have you pursused the depression side of things? I know from experience that this won't satisfy your desire for resolution or even service connection for your physical ailments, but it may provide some relief.

I know I have Gulf Warl Illness symptoms, but the VA, and not many others, believe the condition is real. I also have a severe case of PTSD, which plays hand-in-hand with the physical stuff.

The VA's PTSD program isn't perfect ... actually I think it sucks ... but I did get a lot of information about how my body and mind are reacting.

And yes .... FUBAR!
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Re: Army in Desert Storm

Post by 5thFSEMSG » Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:18 pm

Try stopping by your local Vet Center as opposed to the VA hospital. They are much more attuned to dealing with PTSD as all of the counselors are combat Vets themselves. They can help you diagnose your possible PTSD and get things moving for you. Good Luck!
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Re: Army in Desert Storm

Post by Dagger X-Ray » Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:06 am

Grab the phone book and see if you have a DAV around you anywhere. Them guys know how to get things done.
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Re: Army in Desert Storm

Post by 5thFSEMSG » Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:02 pm

Dagger X-Ray wrote:Grab the phone book and see if you have a DAV around you anywhere. Them guys know how to get things done.
That's the truth and that's why I have a life time membership with them. They let you pay it in $20 increments until you have the lifetime memberships paid up. You should go for it, they are a good organization who is truly dedicated to the disabled Veteran.
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Re: Army in Desert Storm

Post by San Antonio GWV » Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:09 pm

5thFSEMSG wrote:
Dagger X-Ray wrote:Grab the phone book and see if you have a DAV around you anywhere. Them guys know how to get things done.
That's the truth and that's why I have a life time membership with them. They let you pay it in $20 increments until you have the lifetime memberships paid up. You should go for it, they are a good organization who is truly dedicated to the disabled Veteran.

My local DAV office has screwed up hours, they are NOT veteran friendly as far as that goes. They close early and are closed for any excuse. But yea, they are handling my claims. Big whoop!
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Re: Army in Desert Storm

Post by 5thFSEMSG » Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:25 pm

I used the folks who were up at the Disability boards in Winston Salem maybe that was the difference. I know posts vary alot in how they run and they run off of volunteers.
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Re: Army in Desert Storm

Post by Redmaxx » Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:33 am

Use the American Legion or the VFW. They also have service officers that are there to represent you.
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Re: Army in Desert Storm

Post by 5thFSEMSG » Fri Jun 19, 2009 1:38 pm

Redmaxx wrote:Use the American Legion or the VFW. They also have service officers that are there to represent you.
Use any of them just please make sure that you have the free representation offered because they can often make the difference in getting your claim or not. VFW, DAV, America Legion all offer free represenation but rely on membership dues and donations to keep running.
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Re: Army in Desert Storm

Post by FA1SGret » Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:07 am

Just don't give up. File a Notice of Disagreement, Appeal, Appeal, Appeal. I've been working on my claims now for 17 years with no end in sight. Keep workin' it and don't take no for an answer.
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