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Old 05-29-2012, 01:22 PM
 
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Almost Half of New Vets Seek Disability | Military.com

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Old 05-29-2012, 10:47 PM
 
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I didn't know it was that high, but am not really surprised.
I have a son-in-law and a close bud of his that are. They really NEED it. In fact, "our boy" is in the long, laborious ordeal of being medically retired right now, and will be for months to come.


Thankfully, a lot of them are not in wheel chairs, missing limbs or anything, but not one that comes to mind or that I've heard talked about is over 30, and some are very near to it. They've got multiple conditions, I mean young men with five different, chronic problems, now.

One young man has compartmental syndrome, there's another name for it, where his legs, below his knees are so dang tight and firm, and painful. It's something about circulation? and it can get worse and even cause the need for amputations.
Same young man is almost legally deaf in one ear.
He is also unable to march, some breathing problem that can cause him to throw-up if he moves fast or runs.
He now has sleep apnea.
That is not all. I forget what else was listed, and yet at a glance he looks healthy. Oh, the hands, something about them and it, too causes chronic pain.

TBI...traumatic Brain injury....I know one with that, and major back problems and he's under 30 and was athletic and very healthy when enlisting. He was knocked out by something, concussion and all, and now has memory issues and I forget what all. Him, too, to be around he appears perfectly gorgeous, young and healthy.

I'm hearing about a lot being medically retired. Three and four war deployments very close together and okay, the report of half isn't a surprise at all.
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:37 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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If the ones who need help (but do not want to admit it), would use the VA services, the number would even be higher.

The young persons are from the recent wars, in the mid-east.
The older ones are from the Vietnam era, where the symptoms did not actually get really bad until a later age.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Northern VA (for now)
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Almost Half of New Vets Seek Disability | Military.com

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I can believe it. A number don't have noticeable physical ailments but a lot of PTSD. My uncle likely has it from when he was deployed in combat, a heliocopter he was supposed to be on crashed, killing all on board. That is a thing that will change and affect you.
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville, NC
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The main reason is Vets are better educated about their rights unlike in previous wars. The military is doing a much better job on transition than it used to. I retired in 2008 and had all my VA claims appointments done and waiting until my retirement date for a rating to be issued. I started receiving my compensation one month after I retired. After more than ten years of war our troops are broke inside and out. I don't want our modern day Vets to be fighting for their rights 30 years later like the Vietnam Vets have had to do.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:05 AM
 
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I am a cold war vet and can't even get an appointment with a VA Councilor I am told the staff has been cut in half.I just had a mesothelioma related tumor in my lungs removed .I am wondering if I should respond to one of the ads on TV by lawyers that appear daily.I was exposed to asbestos on a old WW2 mine sweeper.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:38 AM
 
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I don't know where you live, but you are better off to nake an appointment with a VSO, Veterans Service Officer at the VBA, Veterans Benefits, and just wait out the time for an appointment. Take your DD214 to your appointment, and write out a timeline of your service, where you were, what you did, and your physical issues, and how they impact you. Bring any medical documentation you have. If you do some of the work, it makes it easier...after all, it is your money we are discussing.
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:09 PM
 
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For many, it has become a huge scam. I retired with medical issues, but passed on applying for disability. Different generation I guess, but to me, I did not desire to steal from fellow taxpayers.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:23 AM
 
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There are men and women out there in Afghanistan who would have died in either of the World Wars, Korea or Vietnam. Some soldier on his fourth deployment who has wounds that would have been fatal in previous wars. Yes I believe the VA has gone overboard with the blanket PTSD rating but they sort of did the same thing with Agent Orange and Vietnam. I still think these troops have seen a lot of action and need all the consideration we can give them.
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