Posted on Jun 8, 2020
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How many of you are rated through the VA If so did you wait till you were out or did it while still in If you waited how long were you out when you made your first claim?
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MAJ Dale E. Wilson, Ph.D.
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When I had my retirement physical, the doctor conducting it had a clerk make a complete copy of my health record and told me that as soon as I got settled in my new home I should go to the VA and file a disability claim. I expressed surprise and he told me that within 10 years I would be a "hurtin' cowboy"!

I followed his advice and filed a claim after I'd been retired for four months. I was surprised when they came back to me with a rating of 30% for three conditions. I went to the California Vets Affairs rep in Santa Rosa and she had me add PTSD and told me to refile. I told her I didn't think I had PTSD and she asked me several questions that made it clear to her I did and should expect a rating of 50% or higher.

VA raised my rating on one condition and gave me 10% for PTSD, which stunned the CA rep. She had me appeal and they eventually raised my PTSD rating to 50%. Over time, Agent Orange has continued to take a toll on me and in 2005 I was rated 90% with Individual Unemployability and also was awarded Soc. Sec. disability. In 2010 VA increased my rating to 100%.
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Sgt Tee Organ
Sgt Tee Organ
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That's about right.
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SSG Samuel Kermon
SSG Samuel Kermon
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MAJ Dale E. Wilson, Ph.D. my back is a mess as well. Fortunately I got a spinal stimulator which has helped me get away from the the Oxy stuff.
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MAJ Dale E. Wilson, Ph.D.
MAJ Dale E. Wilson, Ph.D.
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SSG Samuel Kermon Sadly, that didn'tworkforme.
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LtCol William Bentley
LtCol William Bentley
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MAJ Dale E. Wilson, Ph.D. - I was retired for disability for the same problem, blood clotting and lifetime anticoag meds. The PEB made it clear to me that I was being retired for the medication and side effects therefrom rather than merely clotting...so the meds that help me live killed my career. I also was rated to 90% by the VA, with 100% TDIU, and SSDI, so I'm tracking right along with your problems. Good luck! WKB
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LCDR Rabbah Rona Matlow
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I retired 20 years ago. I filed while on terminal leave.

You are supposed to get your 214 six months before ETS these days, so you can file before you get out.

One note - if you were in combat: The field medics rarely record their treatment notes, and even in Role 3s and other places treatment records got lost. So if you were injured or ill while deployed, make sure that your record is up to date with ALL injuries and illnesses that you had. If there is something missing from your record, see your provider at home and get it documented while you are still on active duty, so you can easily claim it.
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LtCol Bruce Janis
LtCol Bruce Janis
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Not those records in St. Louis, those were WW2 vets. Now, a lot of vets who claimed to be Special Ops and the like have claimed theirs were destroyed, who they can’t be found? Read the book Stolen Valor.
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SSG Elyzabeth Cromer
SSG Elyzabeth Cromer
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Sgt Carlos Martinez try and contact people you served with and get witness statements. If you had leave at anytime and you discussed injuries or illness you can also use civilian statements.
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SPC Joshua Dawson
SPC Joshua Dawson
4 mo
PV2 Tommy Smith - I was already almost two years past my contract by the time my unit even re-deployed back stateside from my second combat tour and they illegally retained me in service past my contract because there never was a stop-loss order issued so they shoved me out the door when we got back and I just kept getting told that I would have to seek treatment for anything once I got out through the VA. If you served at all you know regulations are just a suggestion to anyone above the rank of staff sergeant.
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SFC John Fourquet
SFC John Fourquet
3 mo
The VA has a pre-discharge program that allows active duty service members file their disability claims 6 months before separation date.
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SGT English/Language Arts Teacher
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I was rated after more than 30 years.
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SFC Mark Klaers
SFC Mark Klaers
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CPT Charley Watkins - How did you like the KG (or S&W)?
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CPT Charley Watkins
CPT Charley Watkins
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Liked it a lot.
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SFC Mark Klaers
SFC Mark Klaers
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CPT Charley Watkins - The "cool factor" of that weapon is right up there with Thompsons.
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CPT Charley Watkins
CPT Charley Watkins
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And a lot lighter than the Thompson even with two 36 round mags taped end-to-end.
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