Posted on Dec 27, 2017
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Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen
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No way should anyone feel badly about getting disability. First the award is for service related, not combat related, injuries and second the percent of service members who have actually served in combat is relatively small when compared to the overall total of service members served by the VA. I could certainly go along with some percentage increase in compensation if injury is combat related, but if someone receives injuries that qualify him/her for disability while serving our country they deserve every bit of it and should never feel ashamed because of it.
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Brad Miller
Brad Miller
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I knew a young Marine who was riding (passenger) in a truck, coming back from training maneuvers. Hit broadside by a drunk driver. Broke his back, he'll never walk again.
IMO (as a tax-paying civilian) -- he EARNED at least anything he got. He was THERE, doing his duty.
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A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
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Here's A Beauty For Ya. On My Very 1 St VA Appointment, After Being Misdiagnosed By A Civilian Doctor As Being Bi-Polar, And Knowing It, The VA Simply Agreed With The Misdiagnoses And Prescribed The Same, Or Similar Medication ~~ YEARS Pass, I'm In & Out Of The ER, Hospitalized,.. Blah, Blah Blah....Because Not ONE Doctor Believed Me ~~So Wrong Meds Kept Being Prescribed... I'm A Nut Case & Suicidal....Then Dr. Gray Came In, ANOTHER New Doctor ~ Spent LESS Than 5 Minutes Listen To Me ~~ Solution?.. Stop Taking ALL Medication ~~ Sumbitch I'm CURED.!! ~~ OH, NOT DONE: ~~ Other Similar Problems, Including Emergency Surgery And Just Short Of ONE MONTH In The Hospital And I'm Now Disabled, Sitting In This Chair In Front Of This Computer, Totally Screwed Up & Over ~~ Going On 30 Fa-King Years... THANKS ~ VA~!
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SSG Carlos Madden
SSG Carlos Madden
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Col Jonathan Brazee
Col Jonathan Brazee
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I've known many Marines who were seriously injured in training accidents (parachute, aircraft, artillery, vehicle, etc.). They are just as entitled to VA compensation as those who are injured in combat. Then there's Camp Lejeune water, normal wear and tear the military does to you, and even just sicknesses that develop while in active duty.
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CPL Robert Ray
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I have noted an increasing amount of these kinds of questions since 9/11. Prior to that, at least in my time as an adult, there was no concern as long as the injury fit the definition of "Service-Connected." But since the War on Terror began, we have a whole generation of young servicemembers who don't remember the "Peacetime" Military. Many veterans who currently claim compensation are from that time of service known as The Cold War and have injuries accrued due to their service. Even the safest professions in the military carry a level of danger above that of a civilian career. People get hurt in "safe" environments. It only stands to reason that when you add guns, explosives and other military training to this that more (and more substantial) injuries will occur. Since the military does not have Workers Compensation, the VA's compensation is what's left. That's kinda what it's there for.
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PO2 Robert Lender
PO2 Robert Lender
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Agreed. There is no such thing as a "safe" environment onboard ship - especially on a flight deck, whether in war-time or peace-time. Training with firearms, field training, working on air fields, etc. all add elements of danger that civilians do not encounter in their day to day lives.
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SPC Pipefitter
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SGT Charles Sullivan - there was no award of a cold war medal. there was a certificate to honor your service during the cold war.
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A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
A1C Medrick "Rick" DeVaney
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I Was An Enlistee In The USAF, From 06/29/1961 To 06/10/1965.
Cold War, Cuban Crisis, Vietnam Still In Action, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy Assassination. My Actual Involvement Was Little: ~ And For THIS I Should Be Given A Certificate? ~~ Sounds A Lot Like A "Participation Trophy".....
.As If To Say: "Thanks For Not Doing Sh*t"...! ~~ "But It's Mine, Mine, Mine.".....LMAO
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CPT Diana Davis
CPT Diana Davis
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PO1 Todd B. good response — the COLD WAR was no joke, we were always sure Russia was around the corner when I was stationed in Germany
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LTC Kevin B.
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Not at all. If the injury is service-connected, it's a legitimate disability.
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SPC Michael Tierney
SPC Michael Tierney
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SGT Kerry Sommers - I recently visited the VA clinic in Marina, CA (near Pebble Beach) it was excellent. I saw audiology and got my flu shot. Will go to Mpls VA when I return to MN for my Covid booster. I guess I have been lucky that these facilities are so good.
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A1C Joel Jakubowski
A1C Joel Jakubowski
7 mo
I agree---though I struggle with the standards for determining the percentage of Service-Related Disability being awarded---and the significant divide of advantages once qualifying for 30%+ [and further exacerbated by the fact that ALL vets do not qualify for dental services --astounding!] Any thoughts on this?....
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SPC Matt Ovaska
SPC Matt Ovaska
6 mo
A1C Joel Jakubowski - I heard that the VA is funding health care with dental for illegal aliens.
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LTC Kevin B.
LTC Kevin B.
6 mo
SPC Matt Ovaska - If you dig even slightly, you will see that doesn't appear to be true at all. From what I've read, the VA is simply processing claims paperwork for IHS. This doesn't involve any provision of care by the VA.
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