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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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PO3 Zachary Gillispie FMF
PO3 Zachary Gillispie FMF
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I receive VA disability for non combat related.
I get upset about receiving it when I see combat Vets who havent received a rating and they are still fighting the system. Past that I dont feel bad, it was service related just not combat.
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Amen Col., Absolutely Not ! I was injured in an 'industrial accident' in AFG. Thank God Worker's Comp was required of all contracting companies.
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SSG Dr. John Bell, PhD.
SSG Dr. John Bell, PhD.
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No; No guilt at all. Be lucky you got it.
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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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1SG Tom Johnson
1SG Tom Johnson
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PO1 Steve Ditto - Well, your right on one account and that is were always looking for membership. Right, Wrong, or indifferent, it's a fact of life that numbers count when it comes to lobbying for and trying to hold on to what benefits we've earned with our Congressman. As far as the Post you belong to I cannot attest to its worthiness but I do know for a fact our Post 10010 in Montana is very proactive within the Communities.
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SGT Edward Matyjasik
SGT Edward Matyjasik
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The VA refused to help me with anything in 1970 because they said the Army lost my medical records. After my pain and PTSD got really bad about 2002 my family told me to go back to the VA and try again. The DAV represented me this time and THEY were able to get my Army medical records. That started a many year long process of medical treatment and comp exams. Finally in 2006 they rated me 100% disabled, should have been retroactive to 1970 as far as I am concerned. Three years ago I got cancer from Agent Orange, it never ends, until death. At first I did not think I deserved the compensation, felt guilty taking it. But now looking back, we all have earned and deserve it. God bless all who have served. Ed.
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PO1 Steve Ditto
PO1 Steve Ditto
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SGT Edward Matyjasik - I am glad you went back to the VA. I preach this to all my Brothers and Sisters that have had a bad taste in their mouths with them. keep going back until they are afforded what is due them. I was only given 30% when I first checked in, and this was after I had been retired for 7 yrs. I was dragged down by my Daughter. I was loosing money from my retirement dollar for dollar. Yes it was then tax free but still not making any head way. After 5 yrs, I went back for extreme PTSD along with a host of other medical problems. After another 7 months of exams, the same ones I went thru for the inital check in 5 yrs ago. I get a envelope in the mail with the words that I am now 100% and that I will NEVER be re-evaluated. After doing some checking I find that there are some people that are rated at 100% but are re-evaluated periodically to determine if they are still at the 100%. So what I am suggesting to you is to make sure you read your papers close. Also NEVER NEVER feel guilty for what you have done or for the services you are receiving from the VA. Thank you for your service.
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SGT Edward Matyjasik
SGT Edward Matyjasik
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Thanks for your post. Yes, my rating says "100% totally and Permanently Disabled". Have a nice day brother.
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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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SFC Mario Rodriquez
SFC Mario Rodriquez
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My comments are meant to educate, not denigrate. I want to reinforce the comments I made about whining and bitching. IF and that is a big IF, anyone has a claim, find an advocate to fight for you to get what you deserve. Bitching and moaning about it does nothing but show others what is inside the person bitching and moaning. The VA is not some big giant monster trying to screw anyone over. But they are a government agency that has rules to follow and sometimes those rules don't make sense. If anyone feels that my comments, however truthful they may be, that is their problem, not mine. Right now I wish I had a recording of Jack Nicholson screaming, "You can't handle the truth!" to all those who think the world against them. Anyone fighting for a claim from the VA should do their homework, get an advocate, and be prepared for the long haul. You are right in saying I had the resources to to know the claim process. And I researched everyone of them, got myself and advocate, and waited almost two years for my claim to be processed right. I never blamed the VA or the people at the VA. When my claim was finally resolved it was more than I had anticipated and I am very happy. But I did not and will not, bitch, whine, moan, or complain. It doesn't help! Sorry you feel the way you do and I wish you luck with your claim.
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Sgt Brigid Totten
Sgt Brigid Totten
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SFC Mario Rodriquez - My husbands claim is going on 10 years now, he will be 82 next month, I will continue to fight on his behalf until they figure out they screwed up. We fight the good fight. Glad your claim was awarded quickly.
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SR Jack Robinson
SR Jack Robinson
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Over the years, as a Vets Rep for Job Service, I helped veterans apply for non-combat related pension claims. Many of these vets had health issues that developed after completing their service time. Many worked in conditions that either provided limited or no protection for toxic exposure.
There can be and often is a related illness that develops because of this exposure.
Case in point, an Air Force Veteran who served as a heavy truck mechanic. He serviced drive lines and brake assemblies. No protective gear was provided and he was exposed to toxic dust/chemicals on a daily basis.
Later in life he developed lung issues. He applied for and received a small pension. His efforts to increase his compensation were hampered by the lack of prior military records that could validate his claim.
It appears that this is a situation that many Veterans find themselves facing...the absence of records.
Veteran organizations like the American Legion, VFW, DAV have Field Service Rep's who specialize in helping fellow Veterans apply for and resolve claim issues. Their help can really make a difference when it comes to processing pension claims.
Hats off to all who serve our country. Compensation is well deserved when it is evident that exposure to toxic conditions was the norm and not the exception.
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SFC David Dean
SFC David Dean
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Sgt Brigid Totten - Have you tried the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) yet? If you have not, pursue their expertise. Firsthand experience for me and I can tell you that they work exceptionally hard to advocate for a positive resolution for Vets. Give them a call, sooner rather than later.
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