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SP5 Michael Rathbun
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"3) You’ve got a lot to offer, so keep serving and find a way to lead."

I love this one. As an avid amateur radio operator and a vet, I naturally gravitated toward SKYWARN and disaster communications. One day I found myself in a position to take some gear over to the Red Cross building in Kansas City to help with coping with the 1977 Pleasant Hill tornado.

As things worked out, I wound up serving as Net Control operator for over 12 hours. We (the hams) were first into the area, set up our emergency commo infrastructure, and were the only communications channel to the disaster area. And by "only" I mean that every government agency, law enforcement organization and relief organization used our voice facility or filed their messages with us whether coming or going. We coordinated the influx of medical, construction and electrical equipment, donated generator services, medical evacs and just about everything until POTS and other commo channels had been restored.

Having been involved with a lot of tactical military communications, I naturally ran the Net as I would have back in the Zone.

Ten years later I was still hearing compliments about how tight and effective, for once, the Net had been on that day.

So never underestimate what you can bring home, military siblings.
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Good advice. I will say that I had everything medical documented. I submitted the paperwork and an addendum saying I wanted a 0% rating. So that's what I have. 0% non-compensatable. If the problems get worse I can resubmit.
I suggest that veterans do it this way.
My father retired after twenty with a host of small annoyances. Now, almost twenty years later the wear and tear is catching up to him. I'm helping him through the process and it's much more difficult. The burden shifts to the veteran to justify that the injury is service connected.
Document it with the system, but don't abuse the system. Leave it for those who need it.
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Good advice brother!
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SPC(P) Jay Heenan
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Great article SGM (Join to see)!!!

Number six struck a cord with me. I know a few Veterans that are just sitting around trying to figure out how to make their percentages higher...to get to that 100%! It is funny, because the disability check is actually a 'compensation check', which is why we are still able to work without affecting our disability.
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SGM Brigade Operations (S3) Sergeant Major
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SPC(P) Jay Heenan
I agree with you and it kind of makes me mad. A lot of Soldiers complain about civilians living off government benefits, food stamps, welfare, etc. but, they get out of the Army and basically do the same thing.
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MAJ Chris Ballard
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When I was a WTB company commander and later worked for the Army Wounded Warrior Program I found there were basically two types of warriors - those who wanted to get better and those who wanted to get sicker. The former gave you a lump in your throat because their attitude was, "when can I get my running leg, 'cause I just registered for the Army Ten Miler." The latter made you just grind your teeth as they spent all night scouring WebMD saying, "ooh, rickets! I think I could have that!"
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