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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LtCol Bruce Janis
LtCol Bruce Janis
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CPO Michael Burns - same here, Arty Officer in the Nam. Tinnitus OK for 10%, gave me hearing aids but no %age…go figure.
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Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen
Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen
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LtCol Bruce Janis Pretty much the same with me as a flier. I didn't even accept the 10%.
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Lt Col George C.
Lt Col George C.
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CPO Michael Burns - Please don't give up. I too received a VA diability rating of 10% for Tinnitis. I reapplied last Summer through a legal firm that specializes in VA claims and just received a letter stating that my hearing loss that was rated 0% (hearing aids) has been increased to 30%!!
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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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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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SrA Gina Hotard
SrA Gina Hotard
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SPC (Join to see) please do a littl e research!
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SrA Gina Hotard - I did a lot of research as a grunt in Vietnam. Napalm is a petroleum product which was used in bombs. Agent orange is a combination of chemicals which when sprayed killed foilage rapidly and left lingering effects on those of us exposed to it.
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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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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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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
7 mo
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
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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
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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.
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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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