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      The following is on my About page, but some have been asking how this all happened. So here is my little story. Tbird US Navy 1983 – 1990 E-6 HadIt.com the website domain registered Jan 20, 1997 the domain is registered and paid for through Jan 21, 2023 at which time I plan to register it for another 15 years Lord willing and the creek don't rise. I guess the best place to start is Jan 1991; I had gotten out of the navy Dec 1990. At my separation seminar, there was a DAV rep Jim Milton he told us to bring our medical records in and he would look through them for us and let us know if we should file a claim with the VA. Well, bless his heart, he opened my medical file, reads the first insert, looks me straight in the eye, and says you will be 50% for the rest of your life and he would file the claim for me. 50% was for surgery I had in the service. True to his word he met with me and talked with me for a long time filled out my paper work and urged me to file for PTSD. I would not file the PTSD claim, nor even discuss it. By Feb 1991 I had moved to the San Francisco bay area and was staying at a friends apartment and pretty much I was just a puddle. In desperation one night I called suicide hot line, I had no job, no idea about going to the VA. They talked with me for a long time and explained to me that I could go to the local VA hospital even if I did not have insurance. Now, I know what you are thinking if I was 50% why didn't I just go to the VA in the first place, two reasons 1, this was Feb 1991 and the 50% didn't come till May and 2, even if it had come through it is unlikely that I would have had the mental acuity at the time to put the two together. I relate this here because it is where so many of our brothers and sisters are coming from, perhaps where you started. Fuzzy and unsure, in pain and sometimes homeless they come to the VA hospital for help. And that is where I ended up. Up to the pysch ward I went, blah, blah, blah, a few days later I was released with a promise of a call from the out patient program, which I would soon be entering. Blah, blah, blah, after many missed communications, and no call backs I was at the Day Hospital everyday M-F. And this brothers and sisters is where I began to learn and formulate my plan for HadIt.com. Veterans, veterans everywhere…I spent a year in the day hospital and about another year at a sheltered workshop before I got back on my feet. So I just talked to veterans everyday waiting for appointments, waiting for prescriptions, waiting for a vet rep and I started to learn the system. While in the navy I was data analyst and had to learn a 5 volume manual and just about anything you were suppose to do was in that manual. So I figured there must be a manual on how to do a VA claim or at the very least regulations. So I found out about the Code of Federal Regulations, United States Code, Veterans Affairs Manuals and so on and so forth. Of course this was 1991/1992 I was living in a tiny studio apartment in a particularly bad neighborhood, working in a sheltered workshop making a nickel per envelope I stuffed throw in PTSD and you will see that it was a difficult task for me to get somewhere where they had copies of these, let alone that they would let me look at. And there was so much knowledge around me, it was like the gold rush in those days, I could just sit on a bench a veteran would sit down next to me a little conversation later I had another nugget, I made copious notes. Phone numbers to call, ask for this guy or that guy he'll give you the straight scoop and they'd slip me a piece of paper with a number on it. You want to read this regulation or that one and another slip of paper into my hand. I spent a lot of time on those benches watching the squirrels they gathered their nuts and I gathered mine :) So I'm thinking I could put a little handbook together print it out and hand it out at the VA. Or perhaps fliers. Still formulating, time goes by, 1994/1995 I am being treated for PTSD regularly and doing and feeling much better and I go to work for a company as a marketing systems analyst and I discover the internet. Well let me tell you that was perhaps one of the most significant life changing events I have ever experienced. And I might add finally a positive one :) It seemed only natural to me that surely there must be a website that contained all the knowledge I wanted, well as it turned out not so much, lots of stuff but I wanted to get straight to the claims information and there was a lot of stuff to wade through to get to it. So taking my lesson from the squirrels earlier I started to gather, gather, gather…and learn HTML and work as a marketing systems analyst and work my claim. 1996/1997 major PTSD cork blows and unemployed. Working my claim, working the website. 20 Jan 1997 register HadIt.com domain name right after getting off the phone with the VA and saying I've had it with this. As fate would have it the old DAV board goes down just as mine opens up and folks start to wander in. So HadIt.com has two main components the website which supports the discussion board with links, articles, research resources etc. The website starts to grow, I can't tell you how many times I had to switch servers for space and features. I continue on a downward trend and in 1998 ended up back home in St Louis living in my sisters basement in therapy and working it, I swear I would have swung a dead chicken around my head at midnight naked if I thought it would have helped. The website continued to do great during this time, I just stayed in the basement bought new software, new books, and learned how to make things work and I continued to use this knowledge to make HadIt.com better. My 100% finally came through from the VA and I had a friend who is an advocate who helped me thru my SSDI claim, he was literally at my side thru the entire process and that came through for me. My therapist and sister continued to try and get me to leave the basement, but to no avail. At some point in 1998 or 1999 I put a counter on the website and was shocked to discover how many visitors we were getting. Time goes by my sister gets married and I move from the basement to the upstairs, there is much celebration that Aunt T is living in the light again. More time goes by and I settle into my life in St Louis and spend more time on the site trying new things, finding more information. 2003 I buy my own home VA loan. For years now I have just considered HadIt.com my job and I get up every morning go to the office and work for several hours, take an afternoon break and see where the rest of day takes me. I have a place in the office to use the computer and a comfortable to place to read journals and articles and take notes. Blah, blah, blah so that is my story and HadIt.com's intertwined.
    • HadIt.com Pass It On Cards

      Hi I've updated our HadIt.com Pass It On Cards. They are in a PDF format you can print them out cut them there are 12 to a page. If you have found HadIt.com helpful and would like to pass it on to other veterans this is an easy way to do it.I hope you find them helpful, feel free to leave a few anywhere veterans gather, veterans centers, veterans hospitals, public libraries, be creative. Please make sure though, that if you want to leave some at any business you ask permission first.Here you go http://www.hadit.com...it_on_cards.pdf


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  1. SpcDearman added an answer to a question Is This Categorical Dismissal Of Lay Evidence   

    I now see why so many people seek your advice. It does appear that i may in fact need to seek an attorney to handle this for me. I understand the cost but i am really starting to think that a regular doctors IMO isnt going to cut it by the Va's "Standard". I want to go the least expensive route but, I see how many people's claims languish for years and I dont want to have go through the same thing.
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  2. SpcDearman added an answer to a question Is This Categorical Dismissal Of Lay Evidence   

    Hoppy if you dont mind may I ask a question. i do realize that i too need to secure an IMO for my claim. i am trying to figure out if any orthopedic surgeon can dispute the C&P examiner or do i need to seek an accredited one. i am beginning to start my new medical insurance and would like to know if i have a primary care physician that is a certified ortho surgeon will the VA attempt to debunk his opinion. let me try to be clearer. i know DR.Bash is a great physician but would DR. XYZ from Presbyterian (you have to have one where you live :) )would work. i have to stay in network and I have heard that in network does not supply the more accredited doctors. Thanks for the response. i want all of my ducks in a row this time. i simply filed my claim with no help and then stumbles across hadit. i WILL be prepared for this battle in my long war.
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  3. SpcDearman added an answer to a question Is This Categorical Dismissal Of Lay Evidence   

    I am desperately trying to find my lone buddy. i found him once on Facebook but no longer can I find him. too bad i couldn't use my wife. I met her in 1995 three months after i separated. I might just have to get an IMO.
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  4. SpcDearman added an answer to a question Is This Categorical Dismissal Of Lay Evidence   

    Oh sir u are not in this boat alone. i too will have issues with my separation exam. here is the scenario.

    Me: Hi sir. My first sgt said to come here for my exit physical to be able to leave.
    Capt: well spc it appears that you are ets'd
    Me: This cant be sir. i havent been able to turn in my gear for inspection and i dont want to be charged.
    Capt: too late. But let me ask you if you have any injuries that you may claim later in life
    Me: Sir I hvent even gotten my shoulder issue resolved and it still gives me alot of problems. My lung issue hasnt been resolved and now my knees are really shot from jumpin off of my Bradley
    Capt: I will put this in your file.

    No touching or xray's or anything.
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  5. SpcDearman added an answer to a question Is This Categorical Dismissal Of Lay Evidence   

    Mos1833 would the below help. I sure does help me a bit.

    I took bits and pieces as to not overload the forum.

    Citation Nr: 0014393
    Decision Date: 05/31/00 Archive Date: 09/08/00

    DOCKET NO. 97-34 417 DATE MAY 31, 2000

    On appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office
    in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


    Entitlement to service connection for right shoulder disability.

    The veteran's version of events in service is not corroborated by
    service department records, but it is corroborated by his brother.
    Consequently, resolving reasonable doubt in the veteran's favor on
    this point, the Board finds that the veteran was likely involved in
    a motor vehicle accident during service that resulted in some
    degree of trauma to the right shoulder.

    As suspicious as it may appear to a lay person that current
    disability would exist following trauma so long ago, especially
    trauma that was apparently so minor that no treatment was required
    until about 1997, this question is a medical matter which requires
    the exercise of medical judgment. To answer this question, the
    Board remanded the case to the RO in June 1999. After a review of
    the claims file, which review presumably took into account the
    absence of complaints or treatment for so many years after the
    automobile accident, the examiner indicated that current disability
    is indeed the result of the in-service accident. Consequently, the
    Board finds that a grant of service connection for right shoulder
    arthralgia is warranted.


    Service connection for right shoulder arthralgia is granted.

    here is the full file.

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  6. SpcDearman added an answer to a question Is This Categorical Dismissal Of Lay Evidence   

    Mos 1833 please do not give up. You sir are my inspiration. I too have been denied using the same rationale. i have requested copies of all medicall records, C&P exams, and all sick calls even when I was in the field. (Most of my complaints came while in the field - 11M Bradley driver. ) i will not let them get over on me. Keep your head up.

    Hoppy -

    A disorder also may be service connected if the evidence of
    record reveals the veteran currently has a disorder that was
    chronic in service or, if not chronic, that was seen in
    service with continuity of symptomatology demonstrated
    thereafter. 38 C.F.R. § 3.303(b); Savage v. Gober, 10 Vet.

    Am I reading this correctly that if i complained about my shoulder injury numerous times after a tank accident that I should have had more benefit of the doubt from the RO? i am in the same situation as BRoncovet with the self medicating until I could no longer self medicate then seeking VA medical care. i never could afford my own health insurance.
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  7. SpcDearman added an answer to a question Dominate Shoulder Comp Question   

    "Was a arthrogram performed before your mri?"

    No ma'am it was not. The Mri was done without contrast. They did due this for my lung condition that I am claiming but not for this issue.

    "You more than likely have instability in your shoulder which would indicate periods of subluxations or dislocations." This is the fishy area. I have experienced pain over the years and previously was able to rotate my shouolder and "pop" it and slowly the pain would go away. I really dont know if it has dislocated itself or what is going on. This happens about 3 times per week. It hurts too much now to try that.

    "The only way to prove this is have a physical therapist or dr perform the test of instability."

    I have been to two seperate VA therapist who have sent me back to Ortho in less than 3 weeks. They see that here is nothing that they can do.

    "Research more on the glenohumeral ligaments often referred as the capsular of the shoulder."
    I will do just that. I also have something that needs to be shaven off of my clavicle. This is the main thing that they are wanting to take care of first.

    See Moody. Hadit is very helpful. Thank you guys for the continued help. I wonder why I wasnt medically discharge for this. Too bad I can use that to try to claim back to the date of seperation.
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  8. SpcDearman added an answer to a question Dominate Shoulder Comp Question   

    Here are the Mri results for the right shoulder. I will have to find the paperwork for the left.

    Right Shoulder

    Mild inferiror osteophytosis of the acromioclavicular joint with probable mild impingement of the supraspinatus myotendious junction

    Probable degenerative fraying of the anterior labrum

    Mild sprain versus partial tear of the humeral attachement of the glenohumberal ligament.

    Mild tendinosis of the long head of the biceps tendon

    Partial Thickness rim rent tear with tendonitis of the supraspinatus tendon.

    Tendonitis with partial thickness deep surface tear at the subscapularis tendon; mild atrophy of the subscapularis muscle.

    ****And here is the kicker**** Other findings as discussed

    Primary Diagnostic Code: Abnormality; Attention needed -- I think this is for the acromium problem.
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  9. SpcDearman added an answer to a question Dominate Shoulder Comp Question   

    Thank you dot for chiming in because this helped another vet. Me. I have everything that you guys have been talking about minus scars. I also have an acromium problem that may need to be shaved down. Is there any rating for this?
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  10. SpcDearman added an answer to a question Vamc Travel Pay Is Going Direct Deposit   

    Last I heard the Ft.Worth C&P hospital is able to handle dallas and mesquite area patients. They said that all we need to do is let the Dallas Office know. I will get back with Dallas vets on this later.
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