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      How to get your questions answered. A few observations, and requests of all members. All folks who come here are volunteers who do this on their own time and their own dime.To avoid burning out our best contributors please follow these guidelinesf you are reading a post and it reminds you of a question you want to ask, start a new topic, if you place your question in someone thread it will be difficult to distinguish your question from the original poster, you will get better results posting a new topic with your question. 1. Before Posting please do a search and see if your question has already been answered. If you find the answer print it out and put it in a file to use as a reference file, I find this helpful myself. 2. If you can not find the answer and you do post a question, please print out those answers and refer to them to avoid duplicate questions. 3. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions4. Duplicate questions will come up from time to time but the keeping them to the minimum will lighten the load on the regular volunteers.5. Respect folks privacy do not request their personal phone numbers for claims help, it is inappropriate and not why they are here.6. Keep the topics focused on veterans issues, in closing Search first Search ... Ask second.it may save a lot of time or at the very least enlighten you.
    • Listen Live Every Wed 5:30 PM CST to SVR Radio, Veterans Issues are discussed with various guests.

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    • A bit about Tbird and HadIt.com for those who've asked...

      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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  • Birthday 04/01/15

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  • Service Connected Disability 60%
  • Branch of Service Air Force
  • Hobby Combat Flight Simulators. WWII, Modern, and Helos.

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  • Website URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_O7vrp95To&feature=g-upl
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  • Location Oregon
  • Interests Not able to pursue many interests at this time. My health prevents me from doing much. I wish I could go back to hiking, photography, etc..

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  1. retiredat44 added an answer to a question Decision Overturned: No Justice For Burn Pit Veterans   

    I filled pits with fuel and was there when they lit the fires... but I was actually soaked in fuel for several years.... so add it all up...
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  2. retiredat44 added a question in (VA Claims Research) Veterans Affairs Claims and Benefits Research   

    How Can You Find People From Same Units Or Buddy Searches?
    How can you find people from same units or buddy searches? I could use a couple of letters form people I worked with on active duty but have no clue where they are...
    Even general letters from people who worked in the same field are welcome. Anyone work with chemicals? Liquid chemicals? Fuels, petroleum chemicals? One last step, anyone have contact with chemicals, for any reason?
    additional: medical effect if any? Thanx

    please, specific info on where to find people, or direct personal contact with chemicals.

    U.S.A.F. 1978-1982,
    Grand Forks A.F.B. North Dakota, and Ramstein Air Base Germany.
    Fuels and Reprographics (2 separate afsc specialties).

    I need these letters to add to my evidence for an upcoming hearing, no clue when the date will be...

    Thank you again.
    Steven Palmer

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  3. retiredat44 added an answer to a question Gao Report Va "high Risk"   

    I always thought they should watch the va for giving out psychiatric drugs, with wrong diagnosis, they tried that with me many times, telling me my pain and suffering was in my head until the pancreatic cyst was so large it looked like a large object sticking out of my belly under my ribs.. the drugs felt like they would make you want to jump off of a building... all because they wanted to have me take something to shut me up... they should have an investigation for pushing sick patients off on head doctors because they screw up diagnosis...
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  4. retiredat44 added an answer to a question "get Together" For Hadit Members/fans.   

    To me it looks like a good thing... but I no longer travel... a couple hours travel and I am done for 2 days or more... back to bed... for those that can and want to... it sounds look a good thing to attend and share... maybe have a bunch of regional ones with live camera feeds..
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  5. retiredat44 added an answer to a question I Need Letters From Vets That Had Contact With Petroleum Chemicals On The Job, Active Duty   

    still no offer of letters? Anyone have any leads from vets who can help with letters? They need not be long letters... I think these would benefits a lot of us.. thanx
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  6. retiredat44 added an answer to a question Question About Filing For Symptoms From Lead Toxicity.   

    They are hassling me over my contact soaked in leaded gasoline (daily, part of my job), and documents from USAF doctors showing I was in contact daily..on active duty... so this is of interest to me..
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  7. retiredat44 added an answer to a question I Need Letters From Vets That Had Contact With Petroleum Chemicals On The Job, Active Duty   


    again, even letters form people who had experienced working with and contact are helpful, I was careful on my wording on what I am looking for... yes, also letters from people I knew... but even if I didn't know at least people who had the contact with... etc.... it is all helpful, I can sort out later...
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  8. retiredat44 added a question in (VA Claims Research) Veterans Affairs Claims and Benefits Research   

    I Need Letters From Vets That Had Contact With Petroleum Chemicals On The Job, Active Duty

    I need letters from Vets that had contact with petroleum chemicals on the job, active duty. I need to submit letters from vets who worked with chemicals, if possible those vets that had contact and worked with petroleum chemicals, fuels, Jet Fuel, Gasoline, Diesel, Trichloroethylene, etc. Would like statements about contact, clothing, skin, etc. Number of times, estimates, etc. Any protective clothing, if any. Dates of service. Any other info. I need these letters to add to my evidence for a future hearing for my VA disability appeals.

    These letters need not be long, just short and to the point, but enough information so they are presentable. Contact information needed in case the BVA judges need to contact for any clarification.

    Thank you,

    PM me. of post for me to contact.



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  9. retiredat44 added a post in a topic Moving Out Of State While Waiting For Appeal   

    I meant attorney, poa, dav, whoever... whoever that is your poa... keeping the same one may work for you... it is a very difficult decision, how far are you along in the process, etc...
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  10. retiredat44 added a post in a topic Moving Out Of State While Waiting For Appeal   

    I just went through this,,,, your in a catch -22, depends on how complicated your claim is.. new attorney may suck, would be nice to keep original, but too far to have easy access. So,... I say depends on the amount of complications, if any... also, if you have any hearings, then, you might have travel... I am not happy with my poa change, am working to hard to get things done.. too sick.. it al depends on communication, travel, etc... also, will the new one be good? they are all different... interview a new one and ask those questions...
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  11. retiredat44 added a post in a topic Iris Response   

    I tried ebenefits website to get papers, what a waste of time! I was hoping to get some SOC's. just total b.s.
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  12. retiredat44 added a post in a topic My Claim, Appeals, Etc, Being Remanded Back To The Va From The Appeals Board   

    Well, I didn't have the money to pay for help, until recently, I finally sold my car, had to lose more money, dropped the price until it sold, but at least paid for help with my claim.. also bought a new printer copier, as it was too difficult to make copies with the old printer, it was a pain with inkjet, and HP inkjets suck when it comes the printers constantly refusing to work if it doesn't like the cartridge, no more of the B.S. ! I got a Brother laser printer, copier, fax. MFC, all-in-one. No more HP garbage! With my boxes of medical records, if I need copies, I hope it will work better. Sorry if anyone loves their HP printer, but I had HP for many years, and they suck very expensive ink, refuse to let you use refills, because of some crappy chip technology that stops people from using refills. Then they rob your ass blind for new inkjet cartridges !
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  13. retiredat44 added a post in a topic My Claim, Appeals, Etc, Being Remanded Back To The Va From The Appeals Board   

    I retained John, let's see how the next few weeks progress.... with the tons of paperwork (my records), I sent him just a little bit, until he decides more..
    Thank you all!
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  14. retiredat44 added a question in (VA Claims Research) Veterans Affairs Claims and Benefits Research   

    Ebenefits Website, Anyone Else Having Problem Logging In?

    I have correct name and password, but is their server broken? it just seems to be worthless...
    it just hangs and say come back later, I last time I did get in, I was unable to find and download documents...
    can one actually download SOC's?

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  15. retiredat44 added a post in a topic I Need To Get Copies Of All My Soc's And Decisions   

    I probably have them all, but it would be EXTREMELY helpful to get them (my SOC's and decision going back 20 years) very soon, as it is time sensitive. I need them for a new rep I need to hire. I have copies, but mine are not organized. I know these are excuses, but I am very sick leaving me disorganized, hard to think straight, and I need to gather them of, make sure I keep copies... I was hoping the damned VA e-benefits website would allow a vet who is already a member with login and password had access to download these files. What good is e-benefits if you can't get your records? Guess I will just have to try top scape them together in my boxes of mess of papers.. and send them off in a USPS box.
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