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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

381sps

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About 381sps

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    E-3 Seaman
  • Birthday 10/21/56

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  • Service Connected Disability 60
  • Branch of Service Air Force

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  1. 381sps added a post in a topic Bva Decision ?   

    I have not moved in fact in may I was awarded another claim I was working on. On the appeal form 9 and all that filed in a timely fashion. And yes I don't have a docket number so I will contact the BVA ombudsman.
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  2. 381sps added a topic in Appealing Your Claims NOD DRO BVA USCAVC   

    Bva Decision ?
    Been waiting for my claim to be certified and go to the BVA. I was goofing around and found some one mentioned mobile version of ebenifit's went on there and it said BVA has mailed your decision to you and returning my claims file to the RO. What happened hear does this happen very often.
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  3. 381sps added an answer to a question Just Thought You All Might Like This.....   

    That's the best you got. At least under this pres these guys are not calling and writing home asking there parents to send them bullet proof vest or batteries to operate the equipment. The trucks and track equipment was not up to standards they new it and sent them anyway. The cost of upgrading equipment was more than the cost of human lives so the soldiers lost out.I never seen so much hatred for one man as Obama. They have not let up on him for the past 6 years. I did not vote for him but he is the president and the disrespect is appalling.
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  4. 381sps added an answer to a question Va Now Out Sourceing C&p   

    There is a new company out there called MSLA just had a C&P with them the other day.
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  5. 381sps added a post in a topic Non Combat Ptsd   

    There is more to the story we had a couple of plane crashes one on the base and one off pilot killed off base another flamed out at the end of the runway crashed into a civilian car(F105) with a women and child in the car. could not tell what the car was. Supplied tail numbers and pilot names they did not mention one thing nothing about the stressors just that I had not seen mental health have seen them for depression and chronic pain. Seems like a couple of weekend pilots were falling out of the sky in those F105's at a alarming rate. The pilot that was killed they moved that wreckage to a hanger for an investigation Spent close to two weeks with that wreckage nights even thought the pilot was not with the wreckage he was still there in some sense without getting to vivid. The two civilians that the F105 crashed into survived and so did the pilot but how the civilians survived shear luck.
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  6. 381sps added a post in a topic Non Combat Ptsd   

    Filed for PTSD June 2014 got my denial today. Guess I should have read up on it more I was only diagnosed by my pcp and not MH doc. I thought I would at least get a C&P but nope straight to denial. So now I got to get in and see MH for it which I really have been dragging my feet. Now I will see what MH says and hold off on the nod till I get some visits in and file my nod at the latest possible. My SSDI diagnoses PTSD was no help
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  7. 381sps added a post in a topic Januvia And Lisinpril   

    I got the dreaded cough from that med thought I was going to cough a lung up.
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  8. 381sps added a topic in PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Claims   

    First Step
    I cant seem to take that first step for treatment of PTSD. As much as I try I just can't seem to make myself do it. I refused treatment in 2008 when my primary doc said she thought I had PTSD and I refused treatment. I guess part of it is I don't want anymore pills so why is it so hard to make that first step. I was in group therapy for depression thought it sucked big time and the counselor never showed have the time or called off group when I was walking out the door to go to group. Is this part of PTSD
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  9. 381sps added an answer to a question Va Pushing To Decrease Pain Medication   

    It is not just the VA that is cutting off pain meds. Here in CA the work comp system has changed they are using the utilization review system to cut off pain meds and anything else they want to cut. Then you have to go thru the IMR process which is the fox guarding the hen house. I was on 15 mg of ms contain 3 times a day dialed in helps chronic pain some days not enough but had a good quality of life. They cut that off and now flexeril and just got word they cut off my pads for a very expensive rs4i plus machine they paid for a few months back. I guess that will sit on the shelf for awhile collecting dust at 2500.00 dollars.

    I have had urine test at every appointment with pain management doc's so that is not the problem. I have had two cervical surgeries that have failed and now the want to do my back and I am refusing that one. I have a service connected shoulder injury that I have not needed to get pain meds for because of the non connected injuries. Now it looks like I may not get them thru the VA.

    I was in a deep depression till I got the right combination of pain meds and I fear going back to that stage.
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  10. 381sps added a post in a topic Non Combat Ptsd   

    I requested and received my c file went through it and nothing about it or a couple of other things were not there. I have some records from when I got out why I keep them all these years is beyond me but have a copy of some stuff that did not show up in the c file. I am not so sure I received it all. Not working in law enforcement not an issue.
    Seems as if as time goes by this issue gets worse for me.

    Oh and there was a couple of pages of another Vets records in with mine set them back with a note.
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  11. 381sps added a topic in PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Claims   

    Non Combat Ptsd
    Back in May 2008 my PCP said I was positive for PTSD and I denied that I was to avoid meds and the mental health people. She then put in the medical record that I declined further evaluation/ treatment/ and a referral for PTSD which is all true.

    I was a very young airman at the time and the guy I rode with a lot in missile security I kind of looked up to he took time with me and showing me the ropes. In the middle of the shift he told me he was calling the shift supervisor that he was sick and needed to go home for the day. Okay not a problem. The next day I come in from duty I find out he had went home quietly went into the apartment he shared with his wife took his kids across the street went back in shot his wife in the face 6 times with a 22 pistol with longs she was seeing another airman he reloaded 3 times chasing him through the complex. The final shots was when the airman he was chasing broke into another apt trying to get away and the finals shots took place there. This was all over the news and was the big news for the day. Some one questioned me about it and asked me if I had any idea he was going to do this of coarse I had know idea.

    Turns out he was planning this thing for awhile. This was back in about 1976 and this thing just keeps coming back to life with me. A lot of times I wonder if they did not let him go home would he have shot me to complete his deal that day.

    I have pretty much put there names out of my head and the exact date had a visit with a VSO in the past week and she seen it in my records and asked me about it.

    I broke into tears about it felt like an idiot she said I should file for it and I am considering it. I really hate to see MH about it.

    I have no idea where in the world to get this information from to back it up. If I remember right he only got 4 years tried as a civilian goof Kansas law.

    Any ideas
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  12. 381sps added a topic in Appealing Your Claims NOD DRO BVA USCAVC   

    Dro Hearing Next Month
    Not well versed on this what all do I need for this hearing. I will take a copy of everything I sent them for reference any advise on this.
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  13. 381sps added an answer to a question Sleep Apnea   

    As long as the Cpap is used and not put in the closet then I think death is taken of the table.
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  14. 381sps added an answer to a question Torn Rotator Cuff -Surgery Needed Some Questions   

    I have had two shoulder surgeries once on both need the left one done again for sure but not going to do it till I cant take it. Surgery is the easy part PT is a real bitch !
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  15. 381sps added an answer to a question Million Veteran Program   

    I did the program as a way to give back hopefully it may help some one down the road. It is just blood work and questionnaires that's it the boogie man isn't going to get you no one going to inject you with anything. If you don't think some where in the DOD don't have your DNA I have some swamp land in Florida for you.
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