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#1 toothpick

 
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Posted 16 September 2011 - 07:15 AM


After going thru what I would describe as a very long bad dream I decided to file a claim for TBI. It took nearly 15 years to realize what was wrong, another 5 or 10 believing that it would go away, and obviously it hasn't. I started seeing a VA shrink in the early 90's and have been doing so off and on since for all the symptoms that go with a TBI (anx.,depres.,mood dis., social dis.,) and anything else that goes with it. Meds have been increasing the whole time and are maxed out doses now. At least I hope so, any more and I would be a zombie!
After going thru the C&P exams, Neuro and Physc, both were positive for TBI w/ facial nerve damage and Ptsd from the TBI (hope that made sense?), and now it's up to the review board and God, which ever has the higher authority to make a decision. My claim was filed 10 months ago and I'm still standing in line like everyone else. It's hard for a soldier to ask for help, but if anyone knows a young soldier coming back please make sure they get it and don't wait like I did.


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Posted 16 September 2011 - 08:41 AM

toothpick

Like you I waited 21 years to ask for help. The only reason I went to VA 20 years ago was I was out of options.

You earned your benefits through your service.

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 11:09 AM

tp,
I sure hope this gets adjudicated as SC'd.
Did you have a documented head injury on AD ?

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 12:41 PM

tp,
I sure hope this gets adjudicated as SC'd.
Did you have a documented head injury on AD ?


Hi Carlie,
Sure, it's all well documented. The date and even time of accident, evac orders to base hospital, 3 days in our MASH, and 21 more days of dazed and confused bed rest (if you can call a cot bed rest!) Just in case it wasn't I had copies made at the time of injury and have kept them safe w/me for almost 30 years. Not that the military would lose or misplace someones records. Between that and the Hadit forums, I hope I have it covered. Thank you Hadit members!!!!

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Posted 16 September 2011 - 03:17 PM

tp,
When and where did you serve ?

#6 toothpick

 
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Posted 16 September 2011 - 04:02 PM

tp,
When and where did you serve ?



When '79-'87 (peace time) I don't think sitting on a tarmac for 2 days waiting to go to Grenada counts.
Where Korea, Germany, 2 stateside units. Injured at NTC (Ft. Erwin, Calif.) in '82

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 05:52 PM

Wow I am going thru the same thing but back to 1981...hang in there keep pushing...





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