Originally posted by Tnewguy
reply to post by sbctinfantry
Forget about what you buy with your food stamps. My question is why the hell did I ETS when I am currently dealing with 8 or 9 of your medical issues.
At least you got a medical retirement. I'm stuck dealing with the VA.
9 months, 2 surgeries later I am still waiting on my initial claim to process.
I called VA a couple of days ago and was basically told to shut up and wait. Because their priorities are all the Vietnam soldiers that THEY screwed
over with the Agent Orange claims.
Now my family and I have to take the back seat and shut up and wait for my claim to go through.
Sorry to have hijacked your thread with my issues. Everything just kinda spilled over.
Don't fret, you can still file for any service connected disability for up to five years easily, after that it's a much longer process. You can
recieve medical help from the VA for any condition related to service for one year without a VA claim. My initial claim is still being processed as
well, and it's been about as long as you. I've had to appeal my decision three times, because of beurocracy, and still haven't gotten the ruling I
should have. The VA moves slowly, and I had to live off of savings for over six months. I feel your pain brother, and I thank you for serving.
Don't worry, things will work out. I'm still waiting for everything to work out on my end too.
As for the poster playing devil's advocate:
I am currently learning Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Inkscape, Photoshop and GIMP. I am studying for College and plan to major in Accounting and
work toward a job in a certain letter agency. I am maintaining my security clearance which will help. I'm tattooing to make ends meet, but until I get
shoulder surgery, it's difficult to do as many as I need to get on my feet.
Until I can get my body working properly through surgeries on my shoulder / back / knee, I need to focus on working out my mental muscles so that I am
a once again a productive member of society.
I do not plan on being on disability / food stamps for the rest of my life, and probably not more than 3-4 years. If I can support myself by my own
means, I will.
Good luck to the man who served, and thankyou for your service. I hope that the country will help you in your time of need as you did for it.
Edit : The best course of action is to contact your Congressman's office. Many have a Veteran's Affairs Liason for whom you sign a Power of Attourney
and they will handle your case for you, much quicker than the VA would normally process it. If there is any foul play, they will act on your behalf,
and if you don't like what the VA says they will appeal for you. Some states are better than others, and some VA Claims are faster in other states,
If you require assistance I will be glad to discuss it further in a PM. I spend a lot of time helping veterans in need these days, and I have met a
lot of distressed soldiers in a weekly PTSD group I help with. If you need anything
let me know.
edit on 2011/8/14 by sbctinfantry
because: (no reason given)