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Originally posted by Ameilia
I hope in your future your problems get sorted out and you find someone to treat you LIKE A MAN as you deserve to be treated.
Your family blows for not supporting you in your quest to get help. I hope they will see the light and change their ways.
Originally posted by speculativeoptimist
reply to post by usmc0311
Sorry to hear of your woes usmc0311, and your story is one that only seems insulted by the lack of treatment from the VA. What have others in your situation done? The DU issue is one the officials are trying to stay away from I imagine, because acknowledging it and offering treatment would be an admission of putting soldiers in harms way, and I don't mean the enemy's. I would inquire to the lady about what her details are in determining a DU case. Is she using a standard of some sorts, or just generalizing?
I did not serve, but as an observer over the years I have seen programs where troubled vets got involved or started groups to support other vets. Maybe this kind of work could not only help yourself and others, but it could be an exercise in dealing with the situation(s).
It is too bad that your family does not understand or know how to help. I don't know about ignoring them, but maybe avoiding certain subjects could help. Not that that is right, but I hate to see a family divided, especially by such circumstances. Have you ever considered a group/family therapy meeting? Maybe that could bring awareness to the table and get everyone on the same page, to some degree.
Hey man, a dog sounds like a great idea and your little girl will continue to bring blessings. So keep your head up , and know that you have family-ish friends here to give a listen. I hope some of our vet members can help too.
If ya need an ear sometime, shoot me a U2.
ETA: I was trying to think of something to momentarily cheer ya up and while it may be superficial, I find that connecting with nature sometimes offers relief. For you..
edit on 4-5-2012 by speculativeoptimist because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by artistpoet
Just read your post.
I feel for you my friend
I admire you honest openness
I am no soldier so what I have to say can only be as an outsider who has never had to face the things - the traumas you have.
Man I keep thinking of the word Pawn as in Pawn in their game.
I have read about DU being used and it disgusts me that your government would have so little regard of you.
And yes the public is brainwashed with propaganda and labels soldiers are crazy who have the courage to tell it like it is
I hope things do get better for you - I really do
Originally posted by Doalrite
Thankyou for your service to your country and supporting the citizens, even if we have a tryanical government.
I'm a vet as well however never had to deal with what you did... Navy.
I do however have my views on the wars and the world and none of my family will even listen to me, most would just rather ignore the whole thing because it "depresses" them... which makes me mad as hell.
I have personal marine and army friends I've met and kept since coming home who are in the frame of mind as me as well.. we don't understand why people just don't care about what is really is going on. The PTSD is a very real and serious thing but alot of that comes from the fact that we are fighting an honorless war. A few years ago I almost witnessed my army friend blow his brains out... after I watched him break down and cry, he told me of some of the things that he had done. Which I have no doubt truely happend yet it completely sickens me.
I believe you need to refocus on your goals, no matter what they be. Most vets I know are becoming very political because thats where the problems lie.
Don't stress to bad about your family, most americans are sheep and are terrified of everything. Most would rather die in old age in a diaper alone then die now for something noble.
We can be friends.
Originally posted by AlomaRa
reply to post by usmc0311
I am so sorry you are dealing with this. It is absolutely a big fail on our fed gov that they treat so many in this manner. DU is some nasty stuff. You need someone to talk to, that is supportive, you can pm me anytime. Or message. This is just one of the oh so many fails that are happening right now.
Originally posted by CALGARIAN
My friend Jeff, from Maine, was on his 4th tour and day 1 he got shot in the side of his neck....
Ruined for life.
4 GODD*MN TOURS!!!!!!