posted on May, 23 2013 @ 08:39 AM
reply to post by TDawgRex
My hubby is 80% VA disabled but his story is much different and he was processed very very quickly. He was injured in Afghanistan and hospitalized for
a long time upon his return. He has a TBI, PTSD, and was addicted to the vicodin they gave him in Afghanistan. The Army hospital he was in actually
did the paperwork for him and he retired upon his release after 22 yrs of active service. He was approved in 90 days. It was a shock because we had
been told it would take a much longer time.
Where his story is different, is that we live near a military hospital now and near a major VA hospital. He has access to care. I think it is sad that
our vets have to live near a facility to get the access to care that he does.
He also had a great case manager at the VA hospital and a great psychiatrist who is in charge of his TBI treatment. They were great advocates for
Find an advacoate. Go to your nearest major VA hospital or clinic and ask for one. They helped us through all of the red tape.
I think the only reason he was processed so quickly is because TBI's are the malady of the day and get so much press. If it had been anything else we
would probably still be waiting.
Good luck and let me know if we can help. He is good at maneuvering the VA and knows the system there very well. He has been retired for 3 years now.
Something else you may not have considered, your local VFW or DAV group may have resources as well and can point you in the right direction. Call your
nearest military hospital and tell them you need to talk to someone there that helps disabled vets. Our military hospital has an onsite VA clinic and
works very closely with the military hospital to get our vets their treatments. I hate to hear these stories and it makes me feel so bad everyone
hasnt had the experience we have had. It is sad it takes a brain injury to get what you deserve.
Thank you for your service. Thank your family and children as well. Their sacrifices were many as well.