Question... I currently have SA secondary to PTSD and depression. I have been knocked out several times on active duty( parachute falls, combat) but have never been dx'ed with TBI. I do suffer from the memory loss and other symptoms that I've read about with TBI but again have never been dx'ed for that. I had several headache treatments during AD...
What route would you recommend to get the TBI claim going? I have a PCP appointment next month at the VA and want to present possible TBI issues. In many ways, I sucked it up after I passed out and didn't run to the Military doc.
Shepherd might also be working for the American Legion.
This is from a widow’s claim, She claimed the veteran’s death was due to radiation exposure at the Hercules Missile Warhead site.
Although this was a 2012 Remand I assume the contact info below is still the same.
Remand in part:
“2. Send a written request for a record of the Veteran's occupational exposure to radiation to the Commander, U.S. Army Medical Command, Attn: MCPO-SA, 2748 Worth Road, Suite 25, Ft. Sam Houston, TX 78234-6025.
5. After completion of Action # 2, if a negative response is received, review the Veteran's Official Military Personnel File to see if it contains a DD-1141 and/or some other proof (such as the Veteran's wearing of film badges) of radiation exposure; make an official finding; and document the claims file accordingly. Then, notify the appellant and her representative regarding this finding.
6. After completion of steps 1, 2, and 5, if evidence of radiation exposure is found, get a dose estimate.”
This is why your Personnel file from the Military,as well as the SMRs might be critical to this claim.
"Said they could find no record of my service in any of the armed forces. "
I dont think the VARO tried to get those specific Army records from the above entities. I strongly suggest you contact them yourself.
Also you can request your service personnel and military records at the NARA web site -www.archives.gov
They are probably there still in the Archives because VA asked for proof of service in the wrong branches of service.
If you can attach the decision (cover C file etc) we can tell if this raises to CUE (at first glance it does)and that may be an easier way to fix it......
My frustration is the fact my DRO hearing is OVER!!! I had it and yet here I sit waiting for the decision. You would think the DRO would make a decision sooner than later so that he/she doesn't forget what happened at the hearing and take the time to finish the damn NOD..Ugh...so frustrated and just want this over....
I have had some pretty bad DAV reps, but that takes the cake. Unfortunately, your DAV rep might actually be right about the wait. My DRO appointment took a bit over 18 months at the Montgomery, AL, VARO. The time does vary between DRO's, but because we do not have the ability to peer inside the VA's ivory tower, we have no way to determine exactly when the appointments would be scheduled. The estimate we are given is actually a guesstimate - designed to keep us guessing...
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