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First off, Welcome and I hope your questions will be answered in here. There are a lot of knowledgeable people in here willing to help. I wish you good journey!

Just thought I would mention a couple of things. Maybe others have already, but it never hurts to repeat.

There are multiple forums on this site designed to address specific disabilities or provide additional research. Click on the Forums tab at the top and Explore.

There are also radio and chats. I am not very familiar since I am not a vet, but when I do listen, I always learn something.

If you are just beginning the claims process, I suggest you check out my website (www.howtoassemblevaclaims.com). It includes a section on what you can do while still active duty. My site can get you started on your journey.

the forums and the great people in them can provide you with answers.

Thank you for protecting me and mine. Your service is truly appreciated.


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