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About terryneal

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  1. Those asking about the use and storage of Agent Orange in Puerto Rico, I can attest to seeing and handling Agent Orange, Purple, Green and White on the Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in 1976. Contact me if I can be of help
  2. I am so proud of you not giving up on yourself! You are smart to take your claim to a lawyer who can advise you on your claim, ensuring you get the best advice. Isn't it weird how the world changes and yet so many things stay the same. Back when I was assaulted in '76 I was punished by the Navy for reporting my assault. In today's military reporting is encouraged. The one thing we both have in common however is that we were very scared to tell anyone because we were scared of the consequences, a normal response and a correct one as well. 37 years later, for me, a record of reporting my assault helped me with my claim. But now you have to work to prove this horrible act occured to you. I am so glad you have found someone willing to corroborate your story. We must all stick together and continue pushing forward to make others aware of what is happening in our military.
  3. You are unable to get any of your service records? May I ask what year you were in the service? I was lucky enough to work in a unit where I managed medical and service records so I always made copies of my own records. This was in 1976, nearly 40 years ago. When I requested a copy of my military service record 10 years ago I did not receive everything that I had copies of. You can draw your own conclusions from that. There was a warehouse fire, which the VA and military claims destroyed many records, which might explain your situation. Regardless, you need to push for an explanation as to why your records are no longer available. At some point you may also want to consider a lawyer. There are undoubtedly some legal responsibilities the military has to you, which a lawyer can explain in more detail, about burden of proof. Have you talked to your veteran services rep about this? Good luck with your search.
  4. MST was devastating to me. Raped and assaulted 3 times in the Navy within 6 months and then treated awful when I reported and asked for help. I finally finished my story and published it on Amazon. I was surprised that after years in the publishing industry no editor wanted to publish about men and MST...or maybe I shouldn't be surprised. We've always been ignored. So I self-published on Amazon. I call the book The Year of My Enlightenment, and yes, there is a bit of sarcasm intended in the title because of the horror of that year and the absurdity of the military.
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