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  1. I appreciate all the replys. I just have a problem with the military providing cigarettes and alcohol or beer then refusing to take responsiblity for their actions. In the 50,s and 60's my brother-in-law would bring C rats home when he was on leave. I was a teenager and thought they were the neatest thing around.As I remember, the food was in cans rather than pouches. To this day my husband carries the little can opener in his wallet.
  2. B) Yesterday I ask my husband if he remembered getting small packs of cigarettes in his individual meal packages. He said yes, in fact he told me also about sea rations where the GI's also got cartons of cigarettes. All brands were given out for free. I don't believe this is done today but I question how the VA can refuse payment because of smoking in the military. My husband is a Vietnam vet and he went into the Army at the age of 17. A non smoker until then spending nine years in the Army. He left the military a smoker and continued smoking another 6 years then quit. That was 35 years ago.
  3. BETRAYED, LAST WEEK MY HUSBAND HAD A HEARING FOR AN INCREASE FOR PTSD.WE ARE NEW TO THIS BECAUSE MY HUSBAND IS 66 BUT I LIVED IN FEAR FOR 35 YEARS BECAUSE I DID NOT KNOW WHAT HE WOULD DO IF I MENTIONED VIETNAM.LAST YEAR HE WAS REFUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFITS BECAUSE OUR INCOME WAS TO HIGH.HE COULD GET THE 7.00 CO PAY IF WE DIVORCED. THAT WAS THE TURNING POINT FOR ME AND I FIRED OFF AN EMAIL TO OUR STATE REP TAMMY BALDWIN. I WAS TOLD TO TAKE HIM TO THE LOCAL VA REP AND I GOT UP ENOUGH COURAGE TO ASK HIM IF HE WOULD GO.TO MY SURPRISE HE SAID YES.HE WAS AWARDED 50% WE APPEALED. HE WAS AWARDED
  4. WHILE GOING THROUGH MY HUSBANDS C FILE,I NOTICED A LOT OF PHMEMONIA AND CHEST INFECTIONS THEN LOOKING AT PRIVATE MEDICAL RECORDS IN THE FILE I NOTICED DOCUMENTATION THAT HE HAD PLEURAL EFFUSION AND FIBROSIS AND SCAR AT THE RIGHT BASE AND THERE IS OLD FIBROSIS OF THE SCARRING OF THE LEFT LOWER LUNG. LEROY WAS IN THE CORP OF ENGINEERS AND DID A LOT OF DEMOLITION OF OLD BUILDINGS ETC. 11TH CALVARY/919 ENGRS 1966-1977 VIETNAM. I PLAN ON FILING SOON FOR COMPENSATION SOON BUT WOULD LIKE SOME INFORMATION. 1.IS THERE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AS TO WHAT CLAIMS CAN BE GRANTED BACK TO MILITARY SERVICE? I
  5. :D I forgot to add that the doctor told us he was going to add diabetis to the list of problems LeRoy has. For the first time I feel that there are doctors at the VA who truley want to help the vet.
  6. Good morning to all, I want to tell all of you what happend to my husband at the VA Hospital yesterday. We went to the doctor there because my husband is having a lot of bowl and stomach problems. He has had 18 inches of large intestine and fishures removed. During the conversation, I ask the doctor if his ptad/nerves could have anything to do with his problems and he promptly ask if the Pope is Catholic. I guess he must have known i was a little confused when I said yes and he then said "yes,very much so" ( The hubby is PTSD 50% ) I blew a really good chance to get more information on the ser
  7. :D After reading the posts I am wondering if my husband should check further into his awards.I know he has the bronze star with V and another medal which i think is the gallentry? cross. He was just recently awarded 50% PTSD His service time in Vietnam was 67-68. He has told me he should have been awarded other bronze stars and a medal for helicopter flight time but never received it to his knowledge. is any other medals helpful in filing for compensation? :(
  8. This is Emmak. The question of heart disease with our Vietnam vets suffering from PTSD is very real. The nexus is years of stress which the Vets know is true is the concern. There are many.many articles on PTSD uping the heart disease.For the older Vietnam vets there are also studies that addresses Vets 60 and older. My husband has multipal medical problems and we have not filed on all of them.Didn't have a good VA rep.The thinking was that LeRoy had enough to get a 100% award. He quit working and went on SSD 6 years ago because of multipal knee surgeries. We have not filed for the knees and a
  9. :o FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH,THANKS TO ALL AND ESPECIALLY1968 ARMY VV AND PETE FOR THE INFORMATION. BERTA, I WASN'T ABLE TO OPEN ATTACHMENTS BUT WHEN MY COMPUTER IS FIXED I HOPE TO GO BACK AND OPEN THEM. I NOW CAN AT LEAST SIT DOWN AND HELP LEROY PUT HIS OWN INFORMATION TOGETHER FOR HIS APPEAL. HE DOES NOT HAVE TO LIE ABOUT ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!! NINE YEARS ARMY, ONE YEAR VIETNAM (COMBAT, DEMOLITION,MINE WAREFARE AND CORP OF ENGINEERS. IN GERMANY DURING THE BERLIN CRISIS, AND ON STANDBY DURING THE CUBEN CRISIS. SEVERAL MEDALS TO INCLUDE THE BRONZE STAR.HE DIDN'T GET THEM FOR NOTHING!!! HE WAS LUCKY,
  10. :o Is depression a seperate issue when a person suffers from PTSD? I can see having depression but not having PTSD but my experience is that if you have PTSD depression is a part of it? :o
  11. LeRoy is a calorie controled diabetic. He was diagonised as diabetic, went on a diet, lost weight and so far he has not had to take medication for it. It's a pretty simple to test for diabetes. A fasting blood test will tell you if you have it and how close you are to developing it.
  12. TO ALL OF YOU WHO SUFFER FROM PTSD, MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL OF YOU. lEROY'S STORY IS YOUR STORY. IT TOOK 10 YEARS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS WRONG WITH LEROY AND ANOTHER 28 YEARS FOR ME TO CONFRONT HIM WITH WHAT WAS WRONG WITH HIM. HE WOULD NOT TALK ABOUT ANYTHING AND VIETNAM WAS A WORD NEVER SPOKEN IN OUR HOME BUT BELIEVE ME THE WHOLE FAMILY SUFFERED HORRIBLY BY THE ACTIONS HE DISPLAYED. WHEN I SOUGHT HELP FOR HIM STARTING WITH OUR MEDICAL DOCTOR HE WAS PLACED ON ANTIDEPERSENTS. THIS OPENED THE DOOR FOR HIM TO JUST SAY A LITTLE AND FOR ME TO GO TO THE VA FOR HIM TO GET HELP. I HAD NO IDEA OF WHA
  13. PETE, WHAT DO YOU MEAN WHEN YOU SAY " SUPPORTED BY CURRENT MEDICAL " BERTA, WHO IS DR. BASCARINI PLEASE?
  14. On behalf of LeRoy, I can tell you that when he filed for PTSD I didn't know anything about the process and the claims officer didn't either. She is no longer there. When we recieved the letter to send in any support of claim, I wrote a letter for LeRoy and he told me what to put on his statement which just stated how he had been awarded the bronze star and just by chance the name of LeRoys commanding officer who was killed placing LeRoy in command to get out of the mess they were in. I just can't describe things like he can but I think you get the picture. I really had a hard time getting inf
  15. I HAVE A HEARING COMING UP SOON ON MY PTSD APPEAL. I WANT TO GO TO A PSYCHRIST FOR A MEDICAL OPONION. HOW OR WHAT DO I TELL THE DOCTOR THAT WILL HELP ME AND CAN ANYONE GIVE ME ANY OTHER INFORMATION THAT I SHOULD KNOW?
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