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About soldierfromthe80s

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  1. soldierfromthe80s

    I filed for MST.

    It took me about eleven months to receive my disability rating from the time of application, so try not to get frustrated.
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    Congrats to you, Floridanurse, I know that you are so relieved !
  3. soldierfromthe80s

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    Floridanurse, I too hope that you receive the best possible outcome. I am truly sorry to hear about another service member who had to go through what so many of us have had to endure, and also what I had to endure, MST. You are a survivor though and your strength will pull you through. Again, the best of luck to you !
  4. soldierfromthe80s

    PTSD due to MST C&P today

    The BEST of luck to you Andyman....God bless !
  5. soldierfromthe80s

    I filed for MST.

    Kent101, I wish you all of the success in the world in getting a high rating on your claim. I am also an MST survivor, and was awarded my disability about a year and a half ago. I had NO hope of getting anything at all, and if it wasn't for my husband's encouragement, I never would have filed. It took over thirty years for me to file when I did. You are not in this alone !! God bless you.
  6. Andyman73, just wishing you luck on your claim. Some of your life experiences sound like things I have endured as well. I finally got my disability for PTSD based on MST and MDD. I waited for over thirty years to even get up the nerve to apply for benefits, I was thinking that the VA would treat me like the Army did, "I didn't matter, so they didn't mind" (to quote you). Hope you are well.
  7. soldierfromthe80s

    Applying For Disability Based On Mst/ptsd, Depression

    Just to recap, I was awarded 100 % disability about a year and a half ago. I would have posted this sooner, but I forgot my password to the site. It was a total surprise to me when I found out the results from the VA, actually, I think I'm still in shock. I sympathize with the many on this forum who are trying to get results from the VA and still suffering. I am praying for all of you, in that God blesses you for your trauma and struggles.
  8. Hedgey, thanks for your post ! It reminds me of myself before I got my disability. I just wanted someone to acknowledge what i had gone through, and yes an apology would have been the icing on the cake after the acknowledgement. Thanks again for your heart felt post !
  9. soldierfromthe80s

    MST Compensation Claim Question

    Congratulations, it is great to hear that all of the waiting and suffering were well worth it in the end ! Good luck to you !
  10. I wish I could give you some advice, but I am new to this board and am just getting started in filling out my disability paper work. I do want to say that I have experienced the same thing you have, only it happened about thirty years ago. I have no idea what to expect, I do wish that I had done this sooner though. When this happened to me MST wasn't recognized of course, I am so glad that it is now. Good luck on your claim, your recovery and God Bless !
  11. Hello All, I was in the Army back in the early 80's and I was the first female assigned to an all male basic training battalion at Fort Benning, Ga. All of this (filing for disability) is new to me so I need to educate myself on MST, because back in the 80's MST was not a term used in the service (as most of you probably know). I am so thankful for this site and thankful that the VA now recognizes MST as a real problem, and that they are addressing it. I had thought of applying for disability years ago, but I really didn't think that I would be taken seriously. Are there any specific groups for MST out there ? I won't get into specifics, but the issues I faced back then still affect me today and it's been thirty years. I have only been working on the disability packet for about a week now. Looking back and facing those memories is the hardest part of applying for me. I really didn't think it would be this difficult. Again, I am so grateful that this website exists and I look forward to learning more about this topic, and maybe communicating with others who have been down a similar path. Talking to others, I imagine, will be a gift for me and I am looking forward to hearing from those who have gone through similar experiences. Thank you and God Bless You All, Sharon

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