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WomanMarine last won the day on September 29 2018

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  1. I was placed in the ILP last year. They sent a counselor out from Texas who spent three hours to evaluate my situation. Although it is probably quite different than yours Ms. T. I am a widowed vet that lives out in the woods. I bought a five-acre parcel on an 18 acre lake. When my disability caused an accident where my disc slipped a few years back, I was glad for my 'knee-injury' in the service, @ least while I was laid up I had a check! But was not able to finish building my cabin. I found out that my 'back injury' is more likely than not to have been caused by the toxins I came into contact @ MCAS El Toro. In these last few years I have also had four heart attacks and had to have a quad-by-pass this last year and KNOW that is caused by A.O. Back to the IPL ... The counselor requested all kinds of things from lift chairs, scooters to organizers. My local V.A., Poplar Bluff, would not comply but eventually my Primary signed the paperwork and sent it over to Ortho, who denied everything with the exception of a 'shower chair' ... My ILP counselor cancelled my IPL citing initially that it was due to the fact that my Primary would not communicate with IPL. Later they changed it to be MY issue stating the my cabin was not finished but that I could re-open my claim after I have taken care of these issues. Well I got rid of my Primary, as she was not a good doc and I then re-applied. I am now scheduled for a second visit, but this counselor is 'local' and I have a plan of what I would like to do and build my property. And I just had an appraisal on my property and bank is giving loan to finish cabin. I believe I qualify for the SAH grant, as I have LOU from my foot, as well as Ischemic Heart disease and degenerative disc disease. I was also denied by V.A. for HISA as they stated it was only for walks and rails. Counselor had indicated that I needed my driveway expanded. Pretty sure there are issues in the Ortho dept of this particular VA, as they did not want to fulfill any requests from my ILP. I am hoping to get the SAH and the HISA for the concrete work and would like to build a 'Dude Ranch' for disabled vets, particularly AO related. I know there are a lot of guys that live @ the Poplar Bluff, V.A. and because it is a federal facility, they cannot smoke medical cannabis or grow it, where it is legal in MO. I know when I had my accident, someone suggested CBD oil, I tried it and owe the fact that I can walk with a cane to it. I have never really used the 'full-spectrum' but planning on checking out dispensaries in IL in the near future. Good luck on your IPL!
  2. This is NOT a complete list, as Camp Lejeune and El Toro are not listed and we KNOW AO was used in those locations.
  3. Good advise! I have two sisters with the greenest eyes, it is painful. I wasn't expecting this disability, as I had things yet to do. But now that I do, I have to make the best of it and deal with it. In the same token I feel so blessed that one of my worries is not financial. I hope to 'pay-it-forward' with this new found blessing, as I know others are not so fortunate or have more battles to endure. Semper Fi!
  4. Hi Asknod,

    Me again, WomanMarine. I think we are getting my disability squared away, but it is much more complicated then when I started on this path. I found out I was exposed to Agent Orange/TCE @ MCAS El Toro. It took a slipped disc and paralyzed left side to figure it out. And now that things look like they are going my way, I have to consider what I have been through and how I can help others avoid this nightmare I went through.

    Before this started I bought five acres on a very rural lake. My property is the only one with access to the 18 acre lake from their home. I have room for a coral, as I love horses, as well as build-able ground on the front of my property. Enough ground to build a large house or, what I prefer to call it, a 'bunk house' for a dude ranch 😎. I am anticipating a 100% P&T rating from my recent C&P and hopefully the SAH grant to get started. As well I have recently received my COE for my V.A. loan.

    I have been researching V.A. Foster care and would like to build a 'Dude Ranch' for Agent Orange survivors. I figure if the V.A. gives me A&A that it takes as much work to take care of one as it does for ... maybe four?

    I have an Independent Living assessment coming up this week and this is what I would like to 'pitch' ... 

    Do you have any thoughts or can point me in the direction to find Trigger, the horse that will curtsy so the vet can get on? 😂


  5. V.A. has scheduled another C&P for my heart. This time it is with a V.A. examiner who was unaware of my recent heart issues. This will be interesting, as these folks, in the past, have doubted my issues. Prior to that I have a Voc Rehab Independent Living counselor coming to my home. I am trying to get a SAH grant to finish building my home. I would like to add on a few extra bedrooms and become a Medical Foster Care home for veterans that have Agent Orange related issues. I think my property is a peaceful place to make ones 'last stand' ... so to speak.
  6. I was 18 when I went into the Corps and it was @ the tail end of VN. This is totally incredible to me, as how many have died … without connecting the dots?
  7. One other note ... ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASE The conversation about AO and herbicide was brought up because of me asking my Cardiologist to put in his letter to my primary that I suffered from ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASE. He laughed at me and said "of course you suffer from IHD' ... I told him I knew but V.A. would not put it in writing. My letter starts off ... Due to your ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASE ... VA is going to love dealing with 'outside' drs ...
  8. UPDATE: C&P completed. I think it went well ... Fortunately I was in a 'flare-up' and it was noted. I was also told that the C&P docs cannot refer to it as Agent Orange ... It has to be referred to as a 'herbicide' ... Doc was also impressed that I survived so many heart proceedures ... And she sided that the vets should be told if VA knows they have been exposed ... to a herbicide. Fingers crossed on the SAH grant as I want to build a 'Dude Ranch' for 'herbicide' survivors ... I have a social worker coming to my home this month for VR ILP. My five acres sits on an 18 acre private lake. Pretty sure I will be 100% after this last C&P and would like to setup a non-profit to help victims of 'herbicide' exposure. Also checking out the V.A. medical 'Foster' home program. It only makes sense for my particular situation, as I live alone am and pretty sure I will be getting Aid and Attendence as it has been suggested by my last ILP doctor. It only makes sense as one can do just as much for two or three https://www.va.gov/GERIATRICS/pages/Medical_Foster_Homes.asp
  9. Sorry, my laptop died and have to communicate on this little Kindle.
  10. First off I am a Vietnam ERA vet and never served in VN nor the blue waters of VN. My AO contact came from MCAS El Toro and it hit me like a time-bomb! Currently I am 90% P&T which mostly stems to my R knee and an injury I received in the Corps. However I have had issues that are now surfacing that are not from my knee, but I believe because of my contact with TCE. I was the 'first' woman flight crew capt., although I had the duties, women did not have an 'official' MOS as such. Never-the-less I came into contact with cleaning solvents for jet parts. As well it is widely known that we sprayed the flight decks with AO to get rid of vegetation. Hypertension was diagnosed by the VA in 1998. In 2009 I started having heart issues, and had to have a stint. And again in 2012 another stint. In late 2017 I had a heart attack and early in 2018 I had a disc go out and render me helpless causing my drop foot. The V.A., allowed me to see an outside cardiologist, who concurred I had the heart attack and scheduled me for a stress test, which I did not pass. Subsequently, in August, I was hospitalized and had a quad-by-pass. Just this month, the by-pass failed and I had to have 8 stints placed. This last week, because of no comms between VA and public hospital (choice), I went home without meds and had another heart attack, needing one of those stints replaced. I have an upcoming C&P for the issues attached. I had included my heart and hypertension, due to my AO contact, who btw I was informed by a V.A. x-ray tech to check my duty stations for AO contamination ... NOT MY PRIMARY! Since 2018 I have to have the assistance of another person to get around. I was enrolled VR independent Living Program, who sent out an Industrial Psychologist to my home who, among other recommendations suggested I needed Aid and Attendance as well as someone to come in and help with household chores. Since my heart is new, I have had to file a Supplemental claim to these additional claims. I opened it with 'new' evidence from my cardiologist which clearly states I have Ischemic heart disease. Curious if folks that did not serve in VN get AO connected? Any idea where I might fall on the SMC chart? That is so difficult to figure. I have loss of use of my left foot, as I have been told that a 'foot drop' diagnosis hold that place. I have degenerative disc disease and am just now seeing a Neurologist, my accident occurred 02/2018 and left me paralyzed for two weeks and the residual foot. I am not sure how they would rate my heart, or if they would, as I did not serve in VN. Thoughts?
  11. Thank you Richard 1954, I read your documentation and believe you are correct. I have also recently switched Primary's and have put in a request for a new prescription. I am not sure how it is going to float as VR actually cancelled my ILP because my previous Primary would not correspond ... I am going to try to reopen now that I have new Primary.
  12. In January of this year I was approved for the ILP through Voc Rehab. I had an Industrial Psychologist come to my home and visit with me for three hours. He developed a report that was then submitted to my VR counselor. My VR counselor then created several 'Request for Medical Services' Chpt 31 that were delivered, by me to my Primary. They stalled for several months of getting me the supplies which ranged from long handle grabber, electric scooter and HISA Grant for outside work which included drive-way. The only thing that was delivered was a set of grab rails and a shower chair. The issue I believe was with the Prosthetic dept; as I suspect I caught them in a lie. They stated that they had ordered the items and they had to give them out to other veterans. These folks would not follow-up with VR and because of this VR cancelled my ILP. I recently applied for a HISA Grant and was denied. They stated that my prescription was for hand rails and a ramp. In no place on the ILP plan does it request that. How does one appeal a HISA Grant? HISA recommendation.pdf
  13. Not a thing and why I am going after them for ED of the 30% IF I ever get a date ... But the issue remains, they should have never taken away a 0% rating.
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