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Everything posted by GnySkinner

  1. I can't find the intent to file form I logged on to my eBenfits to file an intent to file. The only thing I found was the actual claim form for when you are ready to file the full claim. I tried the search and entered "intent to file", that didn't take me to any form. I tried entering the form number and that took me to the pdf form but not the online form. Anyone know where to get to the intent to file on eBenefits?
  2. Why can't I find this list? I have searched and every link is invalid. Don't they want us to know? I need a current active list for the Marine Corp. I'm 99.9% positive my MOS is on the Highly Probable list but I would like to have a print out to take with me to my C&P. Thanks
  3. I log on to Ebenfits about once a week to check if the status has changed. The girl from QTC who is scheduling my C&Ps said the VA sent them 580 pages. They sent me 193 on the first disc and now are sending another 60 some on the second disc. From that alone I don't trust the VA. Since the VA sent 580 pages to QTC, wouldn't that mean that they already have all my records, I mean, they sent them to QTC. My status on ebenfits is "evidence gathering".
  4. I did file for my complete C-File. First back in January and again in April. I received a CD 2 weeks ago but it wasn't complete. I called the number on the letter and they said they would send it to a supervisor. I called again last Thursday and the extremely helpful guy who answered the phone (and I do really mean that) told me an additional 60 some pages were sent to me on 5/22 with my STRs, stuff dated from 1979 to 2000. I don't have that yet but it should be here by Tuesday. My VSO said he couldn't see any of my active duty medical stuff nor my initial claims from 1999. I had al
  5. So what do you recommend? Should I just go it alone, using this forum as my help line? I don't even know what the FL VSO is doing for me. I thought he got copies of everything I did and would be telling me the next step but he said he doesn't get the notifications. I also assumed he could see everything available on line, stuff I couldn't see, because he had some special log on. I do know he couldn't see my STR, I still don't have those either.
  6. I actually called my local VSO (in WI) to see if I could change. I'm getting mixed information from the VSO's on that. I filed in FL with my VSO there and am now in WI in a campground, I'm a snowbird. I'll be moving in to a house in a different county in a couple of months. I have been told 1) I have to stay with the current VSO and 2) I can switch but it has to be in the county I live. Unfortunately the campground and the house I will be moving to are in different counties. When I first met with my FL VSO he told me to make a list of all my current conditions. I ordered my VA health
  7. One other clarification. I did 6 tours overseas. I am a Gulf War veteran and my service records show this. 2 of my 6 month deployments were in the Gulf War zone. The ships I was on were never fired upon and I never fired my weapon during combat. I don't have any combat service medal. I have the armed service expedition medal for being in theater.
  8. I still haven't received my C-File but I think when I do it will be next to nothing. I never went because I didn't want to be labeled a sick bay commando. Heck, I was the one calling others names for going to sick bay instead of sucking it up. I used to joke around and say I probably wouldn't be able to walk by the time I turned 50 with all that I put my body through, well, I wasn't far off.
  9. Broncovet, I think I didn't make my comments clear. I don't consider myself a combat vet for training in boot camp. Although I was a drill instructor at both Parris Island and San Diego (not by choice), I am a Gulf War veteran. I was not in active combat but I was in theater. My question was simply because I didn't know which box to check since it is at the top of the form and not specific to each issue. Like, what does "Combat Activity Y/N" have to do with kidney stones? Nothing as far as I know, but it is in the Military Service Information section of the form I have to fill out for my
  10. More information....I was in theater in the Gulf War. I have looked up the qualifying dates and locations and I was there. I am considered a Gulf War veteran,. I was thinking that maybe I should ask for the specific Gulf war Syndrome review that I was reading about. I'll wait to see how my current claims come out first. My VSO told me not to put in for all my muscle and joint issues right now. I had an exit physical in 1999 and nothing since then. I thought after you got out you weren't allowed to go back and be reevaluated. I just found out that I could this January so I called the
  11. Broncovet, Sorry it took so long to reply. for some reason I didn't get any notifications that my question was being answered. I have a C&P exam next week and the form that QTC is asking me to fill out in advance has a question on it, "Combat activity? Yes/No" This question is not in the claim specific portion of the form. The start of the form is titled MILITARY SERVICE INFORMATION. Then later on the form there are sections for each specific claim. I have 8 active claims right now. I retired in 1999 and didn't know that I could and should have my disabilities reviewed periodical
  12. Berta, unfortunately that document doesn't pertain to me. I retired in 1999 and it refers only to veterans who were discharged on or after 2003. I am considered a Gulf War veteran but I wasn't in active combat. I trained for combat pretty much the entire 20 years. There is a question on my form that I have to fill in to take to my C&P and it simply says "Combat activity?" Yes/No. thanks
  13. I thought I read somewhere that the VA description of combat activity included "Preparing for combat" as well as actively in combat. I have looked for the legal VA definition and can't find it. Can anyone provide a link or past the legal definition in here for me? Thanks
  14. mrmark1999 I'm going in to a C&P exam next week with this exact same issue. I retired in 1999 and didn't even know that I could claim something like this. I was seen at the Beaufort Navel hospital in 1985 for my first Kidney stone and have had several since then. My latest surgery was about 8 months ago. Problem I have is that all of my military medical records are lost. At least that is what they are leading me to believe. I have requested them in writing and also called the Beaufort Navel Hospital to see if they had copies but no luck. I was told in writing on the letter
  15. I received a letter with the date of my C&P exams. 3 in total. They are using an outside provider, QTC, not directly with the VA. The letter states that I can not take any documents with me. I am concerned because 1) the VA has lost all of my military health records. How is the Dr. supposed to state "It is as likely as not related to XYZ from time in service" if they can't see anything. 2) They haven't been able to provide me with any of my 1999 discharge information from all of my original claims. 3) I don't know how I am going to prove my service connection. My f
  16. The Dr. I saw diagnosed me with "Adjustment disorder with mixed emotions r/o trauma-related stressor". My VSO told me and my wife to each write a letter telling why I have the condition, what are the symptoms, when it started, how it affects me socially and how it changed from the Marine Corp to now. The actual wording on the claim says "Mental Condition", not Anxiety. He has already filed the claim. In my letter I added what may be considered 2 stressors. The first is being sent to the drill field a second time. I asked to go the first time but I was sent the second time. I did not
  17. I was never in combat. That is a big part of my constant feelings of guilt. I spent over 20 years in, trained hundreds of others, was in a leadership role and was never in a combat situation. I was sent all over the world and was always in a zone just prior to or just after a combat situation. I know others have the "why me" feelings of guilt related to surviving when friends they served with weren't as fortunate. I have the "why not me" feelings related to having never been sent. I trained my whole career for combat. I worked hard and was good at what I did. I took pride in learning and
  18. I am submitting a claim for anxiety. My wife wrote a letter where she has included the following to show my military connection and timeline. I have been retired for 19 years (20yr Marine 0331) and have not submitted a claim for this prior to now. I am rated at 10% for migraines and service connected for back pain but rated at 0% for that. I do not have my military medical records although I requested them back on January 2nd. I know they will take a long time to get. I was seen by a clinical psychologist at the VA clinic and her diagnosis says "Adjustment disorder with mixed emotions r/o
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