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  1. Hey Buck, just read TBird's response to me only being able to reply to one message. "Anti-spam" set up, they need to know I'm legit.  It's all good now. Thanks.  Blaze

  2. thanks TBird 😎

  3. To Hadit administer: Please explain why I’m only allowed one message per day”?! What is the logic behind that? I received multiple replies to my post, yet I can only reply to one per day??? to all others who I'd love to reply to directly.... I can't!!!!
  4. I, like I’m sure a lot of other vets, had struggles with filing a claim, especially involving PTSD. Even though I have not experienced direct combat, I've been in a very combative environment, which has affected me more than I realized until now writing down my experiences. I've learned partly through my therapy how much I've suppressed, and buried my trauma. I would minimize the impact on me, with comparisons of horrific tales of war and death. War and death can be literal, and it can be analogical to war within, and death of one's "self". It’s taken me decades to submit a VA disability claim after years of reluctance, due to pride, and not wanting to be labeled or shamed for not being "tough enough" to bear the burden of service to my country I took freely and with the same pride that has helped me endure the pain, struggle, limitations, depression, and inability to work or function as I wanted to in society. It's only after years of struggle, near poverty, and numerous health problems that I'm finally listening to family, friends, doctors... who encouraged me to seek what I justly deserve, and break the stigma of being weak by asking for help. Now that I've turned 60, my chronic health problems stemming from my time in the Army has left me almost an invalid, and close to being on the streets. I thought the stories I heard were exaggerated of complaints from fellow veterans of how difficult the VA Disability Benefit Program made it for them to go through, or the conspiracy theory that they purposely make it hard in the hopes if they drag it out long enough, by sheer attrition they’d win, and the veteran would die before ever receiving a dime in benefits. Just starting out on this emotional/stressful journey, makes me pause to think there maybe some validly to those experience. The biggest road block is not being able to communicate in any form with the “medical board”, “review committee”, “man behind the current”… who actually makes the decision. I’ve been working with ebenefits phone support, but as the one nice lady said, “I’m just a simple phone intake servant”. I was given a subtle threat in the form of multiple requests for more information. Yet, when I called ebenefits, they reviewed the docs. I uploaded and said, “You gave them the information they’re requesting, I will send an email to make sure they are able to review it…” “You should receive a correspondence within 30 days…” Guess what?! Over six-weeks, and no contact. “If we do not receive the information we requested, we will make our decision based on the information we have…” Not only that, they were not specific about what information they needed! What makes it even harder is some of the details I can’t prove, and pertains to a very hot political incident during the Carter Administration while I was in Korea, known as the Gwangju massacre/riots.
  5. Hello All, I'm new to this forum, and new to applying for VA disability. I had issues trying to register and log in, (ie: after signing up, confirming email, Hadit error message stated email/password not in system, even though I had it saved by auto-log in. When I tried another approach by signing up again, the error stated, "email/password used by another member" Ultimate Catch 22). Anyway, I'm really not wanting to do this, so any complications, frustrations, hassles, problems... is enough for me to quit before I even start. What has helped me, is a line from a veteran who posted a reply in regards to another vet. being denied... " Persistence, and Patients" where the two words that inspired me. So with that in mind, I'm testing the waters. I would like to have some conversations with other fellow vets so I don't feel like an island out in a sea of unfamiliarity. Not for years, but for decades, friends and therapist have said I need to file a claim with the VA. I have multiple issues, mental, emotional, physical. Even though I haven't heard confirmation, I'm sure in my heart, I'm not the only veteran who has struggled with legitimate trauma, and physical injury that has affected their quality of life, employment, relationships..., and the reluctance to have it validated due to stigma of being labeled weak. You're suppose to be a tough soldier, suck it up, keep it to yourself... I've been doing that, like I said for decades, it isn't working for me anymore, (never really did). I'm usually the strong one, the friend everyone comes to for help, solutions, positive support... I'm hoping I've earned some karmic points, and can for once ask for help and support. Thanks for reading my first and hopefully not my last post. PS: not sure how this forum works once I post, do I get a email notification of replies, or do I need to periodically check my thread? If I do, how do I find this post/thread again?
  6. Hello All, I'm new to this forum, and new to applying for VA disability. I had issues trying to register and log in, (ie: after signing up, confirming email, Hadit error message stated email/password not in system, even though I had it saved by auto-log in. When I tried another approach by signing up again, the error stated, "email/password used by another member" Ultimate Catch 22). Anyway, I'm really not wanting to do this, so any complications, frustrations, hassles, problems... is enough for me to quit before I even start. What has helped me, is a line from a veteran who posted a reply in regards to another vet. being denied... " Persistence, and Patients" where the two words that inspired me. So with that in mind, I'm testing the waters I would like to have some conversations with other fellow vets so I don't feel like an island out in a sea of unfamiliarity. Not for years, but for decades, friends and therapist have said I need to file a claim with the VA. I have multiple issues, mental, emotional, physical. Even though I haven't heard confirmation, I'm sure in my heart, I'm not the only veteran who has struggled with legitimate trauma, and physical injury that has affected their quality of life, employment, relationships..., and the reluctance to have it validated due to stigma of being labeled weak. You're suppose to be a tough soldier, suck it up, keep it to yourself... I've been doing that, like I said for decades, it isn't working for me anymore, (never really did). I'm usually the strong one, the friend everyone comes to for help, solutions, positive support... I'm hoping I've earned some karmic points, and can for once ask for help and support. Thanks for reading my first and hopefully not my last post. PS: not sure how this forum works once I post, do I get a email notification of replies, or do I need to periodically check my thread? If I do, how do I find this post/thread again?
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