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About Al329

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  1. Sorry this might be a simple question ... I requested a copy of my medical records from the national archives. Waited three months for a letter saying they don't have them. I don't have a copy and this is my first time at a VA claim. So question, what happens if they don't have a copy of my records? I would that affect any claims? ETS'ed from Army in 97. Thanks!
  2. I gotta say ... not much savings , if any, to be had at the commissary and exchange any more.
  3. Sorry cant help with the claim questions. But there is a retiree group in Garmisch that you might be able to use to connect to other vets. Good luck!
  4. Thanks for the reply! Yes I have started the claim on Ebenifits ... so I have a year to gather. I am thinking of filing an FDC to keep things in my hands. I am still in touch with a lot of old buddies.. so I'll see about some buddy letters. My MOS was listed as in the VA Fast Letter as "Moderate" for noise exposure... so does that mean they will accept my hearing / tinnitus claim? Or should I get a IME from a private doctor? Thanks, Al
  5. Greetings, Army 91-97. While in I used trichloroethylene bare handed in cleaning electronics...and contact with what basically amounts to antifreeze used in the liquid cooled transmitters. Skin on hands has never been the same. Started while in service...little itchy bumps filled with clear liquid. Skin dry and cracks easily. Lotions and creams only make things worse. This problem I have just dealt with for the last 20 years ...kinda feed up now. Just had another child and changing diapers is hard..not that I don't want to help out... its just all the extra hand washing only makes my skin worse. So I guess my questions are: How do I connect the exposure with service? I don't think its in my old army medical records? Over the years I have moved and seen docs... but I don't have any records detailing this...so how do I show its been on going for all these years? How can I prove it was even the exposure that caused this? On a side note.. I have an auto immune issue also...little voice in my head is blaming the exposure in the Army. I just don't know how I would connect that either?!? Any help on how to start? Let the VA handle all the exams? Do it myself and submit a FDC ? Thanks for any help! Sorry for the basic post...just looking where to start. FYI I am reading this board and learning as much as possible!

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