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About Aquabear

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    E-5 Petty Officer 2nd Class

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    Long Island, NY
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    Dad, scuba diving, kayaking, nature

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  • Service Connected Disability
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    Dad, scuba diving, yoga, kayaking

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  1. Aquabear


    Thank you for clarifying that. Def going to look into appeal or NOD or CUE after I get n read Big Brown Envelope.
  2. Aquabear


    thank you and thanks for the heads up with DD214! My letter from DAV says IU, ebenefits says IU, I just dont know if IU benefit allows/authorizes ID n whenever I look it up NOTHING I find gives me a definitive answer
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    Thank you! Def going to ask for Perm if letter doesn't say it and NOD the others they denied. I'll give a detailed post once I get the Brown. Thanks again! Also note, my Battle Buddy JUST called me up, he's in shock his counselor just called him and said he's at 100% as well! It could not have happended to a better brother and friend and AMAZING same time as me!!! We're both in shock!!!
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    Thank you! She's 12 so thankfully I have many years before she leaves to college
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    I won! I am rated Individual Unemployability, PTSD went 50% to 70% and some more small ones. Got unofficial letter from DAV today. Backdate to January 1 2018. I am happy. I am numb. Do I qualify for ID card, base priviledges, PX, MWR? I think Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn or maybe somewhere on Long Island I can go, help, advice. Thanks to all for your advice here. Battle victory, war still goes on but it's a win and just in time as I'm behind on some bills so I can get caught up and do some maintenance on my truck like brakes. I need to NOD Sleep Apnea, effective date of backdate and a couple others but need to see Big Brown Envelope first. I'm numb. I'm happy, it's a win, a small win but still a win is a win but I guess the battle is not over. But this will help me and my daughter sooo much. OH How do I put my daughter on my disability??? At her adoption I was at 20% so I didn't see the need to do it. In Eben's I put a note that I will put her on there but don't know how. Just send in Birth Certificate? I am also divorced now too, sad but this will help me stand on my own two feet!!! Or Four feet
  6. Complete!!! Ebenfits shows Complete! But i guess ebenefits won't show anything until after a week or two until they figure I get the Big Brown Envelope. Still shows that I am at 90% and nothing else has changed..... PeaceI need peace, I gotta relax n find a way to get this off my mind....
  7. ok and now it's 8:46pm and the same day earlier today it was "Pending Decision Approval" and NOW it has "Preparation for Notification"..... ok does it happen that way, is Ebenefits messing with me? I am happy to see it moving along but it is increasing my anxiety wow, I usually don't take my anxiety meds daily but the last few days yes, even with doing deep breathing, meditiation, gym/physical therapy etc..... I know one thing for sure, other than immediate family(sister, mom, dad) and super close friends(like 2), I won't tell anyone, I have found out that not everyone will be happy for you if you succeed. Jealousy, your not entitled, glass half empty people etc... will judge you on this. Everyone on here, take note of what I am saying because and keep things like this close to the hip, some people will talk behind your back and it's sad but they will so be careful.
  8. I guess it's moving along, right now it changed to "Pending Decision Approval"...... I want to also post a positive, not sure if I ever mentioned it but I was also just approved to the "World Trade Center 9/11 Health Program" as a "first responder" so I can get help for my lungs and stuff through them thou I was there in the Navy so I can health help from the VA too but I think I might get faster n better care using 9/11 program. EODCMC I hope your status changes soon.
  9. Checked Ebenefits, it's changed to Preparation for decision. God I hope this means they are ready to make a decision, a positive decision. Edit prayers please, my anxiety has been in the sky due to this and other "life" things.
  10. Thank you! I have and will def continue to go to VA for medical, PTSD etc... It's been my life now for 3 years and I won't quit, I can't quit my 12 year old daughter depends on me to be healthy and try and live as decent as we can on my disability financially and live better with my disabilities. DAV is my SO BUT I am very hands on and make sure they are doing the right thing but also research and see if they are doing it right too. WE are our BEST Advocate, I learned that the hard way!
  11. UPDATE.... no decision yet BUT got a huge POSITIVE that my local Congressman is now helping me with my claim. I pray this works as he did help me one time before. I called the VA they said claim will be expedited as soon as possible. He helped me before and VA pushed my claim thru in less than a month, pray this does work. I'll let you all know asap.
  12. Berta, Reading your repsonse in full brought tears to my eyes an my soul. Thank you for what you. Thank you for fighting the good LONG fight. You have given me the strength to go forward and keep fighting until the end and give my 100% in my claim battle with the VA. Thank you for a very emotional Veteran who gained even more respect for you and all on here
  13. It's for First responders(FDNY, NYPD, PAPD and others) or anyone who worked down on the pit on 9/11. Were you there? I was reactivated in the Navy and sent in abut 1pm on 9/11 and sent there for the first 2 weeks, no mask no nothing. For what I was told, they don't help much with PTSD, I mean they can probably get you help BUT you have to provide proof that you were there, in my case I had multiple sets of orders with my name. rank, rate etc... specifically ordering me there. They are going to do a full medical workup on me and my ailments and also offer financial compensations for what we were exposed to.
  14. I'm exhausted. I also just put in my application for the World Trade Center health Program as I was reactivated n did rescue and recovery on the pit for the first few days about 10-14 days. Finally, overdue. I tried to hide my PTSD from the military, until I couldn't anymore- 3 years treatment for PTSD at VA and rated for PTSD service connected. I'm taking care of my life in every aspect and also make sure my 11 year old daughter also is covered and has help financially and other ways for when I join my brothers n sisters in heaven- but now yet not for a while. Goodnight all.
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