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Long time no see, y'all. First the important bit: http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/includes/viewPDF.cfm?id=2743 If it works like ALS did, then effective dates will be from the date the regulation goes into effect. Meaning, if you've been fighting an appeal for years, they may grant on a presumptive basis effective the date of the new regulation,. Hopefully, however, you can get the right evidence and medical opinion so that you can win on DIRECT though. Now, the other thing. I used to be a VA adjudicator, and from time to time I would poke my nose in here, trying to help where I could. I got super busy with work as I tried like hell to help as many Veterans as possible, as well as trying to carve out a career path from RVSR to DRO to BVA judge. VA "declined" to help me with my law school student loans ($130k worth!) even though they have a program just for that, and the certs kept busting on USAJOBS, and I had lay people telling me, a licensed attorney, that I was wrong because their policy newsletter somehow outweighs a judge and the US Code. So I split after five and a half years. A very large plaintiff's law firm (mostly personal injury, workers comp, med malpractice) has decided to get involved in a ton of practice areas, and they expanded the Social Security section to include VA benefits. So, I get to be on the ground floor of a new practice area at a major law firm (un-named for now because I don't' want to look like I'm trolling for clients). Also, this isn't my real name, because I didn't want the VA coming after me when I worked there. I'm still super busy as I try to handle an enormous caseload, and help design our workflow so that we don't wind up in the same boat the VA is in. I won't have time to spend all day on Hadit. I wish I could though. I eat sleep and breathe this stuff, and I'm really passionate about it. I will try to become more active and help out where I can with some advice. (edit: spelling)
Hi everyone, I have been directed to this site many times in my search for answers to my military related health problems. I kept searching elsewhere, but all roads seem to lead back here so I signed up. I am a Marine Corp veteran, Camp Lejeune January 1985 - August 1988, where I was living in the French Creek Barracks and working down in the Industrial area rebuilding and running the rebuilt engines right out in the open except for a 3/16 piece of sheet steel on casters to protect us. I was in the 2nd FSSG, 2nd Maint. BN., GSM CO. ,CRP Platoon. I did get the surprise letter in the mail around 2007 announcing that I had been drinking eating and bathing in contaminated water the whole time I was there. I started having weird head pains in 2004, what seemed like pressure in my sinus area and dry eyes, throat, and nausea. When it got bad I felt like I had the worst hangover in the world. If I even lightly touched my scalp it was like stabbing an icepick into my brain. Seen several doctors none believed me, then I made it into the VA healthcare system where I have been on every anti-depressant known to man and still have the pain. I have since contracted rheumatoid arthritis (diagnosed in January 2012) and have no idea how long I was suffering from that. The National Guard (2009-2013) kicked me out in January 2013 because of the RA, leaving me with no benefits and no job. I also have tinnitus, which I have been fighting for compensation from since Sept. 2010. Just sent third appeal to BVA in July they cannot find any reason for a service connection - Denied - Denied - Try standing next to a giant diesel engine running full bore every day and tell me there is no connection. I am expecting to drive down to Detroit for the video hearing sometime in the near future to receive my last Denial because they just will not give any weight to the job I performed in the component rebuild platoon! They started building an enclosed soundproof engine room right after some contractor took decibel level readings in our shop shortly before I got out. Is that enough damming evidence right there? Anyway, I have also been denied SSDI from the judge at that hearing, even though I am 50 years old, have done nothing else but build homes my whole life, and can no longer get out of bed each morning without wishing I would just not wake up anymore. I have the weirdest aches and pains, fatigue, depression, anxiety, degenerative disks, and osteoarthritis everywhere. The social security judge says I can be a cashier. WTF!!! I am thinking all of my medical problems are directly linked to Camp Lejeune’s well water and I will never get compensated for anything except a free burial, unless Obama cuts that out with his mighty unconstitutional executive orders also. Why cannot I get any friggen help? I just do not understand. They give social security to people who have never worked a day in their lives, and treat me like I am less worthy than those I have supported with my paychecks! I am so frustrated I had to blow off some steam. Thanks to anyone who reads this and can help me understand. Semper Fi, Stephen.