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  1. Hello everyone, I am in the early stages of helping my father file some claims. We received his C-file recently and I went through it very carefully. He spent one year in Vietnam during the late 1960's and retired around 1990. After having MRI's done each year, my father was recently diagnosed with early stages of dementia and put on aricept. Dementia does not run in our family on either side as far as we have researched. The only head injury claims in his medical records are detailed below. 1. I found a medical record from Vietnam from a motor vehicle accident. It does not say much, but it does indicate that he was pinned under the vehicle. Back then the records he has are limited to just a couple of sentences. My mother said he mailed her pictures of the crashed vehicle, but he are looking for them in boxes. I don't think it explicitly explains head injury, but one might assume that being thrown and pinned under a vehicle during an accident would result in one. I realize the VA does not think this way. 2. I found another record from the late 1980's where he hit his forehead while walking underneath an artillery cannon. Apparently, he was knocked out cold and transported to the base hospital via ambulance. We also have a nice home video of him removing the bandage to see the nasty wound. Now here's where it gets tricky... I also found a number or medical records, especially in the 1980's, where my father was treated for insect bites/stings from mosquitos, bees, chiggers and ticks. In one record, he reported having over 100 ticks on him. Some records also report a large circular-shaped rash in conjunction with being bitten. The medic actually drew a picture on his records. I looked carefully for lyme disease. After looking on on the web, I found that some patients with lyme disease develop memory loss and problems with concentration. I know we need to get him checked for Lyme disease titer. I know an IMO would also help a lot. Are there any other recommendations or ideas?
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