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Wanted to introduce myself, and to say Thank You to all of you who have posted...I have been going all through the site here while in the midst of my filing for VA benefits....the clues, tips, etc., have been invaluable.

Am a vet who was sc 40% due to left knee problems in 2000; was recalled back to active duty to go to OIF I; Vet Center counselor has diagnosed me with PTSD after leaving the army in '05; had been diagnosed while still on active duty with major depression, anxiety, etc.....

Long story short - went over the LD and had to endure 10 days plus of having my boss come on to me - I had to lock and load my M4 to get him to leave me alone...was a translator working all over the place and seeing all kinds of things. Can't seem to get rid of the sites/smells...I've been fired from two jobs in two years for alternately taking too many days off for doc app'ts or my three year old or migranes or being aggressive, etc. I feel like I am nuts! There aren't many women here in Houston, and there sure aren't many that were outside the wire more than in...I thought I'd talk to my dad, Vietnam '67-68, but he got tired of living with ptsd and alcoholism and shot himself. Many times I think he had the right idea - I look at bridge abutments every time I have to drive on the freeway and wonder if I drove my honda into them would I survive or not...and consciously rule them out if I think they won't do the trick.

Do any of you out there know what I am saying? I am depressed; I am sick of taking medication. My husband is also an OIF vet; a BIG problem is that he was a fobbit and I wasn't - so he has no idea, and all he sees is that the antidepressants impact our sex lives (LOL) while I am struggling with the not wanting anyone around me anyway and pushing everyone away...I feel like I should be doing a lot better than I am, and I keep wondering what the F*&^ is wrong with me....

So where the hell do I go from here? I just sent in a bunch of forms asking for the ptsd to be evaluated, and have an exam tomorrow to increase my original sc knee prob due to having two more surgeries, wearing a big damn brace and a frickin' crutch, etc...I'm 39 and feel like I'm 109...and when someone asks me what I did I cringe...Damn, I can't even hold a line of thought...sorry that this is such a mess I have no one else to vent all this to, except my vet center counselor, and I can't get there enough it seems to make any headway....

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True Blue Sue - - Nice to meet you ;-)

You found the right place to be . . . Pull up a chair and stay awhile! I can't tell you how much it meant to me finding Hadit! Would sometimes sit all night watching folks log on at 2.3.4. am and me just sitting here by that warm lights from the computer moniter - - kind of like neon lights at a bar only WAY BETTER LOL!

Can't find the best words only wanted to say you are welcome here!

The paperwork is a MONSTER but we'll help when we can.



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TrueblueSue, Welcome to Hadit. Like Wings said, pull up a chair.

You can search this site to find out anything about the VA. We are here to help as several members have experienced success.

Do not be weary to post your questions. If you dont know somethimg, Someone will help.

A little insight about the board.

The Adnministrator is called TBird.

There are 4 moderators.

Myself, Pete53, Carlie, and Sixthscents.

There is also a group of elders who have tremendous experience in most VA claims.

Wings is in that group and I value her advice for she has never steered me wrong.

Again. Welcome to Hadit.

Done be a stranger.

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Welcome to hadit. I am new here myself, but the amount of advice i have received in such a short amount of time is invaluable. I too encounter problems on the freeway, anything on the side of the road that is garbage bag size or larger looks like certain things that which i saw during the initial days of OIF, and I feel like people are chasing me. I feel ashamed for feeling that way, and can't really explain it to anyone. I've pushed just about everyone away, and it seems like the only persons i can relate to and feel somewhat comfortable communicating with are those here at hadit.

Again, welcome.


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You guys are great! Thanks for the warm welcome...I can totally relate to the image of being here in front of the monitor at all hours of the day and night; if it wasn't for this I don't know where I'd be - probably driving around drunk somewhere with my kid in the back {{shudder}}.

Kami, I SO know what you are talking about - anything in the road freaks me out...anything on the overpass, guardrail, etc. I am so thankful that you guys didn't just think I was nuts, and that what I said made some sense...

Anywhoo...just got back from the doc who looked at my knee for a % increase....seemed ok, so who knows... honestly, the biggest thing I'm hoping for is enough of an increase so I can get a handicapped tag - the damn leg brace and funky crutch thing work, but not if I have to traipse 200 yds across the parking lot...(lol)

I hope I can help, too, once I get a handle on the va process...

thanks again "ya'all" - I am from Michigan, and now living in Texas, I figure I better learn the local language!! <grin>


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      Any clinical clinician such as MD ,Psychiatrist even a L.C.S.W. (Certified)can perform the Diagnostics Evaluation Employed by the the VA

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        you learn the tools to cope with and depending how severe your symptoms are ? 

       They test /screen you with phychoeducational type therapy treatment usually at first.

       Warning  some of this therapy can be very rough on a Veteran  from holding on to guilt  from the trauma its self or you maybe in a  ''stuck point''from memories and guilt or from the stressor's or anything that reminds you of the trauma you endured.

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      I still have Combat PTSD it probably will never be cured completely but we can learn the tools it takes to cope with this horrible diseases 

      even learning breathing techniques  Helps tremendously during a panic attact.

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      But I have put my family through a living hell with my angers of burst.and they all stood by me the whole time years and years of my family life was disrupted because of me and my children &spouse  never deserved it one bit.

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