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Greeting to all of you, and thanks to all who have served, and a big "Welcome Home" to all!

I am a Vietnam Veteran, and 100% disabled due to line of duty injuries I received during and after Vietnam. I have been in this great maze since 1983, so I have seen and heard a lot. From the time I got out in 1983, after 12 years of service due to injuries that piled up, it took me 16 years to get 100%, so I know what a pain in the butt all of that is. Also since my discharge in 1983, I have had over 10 surgeries that were service connected, so I know about that. I am have been an advocate for veteran's rights and privileges since my discharge, and have been active in trying to improve the care that all veterans receive. I have also been a service officer, and chaplain in services organizations, so if I can be of assistance in anyway, feel free to ask.

Their are things that concern me about the VA, and the care and compensation that veterans do receive. I have seen some very troubling things being revealed in veteran care, and active duty care as well. We as veterans must be ever vigilant in our pursuit of the rights and privileges that we have earned, and been promised. If not, we will see these rights and benefits tossed to the side, as some have already been over the years. The VA systems is far from being a great system, and it is presently just limping along, and no where near perfect. The hospital system has both good, and bad hospitals and clinics, and then there are some that are just disgraceful and totally lacking in care and compassion to the veteran, and for that matter their families as well. C&Ps are a hit and miss system. If you get a good examiner's then its good, but if you get one that is on a power trip, and more interested in other things than the care of veterans, then it will be a bad C&P. The same thing goes for raters, and adjudicators. Some do a good job, and some don't. Unfortunately, when they don't, the veterans suffers, at no expense to the rater, or adjudicator, or the ones before them that didn't do a good job.

Its good to see that the young veteran's are getting the attention they are today, but we must insure that all of the veterans that came before them and are still part of the system, also get the care and treatments that they need and deserve, as well. We that have been in the systems for years, and decades know that what they are putting on television and in the newspapers is nothing new. What they are revealing now, has been an ongoing problem for years. We as brothers and sisters, who have fought,experienced things that no one should ever have to experience, and pledged our lives to the defense of our country, must always remain united in the pursuit of the rights and privileges we have been promised, and deserve for the services we performed, not only for the benefit of ourselves, but for our brothers, and sisters as well.

Please don't hesitate to ask if I can help in any way, and again welcome home to all.

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I think the government is trying to create divisions between Iraq vets and vets from other wars. It is like they are trying to create one cheaper system for new vets while just continuing to pay the older vets until they die off and get out of the government's hair. I am a RVN vet and that was bad enough with awful care in the 70's and 80's.

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Renegade:

Welcome to Haidt.

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Welcome to hadit. You have found a good place. I hope you enjoy all the different people on this sight! Your post is very good and it shows your high character!

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Welcome Renegade, thanks for your service during and after the military; a right professional soldier you are! Hang in here at Hadit with us while we plow through the maze and try to interpet "legalize" along with "medicalize" to get provisions. Seems like there is mostly good and/or great care available, but we sure can get dismayed hearing otherwise. There are some of us blessed to get care and compensation here in the U.S. Its just too bad the process is so complicated that all deserving veterans and thier families have to struggle or give up to get whats due.Welcome! cg

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Cowgirl,

Thanks for your kind words, and your honest observations. My whole life for many years was that of a soldier. Even after all of these years, and all that I have been through, I still have dreams in which I have been able to return to the military, and become a soldier, again. I believed and still believe in the service that I gave my country, and with all of the injuries, and disabilities I now have, if I had to do it over, I would do it all, again. I was fortunate to make it through, and still live to see another sunrise. Many were not. Many suffered, and have suffered much worse than I did. With all of its adversity, and with everything that I have had to face, I count myself as one of the lucky ones. Which, I must say at one time was a very hard thing to deal with. I could never have went on, and lived the life I have lived, without being able to help others. Because only by helping others, and being able to see those who where less fortunate than I was, was I able to appreciate how fortunate I was. I can't tell you how many times there have been when I wished that I could do more than I could, I can't tell you how many times I have wished that I could just give some of my luck to others. Life has been very good to me, and I only hope that what I give in return is worthy of what I have received.

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Thank you for your warm welcome. I hope that I can always be worthy of your praise. It is an honor to be a part of such a fine group as all of you here at Hadit. I have and will always appreciate and respect all who have given a part of their lives in service to our great country. Moreover, it has been a great honor for me to have been able to have served with some of the finest, most honorable men and women in the world, those who were a part of the United Stated military forces.

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Pete,

Thank you for your warm welcome. Thank you for your service, and may all of the roads you travel lead you to where you want to go.

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welcome aboard and thank you for your service, i'm glad you found us.

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Pete,

Thank you for your warm welcome. Thank you for your service, and may all of the roads you travel lead you to where you want to go.

Thank you I like that.

Pete

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Greeting to all of you, and thanks to all who have served, and a big "Welcome Home" to all!

I am a Vietnam Veteran, and 100% disabled due to line of duty injuries I received during and after Vietnam. I have been in this great maze since 1983, so I have seen and heard a lot. From the time I got out in 1983, after 12 years of service due to injuries that piled up, it took me 16 years to get 100%, so I know what a pain in the butt all of that is. Also since my discharge in 1983, I have had over 10 surgeries that were service connected, so I know about that. I am have been an advocate for veteran's rights and privileges since my discharge, and have been active in trying to improve the care that all veterans receive. I have also been a service officer, and chaplain in services organizations, so if I can be of assistance in anyway, feel free to ask.

Their are things that concern me about the VA, and the care and compensation that veterans do receive. I have seen some very troubling things being revealed in veteran care, and active duty care as well. We as veterans must be ever vigilant in our pursuit of the rights and privileges that we have earned, and been promised. If not, we will see these rights and benefits tossed to the side, as some have already been over the years. The VA systems is far from being a great system, and it is presently just limping along, and no where near perfect. The hospital system has both good, and bad hospitals and clinics, and then there are some that are just disgraceful and totally lacking in care and compassion to the veteran, and for that matter their families as well. C&Ps are a hit and miss system. If you get a good examiner's then its good, but if you get one that is on a power trip, and more interested in other things than the care of veterans, then it will be a bad C&P. The same thing goes for raters, and adjudicators. Some do a good job, and some don't. Unfortunately, when they don't, the veterans suffers, at no expense to the rater, or adjudicator, or the ones before them that didn't do a good job.

Its good to see that the young veteran's are getting the attention they are today, but we must insure that all of the veterans that came before them and are still part of the system, also get the care and treatments that they need and deserve, as well. We that have been in the systems for years, and decades know that what they are putting on television and in the newspapers is nothing new. What they are revealing now, has been an ongoing problem for years. We as brothers and sisters, who have fought,experienced things that no one should ever have to experience, and pledged our lives to the defense of our country, must always remain united in the pursuit of the rights and privileges we have been promised, and deserve for the services we performed, not only for the benefit of ourselves, but for our brothers, and sisters as well.

Please don't hesitate to ask if I can help in any way, and again welcome home to all.

Renegade:

I rather new to Hadit too thanks for the kind words and welcome

jmack

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