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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Okay this is the deal, it takes a few weeks, probably two or three to get a copy of your medical records. To first file for disability compensation from the VA you'll need to read up and its not difficult to get started. Once the VA application starts, its important to know what to expect and I expect thats why we are here at Hadit, because its alot of difficult lessons learned.

Do you have a HMO or other health insurance provider? If so it would be important to consider making sure the injury (or specific injuries) that you have is specifically related to your military experience. So by getting your SMRs, you can extrapolate any care you receieved for the injury(s)while in service. For example, if its your leg or hip, you can provide your service record information to your private doctor for a diagnostic statement called a IMO* (independent medical opinion*) which its important to read up on. When filing for compensation, the VA examines for injuries claimed. If possible its helpful if you have a current condition diagnosis (IMO) to submit to the VA so they can identify a service connection (nexus) to a currently diagnosed injury for compensation.

Not everyone got a physical when they were released, if you did, then its important to review that for claimed conditions, it'll help. Medical opinions are key to claims. I had expected the va to see the injuries in my smr's, sure didnt work that way and here it is over a decade later, I'm still working my issues. Of course my heart goes out to others like Agent Orange veterans, the conditions show up so much later and the claims process most times moves so slow some vets have been known to stress out and not even try. Bottom line, there are Veterans Benefits are 'due' veterans, we have to learn the VA way to apply for them.

Hope I have given you an idea or two, best to ya, cg

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Welcome aboard TS. The first thing you need to do is contact the local chapter of a service organization. The American Legion, Disabled Veterans, PVA etc..... they will be listed in the phone book.

Next if you do not have a copy of your service medical records then you will need to obtain a copy of them - more on that if you do not have a copy.

Third - slow down and take a deep breath. If you did not register for the Gulf War Registery, contact the VA and tell them that you desire to be registered.

Once you contact one of the above organizations they will assign you what is called a service officer (SO). He or she should help you get your claim on the road.

Keep coming back to Hadit and update us on your claim and we will assist you in anyway we can. Good luck

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CowGirl,

Wow, I am so glad to see all of the information and guidance that you guys offer. It is normally my husbands duty to guide, gaurd and govern, but not in this situation. I really appreciate it more than you know. I am taking down the notes as fast as you all put them up here. I am heading over to the VA hospital today to see where to start here in Houston. I spoke with a Vietnam vet at my church last night, and he assured me that they would set me in the right direction. I did file for my SMR's yesturday, and I am in the process of getting an MRI on my lower back and hip. However, I went a very long time with out insurance, so have very, very few medical records. But, the last 2 years are documented with the same doctor. I did not get a physical upon release, but I did give birth. So, all of my history with the service should be recorded up until the last day. I am anxious to see the records. It has been a long time.

Now, as for the MRI, I will have to pay out of pocket for 10% of that, should I wait until my initial paper work is started in order to get reimbursment later, or go ahead and do it now? It sounds like you have been through all sorts of trouble with this, and I would rather not reinvent the wheel, I will gladly learn from your lessons.

Okay this is the deal, it takes a few weeks, probably two or three to get a copy of your medical records. To first file for disability compensation from the VA you'll need to read up and its not difficult to get started. Once the VA application starts, its important to know what to expect and I expect thats why we are here at Hadit, because its alot of difficult lessons learned.

Do you have a HMO or other health insurance provider? If so it would be important to consider making sure the injury (or specific injuries) that you have is specifically related to your military experience. So by getting your SMRs, you can extrapolate any care you receieved for the injury(s)while in service. For example, if its your leg or hip, you can provide your service record information to your private doctor for a diagnostic statement called a IMO* (independent medical opinion*) which its important to read up on. When filing for compensation, the VA examines for injuries claimed. If possible its helpful if you have a current condition diagnosis (IMO) to submit to the VA so they can identify a service connection (nexus) to a currently diagnosed injury for compensation.

Not everyone got a physical when they were released, if you did, then its important to review that for claimed conditions, it'll help. Medical opinions are key to claims. I had expected the va to see the injuries in my smr's, sure didnt work that way and here it is over a decade later, I'm still working my issues. Of course my heart goes out to others like Agent Orange veterans, the conditions show up so much later and the claims process most times moves so slow some vets have been known to stress out and not even try. Bottom line, there are Veterans Benefits are 'due' veterans, we have to learn the VA way to apply for them.

Hope I have given you an idea or two, best to ya, cg

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