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May 2008 Roll Call

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I know I'm early this month, trying to get a bit ahead of the curve.

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Ball Caps available again show your support and get yours now.

Unfortunately the prices on the caps have gone up to 27.50. the caps price, like everything else has gone up.

I am adding a ball cap that has our mission statement on the front and our website on the back.

Our Mission Statement

Leave No One Behind

Not On A Jungle Trail

Not On A Desert Trail

Not On A Paper Trail

HadIt.com - Work continues on the website and some good news on that end, my nephew has agreed to do a summer internship for hadit.com he will graduated from university and is going for web development. so i see this as a excellent chance for us to build some solutions and fix some old ones.

Frustrations - last year i tried twice to work with two different developers, unfortunately the first one took the money and disappeared, and the second one couldn't seem to deliver what i was looking for. So i bought Dreamweaver and taught myself how to use it and am continuing to learn and redesign the site which i hope will be cleaner and easier to navigate. we can have the best content in the world but if our brothers and sisters can't find it, it's not much good.

Content Editor Volunteer - i still am looking for a content editor, but no luck so far. it's a tedious job and you need to be very organized and focused, any of you content editors or copy writers and would like to do some volunteer content editing, please do email. what does this involve? well we have a ton of pages on our site, but i believe those pages could be consolidated and be more complete, so you would for example take a topic like "Applying for a VA Claims" you would search the site and find all content related to that topic and then combine all those pages into one concise document, verifying accuracy of information, through web research etc; and then submit them to me. I will review it to see how it to best fit it on the page, contact you with any questions, Then create the page and add in any value such as related pages, quick tips and so on.

Call To Action if you find yourself always typing the same answers to questions on the forum, type them up in an email and email it to me as a suggestion for content on the main site. then all you would have to do is type a link in the post and if you need to update the content you can just email me.

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Canon Digital Rebel Xsi (450D). New one just came out this month. With 100mm Canon Macro and Lots of Ladybugs that were not moving much.

Little Sunshine thrown in (Good FStop) and big memory card (lots of trys).

Hard to get all the bug in focus.


I got the Battery Grip also. New Toy for my Hobby.

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I love the old homes, barns and bridges, for unknown reasons I'm drawn to them

as my photo hobby.

Lady T, welcome home! I sure hope members can chime in and help on

these request.

Also, how's our financial situation these days.

I hear Uncle Sam is supposed to send me a few bucks soon

and will gladly send some your way to help cover cost, it shouldn't

be only your from your pocket since HADIT helps me so much.


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    • Yes 

      After a PTSD/Unspecific MDD Diagnose From the VA Dr's

      The gold standard for diagnosing PTSD is a structured clinical interview such as the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS-5). When necessary, the PCL-5 can be scored to provide a provisional PTSD DSM 5 diagnosis.

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

      ...They just need to figure out your symptoms and put together a list of your symptom's that you possess or show from the evaluation...I am not 100% Sure just how they do this ?

      being I am not a Dr or clinical clinician 

      Once a Diagnoses of PTSD is given they try to set you up with a Therapist to help with your New dx And how to adjust or cope with the Anxiety and Depression the PTSD can cause.

        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.

      The therapy works  even if we think it don't,  I recommend Therapy for all PTSD Veterans  it could very well save your life once the correct therapy is in place and the Veteran makes all his Clinical Appointments.

      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.

      I have guilt from the war in Vietnam  ( I ask my self what could I have done to make a better outcome/difference?..and also I am in what the therapist calls stuck points. working on that at present once a week for 90 minutes.  I am very fortunate to have the help the VA gives me and I am lucky I have not turned to alcohol or drugs to mask my problem.

      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.

      That's all I want to say about that.

      At least I am still around. and plan to be tell my old age dying day.
    • No timeframe gotta love that answer it’s even better when you ask 1800 people or call the board directly they’ll say you’ll know sooner then later. I had mine advanced and it was about 2 months later until I had the decision in my hand which seems forever but in the present system in 2016 lightning fast...
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    • I am serviced connected for ankylosing spondylitis back in 1985. I had a C&P exam on 7-7-19 since I am asking for an increase in my cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral ratings. After speaking with the DAV to find out progress and info on my exam, the Rep. noted sort of what I expected. Radiculopathy was noted and ROM was 0-15 for cervical, and 0-25 for back. I am currently rated as Cervical 30%, Thoracic 10%, and Lumbosacral 40%. The main question that I have is relating to the thoracic 10% and lumbosacral 40%. I am confused on these two. Is Lumbosacral separate from the thoracic/others ? Since my back ROM is at 0-25, does this mean that my thoracic might increase from the 10% to a higher rating ? I am confused how they break down my ratings from cervical at 30%, Thoracic at 10%, and Lumbosacral at 40%. Also, with the radiculopathy, is this something that they will rate also ? I am currently at 90% total combined for all my disabilities. I hope this helps for someone to give me advice/answers.
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    • Thank you @GeekySquid for your reply. 


      I have redacted personal information for my documents listed below. 

      I look forward to your reply. 

      HEADACHE STR 2006 copy_Redacted.pdf


      Pages from Original Denial-Grant Reasons_Redacted.pdf
    • Hello Defenders of freedom!

      I have a question pertaining to this denial for headaches. The decision letter is quoted below. 


      3. Service connection for headaches.

      "We may grant service connection for a disability which began in military service or was caused by some event or experience in service.

      Your STRs are negative for any treatment of or diagnosis of headaches. On your post-deployment exam in 2005 you denied any headaches. On separation, you denied any headaches. VA treatment records are negative for any treatment of or diagnosis of headaches. On VA exam, the examiner stated there was no evidence of any residuals of a traumatic brain injury.

      We have denied service connection for headaches because the evidence of record fails to show this disability was incurred in or caused by military service."

      From my understanding these 3 points must be overturned to successfully win a CUE case:

       (1) either the correct facts, as they were known at the time, were not before the adjudicator or the statutory or regulatory provisions in existence at that time were incorrectly applied; 

      (2) the error must be undebatable and of the sort which, had it not been made, would have manifestly changed the outcome at the time of the prior determination

      and (3) a determination that there was CUE must be based on the record and law that existed at the time of the prior adjudication in question.  

      @Berta, or veterans out here who have knowledge/experience, tell me what facts you think would be needed to prove this denial for headaches was an error? 
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