Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery”instead of ‘I have a question.
Knowledgeable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title.
I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story.
Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.
Post straightforward questions and then post background information.
Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
Adding Background information in your post will help members understand what information you are looking for so they can assist you in finding it.
Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
Question B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
See how the details below give us a better understanding of what you’re claiming.
Rephrase the question: I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?
This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial of your claim?”
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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
<H2 class=date-header>Friday, July 11, 2008</H2><H3 class=post-title><A href="http://vnvets.blogspot.com/2008/07/attn-blue-water-vets-with-nhl-or-cll.html">Attn: Blue Water Vets with NHL or CLL </H3>
Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL)
If you are a Blue Water Veteran of the Vietnam War and you have been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma [NHL], you need to understand that you are in a different category than the rest of us. You do not have to prove exposure to Agent Orange, and you do not have to prove "feet on the ground"!
Paragraph 3.307 of 38 CFR states
Notice there is no comma in '“Service in the Republic of Vietnam” includes service in the waters offshore and service in other locations if the conditions of service involved duty or visitation in the Republic of Vietnam.' The VA uses this paragraph to deny Agent Orange benefits to Blue Water NAvy Veterans who have not set foot on the ground.
Paragraph 3.313 38 CFR states
Again, notice the comma in the phrase '“Service in Vietnam” includes service in the waters offshore, or service in other locations if the conditions of service involved duty or visitation in Vietnam." Because the other phrase, without the comma, is used to deny benefits to the Blue Water Navy Veterans, this phrase, with the comma cannot be used the same way. Since this definition refers exclusively to NHL [see the second paragraph (B)], then NHL Veterans must be presumptively eligible for benefits.
If you have a claim pending and you have been diagnosed with NHL, get your Veterans Service Officer to get the VA moving on your case under this provision: Title 38, Part 3, Subpart A, Paragraph 3.313.
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
We have reason to believe that if you have been diagnosed with CLL, at some point it may develope into NHL. See your doctor and ask for tests specific to NHL.
If you should become diagnosed with NHL get your Veterans Service Officer to pound the VA to process your claim for that under Title 38, Part 3, Subpart A, Paragraph 3.313.
We do not wish any of the Agent Orange diseases on anyone, but in their presence, the Veteran should take advantage of what is available. Perhaps once your claim is approved the removal of the stress involved in dealing with the VA will help alleviate symptoms.
Best of luck, Sailors!
[Note: This comment just came in from one of our Blue Water Sailors with NHL:
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