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Just wanted to say hello to everybody. I have been through a nightmare in dealing with the VA and I hope to communicate with some people on this forum who can steer me in the right direction. I have somewhat of a unique situation regarding my health problems which started just after getting the anthrax shots. It is unique in that my unit--i.e., 3rd Bn, 5th Marines--decided to make us take the shots even though we were about to get off of active duty. I got three anthrax shots between February and March of 1999, and my EAS date was June 11, 1999. I saved up 46 days of leave, so I was home in April. Because I got the shots in such close proximity to my EAS date, there is nothing in my military medical records about health problems. What gets me is that the VA has even used against me in my claims the fact that I never complained about any health problems from the anthrax vaccine during my final physical. One little problem: two of the three shots I received were administered to me AFTER my final physical! The VA knows this, as I have sent them copies of my shot records.

So, I received the anthrax shots literally right before I got out of the Marine Corps. Even if I have been lucky enough to get a diagnosis, since it is AFTER my military service, it matters not. Pursuant to the government's official story, the anthrax vaccine is safe. There has been no legislation dealing with the anthrax vaccine in the same manner as agent orange.

Another problem I have: I can't claim "Gulf War" Syndrome, even though I have something that seems to be just like it. Why? I was in all the wrong places: Okinawa, Thailand, and Korea. When the government claims to be investigating the anthrax vaccine, I know it is a lie. The government focuses exclusively on the theater of operations, which includes people who didn't necessarily even receive the anthrax vaccine.

But I have been lucky if I have been able to get a diagnosis for anything. Despite having empirically verifiable health problems, the VA would dismiss my problems, not even bothering to chart them, saying that everything was in my head. When I began going to the VA shortly after my EAS, I was going into the VA literally with eczema from my head to my toes. The VA somehow managed to miss this, not even chart it, but then say that it was all in my head. I had to walk around for weeks like that, not even being able to shower. I finally went outside the VA where I received my diagnosis for eczema, was given cortisone injections, and then it would clear up.

I served my entire time honorably, didn't get a medical discharge, got my Good Conduct Medal, and the nicest letter of recommendation I have ever received came from my Company First Sgt. If one believed the VA, they would believe that I went from being a good Marine to a crazy civilian within a matter of days.

Because of this, I have ended up with depression. One little problem: if I were to go talk to a VA practitioner and explain why I feel so depressed (i.e., the health problems that started shortly after I got the anthrax shots, coupled with not receiving treatment), without bothering to say what my "delusions" are, it would simply be charted into my record that I suffer from "delusional" thinking.

It is now my contention that my VA medical record is a work of fiction. There is scarcely a true summary in it. The VA has lied about me. The VA has created this fictitious ledger on me, making me appear to be "delusional" and "psychotic." I have one speeding ticket from 1997, I write commentaries that get by the editors of four different fairly big political news sites that are syndicated through Google News. I ran for a city council seat in 2002 as a Libertarian-endorsed candidate, in which I garnered 3,077 votes, while the Democrat-endorsed candidate garnered 3,096 votes. And that was in a heavily Democratic city. But if you believed the VA, I can't string together a single coherent thought.

Because of this piss-poor--downright scandalous, I should say--charting of notes on me, it has became virtually impossible to ever prevail on a claim with the benefits side of the VA. It makes believe that might be exactly why the VA does this. The VA medical side has said such off the wall the things that nobody would ever believe if I told them, that I had to start finding ways to prove what the VA was telling me. I really get the feeling the targeted me in a nasty way. Let me just say that I have empirical evidence of VA employee misconduct. I did manage to obtain a VA memo through FOIA request. This memo was written about, and it was a VA employee instructing other VA employees to start a psycho-social profile me because of my "heresy" of saying that I believe the anthrax vaccine caused my health problems. You see that? When the ONLY way I can get service-connected is to get a doctor to draw a nexus between my health problems and the anthrax vaccine, it is apparently thought crime to mention the anthrax vaccine.


Mark Anderson


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Welcome to hadit-

you stated the solution to your problem-

yes-only a medical nexus from a doctor who has expertise in this subject would allow the VA to service connect any residuals disability you have if it came directly from the anthrax.

it would have to be a residual that is at a ratable level.

But having said that- I have not found a single anthrax compensation award at the BVA web site- yet-

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