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I am a SC Gulf War Era Vet with combined 70% for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Tinnitus, Scapula. I got out in 1991 got diagnosed in 2001 after years of trying to be "ok". I'm back in the ring for Individual Unemployability and just had a C&P. I've been on SS for 5 years for the same list of complaints. I was 100% unemployable VA pension before that. Let's see how it goes. I still think being on the police department was way less demanding that this paperwork shuffle for the VA and pimping myself to experimental treatments at the hospital.

I've been down the long hard road of battles in the past with the VA so I'm hoping my experiences help others. I have a dry, veteran-been-there-done-that attitude with a "Raised in Texas" flair. So, I offer cyber hugs to my brothers and sisters and I thank those of you who have been here for me in the past, although I wasn't logged in just spying at the time I got lots of help here.

I find myself in a place where I have no family supporting me, few friends that understand but a trusty labrador by my side who never judges my moods and always tells me when I need to go to bed. I dance on the line of conspiracy theories about the VA Admin and Hospitals and share many of your frustrations with the laborious amount of doo-doo that we have to go through. I admire your strength and tenacity for continually fighting for our rights and picking up the slack when others need guidance.

The hadit forums have made me sad and brought me to tears, gave me wisdom and strength to carry on, showed me things I didn't know and reaffirmed that I wasn't the "only one". I find that I'm just as disgusted as I was when I had no benefits and found myself in line at a church for a bag of food and roll of toilet paper, as I am now struggling to keep my new home in one piece and care for myself appropriately. It's not easy. I'm alone. It's hard to find a partner who can juggle all of this and understand when my arguments at stressfull moments are just a sign that I am in pain and need a nap and not to be taken personally.

I still take every chance to exploit my situation around strangers and acquaintences in an attempt to educate and inform anyone who will listen about the mirad of issues that some veterans face. I'm one of many invisible disability sufferers that have to explain why such a "cute young lady" cannot work when people ask me what I do for a living. The only way to survive mentally is to not "act" sick on top of being sick which inevitably leads people to believe I'm healthy. I'm sure I've run a few people off by telling my sad story but I don't believe that ignorance should be an excuse for not coming to the aid of a veteran in need. I long for the day (which will hopefully come in my lifetime) that veterans from all generations get the total respect from the government and its citizens that they deserve and we in some way can individually obtain a quality of life to the best of our abilities which affords us excellent health care, a loving support system, and a financial means to survive.

I must go for now, it's time for my battery of medications and hopefully some sleep. Tomorrow is another day....may I have the strength to stand and face my difficulties and the grace and charm to look as good as I can doing it. I may be broken, but that doesn't mean I can't try to do my hair, that is if I can hold my arms above my head that long.

Carry on....... :rolleyes:


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Ladybug, Welcome to this wonderful world of Hadit! Your letter is descriptive of many of the same issues I continually deal with. I have a few others ie PTSD, Herniated discs et some others,(as I bet you do too). I am not here to discuss whose disability is such and such but I am here to tell you, you are not alone in your plight to receive the care, consideration, and compensation you deserve for serving your nation.

When we all joined the military we joined to serve to the best of our ability, and capability. We joined with pride. Unfortunately, when we are unable to fulfill that motif we were tossed aside. I have found here at Hadit, the largest majority of Vets who do indeed care about eachother.

The comradery of so many fighting for rights, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, our basic rights due to all yet denied to so many who have suffered, and continue to suffer. You will indeed find some ray of light, hope, or even sparkle on this site.

T-bird has enabled so many of us the opportunity to be open, and share our experiences, thoughts, case and claims processes, and problems, as well as monitors to share their vast knowledge base regarding the VA issues, and regulations. Sites as this one and watchdog.com with Jim Strickland, allow us to hang on to hope, when dispair engulfs us in its clenches.

You will find people who care about you, and will offer advice. May you and your great looking dog prosper.

Nice pic of you 2. The best to you on your quest.

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Howdy, mam.

Glad you finally made it.

Git down, come over here by the fire and sit a spell. I'll fry up some hush puppies for the dog.

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Hi Ladybug and Welcome. A Veteran has no Idea of the type of Battle he or she faces when going though VA Hell. Your experiences are welcome here as it can assist others who are in the line of fire.

I see that you are 70 percent, Are you receiving TDIU?

Love the Lab.


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Welcome to Hadit. My Golden is a big comfort to me. Sit down and use Hadit to perfect your TDIU Claim we can help. Also you are not alone against the VA you have found Hadit.

Good Luck

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Welcome to Hadit..... I myself found this website to be of great resource(s) in my claims process. Additionally, it has also allowed me the opportunity to share my experiences with others, with their patience and tolerance. :rolleyes: I know I'm never alone on this journey, which for this vet is important. You can always start typing and someone, somewhere will be ready too assist or just listen with a similar heart. The best to you in your future endeavors. Peace, William

P.S. I'm a Vietnam Era vet and i have a sister who is Gulf War,Desert Storm(marine)Era.She is now employed as a VetCounselor at a Vet Center in North Carolina.And i'm very proud of her, as i am of you.

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