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I served in the Army for 3 years back in the 1980's as a Paratrooper. I was injured on a parachute jump and it ended my military career... very slowly. My treatment was bottles of pain killers, NSAIDS, and muscle relaxants. No MRI's, no physical therapy. zilch.. My medical records were "lost". When I finally ETS'd and went through the physical they asked if there were any medical problems... Yep. sure were. They handed me enough meds for 6 months and told me if I needed more to go to the VA when I got back home.

Well I got back home and went to the VA.. they told me where to go. that was over twenty years ago.

Over the years civilian doctors have continued the same medication plan. I must say it is even worst with civilians, because they push whatever meds they are getting the most kickbacks on..

A few years ago it got to the point where I could barely walk or get out of bed. I was laid up for over two years with no income. The wife mentioned the VA, I said "No way in Hell"..

Eventually she wore me down. I told her I would go, but I was not dealing with them at all. She had to do it all.

Well she did. She called the toll free number. got the forms.. called when she had questions. Got everything together.

I went to the VA Hospital. My primary sent me for an EMG/NCV study. The Doctor in PMR did a 15 min exam of me, told me exactly what was wrong, how long it had been going on, and the complete diagnosis.. said she did not need an MRI, but she said she would get one..

She was dead on.. Started seeing a Neurologist at the VA.. another outstanding doctor.

My claim.... a few months later I got a call for a C&P. The person looked at the claim.. was sortof taken back.. My wife explained how she put it together and was not sure if she did it right.... The C&P person explained.. They are there to help vets who need it, and are entilted to it.. And every day they see these claims for everything, done by pro's who are just telling people to file for it. He said he did not see many simple claims like this.. He did recommend that we talk to a service organization after this claim was completed, to make sure we filed for everything we should have.. "hint to me.... you undershot your claim"

Well that came back... 40%- the max for what my wife filed.

That was over a year ago... just had a reevaluation.. was bumped to 60%.. I just had a c&p today and will be asking for another reevalution, due to a report that was missed. The C&P examiner said to wait, he would try and handle it with his report from today.

The moral of this story is that I have had a good experience with the VA. Yes there are those VA'isms.. but 20 years ago the VA was worthless.. today they are a completely different organization.

and proving my service connection.. since the military destroyed my medical records. ( must happen alot, because not one VA employee was suprised or even doubted it ). I had 2 sick call slips.. that was the only shred of evidence that I was treated in the military.

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You need to get a copy of your claims folder or C file that is in the posession of the VARO.

The Va just is not going to award compensation unless there is something in the records and then have a good Nexus from a Doctor.

Getting the C File is a major step as you may have other inferred issues that you can claim.

Welcome to Hadit.


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Welcome to hadit and thanks for your service. A friend of mine messed his back up jumping out of a plane and like you they lost his medical records. Took him 7 years to get 60% compension but was moved to 100% about 6 months later and with the Dr"s you got this could happen to you. btw compension is tax free. I hope you hace a good day.

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