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?
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Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:
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
In short more research neededâ€¦they wasted the last 15 yrs with bad studies
Lengthy report available at one of these web sites
Gulf War Illness and the Health of Gulf War Veterans
Scientific Findings and Recommendations
Gulf War illness, the multi-symptom condition resulting from service in the 1990-1991 Gulf War, is the most prominent health issue affecting Gulf War veterans, but not the only one. The Congressionally mandated Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veteransâ€™ Illnesses has reviewed the extensive evidence now available, including important findings from scientific research and government investigations not considered by earlier panels, to determine what is known about the health consequences of military service in the Gulf War. This evidence identifies the foremost causes of Gulf War illness, describes biological characteristics of this condition, and provides direction for future research urgently needed to improve the health of Gulf War veterans.
Source : Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veteransâ€™ Illnesses
Summary. Federal research on Gulf War illness and the health of Gulf War veterans.
Since 1994, the federal government has reported spending hundreds of millions of dollars for projects
identified as Gulf War research, but prominent shortcomings have slowed federal progress in addressing
Gulf War-related health issues. Studies identified as federally-sponsored â€œGulf War researchâ€ have often
been unrelated, or only marginally related, to the health of Gulf War veterans. In addition, a substantial
portion of Gulf War research funding has been used for studies focused on psychological stress and
psychiatric disorders. The federal Gulf War research effort has not, historically, been designed or
managed to achieve high-priority scientific objectives. Specifically, federal programs have not been
managed to resolve fundamental questions concerning the nature, causes, and treatments for Gulf War
illness. Consequently, federal Gulf War research programs have not, as yet, succeeded in improving the
health of ill Gulf War veterans
The Committee welcomes recent programmatic developments related to federal Gulf War research, and
urges the federal government to allocate no less than $60 million annually in the federal budget for Gulf
War research programs. This is consistent with annual funding levels committed for federal Gulf War
research between 1999 and 2001, adjusted for inflation. Specifically, the Committee recommends:
ï‚· That the Administration request and Congress appropriate a minimum of $40 million annually to
the Department of Defense for the Gulf War Illness Research Program managed by DODâ€™s Office
of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. This funding should support openlycompeted,
peer-reviewed studies focused on identifying: (1) effective treatments for Gulf War
illness, (2) objective measures that distinguish ill from healthy veterans, and (3) underlying
biological mechanisms potentially amenable to treatment, in accordance with the priorities
identified by the Committee.
ï‚· That the Administration request and Congress appropriate a minimum of $20 million annually to
the Department of Veterans Affairs for Gulf War illness research. This should include $15
million annually to support the Gulf War illness research center at the University of Texas
Southwestern through FY2010, with the balance to fund additional Gulf War research studies,
through Gulf War-specific and general solicitations for peer-reviewed proposals consistent with
research recommendations in this report.
ï‚· That VA continue to fund the ALS Registry and the Gulf War Biorepository, focused more
specifically on projects related to Gulf War era veterans. The biorepository should be expanded
to include Gulf War era veterans with other diagnosed medical diseases and difficult-to-diagnose
ï‚· That the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs collaborate in
establishing a comprehensive federal Gulf War research plan and a strategy to coordinate and
manage federal programs to ensure that priority research objectives are satisfactorily achieved.
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