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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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
Berta: I was a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy. To get their, I had to attend both an A school and B school before being allowed to receive orders to my first duty station as a HN/E2 Hospitalman. At that rank I served at several posts, to include, ward duty with new born infant care and then infant intensive care unit. from their I was transfered to my second posting to ward duty on a proctology surgical recovery ward. This was followed by a posting in the Cardiopalmonary lab as their administrations clerk, also serving as the clerk for the cardiopalmonary lab school. Next duty rotation I served at a Drug Rehab center as an intake physical evaluation clerk. acting as a physicians assistant in giving physicals and assisting the Dr with minor out patient surgical percedures. Upon my request at this time I was transfered from shore duty to Sea duty as a Junior medical officer/ Hospitalman 3rd class aboard a small class DD/Destroyer, where I attended to the medical needs of the enlisted personel aboard ship, this included conducting Sick Call twice a day and any and all emergencies that might arise. One of the duties, of which is of great importants, is that I was also charged with keeping all the medical files of the enlisted men, making entries as needed to show any illness, injuries, and/or treatment that I may note or dispense in the course of my duties. These would be the medical entries that the VA would look at to determine if an injury or illness had occured during service. It was also my duty to keep track of the quality of the potable water aboard ship and the control of any pests or vermin that may have made its way aboard with the use of US Navy regulated pest control chemicals.
Upon my transfer back to shore duty, my temporary duties were at a dispenseries imunisation clinic, dispensing the various shots that are necessary for those personnel who travel to foreign shores. My last duty station was as a Security Personnel at a Navy Hospital as a junior petty office of my post with personnel under my command. At this time I was approved for re-enlistment with approval to attend a Specialty School of my choice and advancement upon its successful completion. This is when I became ill and the time I was injured.
After leaving the service I attended College where I took and passed a class in Human Anatomy and cirtification as a EMT I/ Emergency Medical Technician. As you can see, I have had a varied amount of education and practicle experience in a number of areas, but I note my limited time aboard ship provided the most applicable training and experience of them all, not that the rest didn't have any meaning or cary any less weight in my medical career.
In the course of compiling my claim for my SC nasal fracture and deviated septum and now for secondary issues, I have researched the conditions for which I claiming and find that I probably have or has just as much knowledge about the condition as one would expect of a nurse practitioner except for the surgical aspects of the condition. But for the general knowledge necessary in conducting a physical exam, noting symtoms and their severity and the general knowlege in the basic treatment of these problems, I feel I am just as qualified in my opinion as that of a Nurse Practitioner. However I may have to do some point to point research on lab results and such, and time to update the list of pharmacology used in possible treatments that I would recommend, but on a one to one basis, I think my qualifications as a medical layman should have some weight comparible to that of a NP in this instance.
I know this sounds like a rant to some or most, but my training and experience should have some meaning and cary some weight in this case, at least more than just my word on the matter. What do you say and how do I get my training and experience noted?
Rockhound Rider :)
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