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Hi, short time lurker, first time poster. ......

*bu dum dum.....*

I spend a lot of time at VBN, but found this forum referenced as another source for putting claims together, and since I filed my initial claim in 2002 and a second one in 2006, its been awhile since ive done this, so im catching up on the latest/greatest in claim filing.

I was Active Army, enlisted 2001 as a PFC in Logistics (that's getting all your crap to you for you Groundpounders, or REMF's as some of you so fondly call us :-) Went to Jackson, did Basic, laughed my way through most of it since my dad is a former RECON Marine. I had a little trouble at first with the physical stuff, but I was 22 and had been in college for 3 years and was married with a family, too. At the end of Basic while traversing one of our team obstacles during a team exercise (figure out how to get up over the really tall wall) I fell. We didnt have a lot of height or big guys in the squad I was in, so I had everyone lash their slings together, we got the biggest SOB we had up to the top, and then he held the other end secure and then we had a decision to make about baggage and weapons. We figured we'd pass it all up so we gave him a weapon, and I started up. I was carrying the radio so I had the heaviest ruck and it was also my idea, so up I went. Some dumb ass (me) kept my ruck on since I was the only one really good with the radio and didn't want to leave it down there (this was a simulated combat thing against the other squads). I was almost to the top and the sling separated and down I went. It was only about 15 feet, but I landed in an almost sitting position partly on the bottom of my rucksack and radio. Blew out S1 and bulged out L4-5 but didn't know it at the time. They helped me up, we got up and down the obstacle, road marched back, and I had KP the next day when I noticed that I couldn't feel my toes. Since it was the last 2 weeks before graduation from Basic I saw sick call once about it, shut the heck up, and went to AIT. I spent a good part of AIT trying to get it seen by someone more than an Spc that just wanted to give me aspirin, though. Finally got an MRI about 4 months after the fact at Portsmouth Naval. Ummm...yeah, that went well. Fragmented vertebrae, ruptured disc, bulged next one. After that, it was pretty much waiting for the PEB/MEB.

Watched 9/11 unfold from Ft. Lee, finally went home in February of 02. Filed when I got home, filed a gain a year later for radicular numbness that wasn't in the first finding, and filed for tinnitus a few years later.

Here I am, 33, father of 4, married 13 years, got my college degree in 08 thanks to Voc Rehab. I live in Nebraska, so I don't have quite the woes with the RO that some do since ours is so small, so no real horror stories from me.

Nice to be here, Ill put my feet up, and hopefully figure out at some point how I can post in a forum besides this one......

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