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Wife Of Vietnam Era Vet And Our 2 Children. The Va's Mistreatment To This Day!


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Hello, I am writing at the disgust of the VA's attitude to my husbands LOD injury that occurred in 1968 while in Grafenwoehr, Germany while there with many other units from all over Germany for a month of artillary training or simulating war, my husband refers it as "WAR Games" he told me that the ground shook from the heavy , continual artillary fire, missiles,cannons etc and trying to sleep at night in their tents was almost impossible because of the ground shaking from the shock waves,percussion of the heavy gun fire. During the 3rd week he awoken to extreme pain and his testicle was "size of a grapefruit" he went to the Grafenwoehr Annex on 2 -7-68 which they diagnosed him with Epididymitis,( known as a veneral disease (but his medical records state "nonveneral" ) and they treated him with ice packs, Darvon and bedrest called Epididymitis regimen but the swelling, pain and low grade fever continued so he was sent to the ER @ USAH Munich Germany on 2-21-68 he was diagnosed with DX. 6140: Epididymitis nonveneral vs Dx. 6170: Torsion. , they also did a Chest Xray upon arrival and the Dx reason was Torsion Testis (????) At Munich they did the Epididmyitis regimen for another 16days and the testis had no change ( hard, nontender in one note and soft and swollen in a other note on same days) so on 3-18-68 they decided my husband suffered enough so they performed a R. Orchiectomy and L. Orchioplexy and on the 19th they decided it was Torsion and the pathology report stated " Necrotic, infarcted with severe coagulation of the Testis" He was discharged on 3-17-68 and put on light duty. He told mr he can not remember alot due to the extreme pain he was in but somehow a helicopter is somehow in the picture as he is terrified to ride in one due to his experence in the Army which he told our son not too long ago. He filed for service related C+P prior to his honorable discharge on 10-1-68 and he was discharged on 10-4-68 prior to this and in August 28-68 he had a seperation exam at Ft Riley, Kansas in which my husband stated " Having problems with the surgery I had in Germany" so after his discharge or at this time he asked for help in coping with his loss the VA told him " YOU WILL GET OVER IT" Well he got his SC in 12-68 rated at 10% with 30% due to Creative organ loss but has been paid less than 200/mo. He refused ever to have anything to do with the VA after being rejected after asking for help and he traveled all over the US held a job here and there drank to excess was was court commited to a mental hospital 4 months prior to his reinduction date of 10-5-72. My husband is 10 years older than I and we have 2 children and finally after avoiding the VA I got him to go to increase his SC rate that was in 2003. I could not believe thway the VA treated us " You had children didn't you" " Oh I see you were diagnosed with Epididymitis a Veneral disease" My husband corrected them but they continue to throw it in our face even though the VA medical records state "NONVEN" No one has treated my husband or myself with respect and they ask why are you here after your husband had nothing to do with the VA for years!! I asked about Combat related due to his being in Grafenwoehr doing war games and his medical reports state LOD, I am told I do not know what I am talking about and they are the experts, I also asked about his 51 days inpatient and delayed diagnosis and how he was refused counseling for a loss that has affected his manhood and how it impacted not only his life but our family. Our 2003 appeal is at BVA since August 2009 and the judge has not even opened his file.. I have had several surgeries had to go on disability and we are barely living but the VA could care less. I need to know if there are any other options as I really think there is no help for us.. A disgrace for a veteran who was so proud to serve his country at 18 years old and who was not only mistreated by our govertment but also our citizens as he had eggs thrown at him while in uniform in Chicago and New York... I have that same bitterness as he with our govertment.. Thanks for allowing me to vent. Cathy Anderson

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He could be receiving the highest rating for this condition. The way VA rates epididymitis is within the recent BVA decision:

http://www4.va.gov/vetapp10/files2/1015247.txt

"I asked about Combat related due to his being in Grafenwoehr doing war games"

War games are not considered combat.

"I also asked about his 51 days inpatient and delayed diagnosis and how he was refused counseling for a loss that has affected his manhood and how it impacted not only his life but our family."

What was the diagnosis and has he formally claimed it as secondary to his epididymitis?

Our 2003 appeal is at BVA since August 2009 and the judge has not even opened his file..BVA decisions often take 2 years or more to be resolved.

The BVA ombudsman might be able to tell you a possible time frame for a decision .It would only be a quess as they have thousands of claims there.

Has he formally applied for the SMC

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The BVA ombudsman can be emailed at bvaombudsman@va.gov

Does he have current treatment records for any mental health issue that could possibly be attributed to the epdidymitis-such as depression?

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He filed for service related C+P prior to his honorable discharge on 10-1-68 and he was discharged on 10-4-68 prior to this and in August 28-68 he had a seperation exam at Ft Riley, Kansas in which my husband stated " Having problems with the surgery I had in Germany" so after his discharge or at this time he asked for help in coping with his loss the VA told him " YOU WILL GET OVER IT"

Well he got his SC in 12-68 rated at 10% with 30% due to Creative organ loss but has been paid less than 200/mo.

I could not believe thway the VA treated us " You had children didn't you" "

I asked about Combat related due to his being in Grafenwoehr doing war games and his medical reports state LOD,

I am told I do not know what I am talking about and they are the experts, I also asked about his 51 days inpatient and delayed diagnosis and how he was refused counseling for a loss that has affected his manhood and how it impacted not only his life but our family. Our 2003 appeal is at BVA since August 2009 and the judge has not even opened his file..

I have had several surgeries had to go on disability and we are barely living but the VA could care less.

I need to know if there are any other options as I really think there is no help for us..

veille,

I fully understand your anger and frustration with the VBA and VAMC system.

It is very important though, when dealing with claims and accessing medical services,

to leave most of the emotional baggage completely out of the process.

Here are my questions in regards to your post.

" Well he got his SC in 12-68 at 10% with 30% due to Creative organ loss but has been paid less than 200/mo."

This does not look right. I have a feeling that he is SC'd at 10 percent and receives a SMC of a specific monthly

dollar amount for of creative organ. I don't see a "30%" current rating, with the monthly dollar amount you posted.

" I asked about Combat related due to his being in Grafenwoehr doing war games and his medical reports state LOD,"

War games and combat are separate and no where near the same, even if it feels like you're really at war.

Anything filed as "Combat related" would not apply to "war games".

" I also asked about his 51 days inpatient and delayed diagnosis and how he was refused counseling for a loss

that has affected his manhood and how it impacted not only his life but our family."

The 51 days of inpatient was more likely than not addressed in the original Rating Decision that granted SC.

As for being "refused counseling for a loss that has affected his manhood", I feel if he were to address this with

a VAMC - primary care provider, they can certainly submit a consult for him to receive "counseling for a loss

that affected his manhood" which is may more likely than not be a secondary condition to what he is currently

receiving SC for.

"Our 2003 appeal is at BVA since August 2009 and the judge has not even opened his file.. "

Appeal issues at the BVA level, usually take several years to get either a partial or full decision and/or remand.

What issues does he have that are at the BVA level ?

"I have had several surgeries had to go on disability and we are barely living but the VA could care less."

I agree that the VA could care less about this, but then it is not their job or their liability to be concerned

with this.

Their liability at this point and prior, is to compensate for the veteran's disability's that are found

to be SC'd.

Your surgeries and disability have nothing to do with the VA as he is not rated high enough

for you and/or the children,to receive additional dependent benefits.

Is your husband represented by a VSO and did he request a BVA Hearing ?

Has he been notified yet that his file has been transferred to the BVA ?

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Okay-----(1). " epididymitis " is not and never has been considered a "venereal" disesase (maybe some fool's incorrect ASSumption that, because it affects the male reproductive system and IS an "infection" thereof, that some idjit decides that it is a venereal disease, but, it ain't).

(2). "bilateral" epididymitis CAN cause infertility in the male, but, it is apparent that in your husband's situation that is not the case. And, yes, there can be, on the same day, a normal reaction to painful stimuli with, for example, the unaffected left testicle and a VERY intense response when the same stimuli is applied to the infected right testicle.

(3). And yes, it is entirely possible for a male to reproduce with only one testicle.

(4). And, I hate to say this, but, your husband has let this affect him much more than necessary.

Now, you are now saying "What The Hell does this FOOL know about it?"

Right?

Wellllll, First of All, my proof of all the above is named Joe...........and he just graduated from the University of Louisiana...........and he is my son.

My Wife and Sweetheart of 30+ years says that epididymitis doesn't seem to affect the male libido all that much, either.......................and I bow to her expertise and experience as the wife of a male epididymitis veteran.

Now, get yourself a GOOD veterans service officer and see if they can't connect the dots for the VA between your husband's epididymitis and his apparent depression caused by this disease. It can be done. It'd be nice if you could find a veterans service officer that has experienced this disease, but, hey, what's the odds of you being able to do THAT? Right?

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