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DeaconDukes

What A Difference A Year Can Make!

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Hi everyone

I am 53 and I got my 100 % unemployability in one fell swoop in October of last year. I got SSDI in May of last year. I was homeless and in the per diem program in CA. I was an a way a victim of the great recession. After the recession started I could no longer make ends meet and I become homeless. Two years ago I was sleeping in my car and unaware of my benefits and learning about the local shelters. I was unaware of even a local program for homeless vets. I was having panic attacks and went in to the VA clinic because I thought I was about to die. They could find nothing physically wrong with me and sent me to the Psychiatrist that was on duty and she diagnosed me (after a lengthy interview) and also told me about a program for homeless vets. I have been dealing with a mood disorder for years that prevented me from working certain jobs around people. I worked best by myself but had a hard time working by a schedule. I knew something was wrong and I had sought treatment periodically through the years which actually help create a paper trail back to my military service. But at the time I was unaware of SC or pensions. And when I was assigned and talked to my mental heath case worker/ counselor after being admitted into the per diem program and he found out that I was treated while in the service for mental health reasons he told me that I had a possible "service connection disability." I had never heard of that before. We requested my records and the mental health records were lost but in my regular medical records there was noted that I was given medication that is only used for psychiatric reasons. After that documentation the game was afoot and in 13 months I had both SSDI (7 months) and my SC (13 months.) and 100 % at that with back pay.

I struggle with revealing my source of income with people. This forum thread has been helpful and have given me some ideas on how to address this sensitive area.. It is comforting to know that others have the same concerns. I think some people are jealous. But I thank God for my income because in this economy I don't think I would be able to hang. I also struggle with the idea that even though my disability is service connected I don't believe that it is service caused like PSTD. (Bi-Polar runs in my family.) I was just lucky I was diagnosed while in the military and treated and had a paper trail that created a nexus between my service and my present unemployability. What a difference 2 years make? From being hopeless and homeless and ignorant and depressed to now having my physical needs met and freedom to deal with my limitations with out the stress of having to make ends meet and keep body and soul together.

I let as few people as possible know about my disability. People react funny and also will use it against you at the drop of a hat.

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Glad to hear that things are turning around for you. As for where your income comes from, let it be a mystery. You don't have to explain to anyone.

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Deacon:

You don't have to explain anything about your income unless you want to do that. As far as bi-polar it could have been aggravated and your service. Trust me the fact you were awarded 100% by VA and Social Security is all that you need.

I got Social Security when I was 49 and after awhile I figured even though many people ask you what you do most could care less. Its kind of a general hello type question. I found that just saying I took early retirement was enough in most cases.

I have panic attacks and I also had good jobs most that allowed me to work on my own. It sure was hell when I could not walk into a public building or when I had a panic attack while making a presentation to a Commissioners Court. For the most part most people were very nice to me.

Don't look back look forward and in todays world you and I are blessed as we have pretty good security more than most.

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(((((((((((((( Deacon )))))))))))))

Your story is what makes my day ! A year ago I was having silent panic attacks (if you can imagine that) - It was a rough couple of years, a new diagnosis for my Veteran and well, it was pretty rough and tough for awile there......the folks here on Hadit threw me a life preserver more than once. It took a very long time to get my husbands claim completely rated and alot of red tape to meander through. I learned alot, I try to pass on tips to other Veterans and I can now afford the medication I needed for those panic attacks thanks to ChampVA.

As for your explanation of where you income comes from, it's no ones business but your own.

A great way to start my day, Thank you for sharing !!!!!

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