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joined site to get information on VA claim process. Served in the US Army from 1985 to 1991. Gulf War Veteran. Filed disability claim August 2010 for IBS, GERD, Diverticulosis and menustral disorder. Received letter from VA in November for additional information. Almost everything they needed had been sent a month or so after I filed. I don't understand why they would request the same information that I sent them. So, i just sent it again along with the proof that I served in SWA, which btw was on my DD form 214. I sent that to them highlighting the period I served and also sent them awards that I received for my services in the Gulf War.

I really enjoy reading the different stories, and learning so much about the process. This forum is awesome!

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Welcome to Hadit and Thank You for your service.

When you sent your paperwork did you send it certified with green signature card sent back to you for confirmation,

whenever dealing with the VA please make sure you do it that way so you know they received your paperwork.

Good Luck and we are here for you!

NJ

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Hi Pete

I requested a copy of all my medical records the same day I filed, and sent that information a month or so after along with my private medical provider records, which by the way included all of the diagnostic test results and office notes. The first time I failed to send the medical information certified, but the second time I did send it certified. I can't imagine what additonal information they would need. I have had every test you can think of because I didn't know and the doc didn't know why and as long as my insurance was paying for it they didn't mine paying for the different test. I got a lot of information from facebook(Jim Bunker & Denise Nichols) they both have a wealth of knowledge about GWI claims. So, really appreciate those two. Right now I am just waiting to hear what additional information they need.

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Hopefully they got all that they need. Good luck on your claim. If you are asked to do a C&P that would be a good sign.

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Guflwargirl,

I am also a newbie to this site, been reading a few stories and taking the knowledge I pick up from time to time. I have been in the VA system since 1973 and if you get your disability don't by no means ever give it up because of exams or the paperwork requirements the VA puts on the Vets. God Bless em...

At this point I am trying to get my disability back along with a secondary disability because of my original disability.

Just wanted to say hello and hope you have good luck with your claim. smile.png

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