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Good day to all...I am so glad I came across this website. I also have learned a lot in the past 3 months and wish I would have done my own homework before I submitted my claim in Jun 29 2014. VSO helped me submit it but the person there who supposedly was there to help me was a total jerk and some other words I cannot say. Fully developed claim happened around late Feb and was awarded 70% in Mar 2015, which I was thrilled, and of course the retro was nice...but they overlooked or just plain ignored other things in my STR's or perhaps just didn't have those records in my STR's from what should have been there from AD service. I also was denied one disability at the C&P exam which was done by QTC clinic here in San Antonio(what a joke). For now I am trying to figure out the best way to fight this decision and sure that this forum along with the helpful advice from the contributors on it should help me determine the best course of action to take, as I will also claim secondary disabilities soon. Need to gather more evidence and make some DR appointments. Take care and God bless.

Very Respectfully,


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Good day to all...I am so glad I came across this website. I also have learned a lot in the past 3 months and wish I would have done my own homework before I submitted my claim in Jun 29 2014. VSO hel

Welcome aboard and sorry to hear of your hard times, but happy for your 70%. Good luck and God Bless!!!

Welcome to the grind, or the rat cage. We have a nice hamster wheel reserved with your name on it.

All-American Airman,

Congratulations on your award.

For future claims, I would never depend on the VA to gather any evidence for you including your STRs. If I was you, I would request a copy of your c-file from the VA so you can see exactly what the VA has in your file. If the VA does not have your STRs, you can request copies of your STRs by going to Archives.org

You stated the VA "overlooked or just plain ignored other things in my STR's or perhaps just didn't have those records in my STR's from what should have been there from AD service." Did you have claims in for other issues that were denied? What were the other things in your STRs that were overlooked or ignored?

Good luck to you and thank you for your service.


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Welcome here David.

My baby girl is veteran, USAF Intel 7 years,and now employed at NSA, (DOD)

Are you working?

If not did the VA make any statement as to TDIU in the award letter?

We can help more if we know more........

San Antonio is hot but nice.....I stayed there when she graduated from BT at Lackland.

It was a culture shock for me. I live on the Appalachian Mountain Plateau here in NY.

Everything is green lush here during the summer but Lackland was very brown and dry.......

I dont like to travel but a USAF retiree went with me and it was Wonderful to see Lackland and so many families there in support of them all.

They sold videos of the BT and every airman was in the video.

I guess they sell DVDs of that these days.

My daughter was show on the swing over the training pool and also at the firing range.

She told me her M 16 failed to fire a few times,or maybe misfired,.... just like her dad's did in Vietnam.

I said 'Honey, maybe you had the same M 16 that he had. in the Vietnam.'

(To clarify, this was late 1997 and she was in the first 'segregated 'BT ,segregated meaning they put the female airmen through all they put the males through....the bivouac (? camp out ? I still dont speak AF well)

and all the other stuff...going under the wires etc etc....

The women did as good as the men did,. I don't know if the USAF continued that policy.

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