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Phyllis Crager

Getting readty to file for Disability


Good Morning and Happy New Year,

 I am a concern parent of a Boatswain Mate that recently got out of the Navy in September last year. He is having hip, back, neck pain no sleep that he thought would go away after leaving the Navy and the routine daily work. If anything it has gotten worse. My husband and daughter and I convince him into filing a calm which he started last night. To our surprise he had a lot more issues wrong with him than we thought going through the list of ailments on the forms. He works full time has a wife and a son and one on the way.  He has no insurance yet because he can not afford it and his wife is half though her pregnancy. He will be starting college January that will help his income if he can do both work full time and school full time. My concern is he didn't get treated medically for hip and back pain or trouble even though we told him to. He didn't want to look weak. It took the Navy forever to look at his feet he had a ingrown toe nail that wouldn't get better I thought for sure it would have to be amputated. So he didn't want to complain and was strong and he suffered, he was worried about it being put in his file and it would stop him from getting a job. He is 26 years old this month he went from our house to the Navy's house. He is really having a hard time mentally and physically since he has been out of the Navy. I tried to tell him to file before getting out but he thought being disable it would stop him from getting jobs. Please any thoughts or advice would be so appreciated.

Thank You in Advance,

A Concern Mother



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Your son will need a service nexus for the conditions he is claiming.

A Nexus is a reason or cause for the current problems he is having.

I am sure he left the Military with a complete copy of his SMRs ( Service Medical Records) and his Personnel file.

His discharge certificate might contain something to help his claim.

"He is having hip, back, neck pain no sleep that he thought would go away after leaving" etc.

These  are probably related conditions but hard to determine what the main disability would be..

Any mental issues as well would need an established inservice nexus,reason,or  cause.

Can he join us here?

Does he get any medical care at all yet?

If so, has he been given any diagnoses at all?

The hip,back, neck could be any one of many types of diagnosed conditions,primary and secondary.

Also he could possibly fall under the Chronic Presumptive regulations -if you mean September 2016 discharge date ,but very few vets fall under these regulations.

It is important for us to always consider them.But they depend on a firm diagnosis.


  It is best that he list the most disabling condition first, then anything that could be secondary (due to) the prime conditions.Is he going to try to get medical attention soon?

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