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VA definition of combat activity


I thought I read somewhere that the VA description of combat activity included "Preparing for combat" as well as actively in combat.  I have looked for the legal VA definition and can't find it.  Can anyone provide a link or past the legal definition in here for me?


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Thanks  EODCMC- you are correct and I just started to put the link here, but you beat me to the punch. CRSC requires "Disabilities that may be considered combat related include injuries incu

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.... he looked at the list, not the stuff in the binder, and said we should file for this and not that because these will be easier and these will be harder.  He told me I read too much and doing the research is his job.

Even cockroaches run when the light is turned on. Ronald Regan said that the most dangerous sentence in the English language is, "Im with the government and am here to help you."  

Keep it in perspective:  YOUR VSO is almost certainly getting paid (directly or indirectly) from VA.  He represents "your opponent".  

Changing VSO's may not help and, of course, there are very good, knowledgeable VSO's.  This isnt one of them.  

Here is the trouble picking a VSO:

    You have to pick one that is "available".  And, the trouble is the ones with a great reputation and experience are very busy serving other Vets.  So, when you call the office to ask for a VSO, they connect you with one who is "available" probably because he is either new or has a bad reputation.  The good ones are taken.  Switching VSO's will be changing one set of problems and faults for another.  Its like getting a divorce..sometimes you get a worse spouse than the one you divorced!!!  They are "fresh out" of perfect spouses, BUT, someone said YOU can change and be one.

     You can also research and become a great source of knowledge for other  Vets.  Im getting old...and scheduled for surgury in a few days.  

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Gunny, your dellema is that you don't have your "STRs". The VA will get this information rather quickly and won't act on your claim until they do. 

Regrettably, it usually takes nearly a year for the VA to send the C file to you. If you haven't sent your FOIA request, I suggest you do it now. Your VSO should do this for you.

Therefore, you are pretty much in the dark when gauging the strength of your claim unless you have a very considerate VSO and will brief you. They can see this info, usually. However, they cannot give it to you in any form except verbally.

Hang in there Marine! From what you have told us, you are in pretty good shape. Just a little catching up to do and a bit of a waiting game. 

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So what do you recommend?  Should I just go it alone, using this forum as my help line?  I don't even know what the FL VSO is doing for me.  I thought he got copies of everything I did and would be telling me the next step but he said he doesn't get the notifications.  I also assumed he could see everything available on line, stuff I couldn't see, because he had some special log on.  I do know he couldn't see my STR, I still don't have those either.

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From my experience Bronc is right and has helped countless folks here. I would add, use the help you get here to gently nudge your VSO in the right direction. They have a mandate to help you.

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