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Hello fellow veterans.
I had an experience over years- each Spring, feel a lot better after the much worse Winter. A chronic, physical, neurological, pain condition means the normal forces of life get multiplied or muted.
This year, worst Winter, but Spring brought a good day- so I went out, Motrin augmented, and used tractor to fix dirt road that was like a moonscape of potholes.
People came out along the stretch. Some angered, some wondering, some wanting to talk, and one person offered 600 for gravel in front of their place.
While placing the gravel (showing where to dump it) someone else wanted gravel next door on the road- I saw to it.
Soon, 10,000 dollars of gravel spread over a mile- and all I had to do was show people the gravel was appropriate for their investment, the results were obvious.
So, eventually, over a month passed, 60 truckloads (30 trips) and the road was done. Some complained, others angry, others reassuring, others with critical useful information (how to make the road).
I went home when someone took a tractor and dug up the gravel in a sort of angry move.
When I went home, wondered how I worked for a month plus past the much worse pain, pain from Motrin harming kidneys, yet when I got home, was unwilling to do laundry, clean house, vacuum, Spring cleaning... I thought hard. The answer?
The Placebo Effect.
No, I took no sugar pills- but when one goes to be tested with a sugar pill it is always a PERSON saying the pill helped. A PERSON that one meets up with to see the results.. It is the PERSON not the PILL that makes a significant percentage feel their symptoms improve temporarily.
So, I realized, this year the Spring improvement was augmented by leaving the home- Nature always guides with discomfort if doing the wrong thing, pleasure if doing the right thing- moving back towards being near others- mean, angry, helpful, reassuring, no matter- just be near the (if you will) herd.
Disability isolates, insulates, makes one away from others, more so with time. I avoid getting help from family- over decades it just hurts em to see it. I avoid the VA because they very, very, often do more harm than good if not extremely vigilant.
Disability alters sleep-wake time. It makes people get introverted. It makes ordinary pleasures- eating at a restaurant- unpleasant. Makes having a mate problematic (in a few senses). But aside from all this, merely being NEAR OTHERS in a physical, not just online way (I am pretty much a spider on the web, dispensing solutions wherever inspired, since the days of Compuserve, Netscape, and Prodigy). I can explain how this probably works.
In each persons gut (mouth to tail) there are microbes, bacteria like, much or most of your body weight is not you. This means much of what makes a human operate or inoperable is the microbes NOT suffering from your disability- but from isolation from OTHER HUMANS and their microbiome. Just being near a person (not necessarily that close!) means your microbiome matches up with other peoples- and a silent equalizing happens.
This explains why pain is so depressing, why depression is so isolating, and why isolating is so pandemic to the disabled.
This explains how the Placebo Effect works.
This explains why young people join terrorist groups- and how to fix it- get a non terror group for them to join.
This explains in part why people laugh more, louder, at jokes if in a room of people
This explains how people suspend disbelief much more in a theater than alone watching a show
Altogether, a solution offered for those in misery and won't even let that word (and others) pop to the surface of their awareness is to just get near other people. Try this...
Go to a grocery store or similar venue. Walk slow, be fairly dressed, not unkempt. Shop. When you see someone with another person, just walk up real discreet and comment on their purchase. See how they light up? Do it again. And again. Maybe crack a joke.
Now, go to the checkstand. Pay for what you bought. When the checker (forced) says ...would you like to donate your money or change to ... you say ...Nah, I am trying to quit... or tell them another joke (Do these GMO free eggs come with free HBO?)
When you leave, look how you feel- do you feel better mentally despite the possible pain from ambulating about?
Seems plain we vets should try to meet up with other, very near, vets for a bite to eat, a pizza party, a regularly recurring thing. Something like a 12 step group without the ...stuff that has creeped into that movement over decades... Maybe call it a Half Step movement? At Ease? Ah. Not good at naming things.
Let me know if this resonates with you. Try to please Nature by getting near others even if you usually wait to feel better to get out- instead, feel better by meeting up, even hold a meet at your place if practical. Hot dogs and a loaf of bread and ketchup probably is enough.
Consider the reward from being selfless. If you want a smile, see this video and if you identify with its meme about pain and being trapped. Notice the hero is not alone.
I am wondering what the proper procedure is for revoking my vso's poa and representing my claim myself. I contacted my regional VA office in reference to the matter and they informed me that I needed to fill out a form 21-22 and fax it in to the office. I noticed that form 21-22 is the power of attorney form for adding a vso which I do not want to do. I looked at the form 21-22a (for adding an individual) but think it would be silly to fill out a form to give poa to myself. I really don't want the VSO that I am currently involved with to have access to my records. I understand from doing a few searches on this subject that it may be a difficult procedure, but I did not see anywhere that actually stated a procedure to accomplish this. Thanks for any help in the matter.
BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING GET A COPY OF BOTH YOUR C-FILE AND YOUR SMR.
THEN, ASK YOURSELF A QUESTION,
ANY PROOF IT HAPPEND IN SERVICE?
ANY PROOF IT HAPPEND AFTER SERVICE BECAUSE OF SOMTHING?
THATS IT FOLKS.. FROM THERE IF YOU GET A DENIAL THEN IMMEDIATE APPLEAL FORM 9. DO NOT GO FOR A DRO DO NOT GO FOR ANYTHING ELSE BECAUSE AS LONG AS THE FILE IS IN APPEAL WITH THE FORM 9 THEN YOU HAVE A DOCKET #..... ITS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.... THOUGH I WILL WARN YOU DEVELOP THE APPEAL IN THE RIGHT MANNER AS YOU GO. IF ITS WRONG THAN WITHDRAW BUT IF CORRECT THAN BRING IT BECAUSE IT CREATES MORE PRECEDENCE FOR OTHER APPEALS AND YOURS.. DO NOT !!!!! ASK A VSO TO DO ANY THING... ALL THEY WILL TELL YOU TO DO IS PROLONG THEY STATE AND CONFUSE YOU. ITS FINE TO GET A VSO AFTER YOU FILED THE FORM 9 BUT IMTELLING YOU TO FILE AS SOON AS YOU GET A DENIAL. FILE A FORM 9 OUT OF THE GATE SO THAT YOU ARE ON TRACK. THOSE THAT TELL YOU THAT YOU NEED TO WAIT FOR A SOC OR A SSOC ARE VERY WRONG. YOU CAN FILE TO GET A DOCKET NUMBER THAN KEEP TRACK OF YOUR APPEAL THROUGH THE 1800 NUMBER OR KEEP SENDING IN MAIL TO THE BVA THAT ASKS FOR AN APPEAL.. THIS IS FINE BY LAW AND A LOT OF OLDER VETERANS DONT WANT THIS TO BE TRUE. JUST PLEASE STOP USING THE VSO'S ALL THEY DO IS CREATE CHAOS WITH THE TIME FRAME OF APPEALS. IF YOU DONT BELEIVE ME GO FOR IT. YOUR THE ONLY ONE WHO WILL LOSE. IM HERE TO HELP. MESSAGE ME ANY TIME.
broncovet posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum,The NVLSP launched its Burn Claim Assistance program: Details at the NVLSP website:
I have a C&P exam scheduled for next week for sleep apnea. I completed an at home sleep study sent by VES. However, I just visited ebenefits and noticed that my claim has been closed before my scheduled exam. Anyone ever experience this?
rebabevets posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum,I already get compensation for bladder cancer for Camp Lejeune Water issue, now that it is added to Agent Orange does it mean that the VA should pay me the difference between Camp Lejeune and 1992 when I retired from the Marine Corps or do I have to re-apply for it for Agent Orange, or will the VA look at at current cases already receiving bladder cancer compensation. I’m considered 100% Disabled Permanently
Ddsr posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum,The 5, 10, 20 year rules...
Five Year Rule) If you have had the same rating for five or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless your condition has improved on a sustained basis. All the medical evidence, not just the reexamination report, must support the conclusion that your improvement is more than temporary.
Ten Year Rule) The 10 year rule is after 10 years, the service connection is protected from being dropped.
Twenty Year Rule) If your disability has been continuously rated at or above a certain rating level for 20 or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless it finds the rating was based on fraud. This is a very high standard and it's unlikely the rating would get reduced.
If you are 100% for 20 years (Either 100% schedular or 100% TDIU - Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability or IU), you are automatically Permanent & Total (P&T). And, that after 20 years the total disability (100% or IU) is protected from reduction for the remainder of the person's life. "M-21-1-IX.ii.2.1.j. When a P&T Disability Exists"
At 55, P&T (Permanent & Total) or a few other reasons the VBA will not initiate a review. Here is the graphic below for that. However if the Veteran files a new compensation claim or files for an increase, then it is YOU that initiated to possible review.
NOTE: Until a percentage is in place for 10 years, the service connection can be removed. After that, the service connection is protected.
Example for 2020 using the same disability rating
1998 - Initially Service Connected @ 10%
RESULT: Service Connection Protected in 2008
RESULT: 10% Protected from reduction in 2018 (20 years)
2020 - Service Connection Increased @ 30%
RESULT: 30% is Protected from reduction in 2040 (20 years)
broncovet posted an answer to a question,While the BVA has some discretion here, often they "chop up claims". For example, BVA will order SERVICE CONNECTION, and leave it up to the VARO the disability percent and effective date.
I hate that its that way. The board should "render a decision", to include service connection, disability percentage AND effective date, so we dont have to appeal "each" of those issues over then next 15 years on a hamster wheel.