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Prepping for a VA reavaluation

One shotOne shot Member Posts: 1,064
edited April 2006 in US Military Veteran Forum
Just got the paperwork started for my reavaluation with the local VA. Wife says my temper is getting out of control and the other little quirks are becoming a pain in the butt. They are trying to schedule an appointment with the shrink.[:)] The VA rep thinks it my mood swings and years of sleep problems may be linked to PNS. I myself think this is thier "catch all" for things they can not explain. I guess I will humor them and go along with it for a while. They did do a nice job fixing my ears and it is nice being able to hear again, not like I once did, but beter none the less.

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  • FEENIXFEENIX Member Posts: 10,557 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Good luck! Hope everything goes well.
  • sarge_3adsarge_3ad Member Posts: 8,387
    edited November -1
    I to turned in a request for a reevaluation on my joint pain. After 2 years of the doctors telling me to find a different job, I finally gave up my $19.00 per hour job. I just could't take the pain anymore. Now I've got bills to pay while I'm waiting around for the VA, and it seems they are taking their time. It's getting really tough to make ends meet. I thought I had credit insurance on my loans and credit cards but I'm finding out now that I have none. I've got this little gun shop, but the interest on my loans are eating up the profits. Hopefully the Va will speed up.
  • n/an/a Member Posts: 168,427
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by sarge_3ad
    I to turned in a request for a reevaluation on my joint pain. After 2 years of the doctors telling me to find a different job, I finally gave up my $19.00 per hour job. I just could't take the pain anymore. Now I've got bills to pay while I'm waiting around for the VA, and it seems they are taking their time. It's getting really tough to make ends meet. I thought I had credit insurance on my loans and credit cards but I'm finding out now that I have none. I've got this little gun shop, but the interest on my loans are eating up the profits. Hopefully the Va will speed up.


    Good luck sarge. I certainly hope you have better luck thank I've had with the VA.
  • sandwarriorsandwarrior Member Posts: 5,599
    edited November -1
    I'm thinking I got lucky, After four years of jumping out of perfectly good airplanes I got out. I had a couple problems with my right knee when I was in. After three years of working in construction one day my knee locked up. When it came down to who was going to take responsibility, the State of Nevada sent to the VA for my medical records...there was one sheet left with a make-up shot. That was all that was left of my medical records.... Anyhow, it worked out for the best because at that point the State picked up the entire medical bill...all future bills on it, gave me a settlement for losing my construction job, and retraining. The VA wouldn't give but one tenth of what I got going through workmans comp. I feel bad for the guys that have to fight for peanuts after they fought with their lives and bodies. Actually, it more like makes me really mad... good luck to all of you having to work to get what you already earned.
  • One shotOne shot Member Posts: 1,064
    edited November -1
    sarge_3ad: Keep the faith brother, thats all we can do. After all the paperwork I have filled out and seeing the types of questions I think it is geared to ones failure. Joint pain is another one I am being checked for. Mostly in my shoulders and knees. I will be damned if I am going to give up my full time job, worked to damn hard to get where I am at. Thanks all.
  • n/an/a Member Posts: 168,427
    edited November -1
    Keep working on it! After many years of putting in for reevaluation on my VA claim I finally got my 100% service conection. I started out at 10% after Desert Storm in 1991 and slowly got moved up the ladder. My service conections range from "undiagnosed illnesses" to PTSD. The list of everything in the middle is to long for this posting.
    The best advice I can give you is LIST EVERYTHING. I don't care if it was only an ingrown toenail that you went on sick call for list it. Good for instance, I broke my little finger while I was in, I have a rating for that finger. That rateing is at 0%, but 0% is still a rateing. So list it all on your VA paperwork.
  • Red223Red223 Member Posts: 7,946
    edited November -1
    I shattered a disc in my back and got the boot with a 40% rating. Every morning I wake up a little worse...I'm putting it off as long as I can but eventually I have to let them fuse my spine together.

    The VA won't be doing it...nearest place to get it done is an Army Hospital in Hawaii with a bad record of surgery success's.

    I'll wait until I'm in a wheelchair. Probably will be 12-16 months out.


    Good luck with your VA visit. You'll need it with those quacks.
  • sandwarriorsandwarrior Member Posts: 5,599
    edited November -1
    Red223,

    If it means anything the University of Minnesota did an outstanding job on my wifes back. She had a herniated disc that was pressing against the left radial nerve from L5. She came out of srugery feeling relief even though she was sore. If you get a chance I certainly recommend them.
  • One shotOne shot Member Posts: 1,064
    edited November -1
    The problem with my records, is that our medics did not do such a hot job of documenting all my treatment. Another problem is the fact I have waited 15 years to address some of these problems I have been having. The most recent was treatment for my hearing, which they sent me to a local specialist. I have been pondering the idea of letting them replace my left knee, but am not a big fan of pain.
  • n/an/a Member Posts: 168,427
    edited November -1
    Make sure you reevaluate if you get that unemployable!

    THat way you can get dental and eye from the VA, also you can get your family covered through tri-care so they have medical. Also If you are 100% total and perm. your kids can go to college (paid for). And there are alot of other bennies for you family.

    Like I said on my other post in this subject. I have had my 100% for 2 years now and I am still learning about all the extras that comes with it.

    I also got my SSD with no evaluation after I got 100%. Social Security took my VA medical records and used them for my evaluation.

    I now at 39yo (almost 40) have $4200mo income without working. And I can get some part time work if I wanted as long as I don't make more than $830mo.
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