I know that I have not been as active as usual, but I have been dealing with a lot of personal issues, moving, getting used to an enlarged family, dealing with Senators Craif office about the VARO lying about my use at Edgewood Arsenal, 2 quickly scheduled C&P exams, that were bogus, neither doc had my C File available. But the activity on the board seems to be on the decline, is it that veterans are going other places for advice, or is it apathy? There are approx 500,000 american GW vets drawing VA compensation, I fin d it hard to believe that they are all happy with their ratings. Or are they just handling their stress in dealing with the VA in silence? For you visitors, please join the group and share and ask questions, we all learn when anyone asks new questions and even oold ones it brings out different ideas on how to handle the claim.
Posts: 1381 | From: South Carolina | Registered: Jul 2005
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Sorry, Mike... I took a few days to drive to Oklahoma to see family. Was going to stay longer, but I could feel myself getting dragged "down" emotionally with things there.
My sister (also a Gulf War Vet) is living in such a state of depression. She has a support system in place (family), but needs to decide for herself to get help. The VA has offered her a 6-wk inpatient program for PTSD. She's in a very self-destructive mode right now and has a tendency to give up. She doesn't have use of internet, so she isn't aware of information that can help her (she lives in a very rural area).
I hope you're doing better now and adjusting to your changes. I think we just have some quiet members as membership has increased to 320 now. I support your invitation to them to speak up.
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Im here lurking a lot. Just took a bit of a break for a while to work on my own VA claim. It seems my claim went to the raters on the 19th of this month so it looks like we may get a descision in 2006. Also been busy on my political site with the 2006 elections comming up.
Posts: 350 | From: Seeleylake Montana | Registered: Jul 2005
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I've been making an enormous effort to claim my life back from the couch. Energy is very limited and I don't know how many times I have left in me to get up and get going again. Mentally I have lost the want to and my wife and kids are the only reason I make the effort anymore. Tomorrow I see the counsalor at the VA again but no words and no drugs are going to get me over the fact I hate lying around, never was the inactive couch potato type and after just a few days horizontal I go bezerk wanting to get up and do something. God blessed me with a great family and probably to keep me alive for some unknown reason, so I will have to endure to the end.
You all are always in my thoughts and I gather strength knowing some of you suffer worse and find the will. I remember the story that Billy the Kid in the movie "Young Guns" tells about the three China men playing a game and the first two run off and the last guy says he will finish the game. I will finish the game. Its those dark days when it feels the Grim Reaper has his bony hand around my spine sqeezing that I give in to despair. Church was really nice yesterday and grants me comfort. I've been taking my frustration out on my wife and she's pretty upset, but just doesn't seem to understand the effect of constant pain and fatigue on my mood.
Why does the government just dish out some comp then quit looking to find a way to make me better, their scraps ain't half of what I would make working and there is no money value on the loss of not being able to play with my kids and be more for them. What a huge mess. Their judgement day is coming and I find some satisfaction knowing they will be punished for transgressing against such sacred oaths as we entered into. What good does it do them to inherit all the power and riches of this earth only to lose their souls. I can't find it in me to ask forgiveness or mercy upon them. Keep your chin up and powder dry and the world will turn and maybe tomorrow will bring a fresh breath of hope. Keith
Posts: 546 | From: Washington State | Registered: Jul 2005
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Hey, I've been lurking too. I gave up on the VA, They wont even give me a diagnosis, I Know That its just a tactic to make me give up. I've decided to strictly civillian care..I'll let y'all know how it turns out.
P.S. I quit my job and am going to school before my GI bill runs out. It was getting difficult to work any more I've got enough money to make it for a while anyway.
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Posts: 134 | From: Tx | Registered: Nov 2005
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