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We're nearing a thousand Navy Veterans on our site and growing rapidly now. As vets, we hear and see a lot on the news about how difficult it can be to get benefits and treatment. I've met and seen a lot of great sailors get injured and put on partial and full disability.

What are some other common hazards, disabilities and ailments that you've seen shipmates suffer from? You're going to see some additional content on the site soon on topics such as these so Navy Vets wants to hear from its own members so we can educate and begin providing you with some resources.

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There is no conspiracy in this country.... makes you wonder, just what in the hell does go on behind the scenes...Just how low will the stoop. Good post Tim.....BLUE
I could swear that you didn't have to be only "in country" to be exposed to AO! All a person needs to be is a handler or on/in a place it was handled? I could swear that the VA knows that too... My best wishes to your sis and maybe a letter to a newspaper or TV station would help at this point. Also temporary support from FISH or home town agency for food or clothes or others would be helpful to get her through...You can call the City Hall to get the phone numbers that her town has for a person tha fits the needs she may have. Also local Veterans Agencys can offer help too. Best Wishes!!!!!
I am also applying for disability. Has anyone from the USS Ranger (CVA-61) been able to prove they were exposed to agent orange during the time period 1961 to 1965? I was onboard Ranger at that time....we were off the coast several times, I could see the coast clearly. I think we also must have had it on board because we dropped it on the land for several years.

Any help would be appreciated...

Jack Smart
DKSN, S-4 Division (Disbursing)
They are deliberately not approving US Navy unless you can prove "boots on the ground" bull. They don't want blue water navy!

 they should know water had to be processed for drinking and bathing from the water the ship was anchored at,they are tryin  to ignore the facts cause then they'd have to own up .steve gibson usn retired.

I too am service-connected disabled, total and permanent. My disabilites are degenerative disk disease, spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia, psiatica as well as a host of others. I had surgery at Portsmouth Naval Hospital January, 2000, a procedure that took over 4 hours. From that day, I had 45 days in recovery and my condition only worsened. Almost a year later, I was referred to the Medical Board, reviewed, determined to be at 20% disability, and recommended for medical discharge, which took place 16 JUN 2003. Unable to work and turned down from the Vocational Rehab program due to disabilities and the fact that I would be unable to obtain and sustain suitable employment, I thought I would be ok since I had received severance pay from the DOD and was rated at 70% through the VA. This was not the case. The VA began monthly payments but what I was unaware of until I began receiving my payments is that the VA would recoup that amount of money that I had received from the DOD. The only amount of money that I received was dependent payment, which wasn't enough to help us out. My wife worked but was beginning a new job here at home and was being paid minimum wage. In the mean time, I put in for Unemployability and initially was turned down because I could brush my teeth. They actually told me that because I can take a shower and brush my teeth, all of 15 to 20 minutes, I should be able to hold an 8 hour job. Even with the fact in their hand that the last full year in the Navy I was only working 2 hours when I could on a medical chit/light duty in constant care under my Neurologist at PNH. I resubmitted the claim and this time it came back approved, with backpay. Beyond that, I was reading an article in the Navy Times that was talking about the DOD to review cases of medical discharges dating back to September 2001 rated at 20% or less. I found out what I had to do to get my package submitted with my Medical records from the Navy, VA file and Social Security paperwork (which I had received total and permanent disability from them in 2005). I submitted my package and within 3 to 4 months found out that I was being re-rated with full total and permanent disability fom the DOD. It was a long hard, white knuckled journey, however, I followed through with the help of the DAV and VFW, following every word of advice and diligence and it paid off for me. I give God the praise and glory because without him, it would not have worked out as it did. I would advise everyone seeking disability benefits from the VA/DOD to enlist the help of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Don't give up. The DAV and the VFW offers help with their Service Officers at no charge. I am in pain daily, unable to obtain employment, and taking pain medicine up to 4 times a day. I am a stay-home Dad and currently picking up with my college classes where I left off. I truly miss being in uniform, serving my country. If physically able, I would still be in uniform today in the greatest branch of the Military, the U.S. Navy.
Terry I commend you for standing tall and not giving up and getting all that you so deserve for all that you gave for our Country. Thank you for your Service my Friend!! My husband was a Gunners mate on the USS Waddell 1982-1986 based out of san Diego. We met in 86 three months after he was out of the navy. We raised 4 daughters and a Son , have 9 grandchildren and are rasing 2 grandsons ages 7 and 10 and have a daughter age 23 serving in the Navy over in Atsugi Naval Air Base in Japan and was recently deployed on the USS GW with her Squadron "The Iron Gauntlets"( VAQ-136), with Airwing 5. She is an Aviation Machinist Mate Airman. I was an MP in the US Army back in 76-79 myself.
Hi Cora. It was an honor to serve our country, the greatest country in the world. Thank you, your husband and daughter for your service as well. My Dad was in the Air Force, my Grandpa was in the Navy in WWII and my Father-in-law was in the Army. I hope that your daughter enjoys her time in Atsugi. I loved it when I was there from February 1989 to January 1991. I was in HS-12 detached to the USS Midway (CV-41). At the time, I was fresh out of high school and very homesick, but I loved being there. We were required to get our driver's license and once I did that, I would rent a car on the weekend and go out and explore. if I didn't get a car, I would hop on the train and take off to Yokohoma or Yokosuka and just go out and have fun seeing the sites and meeting the people.
GOD BLESS YOU AND DAM THE VA! GLAD YOU are here to tell us!
Since the VA does NOT monitor those of us that were exposed to asbestos does anyone have experience with what happens after a Vet is diagnosed with a lung disease associated with asbestos exposure?

I was in the Navy from October 09, 1972 until September 19, 1980 and prior to my discharge I had a large red ASBESTOS stamped on my medical records jacket and was monitored every six months, however after 9/19/80 according to the VA I was no longer exposed to asbestos. Great feeling NOT to have been exposed until I was asked to give depositions in eight cases for fellow shipmates from the USS Oriskany CV-34 and USS Ranger CV-61. All eight died prior to getting their cases settled by the VA so the VA was able to slip by and FAIL another eight Veterans.
I hope you have those suck egg politicians envolved!

i was on the point defiance, lsd-31 asbestos doesn't go away,i have a claim as well with the va they've denied me twice and i've appealed twice,they now say i'm suffering from an illness due to exposure.the docs i had seen would imply but not say what it was,so i decided to see an internist she ordered   a bmp lab work and looked at records from other doctors i was seeing her dianosis was copd stage 3 plus type 2 diabetes,am sure the first will clinch my claim,my claim is in review board just sittin there but with new evidence should get accepted.don't know if my record had asbestos stamped on it but should've been cause the ship was built with it.


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