I was there then too and I have it marked as present, but I haven't gotten anything for it ?
My Daughter had a birth defect, she needed open heart surgery as a baby to repair it ...
Guess I need to go through the process...
I am sure i am brain damaged too, but proving that will be harder
I wish the best for all of you with this, however, their track record is less than stellar.
Look how long they diddled around with Agent Orange and RVN Vets. FM
My first child was stillborn at full term, with a horrifically misshapen head. I wonder just how many of us there are.
A fucking shitload. Some of us also know we have SOMETHING wrong, but can't prove it and nobody has any idea.
There's a documentary I saw on this a while back, you guys affected should look it up. Bases, especially air force bases and surrounding areas, have the highest water pollution in the nation. If you really knew how bad the military industrial complex has been on the environment, you'd be shocked. There are many "known contaminated well sites" and Camp Lejune is one of the worst --or one of the worst so far known.
If you can get rated, get it. But don't expect the VA to help. As it is I have to instruct them on how to use the equipment in the office. Not kidding.
Before dealing with VA, make sure to go to American Legion (or another, I go to Legion and they've done me right). They'll make sure the paperwork goes through and do all the work for you, because it is a full time job.
100% rating or unemployability is $3k per month. Disability is only $1200 or so if you even qualify for it. I sacrificed the best part of me for my country and not myself; the least they can do is fill my goddamn safe for me on the back end. Getting this will be your new full time job though, and trust me, you have to be fucked up to get money. I know one guy from Vietnam who took 40 years to get his Agent Orange rating and another waited just as long who was documented as being part of fucking SHAD (to see how nasty shit spreads on Naval ships to determine their effectiveness in battle). A guy that was in the trench when the set off the A-bomb. You'd think they'd be cut and dried, but no.