I Am a Disabled Veteran

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    I deployed to foreign countries several times. No matter how many times you might have been there before, each time you come back different. You change mentally and physically. As long as I was able to get the medical clearance I went. However the demands of military life...
    livinfree1968 livinfree1968
    66-70, M
    3 Responses Nov 17, 2013

    VA Disability Payment Too Low.

    As a disabled Marine Corps veteran and DAV member I got an idea that might help. At first the VA didn't pay me what it was supposed to. Oh, my wife was having a hard time supporting us. I went to a Trinity Fellowship church. When ever our bills came due the church gave us some...
    mcvet13 mcvet13
    56-60, M
    1 Response Jul 1, 2013

    Service Connected Disabled Veteran

    Hi.  I am a US Army Veteran of 8 years active duty.  I served my country with pride and honor, did my job and did it well....110 per cent.  I knew the risks when I went in and I took it anyway.  Through that time, though, I wore my body down a bit, (my back...
    LovemyATX LovemyATX
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Apr 4, 2010

    Partial Disability, Medical Discharge

    Served 6 years with 3rd Inf (01-06), 3 tours (2 in Afghan, 1 in Iraq). Took a arty ied hit in humvee which put me out. Aside from hot shrapnel down the side of my chest, broke collar bone and a few broke ribs, A fractured 5th vertebrae from the shock is what got me out. I...
    deleted deleted
    Mar 29, 2011

    i have been fighting with the phx VA

    for 18 months trying to get surgery in my neck which is still not scheduled and has taken so long that tests have had to be redone, tests which are very painful such as an EMG nerve test. i have also been trying for the same period to get 100% disability for unemployability and...
    gumba30 gumba30
    31-35, M
    1 Response Apr 9, 2014

    Desert Shield / Storm

    I was in the 101st Abn Div During the gulf war. After I left the Army in 98 I had difficulty holding a job. I cycled through jobs about once a year and moved just about as often. In 2010 I list my job. I went to my count veterans services for help. A well trained county veterans...
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    Jun 6, 2012
    Brody999 Brody999
    22-25, M
    4 Responses Sep 1, 2014

    hey just wanted to say thanks

    for serving our country and you can talk to me if u want
    xlovelybutterflyx xlovelybutterflyx
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Sep 1, 2014

    Staff Sergeant ‘Bo’ Let’s call our

    friend Sergeant Bo to protect his identity and we’ll give out his email address at the end of the article in case anyone can help this vet out. In the end, he just needs a few things most of us take for granted. He needs a daily supply of Ensure because that’s all his...
    bbwehiii bbwehiii
    56-60, M
    Sep 16, 2015

    Hi. I'm new here and I thought I would say hi.

    I'm an Army veteran. I'm looking for others to connect with.
    smwebb smwebb
    41-45, T
    1 Response Nov 24, 2014

    OK, I said.....Missle.

    not Middle? lmao.
    Mike1stDiv Mike1stDiv
    46-50, M
    Nov 6, 2015

    Guided Middle Cruiser.

    Sorry for the typo.
    Mike1stDiv Mike1stDiv
    46-50, M
    Nov 6, 2015

    They're shutting down the Smoke Lounge

    for us at the VAMC in Albany. I see their point, but everybody is pissed off. They said they'll all go to the street this winter, wheelchair and all. I feel bad for them. Heck, I feel bad for me too. It's at least 100' from the building. Yikes!!
    Mike1stDiv Mike1stDiv
    46-50, M
    1 Response Nov 7, 2015

    I Feel Like One Since Doing The Rsl Girl In A Million (this Is No Joke)

    I had health problems before and they just got worse when I did the quest. they BS on all about how you will make friends and be invited with other entrants places... load of BS.. they are all snobby ...there were a few nice girls but the co-ordinators dont do enough to make the...
    czaristacrystals czaristacrystals
    36-40, F
    1 Response Apr 17, 2012

    I am not disabled nor a veteran,

    but I just wanted to say I have much love and respect for you guys. God bless you.
    theguywiththeredhair theguywiththeredhair
    18-21, M
    1 Response Nov 7, 2015

    I am in pain every day

    but there are far too many that are way worse off than I am. I'm thankful for all that I still have.
    MrNyceGuy MrNyceGuy
    36-40, M
    4 Responses Jul 31, 2015

    Exposed To Agent Orange

    I am retired from the military.  I served in Viet Nam in 1969 and 1970 and was exposed to Agent Orange.  I have Glaucoma, Type II Diabetes, bi-lateral perophal neurophy and some other conditions directly attributable to my exposure to Agent Orange.  I also have...
    MarriedUnlovedAndAlone MarriedUnlovedAndAlone
    61-65, M
    5 Responses Dec 3, 2010

    These People Inspired Me And Helped Me Move Forward In The Darkest Hour

    Nick Vujicichttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8ZuKF3dxCYhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Vujicichttp://www.lifewithoutlimbs.orgHirotada Ototakehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSkvDAziQqUhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hirotada_OtotakeHellen Kellerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
    punborpit punborpit
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Dec 3, 2011

    Thankful Vet

    Hello folks, I'm a ten year USAF Vet, that is disabled for hearing loss. I was a crew chief on C-141's and C-5's. I have been out since '80. I am 60 now and have had many more health problems since I was granted disability in about '82. I have had a form of Muscular dystrophy...
    scdrtramp scdrtramp
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Nov 30, 2012

    I serve 6 years in the US Army( wish I would

    have stay in) I broke my right hand in 5+places in the line of duty,in 1983, I was given a 10% rating in 1988, over the years it has gotten worse the doctors just told me I have complex regional pain syndrome diagnosis (nervous system problem) It was or may have been cause by...
    no2clothes no2clothes
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Feb 4, 2014

    100% service connected vet in VA.

    Struggle with severe migraines, arthritis, seizures, and PTSD from severe auto accident 20+ years ago. Been through a laundry list of meds to control pain, without success, and now at wits end to find way to get approved for medical marijuana. Not legal to get here in VA...
    Remybuxaplenty Remybuxaplenty
    46-50, F
    May 28, 2015

    I Loved The Airforce So Much

    I went into the Airforce in 1982 after going through Army basic and A.I.T.I loved my job and the people i worked with. I loaded bombs and missles on F-15's at nellis A.F.B.The load crew i was on was awesome, it seemed like we were getting awards left and right for being the best...
    vegastattooed vegastattooed
    46-50, M
    Nov 11, 2011

    Gulf War Veteran

    I was in the first Gulf War and stationed on a ship that worked outside Jedda, Saudi Arabia. I developed fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.  I was medically discharged because I couldn't do my job anymore. Anyone else discharged with these diseases?
    FindingMyPath FindingMyPath
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Sep 23, 2008

    I have served my country with pride

    and honor on my last deployment I re-Iinjured my back when we got back from Iraq a month after been home while driving I lost feelings on my right leg drove on cruze control and my left leg made it close to the VA and I lost both legs had to call and ambulance I was temporary...
    mariohernandez152 mariohernandez152
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Feb 12, 2014

    I Am A Disabled Veteran That Has Struggled With My Weight Until Now

    I broke my neck, injured my back, and knees in an accident while I was stationed in Germany. I had just turned 24 when it happened back in 1993. I thought I would have the chance to continue my career after I was initially found fit for duty. I went to work at the NCO Academy at...
    Cenlacoach Cenlacoach
    41-45, M
    1 Response Jan 19, 2012

    I am a disabled army veteran.

    I served my country proudly as an infantry soldier and never regretted it once. On nights I prayed that I was still and I still do. I am 100% disabled and a full time single father of 3. I have massive nerve damage in my thigh from multiple surgeries and I have Dementia thanks...
    drako6187 drako6187
    31-35, M
    1 Response May 30, 2015

    How I Became Disabled

    When I was in the Army, I had a CO who was more concerned with the PT streamer on our guidon than the health of his troops. We had had a winter storm on a Sunday night and the Base Commander had closed the base. As I lived off post, I called to see if we needed to come in and in...
    littledovej littledovej
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Aug 26, 2008

    I Am A Lucky Man

    I am a lucky man, I served our Country with honor in a variety of unusual assignments for 21 years. I am no hero, I just got hurt a lot over the years and kept pushing on through the pain. I retired when my injuries impacted my operational availability. Almost two years later the...
    SeniorChief2001 SeniorChief2001
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Sep 2, 2012

    Unemployability Rating

    i received a letter from the dav today and was told that the va is proposing to discontinue entitlement to individual unemployability benefits. from 100 percent to 70 percent. iam very upset and this comes the day before thanksgiving.  thats a reduction of about 1450.00 a month...
    mikegriveas mikegriveas
    61-65, M
    6 Responses Nov 23, 2011

    Pain. I've grown to not only endure it,

    but now I couldn't live without it. It's who I am. US Navy Guided Middle Cruiser. Persian Gulf Theater of Operations.
    Mike1stDiv Mike1stDiv
    46-50, M
    1 Response Nov 6, 2015


    I spent 7 and a half years to the day in the US Army.While I was stationed in Germany I blew out discsw in my neck and back. I also broke my left leg and walked on a broken leg for 10 days as I was told 'suck it up its just sprained'.It caused permanent damage in my left foot and...
    mailmanshadow mailmanshadow
    51-55, M
    Sep 19, 2011

    ...at least that's how most people see it.

    To be truthful, I was a plain veteran first. I came home safe and sound...everything working and where it should be. The car wreck that claimed my legs came a couple years after I was discharged...I became disabled. I am a veteran. I am disabled. Not sure that I qualify as a...
    petergavin69 petergavin69
    46-50, M
    Nov 11, 2014

    I Feel Like My Brain Is Rotten.

    I'm not sure how else to explain it other than I seriously feel like I have rotten Army brain. I was not deployed. I did the first half of my SRP, took my kids home to meet my parents and when I returned to do the second half of my SRP I found out I was pregnant. I was ready to...
    itscctoyou itscctoyou
    Sep 5, 2012

    I Am Empowered...

    I am a disabled veteran, yes.  But I don't consider myself disabled, but empowered. I joined the military with a plan, a vision.  I knew the risks of serving could cost me my life - and I was ok with that.  However, like many other veterans I did not realize that...
    PurpleHeartServices PurpleHeartServices
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jan 27, 2009
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