Chasing the Beast
- May 10, 2006
- Rome, GA
- Thread starter
So far it is working as I expected.
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Any luck with the help desk?View attachment 3237822
So far it is working as I expected.
I did not use them. I ended up getting registered but have been unable to get an ID issued (website issues). I have not attempted to get any sort of disability yet. That seems to be the hardest part.Any luck with the help desk?
There appears to be a VA office in Rome--have you stopped by to see if they can help? And yes, it is a long process, but typically worth it.I did not use them. I ended up getting registered but have been unable to get an ID issued (website issues). I have not attempted to get any sort of disability yet. That seems to be the hardest part.
It is not staffed regularly.There appears to be a VA office in Rome--have you stopped by to see if they can help? And yes, it is a long process, but typically worth it.
He's in Rome, GA, but I'm sure any help is always welcome.Rome NY? Where do you live and what info do you need? I might know move than I will ever let on.
VA is slow in everything they do! I had the same ID going on 15 years now. I’m glad to hear you went with a company. Finding a good VSO is a kin to winning the lottery.Yeah-- I misunderstood. I thought the registration process itself was pretty easy, but I guess I'm 6 weeks in my "2-week" process of receiving an ID.
Atlanta.What VA is this?
Atlanta has a bad reputation so I’m not shocked by this at all. So here is what you’re going to do now. Call the Atlanta Vet Center. Ask for the Outreach Specialist. Ask that person for the name of a Veterans Service Officer (VSO).Atlanta.
But...drum roll... got the call yesterday my appeal was approved (in about 48 hours btw) so I have medical. (I will have BC/BS in retirement but having another option that may include glasses is nice.)
Next step for me is to try to get my disability rating. Due to serving in the oil fields in Desert Storm I should automatically be approved for 10%. I also had my appendix removed in a civilian hospital in Kuwait City and have sleep apnea and trouble getting rest regardless of the amount of sleep I get. I did not know this but that is supposedly a major listed symptom of the mystery of so called "Desert Storm Syndrome" whatever that actually is. I never considered that as a reason I am tired all the time.
Super useful info.Atlanta has a bad reputation so I’m not shocked by this at all. So here is what you’re going to do now. Call the Atlanta Vet Center. Ask for the Outreach Specialist. Ask that person for the name of a Veterans Service Officer (VSO).
You can have mental health care at the Vet Center free of charge as you’re a combat veteran. They don’t do anything else though. You are entitled to a Gulf War Registry Exam. Make sure you get this. It can be set up through a specific social worker at the VA. Just call the Atlanta VA, press 0 when the recordings start. This will print you to the operator. They’ll them you need the extension to the OIF/OEF program coordinator. Ask that social worker to help you set up the Gulf War exam.
Burn pit registry is nothing more than a data base. It’s set up by Congress. I have never seen it referenced or annotated in anyone’s records. Unlike Agent Orange which is notated in records and on registration paperwork. Your record should have an ILER report. Yours would say things based on where you were. Gulf War vets I typically see oil fires. Look up Presumptive Illnesses of the Gulf War. Any and all of those are service connections if you have them and served there.Super useful info.
I did also register for the burn pit study as that includes oil fires. I had two calls telling me I needed to register for healthcare prior to getting that exam which led me to the denial, appeal and then approval. Is the burnpit exam and Gulf War exam the same?