jgood49829 said:I served three years in the US Army from 1968-1971. I spent a year in Vietnam as a door gunner on a helocopter. I am 100% disabled because of injuries suffered in combat. The worst of my problems is PTSD, this is a terrible thing to happen to a young man. I was 21 when it happened and when I came hom from Nam I felt like there was nothing left inside. I worry about all the solders fighting overseas and what will they be like when they come home. It took me almost 25 years before I knew what was wrong with my head.
I just recently started recieving compensation and the ability to use VA facilities for service connected disabilities and most recently started taking meds for depression, mood swings, sinus problems, and sleeping disorders. All these are service connected from when I was in the Navy. Have any other Desert Storm Vets come here lately with any issues?Melissa said:Feel free to use this thread to discuss any health issues.
I am so sorry for hearing of your husband's disabilities. I know that after you get out from the military, you are nothing to them any more. They gave me 30% at 2001 but they conventiently worded it to were I would only get compensated back to 2001 instead of when I put my claims in back in '95. I want to find out if I could fight to get the retro to back to 1995 but I don't know if I have a fighting chance with them. Thanks for the advice, I will see what her webpage is like. --Terry--mamasaanan said:lilocolt, my husband is 90% disabled from the Navy for some of the same stuff, however, they refuse to call it what it is which is Gulf War Syndrone. Good luck with your fight, keep applying for greater disablility. Wish I could be more helpful but unfortunatly, it only gets worse as time goes on.
For more information put Joyce Riley's name into your search engine. She has more info on GWS than anyone else on the web, plus tons of links. I've got a bout two notebooks full of info on GWS but unfortuantly it would take days to post all the links and most of them came from her site originally anyway.
BTW what ship were you on????
lilolcolt said:I just recently started recieving compensation and the ability to use VA facilities for service connected disabilities and most recently started taking meds for depression, mood swings, sinus problems, and sleeping disorders. All these are service connected from when I was in the Navy. Have any other Desert Storm Vets come here lately with any issues?
On my hands, I had some sort of rash, pretty severe. It started out as pretty large blisters, about the size of dimes, and within these blisters were many smaller sized blisters about the size of pencil points. They would get to the size of about a dime, burst and dry quickly to the point of breaking my skin open and bleed. I could hardly use my hands on any of the jobs I worked on. Very painful and seemed nothing would make the stuff go away. Rash began to go around my fingers, but never fully developed around them. No other places on body and seemed the problem would subsided for about a month then reoccur on regular basis. VA said I had rash on hands but nothing more. Had also growths similar to moles, called noids, I think on buttocks, which had all but 3 removed which never was told why they developed why I was aboard ship. Mood swings, depression, anxiety, and labled manic depressive after seeing physician at VA. Still have no medication for anxiety, stay nervous all the time and uptight. Bronchitis developed while aboard ship.SilverFox said:I was in the sand box in Hafar Al Batan and you have discribe me only leaving out a few items. Like; DJD, Nite sweats, hard time falling to sleep, intrusive thoughts, migrains. Just to name a few. Make sure to apply for SSD (social security disabilty) also.
TO ALL WHO READ THIS AND ARE VETS
TnMtngirl said:My husband was in the Navy during the vietnam era,he has a lot of hearing loss.he was a jet mechanic and was on the flight deck.other than hearing loss and bad nerves he has no medical problems so far.I have asked him to check with the VA about medical coverage, he has no insurance on the job he is doing.Do you think he could get help from the VA?Where can I get the papers to get him started?any help would be appreicated.Mary