Compensation, Pension and PTSD
My service was from 1966 to 1970. I did the full four years with one year in Vietnam and one year in Thailand. My PTSD, I believe, started when I got back. The girl I did marry told me later that I was really nervous and I would look down dark alleys and streets. I've been married three times. Wife number one was a disaster, a real train wreck. She always looked down on me with her nursing education. Wife number two, well, we're still friends and, in a way, I don't blame her. Wife number three is just an angel. She has stuck with me. Nine hospitalizations, quitting jobs, fired from jobs, drinking. All that and she is still with me. Next year we'll be married twenty years. My experience in dealing with the VA, and I know I sound like a broken record, but you MUST have a paper trail and always, always make copies and keep them at home. When you do call 800-827-1000 and you get someone on the line, DO NOT yell at them if they give you bad news. Ask to talk to a supervisor and if they are busy ask if you can get a return phone call. If you scream and yell at these people, you'll be put on the bottom of the pile. You must also try to get on social security. You will have to go to one of their doctors, but if the PTSD is real they will know. When you do get on social security that is one more touchdown in your favor. Always get help from the VFW or the American Legion, they're good people. Hopefully some of these tidbits will help....

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