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GENERAL STEPS TO SEEK VA DISABILITY

Author: Thomas W. Trefts (AKA RAINBOWRISING)
Publication: GWVRP Forums
Document Dated: January 6, 2005
Date Posted: October 24, 2011


[Editor's Note: This document was originally posted by Thomas W. Trefts to the GWVRP Forums on Jan 6, 2005]

If you need help and you feel that there is a distinct likelihood that your health problems are service related………………Then you have come to the right place.

STEP 1. : FIND DD214 ( along with any other service connected documents, particularly your shot records if possible. ) Go to your local veterans service commission and ask for help filing for veterans disability & pension. You may qualify for a small pension even if you were only in the service for your initial enlistment. You can also file on line, but you might make a mistake ( like I did ) and get denied before anyone even looks at your medical reports.

Also file for Social Security benefits also known as SSI. You are likely to face denial on your initial claim after which it is advisable to seek an attorney who is a specialist in this area. Your attorney can initiate an appeal for you. That appeal may also be denied. However, you may regain your footing if you have strong evidence of total disability and your case goes to court .Keep your Social Security representatives name & phone # handy so you can call periodically to report important medical appointments and diagnosis along with any changes in medicine.

STEP 2. : ( Because of time lags ) Order a copy of your military records.
http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum18/HTML/000011.html

Also Search for And Fill out an Adverse Reaction form if you had problems after your vaccinations in the service. Search Under VAERS. This can be done online at no cost and can help you CYA.


STEP 3. Contact your local VA and make appointments to see your VA doctor ASAP & describe all of your symptoms. Write down a list and ask to have it put in your file if you are having memory problems.
For symptoms see

http://www.milvacs.org/Sick/AdverseReactions.pdf

Here is a link back to our forum pages on this topic
http://www.healthboards.com/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=60


STEP 4. Have your local VA office schedule you ASAP for the GULF WAR EXAM.
THE FOLLOWING IS AN OVERVIEW STUDY OF THE GULF WAR REGISTRY PROGRAM :

http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/combinedRegistryanalysis2_.pdf

STEP 5. At the same time as going through the VA process, run a parallel civilian check to get copies of all of your civilian medical records and to schedule all of the appropriate tests you and your family doctor deem necessary for your conditions.


See as many specialists at the finest and most well known facilities that your insurance can cover.

Contact your local Job & Family Services office if you and your family are having hard times. If you have minor children, you may qualify for Medicaid under your states version of Healthy Start.
Once you get your medical card, just check around ahead of time by phone to see who will accept that form of payment. This card covers basic dental also.

THIS IS FROM A POST ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY SECRETS FOR VETS
http://www.disabilitysecrets.com/the-va-and-disability.html


ALSO SEE This POST ABOUT THE FEE BASIS CARD PROGRAM AT YOUR LOCAL VA WHICH MAY QUALITY CERTAIN DISABLED VETERANS A PREPAID CARD FOR USE OUTSIDE OF THE VA ARENA.
http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000318.html


STEP 6. Continue to develop your case by having as much civilian and VA testing as seems appropriate to your case.

THIS LEADS ME TO SPECIALIZED TESTING : You can ask for these tests, but they will either not know or pretend not to know what you are talking about. During your initial Gulf War Registry exam, they will administer what is called a C&P exam ( I forget what it stands for and will correct this part shortly - you can download a copy of this same exam and have your family physician give it to you as well- this link I will also hunt down, or ask Gale to fix this part ). The reason for having your family doctor give you the same test is because he is more likely to give a more complete exam. That way you may be able to expose a weakness in the VA’s testing procedure later on.

The following items are things you can check for that are currently getting a lot of attention in arenas outside of government control.
THE FOLLOWING TEXT IS ABOUT TESTS CAN INDICATE GULF WAR ILLNESS.

Posted by Angus Parker on October 25, 2000 at 07:41:16:
Dear long suffering readers
In this age of instant electronic information overload, it is conceivable that some people are still not up to speed with the current literature. The marker tests contained therein continue to accumulate and constitute the case definition for the GULF WAR SYNDROME sufferer. Only three of the most significant discoveries are listed below and that by way of a scientifically proven and none negotiable statement. Misconceptions perpetuated by the authorities and their subversive sympathizers are even more foolish now.
Keep an eye open for news from Strasbourg this week and Manchester/Perth in two weeks time. I'm sure that the journalists will do us proud. More peer reviewed additions to the case definition will follow shortly.
Stay well (tuned)
Angus Parker
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- "Soldiers with low levels of an enzyme are more likely to report symptoms of the Gulf War Syndrome than soldiers with normal levels, a new study has found."
1 - Low paraoxonase in Persian Gulf War Veterans Reporting Gulf War Syndrome. Mackness B, Durrington P N, Mackness M. (2000)
Something like a 90%+ correlation between a 50% reduction in PON1 and the GULF WAR SYNDROME. Note the three words used in these accepted, peer reviewed and published articles GWS.
2. Antibodies to Squalene in Gulf War Syndrome.
Asa PB, Cao Y, Garry RF
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Tulane Medical School, 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70112 (2000)
Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) is a multisystemic illness afflicting many Gulf War-era veterans. ..... (95%) of overtly ill deployed GWS patients had antibodies to squalene. All (100%) GWS patients immunised for service in Desert Shield/Desert Storm who did not deploy, but had the same signs and symptoms as those who did deploy, had antibodies to squalene. In contrast, none (0%) of the deployed Persian Gulf veterans not showing signs and symptoms of GWS have antibodies to squalene. Neither patients with idiopathic autoimmune disease nor healthy controls had detectable serum antibodies to squalene. The majority of symptomatic GWS patients had serum antibodies to squalene.
95% correlation between squalene antibodies and GULF WAR SYNDROME.
3. Impaired bone formation has been identified in Gulf War veterans with symptoms of ill health, including musculoskeletal symptoms ascribed to the Gulf War Syndrome, British researchers report. The findings were presented here during the 22nd annual meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.
- Dr. Juliet Compston, of the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine,
(To be published 2000/1)
17 of the 19 tested show significant/considerable loss of bone density. You work out the percentage correlation for yourself.
What does this mean?
No longer is the diagnosis of GULF WAR SYNDROME one of opinion based on self reported symptoms. As we all know from bitter experience, the epidemiological questionnaire approach to medicine is worthless and open to misinterpretation by the political propaganda machine. There are now tests available to assist the clinician.
I must not forget to mention the neurological abnormalities being investigated and published by R Haley and the others. Form a que for the SPEC scans.

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WAYS TO TEST FOR GULF WAR ILLNESS,
OR SIGNS THAT WOULD INDICATE A NEED FOR FURTHER TESTING…………

1. ) PRESENCE OF SQUALINE ANTIBODIES ( Anthrax )
2. ) MAGNETIC RESONANCE SPECTROSCOPY - looks for damage deep in brain of sick veterans.
3. ) Proximity to Khamisivah ammunition dump explosion.
4. ) Large group of vaccinations at the same time.
5. ) Contaminants in vaccines made by Bioport Inc.
6. ) Exposure to high frequency radiation.
7. ) Proximity to ( DU ) Depleted Uranium rounds
8. ) Exposure to solvents, paints
9. ) Exposure to Jet Fuel
10. ) Stress, Combat Fatigue
11. ) Exposure to trace amounts of nerve agents



THIS ARTICLE IS ABOUT DAMAGE TO THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9603/gulf_syndrome/index.html






Another direct source to ask to be referred to after you take the Gulf War Exam is Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. (This referral is not automatic and is apparently a consensus of the doctor, the patient, and the criteria of the next testing facility. )

Walter Reed Vaccine Healthcare Center ( ARMY )
( 202 ) 782-0411 ( 8:00 -4:00) e-mail askvhccamedd.army.mil

There are other facilities along the east coast. As of December 31, 2001, a total of 224 Federal projects have been sponsored by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Defense, and Health and Human Services, and many of these projects are still in progress. ( Gulf War Review, October 2002, Vol. 11, No. 1. ) I will come back and add those sites here in the near future.

There is also a testing area at Lackland AFB ( Air Force ). Is anybody seeing a pattern here or is it just me? Did they know we’d be back?

STEP 7.
AFTER FILING,__

ORDERING COPIES OF BOTH YOUR CIVILIAN & MILITARY RECORDS,_

GOING TO ALL OF THE MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL APPOINTMENTS YOU THINK ARE APPROPRIATE TO YOUR CASE, _

HAVING YOUR DOCTOR RUN A C&P EXAM FOR LATER USE


AND BEING PREPARED TO PUSH FOR SPECIALIZED TESTING,


….AFTER ALL OF THAT,YOU COME TO THE POINT WHERE I AM NOW.

This is wait and see time for me. From this point on, I will just continue to go after my benefits.

I will leave off here with Gales compilation of sites and maybe a couple more of interest.

Pensions, Bonuses, & Veterans Relief

http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?type=simple;c=ecfr;cc=ecfr;sid=89bb312d6d613680e34d4df4625d7f3b;region=DIV1;q1=gulf%20war;rgn=div8;view=text;idno=38;node=38%3A1.0.1.1

CANADIAN GULF WAR VETERANS SITE

http://jetnet.ab.ca/gulfwarva/


ONLINE GULF WAR RESEARCH LIBRARY

http://www.questia.com/Index.jsp?CRID=persian_gulf_war&OFFID=se1&KEY=gulf_war

LINK TO GULF WAR MEDICAL RESEARCH LIBRARY

http://www.gulflink.osd.mil/medsearch/

GULF WAR SUBJECT INDEX

http://www1.va.gov/GulfWar/page.cfm?pg=7&template=main&letter=A

AMERICAN LEGION WEBSITE

http://www.legion.org/

VETERANS SEARCH/REUNION SITE

http://www.veteransearch.com/


The following is about vaccines and problems with multiple vaccines in regards to mercury , etc.

http://web.syr.edu/~rjkopp/anews091502.html

CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL SEARCH LIST OF ARTICLES

http://www.cdc.gov/search.do?action=search&queryText=gulf+war+illness&x=8&y=3

THE FOLLOWING ARE FROM THE MAIN LIST/
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Board of Veterans’ Appeals http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/
CARES Commission http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/
CARES Draft National Plan http://www1.va.gov/cares/page.cfm?pg=105
Center for Minority Veterans http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/
Center for Women Veterans http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/
Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000016.html
Classified Records - American Gulf War Veterans Assoc http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ubb/Forum18/HTML/000011.html
Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03 http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm
Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page http://www.va.gov/
Directory of Veterans Service Organizations http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view
Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ecfr/
Environmental Agents http://www1.va.gov/environagents/
Environmental Agents M10 http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1002
Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=315
EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR GULF WAR AND IRAQI FREEDOM VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHandbook1303122304.DOC
EVALUATION PROTOCOL FOR NON-GULF WAR VETERANS WITH POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DUHANDBOOKNONGW130340304.DOC
Fee Basis, PRIORITY FOR OUTPATIENT MEDICAL SERVICES
AND INPATIENT HOSPITAL CARE http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=206
Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2002 http://www.veteransresources.net/fedben02.html
Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2003 http://www.veteransresources.net/fedben03.html
Forms and Records Request http://www.va.gov/vaforms/
Forms, Publications, Manuals http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/
Geriatrics and Extanded Care http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/
Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG http://www.oqp.med.va.gov/cpg/cpgn/mus/mus_base.htm
Guide to Gulf War Veterans’ Health http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/VHIgulfwar.pdf
Gulf War Subject Index http://www1.va.gov/GulfWar/page.cfm?pg=7&template=main&letter=A
Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses Q&As http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/GWIllnessesQandAsIB1041.pdf
Homeless Veterans http://www1.va.gov/homeless/
HSR&D Home http://www.hsrd.research.va.gov/
Ionizing Radiation http://www1.va.gov/irad/


Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA http://www.vba.va.gov/EFIF/
M10 for spouses and children http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1007
M10 Part III Change 1 http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1008
M21-1 Table of Contents http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/M21_1.html
Mental Health Program Guidelines http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1094
Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers http://www.mirecc.med.va.gov/
My Health e Vet http://www.myhealth.va.gov/
NASDVA.COM – National Association of State Directors http://www.nasdva.com/
National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention http://www.nchpdp.med.va.gov/postdeploymentlinks.asp
OMI (Office of Medical Inspector http://www.omi.cio.med.va.gov/
Persian Gulf Registry http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1003
Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1006
Annual Report To Congress, Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999 http://www1.va.gov/resdev/1999_Gulf_War_Veterans'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc
Annual Report To Congress, Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002 http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/gulf_war_2002/GulfWarRpt02.pdf
Phase I PGR http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1004
Phase II PGR http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1005
Project 112 (Including Project SHAD) http://www1.va.gov/shad/
Prosthetics Eligibility http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=337
Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page http://www.vethealth.cio.med.va.gov/
Public Health/SARS http://www.publichealth.va.gov/SARS/
Publications – Manuals http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/publications.cfm?Pub=4
Publications and Reports http://www1.va.gov/resdev/prt/pubs_individual.cfm?webpage=gulf_war.htm
Records Center and Vault Homepage http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/default.html
Records Center and Vault Site Map http://www.aac.va.gov/vault/sitemap.html
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002 http://www1.va.gov/rac-gwvi/docs/Minutes_April112002.doc
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses *2004 Committee Report to be released on Friday, November 12th. Click here for details*
Title 38 Index
Parts 0-17 http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=5601440f9a028e2b353f1be27d4535d2&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv1_02.tpl
Part 18 http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?sid=e7f228f056f66128a3cf40196efa0323&c=ecfr&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title38/38cfrv2_02.tpl
Title 38
Part 3 – Adjudication
Subpart A—Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr;sid=0a5cc4e74c654c10874b651cc99ff1b4;rgn=div5;view=text;node=38%3A1.0.1.1.4;idno=38;cc=ecfr
Title 38
Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans’ Relief
(also § 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here) http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?type=simple;c=ecfr;cc=ecfr;sid=89bb312d6d613680e34d4df4625d7f3b;region=DIV1;q1=gulf%20war;rgn=div8;view=text;idno=38;node=38%3A1.0.1.1
Title 38
§ 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on unemployability of the individual. PART 4—SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES
Subpart A—General Policy in Rating http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=1b7e1c80768900fe79b3126a180a3da6&rgn=div8&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5.1.98.11&idno=38
VA Fact Sheet http://www1.va.gov/opa/fact/gwfs.html
VA Life Insurance Handbook – Chapter 3 http://www.insurance.va.gov/inForceGliSite/GLIhandbook/glibookletch3.htm#310
VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans http://valoans.com/va_facts_limits.cfm
VA National Hepatitis C Program http://www.hepatitis.va.gov/
VA Office of Research and Development http://www1.va.gov/resdev/
VA WMD EMSHG http://www1.va.gov/emshg/
VA WRIISC-DC http://www.va.gov/WRIISC-DC/
VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address http://www.va.gov/oig/hotline/hotline3.htm
Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service http://www.va.gov/rcs/Eligibility.htm
Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page http://www.vba.va.gov/
VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives http://www1.va.gov/health_benefits/page.cfm?pg=13
VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page http://www.publichealth.va.gov/
VHI Guide to Gulf War Veterans’ Health http://www1.va.gov/vhi_ind_study/gulfwar/istudy/index.asp
Vocational Rehabilitation http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/
VONAPP online http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp
WARMS - 38 CFR Book C http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/bookc.html
War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey http://www.wri.med.va.gov/
Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site http://www.gibill.va.gov/
What VA Social Workers Do http://www1.va.gov/socialwork/page.cfm?pg=3
WRIISC Patient Eligibility http://www.illegion.org/va1.html
SURVIVORS EDUCATION BENEFITS FOR FAMILIES OF VETS w/100% DISABILITY.
http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title38/partiii_chapter35_.html

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Gulf War veterans may receive a FREE copy of the new videotape, GULF WAR: FACT OR FICTION, as well as extenstive printed documentation, by writing: Gulf War, 3506 Highway 6 South, #117, Sugarland, Texas 77478-4401. Please include your name, address, telephone number, your unit number, the dates you served, and information regarding problems you and your family members are experiencing.
Others may call (800) 201-7892 Ext. 40 to order GULF WAR: FACT OR FICTION (total cost including shipping $24) or printed materials.
American Gulf War Veterans Association, 3506 Highway 6 South, #117, Sugarland, Texas 77478-4401.
General information (800) 231-7631
FAX (281) 438-4581
For interviews with Joyce Riley, or for emergencies, please call (281) 438-1699
More information will appear at www.gulfwarvets.com

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Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses: Contacts
Members of Congress Who Have Led Efforts to Address Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses


Telephone Representative Christopher Shays (R-CT)
(Chairman, House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations) 202-225-2548 Representative Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
(Member, House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations) 202-225-4115
Scientists whose Government-sponsored Research Relates to Gulf War Illnesses
Telephone email Maria R. G. Araneta, Ph.D.
Asst Prof, Dept. of Family and Prev. Med, Univ California at San Diego
(Gulf War-related birth defects, pregnancy outcomes)
858-822-3559 haraneta@ucsd.edu
Carrolee Barlow, M.D., Ph.D.
Exec. Director., Biology Research and Development, Brain Cells, Inc.
(genetic research relevant to the effects of sarin, pesticides)
858-812-7605 cbarlow@braincellsinc.com
Sam Donta, M.D.
Prof of Medicine, Boston University (retired)
(directed large Gulf War illness treatment studies)
508-539-6666 sdonta@adelphia.net
Paul Greengard, Ph.D. (Nobel Laureate)
Prof, Director of Neuroscience Laboratory, Rockefeller University
(neurochemistry of Parkinson's Disease and sarin exposure)
212-327-8780 greengs@rockefeller.edu
Rogene F. Henderson, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
(animal studies demonstrating neurological effects of low-level sarin)
505-348-9464 rhenderson@lrri.org
Antonio Sastre, Ph.D
Principal Advisor, Science, Midwest Research Institute
(research on autonomic nervous system dysfunction in Gulf veterans)
Contact MRI Communications Office:
Linda Cook (Tel: 816-360-1943)
Laura Luckert (Tel: 816-360-1902) Mohan Sopori, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
(research showing immunological effects of low-level sarin exposure)
505-348-9440 msopori@lrri.org
Roberta White, Ph.D.
Prof and Chair, Dept of Envir Health, Boston Univ Sch of Public Health
(studies of neurocognitive impairment in Gulf War veterans) 617-638-4620 rwhite@bu.edu


I feel a deep concern for my fellow veterans and have volunteered with one of these online sites to help spread the word on the long term consequences of getting the anthrax vaccine in it’s present form. An improved upon vaccine by a different company with better quality controls may eventually be acceptable.

My advise to anyone about to get their shots is not to do it. No career is worth this kind of risk. I have a great admiration for everyone who participates in this new battle. We wage a different kind of war, a war of information, so that others may not share in our fate.

I think our greatest fear is not only the continued use of poorly made vaccine in our military, but the scare tactics and propaganda that we have already seen with the Anthrax scare after 9/11 that would put the general public at an unacceptable risk. Help spread the word.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL….

Sincerely,

Thomas W. Trefts aka RAINBOWRISING

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