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by Randyw
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Niner, I didn't even check the back of the medals to see if my name was engraved on them. Still, you're right, it was a nice surprise. Though I still do not remember ever ordering those medal. However, I did fill out an inordinate amount of paperwork while going through this process, so I may have s...
by Randyw
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Here I thought most of my VA experience was now behind me. However, I received a surprise in the mail today, I received a box from TACOM, II SC, Clothing and Heraldry Product Support Integration Directorate. What was in the box you ask, every medal, new, which were listed on my DD 214. With the exce...
by Randyw
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Robert, I hope someone reading your comments feel compelled to move forward. The one thing I would add, is that at no time during this process for me, at least, did I ever step foot into, or speak, with a VA representative regarding my situation. It was Veteran Reps, County Veteran Reps, 3rd party m...
by Randyw
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Vern, When I first arrived back in-country from the Hospital in Japan, Delta Company was already operating out of Vinh Kim, as I remember, both of the FO's shared a bunker, and it wasn't long after I arrived at the new Firebase, we had an attack of sorts, very early in the morning, someone touched o...
by Randyw
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Jerry, As with Niner, I want to thank you for your support, advice, and your personal experience with the VA. I am not exaggerating the fact; continuing to move forward with the VA would have been considerably more difficult without the support of you and all the rest. Thanks so much for being there...
by Randyw
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Niner, If my description of what it took, the good, bad, and ugly, to get my outcome, and like you said, there are no guarantee's, that might allow someone to consider going down this path, I would consider chronicling my personal journey time well spent. I appreciate all of your support during this...
by Randyw
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

It's been awhile since the last post, such is the wait time between the beginning and the ending of this process with the VA. However, at least it has come full circle and I have, for the most part, arrived at a conclusion. The VA has reviewed, poked, prodded, and delved into my psyche and as a resu...
by Randyw
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Well, as far as I can tell, I have completed all of the requirements the VA has on its "to do" list for those wishing to establish a benefit or medical claim. I did go to the 3rd party health facility, the doctors saw me for hearing, PTSD, and Diabetes; and I must say everyone was very kin...
by Randyw
Thu May 31, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Greetings all, Niner, not sure how the VA evaluates the hearing issue, the doctor I saw, a great guy, huge vet supporter, who provided a supportive letter indicating my hearing loss was most likely caused by sustained loud noise or nearby explosion that would be condusive of someone who was in comba...
by Randyw
Thu May 31, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

It's been nearly a half a year since I posted last, such is the speed with which the VA travels. I have completed all tasks the Readjustment Counselor, Veteran Representative for my County, and the VA have asked, including seeing my personal physician, an audiologist, neurologist, podiatrist, optome...
by Randyw
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 49 years today - Cai Nua, January 12, 1969
Replies: 0
Views: 857

49 years today - Cai Nua, January 12, 1969

Each year at this time I do spend some time recalling the night that had quite an impact on me. This past year it has been more than one day, that I contemplated the events of that night and remember those I fought with and those whose young lives were cut short, in the blink of an eye for some, and...
by Randyw
Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Jerry,

Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. As to the VA, I do believe I am making progress, I am actually quietly optimistic.

Have a great 2018.

Randy
by Randyw
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

I am well into December on my way to fixin what's ailin me and now I have had quite a few more individuals involved in my journey. I have been referred to a psychiatrist and have had 3 sessions with him, and just yesterday, I was referred to my Counties Veteran Center and was introduced to my next V...
by Randyw
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Ron makes an excellent point regarding all veterans need to seek assistance from the services that are available. I personally wished I had followed his sage advice years ago. Regardless of how this turns out, without taking advantage of the services offered to us, I can guarantee the outcome, NO CH...
by Randyw
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

I hope everyone has a very satisfying Thanksgiving. I have been through another session with Ms. Beltran. I have had to continue to dig deeper into those memories to draw out the emotions that a "Regular Person would have felt" before, during, and after those events that occurred to us, or...
by Randyw
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

A question to those who have had either gone through the program I am embarking on or have otherwise tried successfully to get their VA disability increased, adjusted or set up in the first place. The question is; about how long does this process take? I realize it is different for each individual, ...
by Randyw
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

I can never attempt to know what you went through personally, however, I can say that being with someone who is capable of drawing out those emotions and being there to separate them from the memory of facts has made my inroads to help possible. I never thought I needed help, never wanted help, didn...
by Randyw
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Ron, Charlie, and Robert, Thank you all for sharing your thoughts on how you have progressed in your attempt to come to grips with the traumatic events of the past we all shared. Those insights really offered me encouragement knowing others have made this journey before. Ron was right when he indica...
by Randyw
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Visit number two with the VA rehabilitation counselor. During the first meeting, I still found it difficult to discuss events that occurred during Vietnam; which I personally found disturbing. Maybe disturbing is not a good definition, although it was a very odd feeling to feel my eyes water and not...
by Randyw
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Robert, Charlie, Jerry, and Ron, Sure seems like the old days when I knew everyone was covering my back and they knew I would cover theirs. So thank you for that. Jerry if you could, please resend that email, I will try to open it again. I have just begun to put thought to paper regarding my time an...
by Randyw
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Truth be told, I never thought I had an anger issue. To me anger is expressed with outrage, flailing, acting without thinking, I never did any of that. However, my wife reminds me, for the first seven years of marriage, before babies, she would try and push all my buttons to get some sort of emotion...
by Randyw
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Well, I have attended my first encounter with the VA system and thanks to a solid recommendation from Ron Raymond, the individual I met with at the Vet Center was both a character and effective in being able to elicit responses from me that I have been unwilling, or possibly unable, to speak about f...
by Randyw
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Charlie, Excuse my short term memory, I forgot to ask you; were you impacted by Hurricane Irma? My brother-in-law lives in Fort Myers and according to him it was pretty hairy riding it out; outside of the debris in and around his home, his place held up pretty well. I hope you and yours survived in ...
by Randyw
Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Charlie, Thanks for the advice. I do have an appointment on the 29th of September with a person recommend by Ron Raymond. So that initiates my first step in what I hope is helpful environment and not not the dysfunctional world of the VA which has put me off in the past. Either way, it's time, and I...
by Randyw
Fri Sep 01, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Delta Company
Topic: 1st time VA user - Need help.
Replies: 66
Views: 13368

Re: 1st time VA user - Need help.

Thanks Ron, It seems I was unable to reply on this site and had to be reinstated. I have been and wanted to respond to you to let you know of my appreciation for all of the information you provided. I have contacted Ms. Beltran and am waiting for her to return to work after the Labor Day Holiday to ...

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