Category Archives: Gulf War Issues

About those urine samples

It’s hard for my old Marine not to get offended when every year his VA doc tests him for illicit drug use.  (His private docs NEVER test him for them.) The screening panel is extensive:   Amphetamines; Barbiturates; Benzodiazepines; Cannabinoids; … Continue reading

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DVA-WHAT ELSE COULD GO WRONG?

That question must ricochet around 810 Vermin Ave. NW day in and day out. If it isn’t someone with a conscience and an ax to grind filing a Whistleblower claim, it’s some unnerving revelation that the boys in Denver have … Continue reading

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VA– PTSD METRICS IN NEW DSM V vs. DSM IV

Lawbob Squarepants  has given me a new PTSD bible to roam through showing the new, improved Rand McNally© DSM 5 roadmap to the mind. Personally, being stark raving mad as the USAF described me, I have no interest in wandering … Continue reading

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INSPIRATIONAL VETERANS MOMENTS

Sent to me by Trooper Tombo of the Oooh-rah platoon. Great stuff. But then everything Tombo sends us is great stuff.                 This statue currently stands outside the Iraqi palace, now home to … Continue reading

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Post-9/11 veterans and a look-back to 9/11/01 and 9/11/12

I’ve been reading about younger veterans.  One nonpartisan organization, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), has released a very modest set of questions this cohort should ask candidates before the upcoming mid-term elections.  Like Vietnam veterans, this group … Continue reading

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VHA’s Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA)

If climbing into a tub to take a shower is a perilous activity, installing a low-threshold shower is a sensible preventative measure to reduce injuries as these VA before and after photos illustrate.  Clearly the cost of such alterations is prohibitive … Continue reading

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ALS, a presumptive service-connected disability

Final Rule.9/23/08. Presumption of Service Connection for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis  page 54691 Col. 3.   “The cause of ALS is unknown, but these studies indicate that there exists a statistical correlation between activities in military service and development of ALS.”  Service connection is … Continue reading

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