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Thursday, August 06, 2009 08:24 | Richard White
From the day I was discharged it seems like I've been fighting with the VA in some manner or another. When discharged I was told the VA would take care of my medical concerns about my back injury, I acquired during my time of service. My wife found out two months prior to my discharge that she was pregnant with our first child. When we got here to Washington State I sought help through the VA for medical/financial help until I could get on my feet, the only medical initially was them going through my medical records and telling me the same thing that the military doctors said rather than doing any new or further testing. Financial help  I was referred to the American Legion for a one time thing, but the only catch was you had to have been a war time veteran and of which I was not. For 2yrs we lived with my mother while I was trying to get a job, I did work at temp services doing different temp jobs trying to get skills I could use. The only job skills the military gave me at that time was Field Artillery. I was discharged with a seizure disorder and not a medical discharge but chpt 13 article 10, being for the benefit of the government. After 2 or 3yrs I finally got disability for the seizure disorder of 10% yet nothing for my back inlury the VA just said muscle spasms just as did the military since the injury in 1984. It wasn't until 1992 when a civilian doctor I was seeing did a certain test that told him what was going on. In December of 1992 I under went surgery where they fuzed L4-L5. At this point I joined the DAV ( Disabled American Veterans) and allowed them to be my legal represenatives, best thing I did. When I submitted the information to the DAV they went to battle for me. In 1993 I recieved a letter stating a disability rating of 20 or 30 percent disability due to my back problem could have been caused in the military. 

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  • Thursday, August 06, 2009 08:18 | Eleanor Tobias
    Richard, it is indeed a shame that you have had such a sorry time with the VA, and others, organizations that are supposed to take care of our veterans! However, you are now with an organization that cares deeply for all veterans and will always be there for you! We thank you, sincerely, for your service to your country and wish all the best for you and your family. Blessings, Fran
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  • Wednesday, August 19, 2009 07:43 | Carol Grice
    Dear Richard,
    As a nurse I deeply regret the over sights that has caused you so much physical and likely emotional pain. It seems that finally things are turning around in the right direction. I praise you for your ongoing willingness to do everything in your power to resolve the problem. You maintained willingness to resolve the problem and with that in mind I feel certain each situation in your life will be dealt with in a can win attitude.
    Thank you for your service to our country.
    Carol
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  • Thursday, August 20, 2009 09:12 | Tim Richardson
    Richard,

    What a long strange road it's been, but I'm glad you've joined us. We'll learn from you and you may learn something from us. Together we are stronger than we are alone. I'm glad that the DAV was a good help to you. I aspire to be of help to our fellow veterans here in the SW Washington area and your story helps me to understand what others are going through. I've been lucky, with nothing put positive experiences with the VA so far.

    Thanks for sharing your story and for your service.

    All the best,

    Tim
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  • Wednesday, March 10, 2010 09:06 | Jeff Bier
    Look foward to meeting you the next time you stop by the Center. Please try to visit with us at least once a month.
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  • Wednesday, November 16, 2011 09:53 | Jeffrey Backus
    Mr White, I'm also sorry the VA took so long to recognize your medical condition. I must have gotten lucky, because my case only took 6 months total. I started out with the DAV.
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