Originally Posted by Enigma8750
Rocker.. Im voting for you for the Next President of the USA....
They opened up my foot becuase it had a painful bump on it that wouldn't heal. I heard what they were saying because I had a spinal block, my blood pressure shot through the roof when I heard them, so they gave me a general that kept me out 12 hours past the surgery. They didn't biopsy the bits they took out of my foot. They told me that I should ETS out of the army so I could see a good civilian doctor. So I ETS'ed. It then took 2 years of seeing doctors to find one that would open it up and take a sample. Within 3 days of that, they came back with the finding that I had one of the rarest forms of cancer in the world. My doctor didn't trust the pathologists here in Reno, so she sent it to a friend in Presidio San Fransisco, he confirmed I had one of the rarest forms of cancer in the world.
That was the day before Thanksgiving, 2 days after Christmas they amputated my foot which triggered a case of another rare disorder called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and one of the top 10 worst cases of yet another rare disorder known as Narcolepy. Merry Christmas Brian!!
Then we started on a looooooonnnnnnnnnggggg journey known as lets get the military to accept thier responsibility. Oh, we can't find your records. Oh, you never were in the hospital in Germany. Oh, here's your records but you were never
seen for anything involving your foot. That one blew me away, 6 1/2 years on active duty as a Combat Engineer and there was never
anything wrong with my feet, not even a blister!! Next was oh, you were
in the hospital but it was for a "personality disorder". Come on, me a personality disorder?? Then it was, oh we're sorry, somehow a guy not of your race, religion, place of birth, name, social security number or rank got mixed in with your medical records.
Then I mentally and physically collapsed and couldn't do anything but sleep for 16-20 hours a day.
Then many many years later I went back to work, got fired for not being able to maintain a regular schedule, then got hired by the Nevada Unemployment Office as a Job Services counsellor the same day. Where I met Mindy, who gave me the will to live again. Who got me that diagnosis as one of the top 10 worst Narcoleptics in the U.S. ever
. Then the State asked me to resign because I couldn't keep a regular schedule.. Wait, back up here, wasn't that why they hired me?? Mindy prodded pleaded and begged for me to get on SSDI and SSI (guys I'm 5ft 9" and at this point I weighed 135lbs). Then Mindy got sick and couldn't go back to work.
Somewhere along the line Mindy found a lawer who used to be a Lt. Colenel in the Army and was also highly professed in disability law and he agreed to take my case Pro Bono. Two years ago they finally admitted that I was 40% service connected disabled due to an amputated foot. Gee, they found all that paperwork that was "missing"
that said I was in the hospital. It gets good here though, they were only responsible from the time I filed the second claim, they weren't responsible for all the rest of the time I was missing a foot due to the neglegnce of an army doctor!! AGGGGGHHHH!
Finally, last fall a judge from a veterans review board finally said, yes, he was disabled from the time the doctor opened him up in the army
to do a biopsy and it was that doctors fault that I lost my foot! The rest of it's my problem though so I can get treatment at the V.A. here in Reno but I also have to have regular supplemental health insurance. Just like Danny I'm paying $230- or (no, definitly more) more a month to get what the army doctors caused.
I REALLY WISH Rockr was Pres and I got $50,000 a year for what they did to me, starting with knocking me out of a perfectly good military career.
Sorry for the book guys but I haven't been able to tell anybody outside my family that story.
So Danny, we too have a Regional V.A. medical center here in Reno. It's one of the best in the country, people come from the middle of California to be seen here. The jobs aren't so hot unless you're in the medical field and then you're in very high demand. There is also colleges and UNR and lots of educational opportunities, if you get the itch to live in the wild west!