A simple mistake in your records can cause a thirty year fight with the VA and leave you with a severe injury that can’t be cured or treated. In my case it all started in Nov 66 when I was in an accident on a US Army base. A young soldier lost control of his jeep and knocked me through the air so hard that I collapsed both lungs. But the VA from 1969 till 1999 said I had a birth defect?
This caused me after being turned down twice to get copies of my US Army medical records. I found the xray report that the VA had used to deny my claim, the service number didn’t match and I hadn’t been scheduled for any x ray that day.
Again armed with this info I put in a new claim and it was turned down again, re-opened claim again and again, each time I’m told that I had a birth defect. Finally in 1999 when my case went back to the Board of Appeals in DC , I called them and asked them a question and struck up a deal. I would pull my claim and never again put in for my spianl injury if the VA would xray me and show me this birth defect, but if they couldn’t then were did my spinal injury come from?
They agreed and had me rexrayed and found no birth defect, which is what all VA doctors and xray reports from 1969 till 1999 had said. They then stated that the injuries were from my accident in Nov 66 on an army base were i had been hit by a jeep and hospitalised for it, but the US Army had never forwarded these records to my unit or master files. This also means that I was never given a follow up exam or ever treated again for this injury by the army and it was not apart of my medical discharge in April 69.
Now I and the VA and the US Army know the real story and facts of my injury, but now thirty years later there is nothing that can be done to treat this injury. So becareful befiore you get out that all of your records are in your file and that nobody elses records are in your file. This also includes your VA C file, in mine and I was given copies of this , there are the records off at lesast 4 other veterans. I can tell you that one drinks a gallon of wine a day and smokes 4 joints, another when he last tried to kill himself. On most of these record are their ssn#, home addresses, birth dates even phone numbers.
I’ll close with this one, in my records it states that I was taking hormone replacement supplements post meno pauseal????????
I was born a male 63 years ago, I tell my wife, It’s not the PTSD that causes me to have mood swings but the hormone repalcement supplements. Gee mom I can really keep a secret.