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    Old 02-28-2009, 11:20 AM   #1
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    my constant pain and suffering

    1973 At 18 years old I entered the US Military as a Combat Medic, my job was working in a US Army Burn Hospital caring for Napalm Burn victims. It was a 500 man converted WWII barracks and you could hear the men screaming in pain
    from 3/4 of a mile away. The smell was so bad we had to cover our faces with multiple layers of gauze to mask the odor.
    My job consisted of debriding or peeling the scabs off of these burn victims. I would make friends with these guys only to see them expire a week later
    Next it was off to Germany where I worked on the Autobahn rescue crew, the accidents where so horrific we didn't even carry stretchers in our ambulances, only body bags. One particular warm summer night we were called to Patrick Henry Village a US Military Installation where there was a crowd of people gathered around, in the middle of
    the crowds were three young children 6, 7, 8 mangled in there bicycles. A drunk driver had mowed these kids down and drove off We loaded these kids in the ambulance and brought them back to the hospital. Later that night, being short handed I was told to
    go down to the morgue and show these children to there parents.
    At another accident scene we arrived to a head on collision and the driver of one vehicle had an open chest wound. Upon leaning into the car I was covered with blood.
    Two weeks later I turned yellow and spent a week in the Hospital

    By age 20 I had witnessed over 3200 violent deaths

    I left the military in 1976 and returned home, I met my wife and had a very good time together, we hiked, biked and enjoyed the Lakes Region to its fullest
    We had children and lived life to its fullest.

    2002 I started to loose weight and felt really weird, I had severe pain in my right side, I kept thinking it was something severe, I traveled to doctors all over the state to find the reason for this pain. I kept getting told it was acid reflux and took so many acid blockers it eroded my stomach lining. My wife was not pleased with the
    local doctors and she brought me to Dartmouth Hospital where upon 5 minutes I was told that I had serious liver problems from Hepatitis C. I had a Liver Biopsy and was told I was on the borderline of Cirrhosis. Little did I know that the Virus had been damaging my Liver for 30 years?

    2003 My Doctor gave me two years to live. My options included dying or taking Interferon and Rebotol to kill the virus in my Liver I should have opted for the two years of life. I spent one full year in bed so sick I couldn't get out. Every Saturday Night, I had to inject myself with Interferon and take 6 pills every day it made me so sick, that I
    lost my hair, my teeth fell out and I became anemic. My Legs turned black from the injections. This went on for 48 weeks. Every Friday my wife needed to drive me
    to Dartmouth Hospital to get my to get my blood checked, one week my WBC was messed up, the next week my RBC was messed up then I would be anemic. The medicine made me develop kidney stones, gallstones and Wilson’s disease

    2004 Continued having Liver Problems, I would wake up dizzy and disorientated and I lost my short-term memory.

    2005 Started having severe pains in my back and right side hoping it was my Liver healing

    2006 Problem Digesting Food and Constant pain in my Liver

    2007 Problem Digesting Food and Constant pain pain in my Liver, Dizziness and Fatigue

    2008 Problem Digesting Food and Constant pain in my Liver, Dizziness and Fatigue

    2009 Problem Digesting Food and Constant pain in my Liver, Dizziness and Fatigue

    To date I have continuous nightmares of the burn victims and the children in the accident

    My only income is $700 a month from the VA for my constant pain and suffering

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    Re: my constant pain and suffering

    Hi, You have had one long grueling experience and I wish you nothing but less pain and some type of relief. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Wish there was more I could do.
    Gcb in pgh

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    Old 03-19-2009, 10:25 AM   #3
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    welcome home brother ,you have classic PTSD delayed,i suggest you go to the DAV and reopen your case.were you in NAM?you are lucky to have a wife most ptsd vets cant stay married a year however; there is the need a lawyer.also, a VA shrink could help you document these events.from what i read you are unemployable thats 30%......but i dont know all the facts so you need the DAV in your liver is gone south i can relate with agent orange,nightmares,divorce's and i could go on and on,but reopen your case and good luck.just a brother suffering along with all our other brothers.

    Old 04-17-2009, 01:12 PM   #4
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    Why are you only getting $700 a month for all the maladies you are
    suffering? Something is wrong.
    May I suggest contacting your senators and congressmen in your
    district. They get paid to hear the stories of their constituents and
    yours definitely needs to be heard.
    If you can't send these letters, have a family member do it. And don't
    sound sad when you send them. SOUND MAD!!!!
    The squeaky wheel gets the grease.................and that goes true in
    every area of life. Try it...........others are getting all this help and now
    it is your turn. Past due it. May God lead you in this.

    Old 08-01-2010, 08:11 AM   #5
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    Denied Veteran: You have given lots of years of service for your country, not just the time you were active. You deserve MORE. And I agree -- be MAD. I hope you find the right doctor, the right meds and will be pain free the rest of your life. Prayers for you.

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