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It has been quite a summer for me so far. I spent six days in the hospital; two months in incredible pain, and now daily trips to and infusion center to have antibiotic pumped into me.
What this is all about is that I have an infection on my spine. It was hard to move, breath, and even walk when the infection was at its highest moments.
I am doing better now. The pain has subsided. I can walk better now. I can take longer walks each day.
I am a veteran, and I wondered what I would be going through right now if I didn’t have insurance and could only use the military doctors and hospitals.
I am not a person who wants disability, to just to draw money from the government, but I was told be a high ranking retired military person, that if I have had a disability from the military then I deserve what ever compensation I have coming for serving my country.
The following aliment is not related to my current infection, but is for an example of how you can receive what you deserve for harm you acquired while you were actually serving your country.
I went into the military in 1959. I did the proper training and was selected to be in the ASA. (Army Security Agency.) My duties when I was deployed to Korea, was to monitor all transactions over the airways searching for breaches of security.
My daily run was up to Hill 468. A high mound with a flatten area at the top. The only equipment that was up there was a radio/teletype machine, that you had to listen to every second of your shift. Many times I had twelve hour shifts.
Even when the frequency shifted and you had to dial it back in you had to have the ear phones on. The noise was horrible quite often.
The results of this left my ears ringing and hearing loss came along as well.
I got out of the service and managed to live with my handicap of hearing loss until about thirty years ago, when the loss had become profound. That is when I was told I should apply for compensation since the loss occurred during time served.
I did apply, but the military quickly denied my plea because of the length of time I waited to apply. They felt it was a age related loss.
I have appealed the findings and I will have to share with you later what the outcome will be.
I am sorry if I strung you along with this story, but I am reaching out to all of those veterans who deserve compensation of one kind or another and have let it pass. I am wanting this blog to be a go to place to find out how you get receive what you earned.
Each post from now on will have updates as to how my appeal is going, and how I am doing on a second appeal for a back injury I received when I was thrown for a jeep.
Stay strong my fellow veterans. Be proud of your service. You did your share to protect our country and no one can take that away from you!
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You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!