Is it old age or is it something else?
All of my joints have been hurting for the past week or so. When I say hurting I mean it hurts to even walk. The joints feel like they are going to explode, that is how much pressure I feel in them. Is it old age…or is it one of the side effects of serving my country?
Yeah, you put wear and tear on your body like nothing when you do all the running, marching, ruck marches, so on and so forth. I am only 34 years old, should I really be feeling all of this right now?
Let’s take a look at 38 CFR 3.309; this is something you can look up, just Google it. These are DISEASES, subject to presumptive service connection.
This is the list for people who served in Vietnam and other areas where they used Agent Orange:
o AL amyloidosis
o Chloracne or other acneform disease
o Type 2 diabetes (also known as Type II diabetes mellitus or adult-onset diabetes)
o Hodgkin’s disease
o Ischemic heart disease
o All chronic B-cell leukemias
o Multiple myeloma
o Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
o Parkinson’s disease
o Early-onset peripheral neuropathy
o Porphyria cutanea tarda
o Prostate cancer
o Respiratory cancers
o Soft-tissue sarcoma
That is just a short example. Half of this stuff they didn’t say was due to Agent Orange exposure until I want to say, around 1990, even then 4 of them were just added in the past 5 years.
Now, let’s look at 38 CFR 3.317 COMPENSATION for certain disabilities, occurring in the Persian Gulf:
(i) Became manifest either during active military, naval, or air service in the Southwest Asia theater of operations, or to a degree of 10 percent or more not later than December 31, 2016; and
(ii) By history, physical examination, and laboratory tests cannot be attributed to any known clinical diagnosis.
(2)(i) For purposes of this section, a qualifying chronic disability means a chronic disability resulting from any of the following (or any combination of the following):
(A) An undiagnosed illness;
(B) A medically unexplained chronic multi-symptom illness that is defined by a cluster of signs or symptoms, such as:
(1) Chronic fatigue syndrome;
(3) Functional gastrointestinal disorders (excluding structural gastrointestinal diseases).
The following are just a few things that they don’t know what is wrong, but they are saying it is due to serving in the Persian Gulf area:
o Signs or symptoms involving skin
o Muscle pain
o Joint pain
o Neurologic signs and symptoms
o Neuropsychological signs or symptoms
o Signs or symptoms involving the respiratory system (upper or lower)
o Sleep disturbances
o Gastrointestinal signs or symptoms
o Cardiovascular signs or symptoms
o Abnormal weight loss
o Menstrual disorders
Then you have infectious disease, that list is just scary and crazy.
I cannot find a list with the symptoms caused by the burn pits at the moment, but I will send something out about it as soon as I do. Can’t wait to see that list.
I know when I signed up, just like many others, I wrote a check to include my life. I know, understand and am ok with that. What I am not okay with is I MADE IT BACK ALIVE!!! Now I am thinking, you didn’t do your part; you didn’t protect my fellow veterans and I enough to where we could live without pain and suffering for the rest of our lives.
Who the hell cares about compensation? At the 100% service connected rate it is roughly $3,000. Do you think that is enough for the pain and suffering? Yeah there are special this and that where you can get more, but man, that means you are really bad off.
I wish Congress and the Presidents who send people to combat would have to be on the ground just as long as the troops are. Heck, the big shot officers don’t stay in country the whole time anymore. They go back and forth from the country they are in.
I’ll tell you what, you take the pain away, including the PTSD and TBI, and you can keep the little money you give me. I make nothing compared to what the people in Washington make. Why don’t we get their pay, and they can have the compensation we get?
It is just crazy, you think you are home safe and have nothing to worry about, then they say, “We’re sorry we put you through all that and exposed you to all this junk. By the way, this or that might happen to you as well, here is a little compensation for it.”
People think that serving your country is only for as long as you were in the military, they don’t care about the whole freedom thing that they take for granted, nor do they realize the suffering that goes on, long after we come home.
Don’t give up
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