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    1 USA
    2 US Marine Corps, 0331,0323
    3 SCI not SC because I didn't report first injury do have other service connected injuries though
    4 Now having this I feel less of a person kind of like a pos that can't do anything
    The American flag does not fly because the wind moves past it-The American flag flies from the last breath of each ,military member who has died protecting it

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      USA
      US Army 71-76, Various
      Spinal Stroke T11 Complete. I'm Category 4 100% Syracuse NY VA
      Service in my day was not today.

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        Thanks for your service Firemedic82 & Broken1, welcome.

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          Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
          Actually that is not correct related to health care (not pension, etc.). Even with a high income, if you have a SCI that results in a "catastrophic disability" you should qualify as a Catagory 4 non-service connected, but you need to work with either an SCI Coordinator (SW) or PVA NSO who knows how to submit the paperwork to get this rating. It is one page and easy to submit and process once it is done. We get that done in one day usually where I work.

          (KLD)
          What svcs are included with Category 4 non-service connected. I worked with a PVA service officer and due to income appeared not to be eligible for anything. I was most interested in the supplemental payments in case we ever needed to enter senior housing. I would also be interested in accessing some sci services through Ann Arbor VA Hospital.

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            Call the service officer back. Unless your SCI/D is extremely incomplete, you should qualify as Category 4 for medical care (VHA benefits). This includes both inpatient and outpatient care without co-payments, except for meds unrelated to your SCI/D. A SCI/D physician has to sign off on your Category 4 application...it is easy (1 page) but they will need to either examine you or get medical records for you in order to do this.

            This has nothing to do with your other veteran's benefits such as pension or compensation (which fall under the VBA division).

            Ann Arbor is not a SCI Center (they are a spoke clinic for the Cleveland VA SCI Center, where you should be going for your annual evaluation), but they should have an outpatient SCI clinic. The Social Worker there, according to my sources, can be contacted at:
            (734) 845-3821. This person is also responsible to be sure your eligibility is set up correctly, and that you get referred to Cleveland for your annual evaluation.

            (KLD)
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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              Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
              Call the service officer back. Unless your SCI/D is extremely incomplete, you should qualify as Category 4 for medical care (VHA benefits). This includes both inpatient and outpatient care without co-payments, except for meds unrelated to your SCI/D. A SCI/D physician has to sign off on your Category 4 application...it is easy (1 page) but they will need to either examine you or get medical records for you in order to do this.

              This has nothing to do with your other veteran's benefits such as pension or compensation (which fall under the VBA division).

              Ann Arbor is not a SCI Center (they are a spoke clinic for the Cleveland VA SCI Center, where you should be going for your annual evaluation), but they should have an outpatient SCI clinic. The Social Worker there, according to my sources, can be contacted at:
              (734) 845-3821. This person is also responsible to be sure your eligibility is set up correctly, and that you get referred to Cleveland for your annual evaluation.

              (KLD)
              Thank you. I will consider doing this. I am complete at T-10 since 1970.

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                Thank you all for your service. USN SK2 (Supply). 86-90, 91-2004. Wife in a wheelchair from polio as a child from injected vacine. Work with several Vets as a volunteer. It is challenging to understand the terms. Hopefully another volunteer will share a ring binder with the cheat sheets.

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                  United States
                  Army
                  Vietnam 1969
                  100% Service connected
                  Retired now. Started a business in 1983/2003
                  Married and enjoying life.
                  Landmine then car wreck while in the hospital.

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                    545th military police company, 1st cav 1965-1967. rvn service connected 100%. sci took place about 2 months ago. logging accident. I fell a tree on myself. my fault. I showed up on your doorstep yesterday and im seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. injuries known are t10, vertabre in neck ? and something about water on the brain.
                    Last edited by bamboo willie; 8 Oct 2020, 1:12 AM.

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                    • SCI-Nurse
                      SCI-Nurse commented
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                      Welcome! Are you getting your rehab and sustaining care at a VA SCI Center? It would be helpful to complete your profile and let us know where you are located. Thanks!
                      (KLD)

                    • bamboo willie
                      bamboo willie commented
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                      after a little over a month in hospital, I left and returned home. ive tried to get an appointment with my primary care team at the va med center in Missoula montana with no success. they tell me to go to the nearest emergency room. I contacted the pva with no success. you mention va sci center. ive never heard of that. this is what I think im looking for. I have been to a nuro surg for 2 mri, but he hasn't shared any info with me yet. sorry, I have a hard time sharing this stuff. willie

                    Welcome to SCI life. A good attitude is a must. I wish you well.

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                      after a little over a month in hospital, I left and returned home. ive tried to get an appointment with my primary care team at the va med center in Missoula montana with no success. they tell me to go to the nearest emergency room. I contacted the pva with no success. you mention va sci center. ive never heard of that. this is what I think im looking for. I have been to a nuro surg for 2 mri, but he hasn't shared any info with me yet. sorry, I have a hard time sharing this stuff. willie
                      Willie, you appear to have gotten very bad advice and direction from the VA. This is especially disturbing in that you are already 100% SC for another condition.

                      Every VA Medical Center is required to have an SCI Outpatient/Support Clinic. As a SCI Veteran, this clinic should be your primary care clinic, and your liaison to your VA SCI Center, to which you should be sent for your initial rehab, annual check-up and any care that requires management by SCI experts (such as any surgical procedures, or care that requires hospitalization of 10 days or more).

                      Who at the PVA did you talk to? You should be in close contact with the National Service Officer for your area. You do need to be a member of PVA (free) and sign a power of attorney for him/her to have access to your VA Medical Records, but their job is to be your advocate. For Montana, your VA SCI Center is Seattle/Puget Sound, and the NSO there can be contacted here:
                      SCI Office, Seattle1660 S. Columbian Way, Rm 1-B-163, Seattle, WA Washington, 98108. Phone: 206-768-5415 .

                      They should also be able to connect you to the Montana VA SCI Support clinic, but you can also call them directly. Ask to speak to the clinic Social Worker (each support clinic is required to have a SCI-trained physician, registered nurse or nurse practitioner, and social worker): Location: Administrative Building, Floor 3, Contact Number(s): 406-447-7625, Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm.

                      More links for you:

                      https://www.montana.va.gov/services/...ord_Injury.asp

                      https://www.sci.va.gov/VAs_SCID_System_of_Care.asp

                      https://www.pugetsound.va.gov/services/sci.asp

                      Good luck, and let us know how you end up getting connected to the right resources for you.

                      (KLD)
                      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                      • bamboo willie
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                        I contacted the pva at the national office and talked to a woman who was in charge and she told me there main scope was at the finance end, not what I had in mind. she gave me 2 numbers in seattle, which she said was the center for the area I live in. 206-341-8210 or 206-768-5415 she told me the names of the agents, one being mike. the one whos name I don't have is the one I talked to. he was at the 768 5415 it seemed every question he asked me was to discourage me from asking for. advise. they never said anything about a support clinic in montana. that sounds that is what Ive been searching for, but had no idea there was such a thing. I just clicked on the three links you sent me. the first one is a number which you just gave me, which direct me to the second link you sent me. the second link is where I got the phone numbers in seattle for the va. im going to wait until tomorrow (sleep) and call 406-447-7625 fort harrrison mt. va. again thank you, willie

                      • bamboo willie
                        bamboo willie commented
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                        I called this number many times with no answer or voice mail. it is listed with fort Harrison as sci unit. I a lot of numbers at fort Harrison and nobody has heard of the unit. last night, a primary care nurse from fort Harrison called and said someone from the unit would call me today and said there was no way for me to contact them. someone from seattle va sci outpatient clinic called and asked me a bunch of questions. to be honest, I wish I was still laying up there in the woods.

                      Just to be clear, the NSO is an employee of the National PVA, not of the VA. The ones I have found listed for Seattle/NorthWest PVA chapter are these:
                      Senior National Service Officer: Michael Killen

                      Veterans’ Health & Benefits Specialist: Jerrell Briscoe

                      They should be serving as your advocates. Call Michael Killen back and insist that he help you.

                      Chapter phone number: (800) 336-9782, Fax (206) 433-0749

                      (KLD)










                      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                        I called this number many times with no answer or voice mail. it is listed with fort Harrison as sci unit. I a lot of numbers at fort Harrison and nobody has heard of the unit. last night, a primary care nurse from fort Harrison called and said someone from the unit would call me today and said there was no way for me to contact them. someone from seattle va sci outpatient clinic called and asked me a bunch of questions. to be honest, I wish I was still laying up there in the woods.
                        Glad you are now in touch with the SCI unit in Seattle. I am sorry if you misunderstood about Montana. It is not an inpatient SCI unit. It is an SCI outpatient clinic only. They do not have an inpatient SCI unit there. Seattle should be able to get you in touch with the right people in Montana, as they have responsibilities for training and liaison with that clinic on a regular basis.

                        Did you try again to get ahold of the PVA NSO in Seattle?

                        (KLD)
                        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                        • bamboo willie
                          bamboo willie commented
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                          im trying real hard to build a trust. sorry, it is just not working. thank you all. willie

                        Another idea is to reach out to the Veterans Program at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Paralysis Center: 800-539-7309

                        As an honorary life member of PVA, I am very distressed that the PVA has not helped you more. Shame on them.

                        (KLD)
                        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                        • bamboo willie
                          bamboo willie commented
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                          the primary care nurse from fort Harrison in Helena who called the other day and promised I would get a call right away from there unit. well, no one has called. the person who called from seattle va outpatient clinic yesterday said she did not have a record of where my name (referral) came from and I said to her I thought it was from carecure. she said she had not heard of carecure, she did tell me that Rutgers was a leading research center in sci. please don't send me anymore referrals. thank you. gary d. Williams (willie)

                        Sorry. You do not require a referral to a SCI Center; you can self refer, and as you are all ready 100% service connected, your primary care clinic in MT. can also send a referral to Seattle giving them access to your medical records.

                        Not sure why you told them CareCure referred you...we are not a provider nor do we have any official link with the VA. Three of the four SCI-Nurses here had long careers working in VA SCI Centers and clinics, so our advice came from many years of experience. Sorry you are not happy with the contact & resource information we have provided you. I guess you are on your own now if you don't want to pursue these contacts further.

                        (KLD)
                        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                        • bamboo willie
                          bamboo willie commented
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                          ive tried to explain to you the best I can as to my trying to access help. you use many terms and abbreviations I don't understand. im not saying you or your orginisation have not tried to help. I showed up here because I could not get help from my primary care at the va.i don't like asking for help. I refuse to beg. good bye, willie
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