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  • #31
    Originally posted by ancientgimp View Post
    I was never able to access any VA services, I was running out of medical insurance in rehab but still had too much income to get any VA help.
    Ancientgimp,

    Should you decide to revisit your VA health care eligibility, I encourage you to reapply as a Category 4 veteran versus Category 8 where income can be a bar to benefits. Under Category 4, a veteran qualifies for care by virtue of catastophic injury whether service connected or not. A VA physician will need to examine you to validate your catastrophic status and you may have a co-pay if your income is too high, but you will have access to prosthetic equipment and other SCI care benefits through the VA, including new wheelchairs every few years, vehicle modifications (no hand controls though), and a small home grant for structural alterations---all assuming you are wheelchair bound and have an honorable discharge.

    If you feel this may be something worth pursuing, I can tell you what you need to do.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by quadvet View Post
      Rough time to be in Korea, Bookjunky, I remember the stories.

      August 18, 1976 - In what came to be known as the Axe Murder Incident, two US Army officers are brutally murdered and 4 other US personnel injured -- by 30 North Koreans wielding axes and metal pipes -- while attempting to trim a tree in the DMZ.

      August 21-September 8 - Operation Paul Bunyan. Some 26 gunships and a Quick Reaction Force of 300 back up 2nd Engineer Bn. members to cut down the tree which was involved in the August 18 incident. Naval Task Force 77.4, led by the USS Midway, is dispatched to the Korean coast. Aircraft from Okinawa, Guam and Idaho are sent to South Korea. One US helicopter is hit by North Korean fire.

      July 16, 1977 - North Korea releases a US helicopter pilot after 57 hours of captivity. Bodies of three other crew members killed when their CH-47 Chinook were shot down after straying over NK airspace on the 14th are returned.

      More.
      I was there when the tree trimming incident took place. Friend of mine was a medic at one of the aid stations that handled the personal that came through.

      It was kind of like as the weather there begin to get really hot tempers would flare on the DMZ.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Sue Pendleton View Post
        I had you up to the K. I was at USAFS-Ausgsburg. ASA changed to INSCOM before I joined. But knowing the ASA song to the music from the Hymn of the Green Berets and the spouse's first assignment after signing up in 1967 was as an ASA MP at Kagnu Station I wasn't sure. I was a Czech/Slovak 98G. You?
        Was an 05H, KorCom. That will mean something to Sue but few others.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Veteran Advisor View Post
          Ancientgimp,

          Should you decide to revisit your VA health care eligibility, I encourage you to reapply as a Category 4 veteran versus Category 8 where income can be a bar to benefits. Under Category 4, a veteran qualifies for care by virtue of catastophic injury whether service connected or not. A VA physician will need to examine you to validate your catastrophic status and you may have a co-pay if your income is too high, but you will have access to prosthetic equipment and other SCI care benefits through the VA, including new wheelchairs every few years, vehicle modifications (no hand controls though), and a small home grant for structural alterations---all assuming you are wheelchair bound and have an honorable discharge.

          If you feel this may be something worth pursuing, I can tell you what you need to do.
          I would definitely be interested. Bought my current chair out of pocket as since retirement my insurance benefits for chairs are terrible. I have always covered van lifts, etc. out of pocket. After leaving active service with regular (honorable) discharge I joined active reserves and was involved there until my injury and they issued me a medical retirement. If you can instruct me on how to apply for type 4 benefits, feel fee to pm me or reply here. Thanks.

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          • #35
            Ancient, your best bet is to contact your local PVA National Service Officer. They can help you to apply, and also bird-dog the application so that it does not get stuck on someone's desk. You do need to join PVA (free) and sign a POA form for the NSO, but this is quick and easy to do when you meet with them.

            You can find a list of PVA NSOs from the sticky topic on veteran's resources at the top of this forum, as well as a link to the 10-10EZ form that you will need to complete to apply. The NSO will have those too, but if you fill it out first it will save you some time.

            (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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            • #36
              Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
              Ancient, your best bet is to contact your local PVA National Service Officer. They can help you to apply, and also bird-dog the application so that it does not get stuck on someone's desk. You do need to join PVA (free) and sign a POA form for the NSO, but this is quick and easy to do when you meet with them.

              You can find a list of PVA NSOs from the sticky topic on veteran's resources at the top of this forum, as well as a link to the 10-10EZ form that you will need to complete to apply. The NSO will have those too, but if you fill it out first it will save you some time.

              (KLD)
              Ancient,

              SCI-Nurse covered it all. Please keep us posted on your progress.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Bookjunky View Post
                Was an 05H, KorCom. That will mean something to Sue but few others.
                Yup!! LOL Some of my best party buds were "bops". Had one guy I worked with who switched from AF bop to Army linguist. Great at both. he used to copy the dits and dashes on his SQT that we were just supposed to identify. LOL Hey does the rocking ever go away?
                Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                • #38
                  1. US
                  2. Army Aviation (7th ID, 82nd ABN, 160th SOAR(A))
                  3. 1987 to present
                  4. Service Connected - Helicopter crash JUN '08
                  5. Remaining on active duty for a year or two and then medical retirement

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by adi chicago View Post
                    my friends i have a question please....how many of you fired a gun against enemy?
                    Sue,

                    Don't forget Beirut, the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Kosovo, East Timor, and Yemen.

                    Adi,

                    Most vets today have never actually shot someone...only ground forces and pilots engage in most, but not all, of the actual combat (based on my experience as a division and wing Marine for 12 years). Some units only use indirect fire, leaving many individuals unaware of whether casualities resulted by their very hands as opposed to some other cause. All vets however are proud for having served regardless of capacity.

                    Your question is fair but can strike a nerve in those who live with the ugly reality of combat. I urge you to check Amazon.com for some really good books written by service members who freely discuss their combat experience. A really good book called On Killing by LtCol Dave Grossman is a great read for those who are curious about the psychological cost of killing.

                    Good luck.

                    Gunner

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Sue Pendleton View Post
                      Yup!! LOL Some of my best party buds were "bops". Had one guy I worked with who switched from AF bop to Army linguist. Great at both. he used to copy the dits and dashes on his SQT that we were just supposed to identify. LOL Hey does the rocking ever go away?
                      I still raise my hands higher than necessary when I type. Kind of makes it easier to keep a good rhythm when using a typing stick. Actually I also find that a rocking rhythm when I type keeps me from making so many typos when my fingers start typing too much faster than my brain is thinking.

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                      • #41
                        • USA
                        • CW4, U.S. Army, Retired (20 year retiree, VN Veteran, flew helicopters)
                        • 1970 - 1990
                        • 100% Service Connected, SPMS
                        • I get great care from the Tampa VA Hospital SCI/D Clinic.
                          I'm mostly just a lurker but I do stop by everyday.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Veteran Advisor View Post
                          I spent some time at RAAF Amberley during Tandem Thrust 97 joint exercises. One of my best tours. Loved Brisbane.
                          Hi VA...hope you were able to get some time off to explore Brisbane and its surrounds. Although if you went in Summer it would of been pretty darn hot there. I spent some time based at 38 SQN (Caribou aircraft), prior to its move to Amberley around 1994.

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by Annabanana View Post
                            Hi VA...hope you were able to get some time off to explore Brisbane and its surrounds. Although if you went in Summer it would of been pretty darn hot there. I spent some time based at 38 SQN (Caribou aircraft), prior to its move to Amberley around 1994.
                            I met a wonderful girl in Brisbane and spent my liberty hours hopping trains and taxis to go see her the whole time. Yes indeed, it was hot. We were testing Humvees in the outback (this was before the world turned them into gas guzzlers on our highways). I always said that if I ever wanted to leave the U.S. for good, I'd move to Australia.

                            This is me holding some kind of animal at RAAF Amberley.



                            I took this pic in Brisbane...beautiful city.

                            Last edited by Veteran Advisor; 12-08-2008, 08:43 PM.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by Veteran Advisor View Post
                              Ancientgimp,

                              Should you decide to revisit your VA health care eligibility, I encourage you to reapply as a Category 4 veteran versus Category 8 where income can be a bar to benefits. Under Category 4, a veteran qualifies for care by virtue of catastophic injury whether service connected or not. A VA physician will need to examine you to validate your catastrophic status and you may have a co-pay if your income is too high, but you will have access to prosthetic equipment and other SCI care benefits through the VA, including new wheelchairs every few years, vehicle modifications (no hand controls though), and a small home grant for structural alterations---all assuming you are wheelchair bound and have an honorable discharge.

                              If you feel this may be something worth pursuing, I can tell you what you need to do.
                              Never heard of this. Can any vet, peacetime or wartime, get Cat 4 status if they have a SCI? Any idea on how much it costs...if at all?
                              "So I have stayed as I am, without regret, seperated from the normal human condition." Guy Sajer

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by Veteran Advisor View Post
                                Sue,

                                Don't forget Beirut, the Persian Gulf, Somalia, Kosovo, East Timor, and Yemen.

                                Gunner
                                Kind of hard to Gunner (always want to say "Chief"). I worked with 2 Marines who were in Beirut during the big bang. They spent an extended, 360 day, TDY at FSA learning a few tricks of the trade. A platoon mate I still keep in touch with got out as an E-5 to the reserves and came back in as an 2nd LT in time to watch a couple of his guys killed during Desert Storm. He was also tossed around during 9-11 as he was in the DA area outer ring. Tried to get in touch with him for 3 days before his .mil address shot out an auto-response saying he ws alive. I also learned to (hmmm "smuggle" is such an ugly word) repackage certain prohibited items to men from my husband's unit to Kuwait. Knew one of the spouse's instructors who lost a hamstring in the Mogadishu fiasco but kept running his PFTs as a Major to retirement. VERY happy we decided against Somalia as an embassy assignment back in 1987. They would have sent him back more recently after calling in his retirement orders as Chief4 and he makes more and is way too old to play them games now.

                                There are so many "little" wars that many civilians don't even know we have troops in half the time. Most don't know about Timor or Kosovo as far as our troops are concerned. And if the piracy keeps up I can see another few small countries we'll have troops in and ships tied up to. That or, as you told Adi, a few well placed but not seen until the satelite photos come back missiles to the right coordinates.
                                Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                                Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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