I have been fighting the VA really since my discharge date of 1968. Actually since 1958 at Paris Island when I had that severve Heatstroke. Temp of 103.I asked for help then and was given none, (except a cup of coffee). Although I have documented proof of some of the things that hasppened. The VA says "it doesn't matter". I must have new evidence. I have been presenting "new" evidence for years and it makes no difference. Someone from Winston-Salem called me one morning and suggested I change from PTSD and the side issue of MST, to that of Anxiety Disorder and I would stand a better chance of getting what I want. I did so and what did it get me? Nothing. I thought it was illegal for them to try to help a Vet this way. They deny they called, but call they did. I was electrically shocked while stationed in London, England, bad enough to knock me 25 feet over a counter. I have had problems because of that ever since. The VA says all I need is eye witnessess or an eye witness to that event. After 40 odd years, I found my old buddies I was staioned with there. I have two eye witnessess that recall that incident very well. Right before that, I got Easy Off Oven Cleaner in my right eye. (I was the duty cook at that time). Luckily, there was no permanent damage to my Cornea. I later reported that, along with the electrical shock to the VA. It was denied. They "lumped" both together making it seem as though it was one incident. EYE PROBLEMS DUE TO ELECTRIC SHOCK, or some such wording. The VA has a "habit" of lumping some things together making it seem as if there is only one problem when there could be many, such as in my case. I have a service connected scar on my right forearm that I got from defective PPD serum I was given at Portsmouth, New Hampshire before being transfered to Camp Pendleton, Ca. It turned out to be a Pyogenic Granuloma. Which did infect my right forearm. What did they do for that. They put some salve on it and sent me away. I have ZERO disability from that. 'It's just a scar the good people at Winston-Salem say. "Nothing to it". It's not that I have that scar it's how I GOT the scar to begin with. I was effectively given a strain of Tuberculosis, (as I was told by a UNC doctor). I was told by a VA phone rep that the VA would not do ONE THING because I did not lose my arm. To date, nothing has been done. I have had severve Heatstroke at Paris Island. Hypothermia at Camp Lejeune, NC. Benzene and cleaning solvent contaminated water at Camp Lejeune which I, along with many Marines drank every day and in each case, NOTHING has been done. I kept complaining about stomach problems. :Oh just probably something you ate". "No, it was something I DRANK EVERY DAY. Embarrassingly, I was the victim of MST while in the Reserves in Richmond, VA. I tried to report that, but was so embarrassed and ashamed I let it go for years. Then when I did say something, I was told by the VA, "it never happened". "Where is your proof"? If they had bothered reading their own guidelines, they would have seen that the only "proof" needed was a statement from the victim and that of the attending doctor it was reported too. Again. "It never happened". For years now this has been nothing but a sick joke. I was there. They were not. I went through everything the VA says "never happened". Every VA and civilian doctor I have seen, says I have severve PTSD. The VA says I do not. "Where's your proof"? "It never happened". I cannot find an attorney to take my case because they would actually have to do some work. The last one I spoke with sounded promising, so I sent him 23 pages of my last denial letter from the VA, I never heard from him again. Is there no one out there that cares? At present I am rated 30%. I am 74. How many more years do I have to wait for something positive to happen. No, I do not have scars you can see, but the ones I do have are pretty damn deep.
Robert A. Hasty
Former E-6 USMC
Indy Week • 302 E. Pettigrew St., Suite 300, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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