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Resources that will help you with your claim.

 

What's New

Update for Sleep Apnea.

Follow the link to learn how to correctly file a claim for service-connected sleep apnea if you also have service-connected PTSD. You must have a nexus first.

 

 

Current Newsdemo

National Gulf War 2016 Annual Meeting &
Informational & Health Fair

We will talk about claimslatest treatments and research.

The annual meeting will be Sept 30th - Oct 1 in Washington DC.

For more information on the meeting read our news link.

 

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NGWRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and your donations are tax deductible. Our paperwork is on file with the state of Kansas. The NGWRC reserves the right to refuse donations from any groups or persons that views does not support ours.

 

 

 

Resources for Veterans

Draft 2016 Guide is on the site. Download New Guide

Some links will be to PDF files and so make sure you have the lastest Abobe reader. Download it HERE.

 

Name: Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a syndrome predominately characterized by widespread muscular pains and fatigue. The causes of FM are unknown. There are difficulties in diagnosing FM. Its clinical picture can overlap other illnesses, and there are no definitive diagnostic tests. Patient education, pharmacologic agents, and other nonpharmacologic therapies are used to treat FM. Exercise has been found to improve outcomes for people with FM. The medical community's understanding of this disease is evolving. For more in-depth and up-to-date information, visit the websites of the Mayo Clinic or the Centers for Disease Control.
Name: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition that makes you feel so tired that you can't do all of your normal, daily activities. There are other symptoms too, but being very tired for at least 6 months is the main one. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is another name for CFS. Sometimes you will see the acronym ME/CFS used to refer to CFS. The illness is characterized by prolonged, debilitating fatigue and a characteristic group of accompanying symptoms, particularly problems with memory and concentration, unrefreshing sleep, muscle and joint pain, headache, and recurrent sore throat. It is marked by a dramatic difference in pre- and post-illness activity level and stamina.

Name: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Sample NOD


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. IBS causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, but it does not permanently harm the intestines and does not lead to a serious disease, such as cancer. Most people can control their symptoms with diet, stress management, and prescribed medications. For some people, however, IBS can be disabling. They may be unable to work, attend social events, or even travel short distances.


Name: Guide on PTSD (old)

The purpose of this guide is to assist you, the veteran, or your survivor(s), in presenting your claim for benefits based on exposure to psychologically traumatic events during military service that has resulted in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is always best to seek the assistance of an experienced veterans service representative when presenting a claim to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Name: What is PTSD?

The way in which the VA and the mental health care community at large diagnoses and treats PTSD has changed significantly since the start of recent military operations, such as OIF and OEF. If you have PTSD, and you were denied benefits before July of 2010, you may wish to re-open your claim. It is easier to prove any claim for PTSD than it used to be. Above and beyond that, the VA is now more likely to give the benefit of the doubt to the veteran in the case of PTSD caused by sexual trauma in the military. What is PTSD? The Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), released on May 18, 2013 revised the criteria for diagnosing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The DSM-5 criteria follow.

Name: Preparing a claim for undiagnosed illness



List out each and every one of the symptoms that you have. As you list each symptom, include the date it first appeared – you may refer to page 19 in Chapter II for the list of signs and symptoms. Once you have all your symptoms listed, sort out those which are undiagnosed, covered here, and those which are part of a diagnosis, covered in Chapter IV. An example of how to do that is listed on page 20 in chapter II.

You can download the guide and print it off for your doctor, VSO's and fellow veterans.

 


 

Name: Scud Use

Scud used during Operation Desert Storm. This is theoffical write up and an example of a letter I did in working a claim for a veterans claim.

Name: VARO have to use statements

This court case is one of the biggest for when it comes to gulf war claim and getting them approved.

In this it talks about how a supporting statement is to help your claim, and on how a claim for undiagnose illness it to be done.

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR VETERANS CLAIMS
No. 01-2105
James P. Gutierrez, v. Anthony J. Principi,
On Appeal from the Board of Veterans' Appeals
(Decided December 23, 2004)




Name:Exposures


NGWRC’s research campaign resulted in the DoD revamping their entire Gulf War Illnesses investigation. By 1999, the DoD employed a staff of more than 150 to investigate the thousands of toxic exposure incidents, many brought to light by NGWRC research volunteers. Official military documents obtained from Congressional reports, using FOIA, or letters sent by Gulf War veterans have revealed the following:

The VA bases your claim under 3.317 as if you have been exposed to all of the toxins in the gulf, or they are to. If you try to say your illness is caused by only one of them the claim will have a very high probability of getting denied.


Name: Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs)


You will use the charts at this link to matches the DBQ to medical conditions or symptoms to the corresponding Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQs).
You can have your privet doctor and or your VA doctor fill them out. You must also have them file out a VA form 2104142 if it a non-VA doctor.
Do remember the VA will not pay to get any records from your doctors.



Name: Clothing Allowance

This is one benefit many veterans miss out on.

Veterans who have unique clothing needs as a result of a service-related disability or injury may receive a supplement to their disability compensation. The clothing allowance reimburses you if your clothing gets permanently damaged by a prosthetic or orthopedic appliance you wear, or by a prescribed medication you use on your skin.

Name: VA link on Gulf War Veterans


More than 650,000 Service members served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm from August 2, 1990 to July 31, 1991. For VA benefits eligibility purposes, the Gulf War period is still in effect. This means that anyone who served on active duty from August 2, 1990, to present is considered a Gulf War Veteran. For example, the Veterans Pension benefit requires service during a wartime period. Therefore, any Veteran who served on active military service for any period from August 2, 1990, to the present meets the wartime service requirement.

 


 

Name NOD IBS

Description: This is the new form and where I did an NOD for IBS. This case is one that the veteran never filed before and is truning in the NOD with in the time frame. We ask you get them in ASAP to keep the apeal open for then the new rating is to go back to the date of claim. Many of the RO's are not following this regulation.

This will open a PDF so you will need a PDF reader.

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