I Can Tough it Out


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We in the military are a different breed than the average person. We are trained well and have a "can do" attitude. We'll go days on minimal sleep and rations, walk for miles and face the enemy without a complaint.

The mission is what we live for.

When we get injured or sick we tend not to tell anyone, especially the Doc or our superiors for fear of looking weak. We do this usually for a couple of reasons, commitment to the mission and our unit, and peer pressure to tough it out.

The reasons for not reporting and seeking help for injury or illness are all valid, however, they end up hurting us in the long run. Not usually while we are still in the military, but after we get out and seek VA benefits.

All those injuries and illnesses that we did not report and are not in our Service Medical Records (SMR), generally cannot be claimed with the VA regardless of how badly they are affecting you.

If you spend 20 years in the military the likely hood of you never having an injury or illness are about zero.

The VA uses 2 primary sources for determining disability ratings. Your SMRs and/or sworn statements from witnesses. For PTSD they will also accept proof that you were in a combat zone.

Jason Perry

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Catch 22


You are exactly right. Servicemembers who suck it up and do not compalin are often hurt in the long run. It is ironic that those in the more elite units are less likely to seek medical care or get documentation of injuries and thus tend to do worse in the Board process.

As Brian suggested, it is extremely important to get documentation. Without proof, you will be shortchanged. Both by the military and by the VA.
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