Service connected or not

kb1991

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Sorry if this is in the wrong location, but I have a simple question.

If I joined the military with a clean bill of health, and 5 years into service diagnosed with GERD, IBS, PTSD, Anxiety, MDD, scoliosis, and such, is it automatically considered service connected since it first presented itself during service? Or am I required to show a qualifying event in service?

TLDR:If diagnosed in service is it considered service connected unless proven otherwise beyond a reasonable doubt?
 

GUNS'N'STUFF

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Could be, was the condition resolved in service? For things like PTSD and anxiety you need to have a stressor. Were you in combat? Did you see anything that caused PTSD and anxiety? Do your records reflect the events? Things have come a long way since I was in, combat events and injuries were barely even wrote-up. Try reasonable doubt under combat service - it must be considered to have happened (do you have combat badge/CAR) under CFR, things like this will support your case. I just watched the movie titled "Thank You for Your Service", which is pretty accurate when our records don't match up with event and trying to SC them. Problem is VA fails to understand this happens and at the same time they see and deal with a lot of fraud - I have gone to the VA enough to say I saw enough of that going on, big war hero talks from guys who were never even deployed. You have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. If you have service records though, it will help. Remember, VA plays by their own rules.
 

kb1991

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I have in my performance report record of saving myself and several others from a live UXO that one of my troops mistakenly picked up and nearly detonated in his hand right beside me. I definitly am going to get a copy of all of my service records ASAP and read through the medical portion.
 

RaiderX

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if claimed within one year of EAS/ETS then yes, if still in and EASing claim it and let them decide.
 

GUNS'N'STUFF

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if claimed within one year of EAS/ETS then yes, if still in and EASing claim it and let them decide.
Very good point I was actually going to come back and add that in. I claimed a bunch of stuff within one-year after I learned hat critical advice and guess what, there is no record of it -the VA admits to losing my records. Today, you have a lot more at your disposal to keep things like that happening by bad VA employee types. I didn't. So yes, kb1991 keep your timeline in order.
 
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