This post is so old but I was wondering how your situation came out. I was also in Iraq ( in Tikrit) around this time and have Bullous.I was also on FOB hammer from nov 08 thru july 09. Since returning from that deployment i have had breathing problems chest pain an devolped myself a case of bullous pemphigoid (median age for this disease is 80!!!!!) What ventimiglia had to say really got to me i ahve also devoloped a speech impediment not stuttering but i say something comes out like mush and i was was a proficient typer and now most words come out jumbled and mixed up(gotta reread most things). Had a chest xray and like above was just told i will get a calll if anything is wrong (yeah right). got another xray with my phase one hopefully someone will look at it this time
I would try and write some of what is contained on pages 210-213 of the above mentioned "Veterans Benefit's Manual-2015"; but rather lenghty, and I am also not an attorney! However, hopefully this manual or a version- hopefully more up to date- by the NVLSP (see for example only web-address: NVLSP ) can be found in one's local city Library or if one's US DVA Facilities, if have a Library, there as well.....I would also highly recommend taking a look a the "Veterans Benefit's Manual-2015" pages 210-213 where talking about Exposure Iraq and Afghanistan... and certain cases veterans "lay" statement of exposure is valid to fully support a Positive a claim finding....might hopefully prove useful, especially those with cancer no explainable reason....?????
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