When I address the subject of Cause & Effect I speak of many personal issues as well as taking an open-minded look at the situations and circumstances that affect us all in our daily lives.
This topic became a major one to me when I had to file an appeal for my most recent V.A. Claim. I have several medical issues that have really started to flare up as I get older. All of these medical issues are service connected but the military doesn’t want to compensate me for these illnesses and injuries. My latest appeal took (14 pages) a lot of research in order for me to justify why I should be compensated for my present condition, as if I’m the medical expert.
Now this may be foolish thinking on my behalf, but I think when we veterans and service members file claims that the Claims Experts should be the ones to do the in dept investigating into the “Causes & Effects” of our illnesses and injuries.
I am going to give you as the reader an example of just one of the many medical issues that I have and filed a claim for but was denied because they say there’s no Service Connected. Example: Torn Meniscus- In November of 2017 I was umpiring an adult softball game when I simply turned to first base to make a safe or out call. I have made this same “simple call” thousands of times over my years as an umpire without any problems or injuries. So, on this particular night when I turned to make the call I felt a sort of twinge in my left knee. As the night progressed my knee started swelling and the pain got worse and I had no idea what was going on. As the days passed my left knee got tremendously worse with swelling and intense pain. Me not being the Medical Expert diagnosed myself with gout because of a few other medical issues that had flared up in my recent past. Within three to six months before the knee injury, my big left toe had swollen up a few times as well as a mark similar to a mild burn on my left wrist. When I did my goggle research it lead me to think at that time I had gout. To make a longer story shorter, finally after a few family care doctor visits and a few trips to the emergency room and six to eight months later, x-rays and an MRI confirmed I had a Torn Meniscus of my left knee. When I filed the V.A. Claim, I added the torn meniscus to the other medical issues that I have and am not being compensated for. When the claim came back, they had denied me any compensation for left knee meniscus tear because they said it wasn’t service connected. So I had to start conducting my own google research in order to make the connection. Read the exact explanation I sent back with my appeal.
About the author
I am just a person who has lived this life with blinders on for many years. But now that I can see a bit more clearly, my goal is to do my best to accomplish my dreams & goals and to encourage as many more people as possible to do the same. I want to help you create change4urlife.