mrwickey wrote: Yes it is hard to do, I did it and it leaves a bad taste in your mouth, but I am one of the 'few' Bluewater Sailors that got rated with PTSD, and I feel that the 10 years of fighting for my 'rights' was worth it. And I am not done yet.
Mr Wickey, I too am a blue water sailor who served on the gun line. I submitted my claim in Jan. 2007, had it held during Haas, got the portion for hearing disability released and approved. In late February 2009 I received my denial letter for my other medical problems because they were related to Agent Orange and I did not have boots on ground. The denial was my first chance to see how my State VSO had submitted the claim.
During my waiting time for Haas, I studied materials from NVLSP and learned quite a bit about how to prepare and organize a claim. I responded to the denial with a notice of disagreement and addition information on how I was exposed to Agent Orange in DaNang harbor.
Now to get to the subject of this post, during my gathering of records, I obtained my ships deck logs. While reading them, I broke down completely many times and started having trouble sleeping. These are things that happened to me when I first returned home after Vietnam. I thought I had repressed these feelings but evidently they have come back. I am at odds what to do about this at the moment. Should I go to the DVA and ask for help?