FamilyOfaVet - Real world info about PTSD, TBI, & life after combat
FamilyOfaVet - Real World info about PTSD, TBI, & life after combat.



All of the stories included below are real.  They are real world accounts from heroes and
families throughout the country.  They cover a wide geographic range, almost every VISN
in the VA, and illustrate many parts of our lives and experience with the Department of
Veterans Affairs, both good and bad.  

While there are "only" twenty-two stories included below, each makes points that we have
personally experienced - or been on hand to observe with the heroes and families we
serve - over and over.  So, these 22 actually represent the struggles, triumphs,
challenges, and victories of heroes and families all over our nation.

Here are those stories...


There are times I am amazed by what happens at the VA. It is not surprising the suicide
rate among veterans when you consider the mental health treatment and poor customer
service and people skills of some VA staff members...


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Our tale is unlike most I hear.  I spend every single day helping families across the country
who can’t get access to health care and resources find what they need.  The local joke is
“Just move to Montana.”  We all know it to be true...


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We are a proud family. We believe in working hard for anything that we receive. We
believe in sharing what we have with those less fortunate. I will attempt to make this plea
for help as short as possible, but a 5 year struggle with the VA entails many things that I
could say...


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I am writing regarding VA medical services. Although my husband has only been retired for
six months, we have had the occasion to use the Auburn, CA (Reno, NV) VA health system
on several occasions. There are many areas that can use some serious attention, and
also things that are done quite well...


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Every veteran’s story is unique, but each one is important. While every human experience
is unique, one is neither more important nor less defining than the other. Our story began
with a deployment and is still being told...


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My wife is a medically retired veteran of the war in Afghanistan.  Joy served for over 10
years in the U.S. Army Reserves, and was deployed in late 2004 to Afghanistan.  She was
assigned as the night supervisor…


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I am the wife of a 100% disabled combat veteran. My husband returned from Iraq in 2004
and was diagnosed with PTSD and a TBI. He also suffers from bi-polar mood disorder that
has been severely aggravated by his PTSD. He has been receiving treatment from the VA
for almost 10 years, and in my opinion, there is a lot to be desired…


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Our VA here has been very good to Kevin. I'm pretty sure we have the best neurology
doctors in the country. The caregiver support coordinator here is fabulous. The nurse that
comes to do our home visits is beyond fantastic. I looooove her. Really everything here
about our downtown VA is great. The problem for us lies within the VBA and the claims
process…


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I was sitting in a post-partum depression therapist’s office downtown, cluster-feeding my
new baby and talking a mile a minute. To be honest my mood was closer to manic than
depressed…


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In the first week of February 2013 my veteran had a therapy appointment.  On that day he
was having one of his “sleep attacks” during which it is difficult for him to stay awake…


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In August of 2011 my veteran’s back re-herniated in the same locations it did while he was
active duty in the army.  When the back pain first started up in full force, he went in to see
his doctor.  She scheduled an MRI, refused to prescribe him medication…


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My veteran suffers from degenerative disc disease (DDD), herniated discs, radiculopathy,
and intense chronic pain.  In May of 2012 my veteran bent over to put the toilet seat down
and experienced shooting pain…


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For the last year my veteran has been seeing his counselor and psychiatric nurse
practitioner (NP) every other week.  They have gotten to know him, his case, and our
family very well.  They have been his greatest assets and allies within the VA…


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The Indianapolis VA does NOT have an adequate inpatient program for PTSD…

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Monday, September 16, my husband had a VA appointment with his psychologist and
psychiatrist, both of whom know that he’s had suicidal thoughts and had hurt himself
intentionally previously…


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I write a piece of my husband’s story with a heavy heart.  It isn’t an easy one to tell
because behind the many statistics, behind the words put to paper, are actual beings I
love with hearts and futures heavily impacted by the war in Iraq…


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I am the wife of an OIF Veteran (Iraq 04-05).  I have so many stories that would make the
VA proud of its employees, so many examples that the VA's mission is being carried out by
the hearts employed.  Sadly, I have MORE stories that would cause the people in
Washington, DC to cringe…


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I would like to talk about Chris's C&P exams through the Milwaukee VA.  The doctors said
he doesn't have any lasting effects from the TBI…


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My husband has served our country for 21 1/2 years in the Navy, Navy Reserves, and
Army Reserves. We have been married for 21 years this year (2013), and we have been
friends since high school…


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My husband is an OIF vet who was injured in Iraq in 2005-2006. He suffered from multiple
traumas to the head in nine different IED explosions…


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I am the wife of an OIF/OEF Army Veteran. We have had numerous experiences within our
VA system, some good and others not so much…


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While I am extremely thankful that the VA recognizes the need for to provide services to
caregivers, I regret that my experience with the Caregiver Program process has not been a
pleasant one…


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