I'm sure I've written that I'm working on my PTSD disability claim with the VA. After 50 years they've finally let me and other "Blue Water Navy" personnel file. In addition to having to revisit my several traumas, I find I feel I have to try and justify my late claim, and account how I have have been able to survive the past 50 yrs. and not be on Social Security disability.
The past fifty years have not always been easy. Life has been a pain in the butt. Marriages and job losses , loss of friend and sense of self etc.. Long story short. I'm lucky to have survived my life. Now to convince the VA that yes, I have PTSD and YES it's disabling.. I just simply am tried of the rigmarole the VA puts one thru. Isn't it enough I had to experience the trauma? It may sound crass, but I feel that Vets in the same postion (PTSD) have gone through enough hell in our lives. WHY do we have to convince people who don't have a clue that we aren't whole and that both clinical and financial support is DUE us. WHY should we have to fight for it (compensation) ..Fifty years is a long time to have survived the war... enough already!