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RE: Personal Tinnitus Ramblings

"Everyone thinks I'm strange except my friends deep inside the earth."

Maybe not everyone, especially if you have some LIVING Vietnam veteran friends.

I did my training as a psychologist in a VA hospital in 1979-1980, when I had a chance to talk to many veterans from WW2 and Korea, as well as from Vietnam. I feel privileged to work in a VA hospital now (NOT one of the hospitals that gets featured in horrifying news stories), where I still see some people who served in WW2 and Korea, as well as many Vietnam veterans and people who served in all of the combat zones the US has been in since Vietnam (Kosovo, Panama, Grenada, SW Asia, and others). Many wounds (not just tinnitus) aren't visible, including PTSD. And there are many who have service-connected conditions unrelated to combat, such as back problems from marching with 80-lb rucks, sexual trauma, exposure to chemicals, etc.

Any veteran who has health issues that they feel might have begun in the service has the right to file a claim for financial compensation for the injury or illness they suffer from as a result of serving their country. The ins and outs of the process are not a topic for this forum, but a VA representative or a veterans service officer from a veterans' organization is the best place to get more information.

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