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Thanks for your service. If you haven't looked into it already, you may be eligible to receive VA compensation for your tinnitus if they determine that it is service-connected. The rules for determining this are beyond my understanding, but any veterans' service organization (E.g., DAV, VFW, American Legion, among others) can give you more information and help you file a claim at no charge if you choose to do so.
Not too many service members clap on hearing protection in combat, so lots of veterans have service-related hearing loss and tinnitus.
Thank you pbarach for your kind words & info. Oddly, I never considered your suggestion about the V.A. I think perhaps because tinnitus is not a "visible" problem, such as wounds or an agent orange disease, I just went along with it as an unavoidable by-product of daily combat. At least that's what my excuse is for not thinking of it in the same way that you pointed out. Anyway, thanks again for your post/reply.
Everyone thinks I'm strange except my friends deep inside the earth
"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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