Since I am in a new office - and my supervisor is not veteran friendly, I feel the need to brag to those who might appreciate a good story once in a while.
About a year and a half ago, one of my veteran customers (Vietnam vet) came in. We went over his work history, and I (being the green vet counselor) recommended he get his derrier straight over to the VA for PTSD screening. To make a LONG story short - dx of PTSD, severe cognitive impairment due to head trauma (and a few other things) No wonder this guy could not keep a job. After visits with VA counselors, neurologists, psychiatrists, we had tons of documentation. He is still fighting with the VA for a disability rating from them.
I got the green light to do his Social Security Disability application (waaay outside of my job description) I worked on this LENGTHY process with him - job history, tax forms, medical records - all back 20 years or so - with the assistance from his VA counselor - releasing all his med records to me - so that I could submit them with his SSDI app.
The final application was delivered to SS late December or early January 2007. Amazingly, his claim was APPROVED!!!!! First time around! (a miracle in its own sense) He will be recieving about $1100/mo. (better than than the bits he was getting from this job and that job as a welder - keep in mind - he has some extreme medical issues that are not visible)
There is nothing better than to go out on a limb for a "cause" you believe in - only to have it all work out
Yes, I do wish I had daily stories like this, but I really put my heart into this case I managed - and WOOOOHOOOO!! Sometimes the systems really do work as they were designed.
Thanks for your time in reading this.