Re: Veterans-- is there a reason to go to the VA with this?
I had an injury when I was in, that was treated at the time, followed by physical therapy for a while. No problem seemed to remain.
After I got out, I got advice to make a VA claim, which I did, even though the problem seemed negligible at the time.
I was deemed "service connected disability, 0% disabling". Meaning nothing except a note in my file.
25+ years later, I had been noticing increased impairment, and went to the VA to get checked out again. They decided it was related, rerated the disability, and I was able to get treatment there.
Two bonuses--- iif I recall the details, if you are rated with a service connected disability, you can get medical care for the condition itself for free, and for other medical problems for just a small copay. And in Texas, at least, if the rating is >0%, then there are property tax reductions.
So I'd say, make the claim, and have it in your "hip pocket" for many years from now.
The process is very slow, but worth doing. The VFW, American Legion, DAV, and other service organizations, as well as most counties in the USA, have people who will walk you through the process. That is more valuable than it would seem, as they know the regs and how to prepare the paperwork so that all the criteria are covered.
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