Back in 2010, I was shot in the leg during a firefight in Afghanistan. I was MEDEVACed and transferred to a WTB for 6 months and returned to duty.
The gunshot wound left me with 2 fascial hernias, peroneal nerve damage, and restless leg symptoms. I frequented my PCM, ortho, and PT for pain and parasthesia concerns- but all they'd do is give me neurontin and say "it's part of the healing process." In response to not being able to sleep a full night because of my leg pain (tried everything), one ortho doc said "sleep in the prone, and put your leg against the bed post for relief." Are you kidding me?! After a while, I realized they're not going to do anything, so I stopped seeing them and just sucked it up.
I put in for a disability claim for the above mentioned conditions under the Benefits @ delivery program. I checked eBenefits last week and it was at the REVIEW stage in Nashville, with the claim completion date between SEP and DEC 2013. Today I checked, and it showed CHANGE OF STATUS: needed additional review; and it got moved to Winston Salem NC.
So my question is this; is it a good thing that it needed more review? I even got an "advanced notice" email stating that because I have more than 10% disability, I'm eligible for Voc Rehab... isn't that a bit premature to send out, unless the review went up with at least 10% being agreed upon perhaps?
My VOA told me that just because I got shot doesn't mean my claims will be grants. Um, it left 2 hernias that bulge out when I stand/walk/run, nerve damage, and restless syndrome. How on earth is it NOT compensatable?
Thanks in advance for your advise.