Jan 16, 2010 - 1:03 pm
Veteran's Affairs: Proving a Service Connection, VA Claim
My name is Robert. I'm Retired US Army, and recently diagnosed with GBM4, 44 years old. I was diagnosed on 12/16/2009. I've had 2 life altering events in the month of December 2009. On 11/17/2009, my father who I was very closed to passed away in New Jersey. I live in El Paso, TX, and managed to be at his side about 45 minutes before he passed. The following week, I was told about my Tumor (3 cm mass), and operated (Resection) on. I believe it was my left Occipital Globe. I know there's a message here, it's just going to take me time to learn it. In the last 13 years, I've always been a workaholic (Former Army Recruiter). I have a very positive attitude, and have more time to spend with my wife and kids. The message I'm hearing is to except the cards your dealt with, appreciate each day to the fullest, slow down and smell the roses. I had 2 over-seas tours, and not afraid to fight, and learn. One of them was Desert Shield/Storm & Clean Up.
I'm trying to find service connection to the Military, with this type of Cancer (GBM4). Veteran's Affairs is telling me they need more prove, than what I have given them. My service time wasn't enough, and my DD214's are not enough, 100% of my medical do***ents are not enough.
Does anyone have any advice on researching a service connection to get more proof?
Robert F. Lefferts