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just diagnosed yesterday and still trying to cope with the information...this disorder stemmed from an accident with a 65 lb pan of potato salad (don't laugh) being dumped on my head 41 years ago, while serving in the U.S. Navy. does anyone know how to get ahold of the VA for disability benefits, due to a service related incident? not too happy about not driving.
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Originally Posted by gnd1947 View Post:
just diagnosed yesterday and still trying to cope with the information...this disorder stemmed from an accident with a 65 lb pan of potato salad (don't laugh) being dumped on my head 41 years ago, while serving in the U.S. Navy. does anyone know how to get ahold of the VA for disability benefits, due to a service related incident? not too happy about not driving.
Welcome Aboard. Sorry to hear about the damn accident that caused the problem - what a bitch !

I haven't got a clue about helping you with disability benefits, but I'm sure someone will be along shortly - they're a nice helpful bunch on here

Can I ask you a question ? You don't have to answer, I won't hold it against you, but how did they tie-up the problem with the potato salad being dumped on your head ALL that time ago ?

PS. I wish I could drive too. My passion for cars is huuuuge - just typical that I had to draw the short straw in that field. ....still, I've got all my faculties, so things could be worse.
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Welcome gnd1947

My old man is a disabled VA, service related. Here is the VA website. There is a ton of info here to help you get started. One word of advice, get a letter written by your doctor that clearly states your brain injury was caused by that 65 pound pan of potato salad.

Getting it deemed service related will be a struggle, but when you do the pay is retro-active.

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Sorry to hear about the Potato Salad episode
but nonetheless you can obtain the paperwork
from the Department of Veteran Affairs and they will be
of further assistance to you. If you are unable to
do so, the Epilepsy Foundation can provide you assistance as
well.

Glad to have you here at CWE!
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there was scar tissue showing a VERY old injury to the brain, on the MRI, CT, and EEG. when they asked me when it had happened, with a straight face, i had to tell them the potato salad story. the incident at the time, left me with retro-grade amnesia for about 6 weeks. the story just keeps getting better eh?
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