Boy the miltary is still up to its old tricks! Have you tried to contact Amvets they are usually pretty good at helping vets get their proper disability, there is also a excellent web site that you might find helpful it is call vawatchdog.org Also have you tried to contact that civilian doctor that you went to that said it was your back, and do you have a copy of the doctors notes from that visit? You know this typical military BS! I know it was after I retired and went through the VA I got disability and then Amvets got it increased for me. I am currently at 60%. As far as your appointments with the VA and keeping you job, it seems that you should have some kind of job protection. that is a real difficult area. I know it can be frustrating and the VA is not the fastest working organization in the world, but definitely keep on them, also have you considered contacting your local senator or congressman, that usually alway puts a fire under some ones toes and gets things moving. It might definitely be something to consider!
I really am sorry that you got treated this way, but hopefully this can get straighten out! I will try and do some checking to see if I can come up with something that might be of more help to you! I am glad you found this forum though, I think you might really like it!
Hang in there, and I to want to Welcome you to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum!!! I do think you will find that there are some of the finest and most caring and compassionate folks that you will find any where on the internet right here on this forum!
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!