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Date Posted: Thu, August 18 2005, 22:38:49
Author: Jeff Northridge
Author Host/IP: dialup-184.108.40.206.Dial1.SanJose1.Level3.net / 220.127.116.11
Subject: Re: How to obtain info
In reply to:
's message, "How to obtain info" on Thu, August 18 2005, 19:49:38
You already have requested the appropriate documents or most of them. If you have ever filed a claim with the VA for anything, your Army medical file will be held at the local VA regional office. Your DD-214 and DA-20 will be held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in St. Louis, MO. Both of these will record your award of the Purple Heart and the DA-20 will have a date of the incident and a brief description of your wounds. With an MOS of 31S = Field General Communications Security Repairer, it is unlikely that you were ever awarded a CIB. That is reserved for 11Bs, 11Cs, and a couple of Special Services MOS's.
It is unfortunate that you were just TDY to various units because that means that any record of your being wounded will not show up on their Morning Reports, but it should show up on the Morning Report of whatever company you were officially assigned to in the 39th Signal. Copies of Morning Reports may be requested from NARA by anybody via a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request. During the time period that you mention, the 4th/39th Inf. was in the 1st Bde. of the 9th Inf. Div. and was partly responsible for areas lying to the west of Dong Tam (9th Inf. Div. headquarters). The 5th/60th Inf. was in the 3rd Bde. and had its base camp at Rach Kien in Long An Province. Dong Tam and My Tho were both in Dinh Tuong Province in IV Corps (see http://www.nexus.net/~911gfx/vietnam/maps/nc48-07/nc48_07f.html). Da Nang and (I think) LZ Schroeder were way up north in I Corps.
My advice would be to file your claim for PTSD with the VA as soon as possible. That is because the clock starts ticking for compensation purposes on the day that the VA first recieves your claim. You can always toss in additional evidence on your behalf later. You might think that the VA is there to help, but they aren't unless you checkmate them legally. They will try to deny you at every turn so get ready for it. Keep copies of everything sent to you by the VA, keep all schedualed appointments for examinations without fail, and don't give up. For further advice get in touch with a Service Represntative of a veterans organization (like the American Legion, VFW, VVA, or DAV). Those guys are well trained and experienced and know what to do and are free of charge. Good luck, buddy!
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