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Oct 20, 2018 · Agent Orange and Neurological Disorders in Brain & Nervous System

Mikey1- re you saying that the VA system has not ever contacted you or helped with an Agent Orange Claim? Also are you in Phoenix- the reason I ask is: there is a part time VA REP: that does nothing else than process the Veterans claim after one meeting with him, and you bring in your DD- 214 and any orders you might still have from Viet Nam- He can pin point where you were and all the sites where the chemicals were sprayed. That's the first thing that would help you allot getting your claim open( which goes much faster now with the new mandate by the President to process Viet Nam Veterans claims faster and to put them in the front of the pile- especially those with Agent Orange illnesses of any kind, I did this same process and it was completed in 4 months- But it takes the VA office I just mentioned to do the paper work proving where you were and that you were in fact spayed. And you are so right about how the people ( did not receive us as soldiers serving in real war- but as a form of people who committed crimes to the Viet Nam people to include murder and the killing of Children- which -not only isn't true, but they did not look or take time to research the facts of all the soldiers did for the people of South Viet Nam. The first time I came home -we landed at Travis AFB- at 4am, no one was there except the Air Force welcoming party and a Full Streak Dinner before leaving for home.( that was the best home coming we ever had- which I thank God for all those who understood why we were fighting. However the second time I came home- we landed in SF CA where there was hundreds of the people you talked about- It felt as if we had landed in a difference America. I served in the Infantry for many years before later on in life I studied to be an Army Chaplain- For the last 35 plus years. I have retired now do to many illnesses caused by Agent Orange. And the VA accepted all the facts from my doctors without any issues. But that's only been 3 years ago before all the claims were approved. So tell me how I can help you- and get information you need and what you may be looking for. I pray this makes scene and is a little help. In my prayers Brother. JJames.

Jul 4, 2018 · Living with Parkinson's Disease - Meet others & come say hi in Parkinson's Disease

The only thing that works for me- is Ensure, it works for me every time- otherwise mine stick in my mouth also. J South

May 29, 2018 · Getting Prepared for Summer with PD in Parkinson's Disease

Colleen- Have you heard of people with Parkinson's ( which I have ) ever have severe jerking in their sleep ? JSOUTH

May 29, 2018 · Anyone here dealing with peripheral neuropathy? in Neuropathy

Charly- I'm sorry, I think I didn't explain well enough. I was asking if anyone had server jerks in the night when you are sleeping- For me they have become worse as well as the feeling of falling more than before. I have been on the medication for 4 years now and does help with some things, Sorry for the mis-understanding. Jsouth

Mar 12, 2018 · Autoimmune Diseases and Fatigue in Autoimmune Diseases

Hi Teresa, They keep trying to find something to help- great doctors and I thank God I have them- I've had a heart issue due to Agent Orange( My Heart Dr from the Mayo Clinic works with Vets with the affects of Agent Orange- which does affect the heart. The heart attack I had over a year ago was found to be caused by the chemicals- now it could be causing the lack of energy and whatever else. But we keep trying-right. Thanks the Lord for His strength-I have done. J JAMES

Mar 12, 2018 · Autoimmune Diseases and Fatigue in Autoimmune Diseases

Mentor- I have had Parkinson's for about 5 years now- my fatigued the past 6 months- I can barley move at times, my immune system was really low last year and I had a few IV bottles of Iron- which helped a little. What is your thoughts and experience with this? Thanks John James

Jul 25, 2017 · How Spirituality Can Help Stress in Mental Health

Thanks Jim, But please don’t think what you did and the ministry that you were involved with- was and is more important- the battle of spiritual warfare is worse ( God tells us- as I’m speaking to someone who knows ) Jim- we both and all Christians – who really follow the Lord – is going to be in a war that is harder to fight. You are on the front lines and the dark side of this world and the one who looks to destroy all believers- is our enemy- again you know better than I. Sometimes when I look back- fighting in a war against another country ( if you will) is very hard, and scary, the unknown of when you will be shot or killed- is always on your mind- you live in fear, but it’s an enemy that you can get away from for a time and re-group and rest before the next battle- but a spiritual battle I feel is ” constant and every minute of the day” I don’t sleep much and still hear my brothers and sisters crying for help or in pain and seeing the dead- plays in my mind and heart 24-7 ( like any other soldier who has been in combat- it’s not something we talk about in church or a dinner with friends- only with other soldiers and chaplains, ( ministers and counselor’s) why? why would I want to share such stories with other folks and give them nightmares- ) We need to protect those who innocent – I believe you share some of the same dreams in different ways- but still – makes for a night to want to pass as soon as possible, I hate the nights- yet wish I could sleep- ” Make sense? ” God Bless you for listening and sharing a very like time in your life- in my prayers jjames.

Jul 25, 2017 · How Spirituality Can Help Stress in Mental Health

Jim- I read your post many times, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it- I too have been in ministry for the past 45 years, served as a Police Chaplain and Army Chaplain- I have had PTSD since my second combat duty in Viet Nam, however I stayed in police work and the chaplaincy ( full time) and then went to seminary and the Army called me back as a full time Army Chaplain- I served on Active duty many years and in this war- I have seen ( as many have) so much death and dying- that I felt more at peace working with those who needed help, prayers, and to walk with them down the road of Suicide Prevention- sometimes it went well and sometimes not- I always wonder what I didn’t say that could of saved a life for His glory-not mine. I became a Christian when I was 12 years old in 1957- There is no better feeling of service than serving Christ. – which is an Honor, which is also very humbling – to say the least. I believe without a doubt – I’m here today because of His saving grace- Like all soldiers ( over 85%) was shot in Viet Nam and Blown’s up at least once. I should have died- the doctors in Viet Nam told me after I woke up in the hospital -that I should not be here, That I should have died because I had loss more than enough blood to be able to live. Well, we all know that it was nothing I did ” for sure ” but Gods Grace. Hearing your story really hit home with me. I too suffer from PTSD, Depression and despair, agent orange Parkinson’s- many war wounds that I won’t talk about- I don’t want to sound at all- as if I’m being ” Sensational” Never I pray. I feel broken and lost-but I also know the Lord is holding me up and that He is with me always Hebrews 13:5-8. I will pray for you brother and I thank God for you and being open about- being human- as King David did- But never forsaking our faith. jjames