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In the past, the patient‐doctor relationship was one‐directional, the doctor typically took the lead and the patient followed. Today, the relationship is a partnership.  Taking an active role in your healthcare can help you get the best care possible from your doctor.

Experiencing a physical injury can be challenging for anyone. Whether you were wounded in combat, injured in a training exercise, or hurt while going about your daily life, dealing with pain and disability is difficult and can sometimes be traumatic. There are many types of physical injuries that can result from combat or service-related incidents. Common physical issues include hearing loss, vision loss, burns, back and joint pain or traumatic brain injury.

Any kind of physical injury can make it harder to cope. You may have to stop doing hobbies or sports or learn to do them in different ways. These challenges can affect you emotionally, too. If you believe your condition was caused as a result of your service, you must tell your Dr. that it happen on active duty, if you do not, the VA has no way of knowing what happened to you on active duty, If you do not, don't expect the VA to consider rating your condition.

The VA, "Government" has no crystal ball, secrete redacted records of secret operation, or medical experiments used to monitor your medical and military career; they are clueless to what medical conditions you believe were caused by your service. Unless you enroll in the VA medical system or submit private medical records to the VA, they have no obligation to monitor your healthcare. If you're that Veteran, expect your claim to stall for years to come!

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