I have a proud soldier who [literally] had his butt shot off in Vietnam. He has viewed the VA as welfare and has not sought medical attention untill this week. He has neuropathy, diabetes II, hip and leg pain, etc. Is there any way that he can backdate the claim to the date of his release from active duty? Any cases to read that can be reviewed as precedent either way. You know... ones that were unsuccessfull to read why they failed and visa versa. This guy really deserves a shot at it.