Hi, all! This is my first post here and I have a few questions about DM1 and the VA. I got dx'd in 2004 in Afghanistan. VA rated me at service connected 40% (multiple daily injections, no physical activity at certian BG levels, restricted diet, 1 episode of DKA). I also got 30% from anxiety disorder caused by dx of DM1 and documented ER trips for hypoglycemia and psychiatric counseling. I had a really hard time facing this dx with being young and in good health. I'm not overwieght and have no complications yet. VA is great about sending me non-formulary insulin and all my supplies. I could go as often as I wanted to see RD/endo, but the nearest VA that sees type 1 is 150 miles away, so I am going every three months. Basically, what I want to know is what will happen to me as I get older, like if I develop complications? How will I know to file for a ratings increase or file a claim? What if I want to go on a pump? Right now, VA endo wants me to stay on multiple injections for tight control and because I have a history of low BG. I want to go on the pump, but don't really know if VA will pay. What about new developments in diabetes management? How can I get VA to pay for anything new they might develop in the future? Also, with concern to anxiety/depression, how long did it take you to accept your dx and not wake up every day fearful or depressed? Basically, I just want to give a shout out to my fellow diabetic vets and get some experiences of how it is to age with DM while using the VA healthcare system. Thanks for any imput!