Discussion in 'Incarcerated Veterans Help' started by grunt, Mar 20, 2005.
good morning, i just wanted to say hi, and to become part of this great forum for veterans issues.
Welcome aboard GRUNT. We need all the Army vets we can get. What outfit did you serve with? I was with the BIG RED ONE 66/67. John Spadea
Welcome Grunt! I was 1st. Cavalry Division 1967
My name is Teri Stinson.I am the ex-wife of a Vietnam
Veteran,and mother of our four daughters ages
8,12,19 and 20
The girls' dad is a Vietnam veteran , discharged in
1969. George De Angelis.He suffers many physical and
emotional disabilities and is unable to financially
support our girls .
i am writing this letter and sending it out to as
many people and advocates that I can find on the
We are seeking anyone who can remember
him, or who may have served with him.
He was in Vietnam from 7/31/67 to 3/31/69
he was assigned to :
527th personnel service co,
518th personnel service co
854th transportation co
127th military police co.
he served during tet offensive phases III-V
When George was a teenager, he underwent hip
surgery that could have excluded him from joining
the Military or being unwillingly drafted. He
successfully petitioned his local government and
signed a waiver to join the Army. He also extended
his mandatory tour of duty, again going above and
beyond what many other his age were doing at the time.
Out of his sincere desire to serve his country.
He was only 19 years old, the age of our older
This was also when many protesters were burning their
draft cards and doing whatever they could to avoid
He gave generously, as many others have, of his life,
and his duty to country has never been recognized .
As we all know, Vietnam Veterans were not given the
"Hero’s Welcome" that our Veterans enjoy today
George has been trying unsuccessfully for many years
to obtain benefits for PTSD.Despite being diagnosed
according to DSM IV criteria by several
psychiatrists.. He exhibits many symptoms : Severe
depression , history of polysubstance abuse, emotional
isolation , and detachment . Physical ailments ,such
as liver disease ,a compromised immune system
leading to multiple infections and impaired wound
healing.Degenerative bone disease leading to over 22
surgeries over the last 20 years.These numerous
health problems have left him financially and
emotionally destitute .He is clinically depressed,
unable to work and function in the real world and
relies on disability payments to support himself, and
Our 18 year marriage ended amicably 3 years ago, and
we continue to raise our girls together.
George is currently incarcerated
in ohio.he was
arrested and sentenced a year ago on drug
seeking/doctor shopping offenses.I sincerely believe
that his symptoms and difficulties stem from ptsd.he
meets all criteria from dsm IV ,yet govenment
officials deny the claims and the appeals that have
been pending for over 9 years.we have had assistance
from our local vets service center with no
success.George also has a history of suicide attempts.
one following active duty and several more throughout
I am an eyewitness to the physical and emotional
deterioration that developed over the 23 years that I
have known George.
We remain comitted to helping George to help himself and
to be a better father to our girls.
I am writing this to ask for help for him, and for our
Is there any other way we can help George?Any
information would be much appreciated.
please, if you can, forward this email to anyone who
might remember him.
bless you and thank you for your time,
"What a long strange trip it's been"
See if you can obtain a copy of George's last decision letter from the VA. Look in the section labeled "Reasons and Bases" or something very similar. The contents of this section will provide the precise reason the VA ruled unfavorably. I'm not experienced in PTSD issues but I believe all PTSD cases require a "stressor" letter describing the event causing his trauma. I also believe I'd heard that might be waived if the veteran had a CIB or served in direct combat. If that's incorrect, someone with the necessary experience should be along to correct. FWIW, you might want to copy your post to our PTSD forum. Go to the Home page, choose forums and scroll down to PTSD. Open it and post a new message. The folks interested in PTSD hang their hat there. Oh. one other thing. Have you got a service officer for your claim?
thank you for your advice.I will cut and paste this post to the ptsd forum.
what is a service offer?
the decision from the va states that they have no record that he was anything but apersonnel clerk.in reality, he was reassigned to the 127th mp, but of course, there is no records,he need peolpe who were there when he was to ssupport his claims.so far, I have had no luck in finding anyone.
thanks again for your help.
David Barker, State Service Officer, Ohio!
Ive E-Mail this to my Freind in Ohio who just happen to work as a VRO in Ohio.
I hope this will get some answer an I know will help you if its possible,RainVet!
DAVE BARKER TO BE INDUCTED INTO OHIO VETERANS HALL OF FAME
Dave Barker, AMVETS State Veterans Service Officer, will be inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 3, 2005.
Barker served in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1961 and in the Navy Reserve from 1961 to 1968. He graduated from Morris Harvey College in 1971 and attended Marshall University's Graduate School from 1971 to 1973.
From 1983 to 1998, Barker served as a Franklin County Veterans Service Officer. He currently serves as the AMVETS State Service Officer, dividing his time between VAMC Chillicothe's main campus and the Portsmouth Community Based Outpatient Clinic (Mondays).
Barker has been very active in veterans organizations, having helped organize seven different AMVETS Posts, two of which he served as Commander for a total of seven years. He has also been Commander at three different VFW Posts for a total of 5 years, and served 3 years as a Post Commander of the American Legion. He served as the VFW State POW/MIA Chairman from 1984 - 1987.
Barker has won numerous state and national awards for his work in support of our nation's veterans and has authored three books which are in the Library of Congress along with several articles concerning the effects of Agent Orange and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Combat Veteran From World War II to the Present
© David Barker ; AMVETS Department of Ohio
George Ondick, Director
AMVETS Department of Ohio
1395 E. Dublin Granville Road
Columbus, OH 43229
David Barker, State Service Officer ; [email protected]
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