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Post by Haru Windsong on Sat 25 Feb 2012, 13:59

Since my release in June 2010 I've been battling to have the tendinitis in my right shoulder recognized and to receive compensation for it. I served my country, here and overseas, for 27 years. I threw every ounce of energy into my career as a clerk, caring what happened to "my guys" whether they drove me nuts or not. Most of my service was in full time positions. That's right. I was a Reservist, and whether the government wants to admit it or not, the Reserves as basically "second class citizens" within the military. This is especially true when you're on Class A (part-time). My 27 years condensed into 22 years of full-time service.
My entire case revolves around two issues. The first was that I was on Class A at the time I sustained the damage to my right shoulder. I was also two and a half months off my release and the Flight Surgeon had already carried out my Release Medical. When I asked to see her due to the pain that, at that time encompassed the entire arm from hand to shoulder, she refused---not once but twice. Instead, the second time I asked to see her she ordered me to go to Urgent Care. Problem is, SHE was the one who visited the Squadron and saw first hand that I was in trouble.
Because I was Class A there was no entitlement for me to be seen by the staff at the Base Hospital. Had I been a member of the Regular Military, a Reservist on full-time contract or a civilian secretary (either full or part time) I would have been immediately sent to the Base Hospital, put on medical leave and sent for intensive physiotherapy until the condition cleared up. There would have been NO questions about how the damage had occurred. And the chronic tendinitis I now have, along with deterioration in BOTH shoulder joints would most likely have been a non-issue at this stage.
Now VA (and I'm now past the Board stage) has refused me three times. The last time, when I saw before the Board in Victoria, I knew the minute the woman on the Board opened her mouth that she was already predisposed to saying "No". Her entire manner throughout the Board was: "Why should we believe you, the statements of all these witnesses (including two senior clerks, four doctors, two specialists and three physiotherapists) plus the information you've downloaded from the Internet? After all, our guidelines state: The get tendinitis in the shoulder you have to be performing a job at or above chest height for five or more hours a day."
Internet research indicates that secretaries/clerks and IT people are in the top bracket for tendinitis in the shoulder due to restricted movements of the hands over extensive periods of time: mouse work - data entry being the number one cause.
I'm tired, fed-up and insulted by this entire process. It needs to be fixed now and recognition given where it's due.

Haru Windsong
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Location : Victoria, BC
Registration date : 2012-02-25

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