The Importance Of Non-Paid Work Experience

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I am filing a Title 38 U.S.C. Section 1151 claim because I have incurred or aggravated an illness while participating directly in a Vocational Rehabilitation Training under the provision of Non-Paid Work Experience (NPWE) program. During the month of December 2010 through April 2016 I began working at the Veterans Affairs office at 6437 Garners Ferry Rd, Columbia, SC 29209. The first five years was as a Federal Work-Study, while pursing my Bachelor of Business Administration degree. After graduating I was immediately accepted into the Veterans Affairs Non-Paid-Work-Experience (NPWE) training program because it was determined by (VR&E) that a severe employment handicap (SEH) existed. The job assignment was with the mail room …show more content…

The next thing I can remember is waking up in the hospital after craniotomies. The stress connected to my employment contributed to nicotine addiction weakened my immune defenses and played a role in the course of my cancer. I used tobacco products to alleviate the traumatic experiences relating with my in service PTSD/Alcohol/Drug Abuse problems. The brain mass, lung cancer and emphysema disease is a result of cigarette smoking. This habit developed secondary to my PTSD/Alcohol/Drug symptoms. Specifically, the nicotine addiction started soon after my discharge from the Air Force and has continued until 2016, averaging one pack per day for 33 years. However, I do not know if this is the right form to request secondary tobacco use because of PTSD, that is service connected, but let it be part of my request for compensation for the record. My records will reveal no complaints relating to the existing condition and that I was not taking any prescription medication for it or receiving any treatment at all. I was leading an active life working, playing sports, handling household chores to include preparing my own meals without any difficulties. Now I suffer from an increase in cognitive impairment because of PTSD and the secondary illness to include my ability to maintain normal interactions due to persistent anxiety, depression, flashes of my own death and a sense of detachment from others

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