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How To Get Your DS Logon (VA Claims for Active Duty and Transitioning Service Members)


What’s up, vets. It’s your friendly neighborhood
master blaster, Alex. Three up, three down. Master Sergeant United States Army. Twenty years, three months. Combat arms pure, currently going through medical separation board. I chew tobacco, kids don’t try this at home. That’s your safety briefing and your introduction, so let’s get to the video. So, problem set: Why is it that service members separating from the
military and vets alike are rated so low? It’s a good question. There’s a multitude of different answers but I’m gonna touch on one specific point today. One: There’s a certain stigma involved. There’s a certain stigma
involved in mental health, there’s a certain stigma involved in physical disability, what am I gonna do? Am I gonna show up to the TMC or the treatment facility, the military treatment facility, and let all my soldiers see me in line because I’m sick? What happens when I get a physical profile, I can no longer run with my soldiers? What are they gonna think about me then? What about mental health? I’m gonna see my soldiers
in mental health. I’m a senior NCO, I’m strong, I shouldn’t have to go to mental health. Wrong. They’re all wrong. A lot of people say get
your butt to the doctor, I’m gonna tell you to get your ass to the doctor yesterday. Number two: Bad CMP examiners, and bad CMP exams. You had your best day. The CMP examiner was awful. Maybe you didn’t even know you had a CMP exam. Maybe you don’t even know what a CMP exam is. All these issues can be found in a plethora of videos all over the internet, so I’m not gonna go into them. The major touch point I wanna focus on today is where do I find my records? Where are they at? I’m active duty, I’m separating from the service. Maybe you’re a new soldier. Where do I find my military records? Let’s talk about that, because you would be wholeheartedly surprised at how many soldiers retiring, active duty, kind
of in purgatory like me, have absolutely no idea
where to find these things. So, our goal for today, is to kind of set the foundation and then in later on videos, I’m gonna show you how
to bridge those two. Both with building your foundation, and then using vaclaimsinsiderelite to solidify that foundation and build. All right, so let’s take a look at this. By the way, complete amateur. This shit is completely fuckin raw. I’m not editing this whatsoever, I’m just gonna talk you through it. So, where do we start? DS logon. What the fuck is a DS logon? I’m gonna tell you. The DS logon establishes,
well, allows you to view your active duty military records in numerous different ways, in specific, your medical records. Gives you access to VA.gov, gives you access to ebenefits, you’ll need that later on down the road. Gives you access to myhealthyvet, you’re gonna need that as well, and a plethora of other shit I’m not gonna get into in this video. But my main touch points are DS logon and why you need one. So, how the hell do you obtain one? First and foremost, go to Google. Everybody knows what Google is. DS logon, it’s gonna pop up as your first link. If you’re in the active
duty military like I am, so you’re gonna utilize your CAC card, you’re gonna create a DS logon account, then you’re gonna link the two. It’s gonna automatically give you a premium account, right. Several different DS logon types, not gonna get into those in this video, but that’s what you do. Create a DS logon immediately, right. In my opinion, it should be part of — oh shit, my watch. In my opinion, it should be part of your initial processing as a soldier. Why it’s not, your guess
is as good as mine. Once you create a DS logon, next thing you wanna do is go to Google: tricare online. If you’re an active duty soldier and, actually, somebody leave me some comments down below, if this works for… Somebody leave me comments down below if this works for… For retirees, with tricare for life, or if you continued on with tricare. But anyways, I digress. Google tricare online, once you go it’s gonna
be your very first link. You’re gonna click on that, it’s gonna bring you to the tricare page, you’re gonna click on login, and once you do so, it’s gonna bring you to
a page similar to this. You’re gonna have access to your health record summary, your laboratory results, radiology, all the shots that you’ve got, your problem list, your encounters, a lot of your documents. You’re gonna be able to download your data and so much more. Now, why is this significant? I’m gonna tell you why. Because if you don’t do this before you separate, or even, I think they give you a year grace period after you separate, if you don’t do this shit while you’re in, before you separate, it’s gonna pop to your C file, and this shit’s gonna go down that black hole that we call the VA. Never gonna see it again. Only time you’ll probably
ever see it again is in your damn C file. So what does this do? It helps you build a foundation, it mitigates having to get your C file. Although, a C file is
substantially important, this is gonna give you past and your most recent, current symptoms and
problematic stuff, right? In a nutshell. Now I will tell you, that from approximately 1999 to, I wanna say, 2003/2004ish, my records are just gone. Disappeared. Nowhere to be seen. Now, did I get seen for stuff in between that time period? Probably. Is it on here? It’s not. But, for the most part, this is a pretty good tool. So that being said, a couple touch points: problem list, you see how they highlighted right here, so your problem list, this is interesting. So, it talks about diagnosis. Very misleading. That’s not a diagnosis. So your problem list is essentially you walk into a military
treatment facility, you say I’ve got a headache, I’ve had a headache for
almost the entire day, I’ve taken all the army
candy that I can get: motrin, ibuprofen, asprin. ‘Cause everybody knows, they love to give that
shit to us like candy. It just completely
destroys your esophagus, your stomach, not gonna
get into it, right. Your problem list is just that. What you went to go see. What you got seen for, right. So, you can see here, hey doc, I haven’t been able to sleep for that last two days. You don’t walk in and
say, I’ve got insomnia. You could, but more than likely, the average person is gonna say, I haven’t got sleep, right? So you go in there, they
tell you you got insomnia. You know, they don’t diagnose you, but they’re seeing you
for insomnia, right. I’m not gonna go into this, but these are just some
of the most recent things and then some past stuff
that I got saw for, right. Lets move down. Encounters. Now, this is even more funny. So, if you remember,
for your problem list, you saw a diagnosis there, right. There was really no diagnosis, it was just we saw this guy for insomnia, we saw him at this time,
by this doctor, that’s it. Right, so, I’ll give you another example. Migraines; so I went to
get seen for migraines, really bad migraines, I get ’em all the damn time. Where did I go? I went to the TBI clinic. I went to the TBI clinic because in my mind, my migraines were linked to several incidences that I’ve had far down the road, and anyways I thought the TBI clinic would be the place for me to go. So I went to the TBI clinic, that’s who I saw, that’s where I went. Diagnosis, diagnosis, diagnosis. Anger and irritability, concussion, blah, blah, blah, right. So, why is that significant? Your encounters will
actually show your diagnosis with the ICD code located, that’s where you find
your actual diagnosis. Of note, just because
it says diagnosis there, doesn’t necessarily mean that an ICD code or an actual code was assigned to that diagnosis, right. So, going back to my original topic, you need to make sure
this shit is accurate. If you got seen for headaches, you got seen for
headaches at a TBI clinic, and you see migraines
in there as a diagnosis, go into the notes, scroll through the notes, and make sure that there
is an actual ICD code or a diagnosis of migraines assigned to that actual visit. And I say that for
multiple different reasons, which I’m not gonna get
into during this video. This video is mainly designed to show the transition of a active duty soldier to a veteran. I don’t care if you’re a combat vet, I don’t care if you’re admin, I don’t care what you did in the military, you need to be familiar, intimately, with your medical records, and this is how you do it. Now, as I discussed earlier, I’m going through
medical separation board, I will be documenting
and sharing with you all my process and kind of the journey through transitioning from the active duty to a veteran, a full-fledged veteran, how ebenefits kind of
ties into everything, how ebenefits kind of ties into this, CMP exams, because they are different, believe it or not, the process of how the doctor does a DBQ and all that stuff. To me, and from what I’ve researched and what I’ve actually seen on the internet, is relatively the same, but there are some differences. Definitely there’s some differences. Below your encounters, you’re gonna see documents. Now, those documents — yeah, I understand. Those documents, these documents here, aren’t necessarily complete, right. A lot of these documents are from outside agencies, right. So let’s say you have physical therapy, you’re referred off post or off base, and you have physical therapy, you have an MRI, you have an x-ray, whatever the case might be, see a psychologist or a psychiatrist, whatever the case might be, more likely than not, you like that? More likely than not, those documents are gonna
go into here, right. They are part of your military records, they do hold weight, they are weighted heavily, however, comma, do not count on an outside treatment facility providing these notes
to your primary care. Don’t do it. You see somebody off post, for whatever it is, I don’t care what it is; I had a cough, you went to go see a pulmonary specialist, they administered a PFT. Make sure you get those documents, keep a copy for yourself, provide a copy to your
primary care manager. Come back here in about a week, two weeks, make sure that shit is uploaded. I’m telling you, because
more likely than not, it’s not gonna be in there. And if it’s not, you have your own copy. Can you please submit this to my records? Can you please submit this to my records? So, yeah, so that’s pretty much the gist. Like I said, like I discussed, I’m gonna take you all
through this journey. The next video I’m gonna
kind of take you through ebenefits, the process
of how my CMP exams went, kind of transitioning
from the army to the VA, kind of how I’m in the middle. We’re gonna talk about IDES and how that kind of interface, how that interfaces with
the army and the VA, and other things of that nature. If y’all have any questions,
comments, or concerns, please leave them below. I know this isn’t your typical video, but I have looked everywhere, and I have not found anything that remotely discusses service members, both active and separating or kind of in the middle, and how they can lay the
ground roots foundation to a successful VA claim. Not necessarily successful VA claim, but laying the ground roots, right. In a future video, I’m
gonna explain to you why I’m gonna be using
vaclaimsinsiderelite because I know there’s certain things in my records that are
gonna be problematic. They just are. You think that the VA doesn’t compensate or doesn’t annotate notes correctly, or doesn’t compensate a
veteran the way they should, you should take a look
at some of the notes in your active duty service records. You should take a look at some of the ways that verbiage is noted and written in such a manner that it
downplays your symptoms. It’s interesting. With that being said, I hope you all gained something useful from this video. I’ll be making more in the future. Again, this is my very first one, I hope there was some sort of takeaway or somebody learned
something new from this. Again if you have any
questions or comments, leave them below, and I look forward to serving
you all in the future.

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