He went to a Veterans' PTSD rehab center and also had psychoanalysis treatment to try and understand why he was having memory problems. In other words, Jason wasn't able to work, period.
"I also told Unum that my unit had been exposed to nerve gas in Iraq," says Jason. "Before we blew up a demo depot, someone forgot to check the depot to see if it had gas—we were downwind when the Americans blew it up. The Pentagon sent me a letter that said our unit had been exposed to the gas—so it's documented; it's evidence. Later I found out that a high incidence of brain cancer and fibromyalgia occurred. Some of the guys from my unit are sick with other stuff, including joint pain.
"Anyway, my job was to drive gas trucks and follow the tanks. I was the gas station attendant on the battlefield; the guys in the tanks would radio me to get filled up. When I came home my PTSD broke out—I stayed awake for days and had massive panic attacks. At first I got short term disability benefits from work then Unum kicked in and carried me for two years. Out of the blue they wrote me a letter, suggesting I could get certain lower income jobs that paid $15 per hour. I have no idea what they were thinking—I have a mortgage to pay. I can't do anything; I get real tired just after a few hours and just want to sleep.
"Unum decided that I don't have behavior problems; their doctors say I am employable, but I've never been interviewed by any of their medical examiners—Unum should be sued for what they are doing. "I know that I don't have to convince a doctor that I am disabled. I'm a Gulf War veteran and I don't need to prove anything. All Unum has to do is read my medical records and the report from my rheumatologist.
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"In August I appealed, with the help of an attorney from LawyersandSettlements. As far as I know, this lawyer from Little Rock, AR, sent a letter to Unum stating that I have PTSD and fibromyalgia; he said that the brain is an organ, just like the kidney, and anyone who has psychological problems should receive benefits; there is no reason for Unum to deny me—I am hopeful that my benefits will be reinstated."