I am seeking advice on the submission for a VAC claim regarding chronic back pain.
I have begun my claim process with VAC. My family doctor, who is ex-military, told me that because I do not have a CF 98, have no glaring problems showing on my x-rays, or that I can not pin-point a single incident for the pain, that it is likely that the claim will be denied. He gave me a diagnosis for the pain, so it isn't an "all in his head" kinda pain thing.
During my time in, I served for 8 years as a combat engineer. I joined when I was 18, I'm 28 now with the back of a 60+ year old man. I released approx. 18 months ago, in that time I've been a full time student, without any other employment.
I ordered and looked through all 300+ pages of my medical file. There are notes in there about me going to the MIR and complaining about back pain; however, I was only put on the SFIT (Spinal Functional Integrated Training) program and released before I could complete the entire program.
My question is, what can I do to strengthen my claim? I have begun collecting witness statements from the people I served with, having them detail some of the physical trails we endured while deployed on tour, or on exercise, but I don't think that will be enough.
Any recommendations are appreciated. I'm not even sure I'm posting in the right forum.
Thanks in advance!