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Hi everyone. I wanted to do a post to introduce myself or maybe reintroduce myself to newcomers that may not go back far enough on my blog to read the who's and why's of the reason this blog was created by myself. I'm Carolanne Rosenberg (Overhuls) born in 1977. Growing up I had dreams of going into law enforcement and graduating at 17 meant having to wait for the police academy age requirement and paying my way through college. I didn't have the best guidance counselors in high school and graduating with High Honors and in top 5 percent of my class didn't exactly mean I was a shoo-in for scholarships...or so I thought at the time. I don't ever remember anyone talking to me about financial aid or scholarships except for my ROTC teacher, SGT Major McMaines. He helped me put in for the ROTC scholarship but I ended up losing it to an athlete that I graduated with in 1995. But before all of that happened I was set on leaving my hometown and I had joined the Army Delayed Entry Program at 16 years old, as a backup plan. I was offered a sign on bonus to go in as a nurse, but I declined and was guaranteed Military Police along with a 5 year enlistment. I was determined to fulfill my dream of becoming a part of law enforcement and when the ROTC scholarship fell through I was determined to join the military as a way to help me go to college and have law enforcement experience.




I left for Fort McClellan in Anniston, Alabama in the fall of 1995. It was the first time I flew in an airplane, first time I seen snow, and first time on my own. It was tough but I stuck with it and pushed through it all. I wouldn't change any of it as it helped mold me into the person I am today.

I graduated in February 1996 and was sent to Fort Lewis, Washington for my first duty station. I wasn't the happiest, being from Florida, it was the furthest I had ever been away from my family. I embarked on this new chapter nervous but excited, as part of the reason I wanted to be in the military was to see new places and this was a start. Upon arriving at the 170th MP Company at Fort Lewis, I was one of very few females in the unit at that time. It wasn't easy as a female in a male dominated world, with the good old boy club that became enraged upon seeing any female in uniform. Yes, it was brought to my attention at that time that most females were discharged within their first year from getting pregnant or failure to adapt. I had no intentions of falling into those categories and I voiced that to the 1st SGT that told me I'd be gone in 6 months. I soon learned after a few weeks that we would be deployed to Panama for Operation Sustain Liberty. Therefore, we spent the next couple of months preparing for it with going to the ranges and making sure we were all qualified in the different weapons we used. On one particular rainy day, we went to a grenade range in deuce and half trucks. With all the "GO, GO, GO" mentality I was inadvertently shoved and with it being wet, I slid right off the back of the truck and fell roughly 20 or 30 feet down a rocky ravine. Honestly it hurt, but mostly my hip hurt the worst at the time. I was taught to pick myself up and move on, but this was rough. I was brushed off and told I had to complete the range and that I was only making excuses to get out of training. Long story short, it took a full deployment and pushing myself to prove I wasn't faking to learn that I had broken my hip and fractured my back. In hindsight, I have no idea how I managed to push on and do what I needed to do as an MP, including PT tests. I wanted to prove I wasn't making it all up. I am sure, to this day, there are those assholes that believe I shammed my way through a medical discharge but the fact it I ended up with a horrific back surgery (fusion, rods, screws) that I wouldn't wish on anyone. I had to relearn how to do everything for almost a year after that surgery. This was all before my 22nd birthday....


When I got initially discharged, I was told "The VA will take care of you". I have learned after many years that was a bullshit lie. Did the VA do my many surgeries through the years? Yes....they did and every single time there was something wrong. I'm not saying that civilian doctors get things right every time but.....the things that have gone wrong could've been avoided or at least an attempt to make things right.


In the years that passed from the time I was discharged until now, I have had 4 kids. I now reside in upstate NY with my boyfriend, a veteran as well, whom I met in 1996 and served with at Fort Lewis. Reconnecting with him years ago was the best thing for me. Being that both of us are vets and have service connected disabilities, we have more understanding with each other when it comes to dealing with frustrations.


I wish my story was contained to one VA hospital or one VA doctor but it involves many. I have been part of at least 6 VA hospitals since 2000 and worked in 1 of them. I have had surgeries at all of them, been to advocates, met with the chief of staff, etc. It all gets me absolutely nowhere! Sometimes something will happen but its usually just enough so they can say they did something. Like this Orthopedic surgeon that just mysteriously disappeared after my situation, "retired" they said, yea ok. I could fill this blog just on my own experiences, but with two of us?


I have had negative comments or emails from people that hide behind a keyboard and try to call me out. First off, I'm not some uneducated person that doesn't know what I'm talking about. If I got anything wonderful out of the VA it was college. I have a Master's degree in Chemistry and a Bachelor's in Biomedical Sciences. I have been on the patient side and the employee side of things with the VA. So, I have the same answer for the naysayers, You don't like it just move along or if your argument is the VA you receive care at is awesome? I say don't ever move but I call BS on "perfect" VA hospitals. I think there are a lot of vets that don't depend 100% on the VA medical care. They use their private health insurance to go elsewhere but stop into the VA once a year for a BS physical with their primary physician. Try depending on the VA for everything. I am 100% service connected and until recently depended solely on the VA. Thanks to another veteran that shared with me how to use my medicare. Which brings me to another reason I started this blog. It started as a way for me to vent and share my stories because I knew I wasn't alone. Then I realized how much I could also share that may help another veteran. So it's a help page as well as being able to vent.

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To wrap things up, I appreciate those taking the time to read my blog. I encourage you all to share and comment. You never know who you might help.












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