Private Contractors Injured in Afghanistan and the Defense Base Act
What you really need to know about your DBA case
The fact that you have a court case is important because the DBA insurance company is going to attack your credibility. Everything you do, from here on out, has to be with your keeping your credibility in mind.
Why is it so important to always tell the truth with my DBA claim?
The problem here is that the insurance company will try to lay tricks and traps in order for the Judge to question your credibility. They are easy to avoid if, and only if, you spot them first. Which, most folks, even honest, well meaning folks, miss.
If I am telling the truth, why should I have anything to worry about?
Oftentimes, you will fall for their traps even when you are trying to tell the truth. The insurance company is hoping that you don't understand the nuances of how you should answer questions and/or provide information. They want you to make common mistakes that will wreck your DBA case
Civilian Contractors Injured in Afghanistan - Defense Base Act
Afghanistan private contractors up to date numbers
- Translate/ Interpreter 2,053
- Construction 2,085
- Management/ Admin 1,688
- Transportation 1,678
- Training 1,455
- IT/ Communications 995
- Medical/ Dental/ Social 77
- Logistics 8,252
- Base Support 3,877
- Security 4,158
- Other 604
The Defense Base Act
The toll of war in Afghanistan to civilian contractors
There are three main Defense Base Act articles on this website that I suggest that you start with.
2. Do I really need a lawyer for my DBA claim?
3. Will the Defense Base act insurance company get upset if I hire a lawyer?
4. Isn't it better to have a local lawyer for my DBA case?
5. Do I even have a DBA case?
6. How much does a Defense Base Act lawyer cost?
7. When do I have to file my DBA claim? (Is it too late to file my DBA case?)
8. Can I get disability under the Defense Base Act?
9. What should I do if my defense base act benefits get cut off?
10. What is my Defense Base act case worth?
Afghanistan roadside bombs, IEDs, suicide vehicles
PTSD and Afghanistan Private Contractors - you’re not alone
What you need to win your Afghanistan - PTSD Defense Base act Case
There are four main building blocks you should understand in order for you to prove your PTSD court case.
2. Medical diagnosis of PTSD,
3. Overseas stressor (the bad stuff that you saw or experienced overseas),
4. Medical “nexus” between your PTSD and the overseas stressor. That is, a link between your PTSD and overseas stressor,
5. Corroboration of your stressors and PTSD symptoms.
“Green-on-blue” attacks or “insider attacks”
They are known as “green-on-blue” attacks, or “insider attacks.”
Members of the ANDSF—the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police, Afghan Air Force, and Afghan Local Police—are considered “green.” All US and NATO troops and civilian personnel are considered “blue.” Thus, the name “green-on-blue.”
These insider attacks have affected morale and operational tempo of NATO troops and physical security of its personnel. They have also created a degree of distrust between NATO personnel and their Afghan counterparts.
Worse yet, the insider attacks have also caused and/or contributed to PTSD among US military and private contractors. American, NATO and private contractors in Afghanistan have to constantly be on guard. Never at rest. Even on military installations.
I worked at Bagram, can I bring a PTSD claim?
Here is an excerpt from my PTSD and the DBA article:
Afghanistan Military Installations
Here is a list of some of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) installations in Afghanistan in Afghanistan from 2001–present. Included are airbases, forward operating bases (FOB’s), main operating bases, combat outposts, camps, firebases, and patrol bases:
Camp KAIA (Kabul International Airport)
Bagram Airfield - the largest American base in Afghanistan
Camp Dwyer Marine Base / Combat Support Hospital
Camp Black Horse
FOB Arian / COP Arian
FOB Chapman / Camp Chapman
COP Honaker Miracle
Fire Base California
Fire Base Phoenix
Fire Base Vegas
Fire Base Tokham Gate
FOB Khoyr Kot Castle
FOB Orgun-E /Camp Harriman
FOB Sharana /Camp Kearney
FOB Super FOB
FOB Tillman /FOB Lwara
FOB Waza Khwa
Fire Base Terwah
FOB Zormot /Zormat
Fire Base Lilley /Fire Base Shkin /Fire Base Checo
Fire Base Wilderness /FOB Tellier
COP Dash Towp
COP Sayed Abad
COP Sultan Khyel
Camp Nathan Smith
FOB Masum Ghar
FOB Pasab /FOB Wilson
FOB Sarkari Karez /FOB Ramrod
FOB Sperwan Ghar
FOB Spin Boldak
Fire Base Maholic /Camp Gecko
Joint Multinational Base Tarin Kot, Camp Holland
MOB FOB Davis /FOB Ripley
Firebase Tinsley /Cobra
Camp Shorabak /Bastion
Camp Dwyer /FOB Dwyer
Camp Rhine /FOB Rhino
FOB Price /FOB Price
FOB Eredvi /COP Eredvi
FOB Now Zad
FOB Sabit Qadam
FOB Shir Ghazay
FOB Wishtan /Patrol Base Wishtan
Patrol Base Almas
Patrol Base Barioli /Bariolai
Patrol Base Boldak
Patrol Base Fulod /Sangin Fulod
Patrol Base Hazrat
Patrol Base Jaker
Patrol Base Lambadand
Patrol Base Mirage
Patrol Base Ouellette /FOB Ouellette
Patrol Base Padnick
Patrol Base Shamshad
Patrol Base Tangiers /FOB Tangiers
Firebase Fiddlers Green
FOB Delaram /FOB Kerella
Camp Dahlke West
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This article is not legal advice or medical advice. In this article I am simplistic in order to achieve clarity. The case studies, examples, and/or illustrations are provided in order to help you understand the legal complexities and/or nuances and are not intended for you to make legal decisions and/or medical decisions. They are not intended to represent any particular person or case.
Every case is different. There are no guarantees in life or law. This is why you need to hire the very best, honest DBA lawyer that will agree to take your case.