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ArNG11 last won the day on June 29 2016

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About ArNG11

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    E-8 Senior Chief Petty Officer

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    Law. Self improvement. Self preservation. Pursuing a stable peace of mind or at least trying. Trying, being the key word. RC Aircraft

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    RC Aircraft, Reading, and enjoying the years after retiring. Day by day

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  1. Understandable, You really do need to set goals and limitations. At the very least know your own limits and know when the fight is taking more out of you than whatever possible return you may receive if and when you prevail.
  2. Pain meds have been clouding my mind too much lately, time to make some changes again.

  3. John you got that right on your assessment, however, it is not all lost and doomed. There are loopholes and you can use some regulations and laws to your benefit. New and material evidence is a good one, or you know the evidence that the VA had all along but decided to ignore or conveniently lost. Of course I am talking about Duty to Assist and you know the presumed Benefit of Doubt to favor the Veteran. You must learn and research the indiscretions that were used to lowball and deny you and use those to fight your claim. Sometimes it is the simple things that can be of use to you in defense for your claim. Easier stated and written down, much harder to apply though. Just don't give up. keep fighting, keep appealing. That is just my two cent's worth of an opinion.
  4. Unfortunately you hit the nail on the head with the filing of of I9. Just like the timeline for the NOD, you cannot, absolutely not let those suspense date pass, other wise you claim is in serious trouble and possibly dead in the water. Make reminders, alarms, notes or whatever mechanism will keep you on task. So very important that this is done.
  5. Congrats, long time no hear.
  6. I agree with Broncos advice, it is sound. The local stinky Regional Office won't approve SA at the regional level even with an IMO sometimes. Mine went that way. Even in appeal and with a nexus the local office said no way, but the real deal in my case will be at the BVA. I can't wait either. I'm angry and mad and can't wait to educate the VA on regulations and evidence they so conveniently dismissed. Not being too ornery, but I am going to cut down the bogus c&p exam I was given. Just have to wait for my turn in the hot seat. Just remember to have all the 3 bullets for service connection. in-service symptoms of the disease or illness treatment records mentioning the symptoms and or treatment and a doctors medical opinion tying the two together using medical rationale. Extremely important! JMO
  7. Didn't know that was a thing, however, it's great if the Mrs. like to hunt and fish. I hope all other states start doing this as well. Not too shabby.
  8. Still moving forward, a little slower these days, however, still going onward...

  9. Haven't been on much but I wanted to write this, for Andy, and for anyone else for that matter, don't throw in the towel. Things get rough and seem hopeless but don't give in, even if loved ones are the ones that are telling you to do so. You will never get rid of that guilt and wonder, " what if I didn't give in, wonder what...." It's a killer man, no joke, it will eat at your brain for the rest of your days. I, myself, wonder about the would have, could have, should have and to be honest, I should have endured because I was right and just and especially when I had the evidence to support my contentions. Don't get me wrong if you need to compromise with the mrs then do so, just make sure it is for right reasons and for the best. Long term best that is. JMO
  10. Been out of the loop for far too long.  2 knee and 2 hip surgeries later, still pressing on.  Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.  :smile:

  11. Merry Christmas to everyone.  Enjoy your family and each other as that is what IS really important.  

    1. Hamslice


      Back at you buddy,

      Stay warm,


  12. Right Hip Surgery went well.  A little surprised I'm using the walker so well.  The left hip was less FUBARed than the right and that surgery was a killer regarding pain.  But yippee all is well, still no word on BVA but heh it's the Holidays no time to think about the VA woes.  Enjoy the holidays folks, enjoy the family and friends.  

    1. Buck52


       ArNG11 ,

      Glad to hear your hip surgery went well,Hadit radio show host Jerrel Cook had HIP Replacement a few months back and I think he was in and out of the Hospital within a week doing a Hadit Radio Show   tough guy!! thats fast!  AGHHHHHH The wonders of modern medicine.

      Hope you both have a safe and speedy recovery.

      Happy Holidays Everyone!!!


    2. ArNG11


      Thanks Buck.  It's been hard these last few months, but I got both knees and both hips done while waiting for my claims to have some movement towards the BVA.

      Luckily it both times for me were not replacements just torn ligaments and a bunch of arthritis, however, all is well.  Thanks Buck.

      I need to get back in the loop,:wink: I have been gone for a little bit.:sad:

  13. Green there are a lot of factors to consider, heck OPM's work load and manning and staffing requirements. I can't say that my case is typical but from most in my circle 4 to 8 months is about the norm. Get that agency assessment in writing as it will come in handy for a few things. I waited them out and tried to last as long as I could. In my case I lost it at work and took my aggression on assets located in my work area. I had to bail before I really made a situation for myself. Not saying that you will do that, but be aware of that. Stress gives you a beating. I was told more or less the same thing and it was shorter than what they stated. I'm not sure if that was just luck or what. I know that 2/3 of the staff that processed retirement packages were not available. When mine was processed one or two people usually took care of medical retirement packages. All I can say is to make sure you make it easy for them to have all the information and medical evidence to warrant your medical retirement. This will help immensely. Tid bit make sure you visit occupational health and ask for a copy of your medical records you will need those eventually and they come in handy. I don't get on here as often any more, however, I will share what I know from my experiences.
  14. Haven't been on much but Andy I agree with Buck don't give in and throw the towel, with the right nexus and evidence behind you, you will prevail. Keep at it. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. Hang in there.