cowboys4life

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  1. I forgot to mention the lawyer that I hired for 30 days, Finance at Bay Pines cut them a check for $895 presumably from a retro of 4,200$ which is the total of my back pay 3,300 supposed to be on its way to me, obviously that is an error, what should I do? I'm the smuck waiting on the letter from regional to see if I am rated at 100% for service connected coronary artery disease
  2. So I uploaded all the recent rating decisions and would like to know if what you see is what I see also. That is, the VA can not change my service connection to non service connection and I just was misinformed and need to wait for that letter!!!!!!!!!
  3. Thank You Berta and here are the decisions that I have received from the BVA also the remand order. I hope that it is just me getting ahead of myself. Rate Decision 2.pdf Rating Decision3.pdf Rate Decision 1.pdf Rate Doc5.pdf Rate DEC4.pdf
  4. I posted in the success part of this site just yesterday only to learn that it may have been premature I guess when you are dealing with the VA nothing should surprise me. Okay so I get a call from my regional office today and the gentleman in the other end of this fiasco said that he was replying to an inquiry I had recently made. I told him that I was good because my service rep had already given me the supposedly good news about being increased from 30% to 100% for my heart, increased from 0% to 50% for my pes planus both feet, 0 % to 30% for residual scar of heart surgery and 10% for residual scar. I learned today that I should have asked the service rep. the effective date and whether or not I got service connected on the heart and feet which are both SC. I also got TDIU all the way back to 2002. Here's the catch everything seems to have been worked as a non service claim. WH(*&^. I asked the guy to explain to me how that can be. How can my service connected disabilities that I put in for an increase all of sudden is written up as a non svc pension. He could not explain it to me and said that he needs a fresh set of eyes to look at and he will get back with me on that. Mind you ,all of these conditions were for an increase and per judge orders should be considered as a claim for TDIU which I had put in for some years ago. The guy also said that my TDIU was for pension for which I told him I'm already receiving the glorified SSI from the VA maximum amount, which was the very reason I put in for those increases which were granted. Will someone please talk to me about what is going here. Is it an hones mistake or am I missing something in this entire process. I'm tired of being broke and homeless every few years and now I have a 3 yr old daughter to worry about. Ready to set something OFFF.
  5. l just left the regional office and learned that my claim was complete and that the decision was a favorable one. It has been almost 14 years and when the judge said that she was going to make this right I had my doubts lo and behold I got 100% for my heart, 50% for my flat feet, 30% for residual scar from heart surgery, and an additional 10% for residual scar from heart surgery. I do not know yet if I got tdiu but I know the judge instructed the VA to include that with any increase in benefits I would receive, to two were one in the same is what I got from her. I want to thank all of you for being so steady in your constant support and for saying to never give up. There were times when I wanted to, but through the homelessness and the health issues I hung in there and for that I say thank you God for the veteran that will never give up.
  6. l just left the regional office and learned that my claim was complete and that the decision was a favorable one. It has been almost 14 years and when the judge said that she was going to make this right I had my doubts lo and behold I got 100% for my heart, 50% for my flat feet, 30% for residual scar from heart surgery, and an additional 10% for residual scar from heart surgery. I do not know yet if I got tdiu but I know the judge instructed the VA to include that with any increase in benefits I would receive, to two were one in the same is what I got from her. I want to thank all of you for being so steady in your constant support and for saying to never give up. There were times when I wanted to, but through the homelessness and the health issues I hung in there and for that I say thank you God for the veteran that will never give up.
  7. I am really done with this claim stuff and ebenefits web site. My claim has been decided but no update on ebennies how long does it take to update decision or is it because I may have been denied on all my issues?
  8. I posted in another forum. Just looking for clarity on one issue. Does two signatures point to an approval or another delay tactic.
  9. I posted in another forum. Just looking for clarity on one issue. Does two signatures point to an approval or another delay tactic.
  10. Hi I would like to know if a second signature means that the VA is trying to find another way to screw me. I have been waiting on my remanded appeal to be processed since Feb. of this year, it was advanced on the docket for hardship, and I believe that the judge did not want to send it back, since my claim is older than ten years. She said that she would do all that she could to give me an earlier effective date back to 02 when I first filed my claim. Her remand had some staunch words for the C&P examiner for among other things, saying that I did not have a residual scar from two heart surgeries even though it was already rated at 0%. She asked for him to rate me again and for him to explain in detail how my atrial fibrillation was not secondary to my coronary artery disease which required a pacemaker implant, which he also said was not related to my heart. I like most of you have had to endure a lot of BS so I just need to know if I have to wait again for the RO to screw me again before the BVA grants my appeal.
  11. Hello again my fellow veterans would like to update you on my current status. I am still awaiting the outcome of my remand that was sent back on may 2015. The St. Pete regional office has come under fire again and supposedly a lot of claims have been warehoused in Ga. by a contractor which was hired to scan all information into the VBMS for the regional office. There was a video showing hundreds of boxes filled with veterans information strewn all over the warehouse mixed with the contractors other files. I guess I was looking at the box with my evidence waiting to be scanned by this contractor. What can I do at this point?  The judge in my case seemed so willing  to  give me what I felt was due, should I write to her and see if she can at least inquire about the slow process. I mean I do not get this in any way. If you know that there was something done wrong why is it so hard to correct.:mellow:

  12. Listen I have for the most part traded very lightly not blowing my cool, letting the process play out and having all the patience of Job. Now I am at a critical point and I have HAD IT!!!!!!!!!!! I was homeless up until a few days after thanksgiving so my family and I are now in an apartment thanks to the VASH program. I can not help but get pissed off when I think about the egregious errors made by a C&P examiner for blatantly saying that I did not have a residual scar from two previous heart surgeries. I had the Judge even flustered about the obvious disregard for the way this claim has been worked; for almost thirteen years and counting. Had it not been for this one examiner who has opined on more than one of my issues, I would not have had to wait yet again for things to be corrected. The judge wanted to, I believe, give me a favorable award without having to remand my case. However her hands were tied because of the many missing reports pertaining to my many conditions, one of which has never been adjudicated on, while another I have never received a SSOC. From the wording of her remand it was not lost on her that these people were just grossly negligent in their duties to assist me. I'm sitting at 40% total with a rating of 30% for CAD and 10% for pes planus. She has taken them to task to give me a rating consistent with my heart condition, she also wants that same jerk doctor to explain how he can differentiate my coronary artery disease and my atrial fibrillation and pace maker implant which he claims happens separately and are not related to my heart surgeries which caused scarring on my heart which leads to irregularities of the heart. Even though I had developed atrial fibrillation during the recovery period of first heart surgery. At least it is secondary to my claimed heart disease which is not under the Nehmer guidelines. The Judge also said that at best I should have been giving the benefit of doubt when these issues were rated on. So the shmuck that gave me that standard F$^$k You exam should at least be reprimanded for his unprofessionalism when he neglected to read the file, for he would have seen that I was already rated for residual scar at 0% and I was going for an increase of that rating. Thank you all and especially for the undersecretary's email address. I actually got a call from the directors' office at Bay Pines Regional office.
  13. I was on the brink of disaster and you brave men and women saved me along with the strength of my faith. I will forever be in your debt and always know that I am truly not alone.
  14. What a difference this site made in my life. I shot an email to the under secretary and not only did I get a reply a supervisor from bay pines regional called me to tell me that she is personally handling my claim. I cannot thank you veterans for your help and I am optimistic but hopeful. One of the statements the supervisor made to me was that; When she said out loud to herself that there was two open heart surgeries and no residual scar,that, it sounded crazy to her. So thank you all, I have VASH housing voucher and am desperately trying to find a place that doesn't mind my background of one evict. No luck yet and the 1st is almost here. I am keeping the faith that there is someone out there that won't mind giving a homeless vet a chance at redemption, after all we are all Americans first.
  15. Thank you all for your insight and I am happy to inform you all that I have a housing voucher to find a place to live, at least I won't be on the streets this holiday season with my family or in a shelter. I did send out an email to the under secretary suggested by Flores. I must say that I had all the relevant evidence needed to decide my claim all of it date stamped and because of those missing medical records and doctors opinions, the BVA took offence to those not being apart of my file, when there were references to them by the regional office. I really don't know what I would do without the vets like you all that take the time out to help another vet. God bless you all