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    • The VA also said my back was not so bad.  I ended up getting an IMO for $250 from a specialist in Orlando for my service connection.  He said I needed surgery.  They also sent me to a young neurologist who said I needed surgery.  Thanks to the VA dragging its feet, I ended up with permanent nerve damage, to slow to act.   The Choice program has to be approved by the VA Dr.  If they cannot see you in 30 days, you can ask them to give you choice authorization.  The neurology department never gets you in that fast. Its like 7 to 11 weeks to get an appointment, so you should be within your rights to make them give you the choice option. From that point, you can get on the healthnet website and find a good spine surgeon, and get an opinion from them if you need surgery.  They in turn must request authorization from healthnet, and you can get free surgery at the best hospitals in town that way.  If the Choice people dont ask you who you want to go to, tell them, there is a list on the web site based on your zip code.  The orthopedic surgeon in downtown Orlando is the only one in town that accepts healthnet, and comes with good recommendations. Link to healthnet: https://hnfs.com/content/hnfs/home/va/home/veterans-choice.html   go to find a provider link in top left side of front page to find  (surgeon-orthopedic of the spine)
    • I agree.  Any time there is a significant amount of retro on the line,  it is definitely better to hire an attorney who only gets paid if you win.  There are good VSO's out there but there are also vso's that seem to work for VA rather than the veteran,  and they get paid regardless if you win or lose.  Best of luck to you. 
    • Get an attorney. You are in a legal issue.
    • Congratulations, and very good luck in the future!    
    • Hellon and I hope everyone is finding success in their quest for fair treatment and we'll deserved benefits. I was stationed at Fort McClellan in Alabama and Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. I conducted my basic training at Fort McClellan and was duty stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground. During the time at both locations I along with many others was exposed to radiation and many other harmful chemical agents found in ammunition. I was in the PRP program at Aberdeen Proving Ground in which I was assigned to the nuclear reactor. Every month we were required to do blood test in order to monitor radiation levels in our body. Tried to file a claim and it never left the starting block. I was told that the type of radiation didn't warrant a claim which I never accepted. Can anyone be so kind and walk me through possible steps I can take to file a claim?? Thank you all for your heroic service. http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/10/24/veterans-exposed-to-chemicals-need-to-know/   http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/harford/aberdeen-havre-de-grace/ph-ag-apg-contractor-payment-0423-20140418-story.html





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teejay53

Wow, I Got My Dic

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I filed my DIC claim in Dec. 2009 and I called VA today and I was told my DIC was granted yesterday. I have never been so surprised in all my days. I was told it would be possibly a year or longer as the VA is swamped. Who knew. Just thought I would let all know.

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Congratulations!!! :smile:

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This is WONDERFUL-

and it sure didnt take as longs as most DIC claims take.

If the cause of death of a veteran is not clearly due to any service connection, then it takes a strong medical opinion to explaint to them how the death should be service connected.

You got on the claim right away to seek this type of opinion.

When we have good evidence (and when they chose to read it) we can succeed much faster that way.

The VCAA letter everyone gets-if followed step by step-as to what they want- can help claims go swiftly.

My AO DIC claim took 7 years. 3 IMOs and considerable other evidence.

I never got a legal VCAA letter and when I questioned that my former POAs said I did.Even their Director. They are all gone.

If they had supported me from the git go my claim could have been resolved in less than 2 years.

This is great news -it doesn't make up for your loss however-nothing can do that.

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Congrats on your win and although it seemed quick I still think it takes the VA much to long.

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yes, it does take much too long. my hubby was my sole source of income and i share file medical and financial hardship with the va. it didn't really seem to matter, i was told they are swamped and moving as quickly as possible.

i think what took my dic claim so long was i was asked for more and more information, by the time my dic claim was awarded i had faxed and sent over 173 pieces of asked information. out of all this they only used 3 pages to decide the claim, what's up with this.

i think the va askes for too more information than they need, tying up the deciding process and taking much too long.

i believe 3 to 4 months could have been cut of the time limit without all this information retrieving sending.

but, this is just my opinion.

thank you all for your opinions on all my posts.

teejay

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Glad you got it. Sorry for your loss. I think that VA should pay the check the Veteran was given until they start up the DIC and the process should be more automatic. The spouse of a Veteran who was 100 for 19 years should not miss a check.

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