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    • Ole" McDonald stepped in it this time...
      Note the time of the release...he must have been reading hadit!    
    • Ole" McDonald stepped in it this time...
      I just got this in email ...Sec Bob's Press Release on his remarks on Monday:     Statement from VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald 05/24/2016 05:34 PM EDT     STATEMENT FROM VA SECRETARY ROBERT A. MCDONALD On Monday, I made some remarks on how we’re working to improve Veterans' satisfaction with the care they receive from VA. It was never my intention to suggest that I don't take our mission of serving Veterans very seriously.  In fact, improving access to care is my number one priority and the priority I have set for the entire department.  For the last two years, the huge majority of VA employees have worked tirelessly to improve the timeliness of the care and benefits we provides to Veterans.  As I've told Veterans Service Organizations, Members of Congress, and myriad other groups of Veterans stakeholders, our goal is to ensure VA becomes the Number 1 customer-service organization in government.  To do that, we are following many of the best practices of private sector health care providers and exceptional customer-service organizations. At VA we take our mission of caring for those who "shall have borne the battle" very seriously; we have the best and most noble mission in government.  If my comments Monday led any Veterans to believe that I, or the dedicated workforce I am privileged to lead, don't take that noble mission seriously, I deeply regret that. Nothing could be further from the truth.  As we approach the Memorial Day holiday and pay tribute to the sacrifices of courageous men and women who placed the interests of others above their own, we at the VA remain focused on our mission to care for those who bravely served our Nation. ###   
    • Need help determining the best way to proceed with my claim. Possible CUE
      LOL, I am glad I didn't eat them either. Unfortunately they don't issue P38s in the service anymore.  I remember a friend giving me one of his extras he had gotten from years before.  I treasured that p38, tough little steel bugger, used it to open cans, help rip open MREs, screw driver, ... It was very versatile. Unfortunately, the P38s you find now days are a pale imitation of the original ones.  If you find an old one, don't loose it.  They are precious (sentimentally anyway).
    • New Proposed VA Reg Vets Should Know About
      The crazy one here, I don't think this is new.  Of course it's definitely sounds like a different tactic but VA have been denying veterans claims for years, saying that the veteran did not have a chronic condition in-service but only an acute condition and refuse the veteran a C & P exam and when the veteran gets a current diagnosis then VA would schedule the veteran a C & P exam.  That is why it is very important for veterans to have a current diagnosis prior to filing a claim and definitely before going to a C & P exam.  Keep in mind that all C & P examiners are not veteran friendly. Also remember to warrant service connection a veteran must have 1. An in-service injury or disease or incident. 2. A current diagnosis and 3. A medical nexus/statement/letter or note that links 1 and 2 together with a good medical rationale.   Side Bar, now being really sneaky and I can't prove this but I have noticed that when claiming an increase in disabilities there have been questions left off of C & P exams.  I can't say that it is due to the inexperience of the C & P examiner or that the VARO did not request a full C & P exam but it seems that veterans are either getting the same rating or a decrease in their rating and then told to file an appeal when the C & P exam was inadequate for rating purposes. 
    • Need help determining the best way to proceed with my claim. Possible CUE
      YUK! Chuck I met up with one of our former hadit members here, Philip Rogers, years ago when he was in NY. He still ordered C rats by the case from somewhere because he loved them and we discussed Pho and Nuc Nam which he also still loved...and he gave me a great gift that is still on my PC desk...with all the other military related stuff...it was A P 38!!!!!! Do they still issue P 38s? I always forget to ask my daughter. She said the MREs on a bivouac she was on ( USAF) were delicious. She said one was a shrimp meal and the other one was lamb stew.    ...... yeah right.... I have some MREs and used them as a prop for a presentation I did at my church. I sure wont ever eat them though. Good thing you didnt eat them OldJoe...I dont think food poisoning inservice equals any VA comp.  
    • NOD - VA Form 9
      Hi All, I am a veteran that served for over seven years active duty in the ARMY.  From FEB 1992-OCT 1999. I am hoping someone can help me further with my NOD process.  Here is a bit of history in dealing with VA. I currently have a combined rating of 40 percent for Retropatellar pain sydrome of both knees, tendonitis status post-surgical of first dorsal compartment of left wrist and tendonitis right wrist (major).  I had filed for an increase for several conditions (over 17) for which I was denied back on August 2012.  So after speaking to a rep at a VA hospital I go to, I filed a NOD.  In my NOD I listed all the conditions currently plaguing me.  They range from 1) Obstructive Sleep Apnea, 2) Sjogrens, Dry eye syndrome (secondary to Sjogrens), 3) Raynuds syndrome, 4) Chronic Cholecystitis which required an open gall bladder removal with severe symptoms that required hospitalization of over 3 week and to make matters worse they (va doctors) had left a remnant of my gall bladder which grew back and required further surgery to remove, which I had over two years later because they did not believe me and the pain I was still experiencing. They went as far as to send me to a psychiatrist because they thought it was all in my head.  By the way I still suffer from abdominal pain daily  5)  Insomnia and sleep disturbances 6) migraines and headaches 7) Bursitis of Left Hip 8) PTSD for which I was seen by a therapist while on active duty but they conveniently lost my medical records and VA told me is not service connected- which makes me go huh??? 9) Depression 10)  Menstrual disorders 11) Unspecified Diffuse Connective Tissue Disease which is an immune condition which could develop into lupus or Rheumatoid arthritis.  All of this conditions are in my medical records as I get seen by by VA specialist.  By the way I probably should mention that I never received a C & P exam for any of the above.   I am also on immune suppressant medications, anti depressants and over 12 medications that are truly hard for me to afford (even at $8.00/monthly prescription of each),since this conditions are not service connected.  Now, VA send me a letter dated April 7, 2016 stating that I needed to file a VA form 21-526EZ for the above conditions which I did file with my local VSO.  At the same time I received a statement of the case stating I need to file a VA form 9.  And this is where I am stumped.  There is so much legal jargon I am at loss.  Please help I am so close to finally getting somewhere, I know time is of the essence.  Who do I filed this Form 9 with?  my local VSO office?  What do I reiterate or state that I probably did not in my nod.?  I am truly feeling lost in the legal sea of paperwork.  Needless to say I do not trust VA or my local VSO to do this for me.  Any guidance is really appreciated. Thanks....
    • Ole" McDonald stepped in it this time...
      Yeah...Pete Hegseth is all over this at Fox News  and said practically the same thing I did in the Social post on it.... This is one main reason Bob McD was hired! To fix the  waiting times.... Don't forget The Sec put some spin on his military background about 2 years ago and many here ,to include me, gave him a pass on that, but now he is a Spin Doctor for the VA. Hell, some of those waiting- time affected vets would love to be waiting in a long line at Disneyland but they cant be, because they are already dead.    
    • TKR; Arthritis and in service fracture
      Was the arthritis formally claimed ,Broncovet?  And claimed as secondary to the fracture? The 2005 decision fell under the VCAA. VA ,after the VCAA was enacted, buggered up the VCAA letters they were supposed to send to vets ,so bad ,that this was the beginning of the backlog in my opinion, because it caused the BVA to have to remand many many claims, as their rights under VCAA were violated. " its equally plausable that the in service fracture caused the arthritis, then the VA needs to order a C and P exam" That might be plausible to you and to me, but we are not dealing with people who can assume anything is plausible. If you still have your VCAA letter, there is plenty of info here circa 2000-2001 but maybe on the older hadit board as to proper VCAA letters. My VCAA rights were violated and it was the first thing I stated in my appeal. But BVA  remanded instead for an additional IMO. When they got the additional IMO and weighed that against my rebuttal to it and to my 3 IMOs against their 3 C & Ps, the BVA agreed the VCAA letter I got was 'crap'   I forget how they put it, but said that the VCAA violation was moot anyhow because I overcame it with evidence. The VBM ,any edition after 2000, should have info in it as to how these VCAA letters were supposed to be prepared. The problem is VCAA is a DTA right and not cueable ,In my opinion, because I didn't CUE that in the past case I had.... But then again since  VCAA violations have  caused so many remands from the BVA, there must be someway to get a re-do,with a proper VCAA letter....even years after the fact....      
    • My husband died in motorcycle accident
      If Joe Moore is the same Joe Moore who used to do articles for Stars and Stripes,I did the DIC articles there but his advice to vets with claim was superb.This was way back in the late 1990s. I only found 3 DIC cases at BVA in which he repped the widow: http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp15/Files5/1543321.txt     Granted http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp14/Files7/1455797.txt   Granted http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp09/Files4/0936231.txt Remanded Not bad at all, in my opinion.
    • New Proposed VA Reg Vets Should Know About
      Just one more way to screw Vets out of our promised care and compensation. Eventually the VA will be the main reason people will not consider the Military before other career options. Why join an outfit that won't give what they promise you?

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BD Webb

How Long Will Decision Letter Take

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My rating decision was completed on June 15. It is with the reviewer. What is the timeline on that? I am just trying to figure out when I should receive my letter as my house burned down, but I still get mail there. We are in an emergency apartment, and believe me, it is not where I want to be. It's crazy here.

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BD,

I also go thru St. Pete RO and isn't known to move too quick but hopefully it won't be too much longer for you.

I'll certainly cross my fingers for 30-60 days.

carlie

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If you have a POA that has an office at the regional office, then you should be able to contact them and they can tell you before you get the letter.

if it is an award, watch the bank account as the money often beats the letter.

Good Luck.

J

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I know this is gonna sound stupid, but what is a POA? I did have a private attorney fight for me, that was the only way I won my case. I have been fighting this for 6 years. That's how long it took me with 2 appeals in order to win. But I did elect direct deposit so I will watch the bank.

Another stupid question is do you think it will be soon? (lol) Thank all of you for your replies. Blessings come when you least expect them.

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Basically a POA is a rep who has your power of attorney. I was speaking of a Veteran Service officer like the AL or t he DAV. These folks have offices int he VARO's and can get their hands on decisions fairly quick.

We use several Acronyms here at Hadit and we do confuse some folks.

Its like learning another language.

Once you get used to it you will be ratttling off the VA verbola like a real pro.

J

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Question. Since the reviewer is checking over the rater, and has been doing it since the 15, how long do you think it will be before I see some funds? Is it taking long because they have to go back six years?

And yes you are right. I will pick up on the lingo quickly cause I will be here for ever now (lol)

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The reviewer is a quality control checkpoint. It shouldnt tke too long and may be already completed. Your Retro should not be too far away. Look for the deposit to hit on a Saturday. It will beat the letter to you.

J

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Thank you so much. I will post on the forum my percentage and when the big day comes.

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You think they are gonna give me all 6 years back pay? If so, will it all come at one time?

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6 yrs will prob take awhile to do. Had put it for 2 secondary conditions last fall, awarded about same day as you were, call center faxed me the info from their computer center on the 15th, received official letter fron the VA on 18th, and $ deposit was in my account on the 25th. All this month. But when I won one claim some years back it took about a month to get it all, funny thing was they informed me the accounting dept had not yet received the amount to process in Ok funding treasury and my bank informed me the amount $$ was deposited in my acct the day before this info was received.

Like advised, watch your bank account and be pleasantly surprised when you notice a deposit. Remember the larger the award the more people have to sign it off too. Like around 6 figures requires 2 or 3 signatures from the VARO. Congrats on your win. Might want to check with the call center just in case they might fax you the info they faxed to me 2 different times too. You will only be out a call, and it does not tell you amounts, only that you were awarded such and such %...it is part of the official letter you receive in the mail.

Edited by halos2

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You guys are all the bomb (great). I am so glad that I am a part of this community. If it weren't for ya'll I wouldn't know anything. Thanks oh so much.

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Well when I called they say the reviewer still has it. Had it for almost thirty days now. Still waiting.

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Is the call center number 800-827-1000?

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OK I guess this is progress. Called the 800 number and they said the review was completed on Friday July 9, 2010. Now my anxiety is taking over.

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I know its hard but once you have done all you can at least wait with confidence that eventually VA will award your earned benefits.

I wish you luck.

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BD,

VA 101 - the 800 # is not set up to provide accurate claims status tracking information,

and there really is no way for this to be done.

Only the claimant has time limits, not the VA.

The 800 #'s goal is to answer basic questions and end the call quickly.

The VA works like this:

The 800 # told you "the review was completed on Friday July 9, 2010".

What they did not say and what they do not know can be several things,

If during the review someone decided that some issue needed additional development,

if the decision needs to go thru authorization for a higher or additional signature,

and legalities on VBA's end regarding the post decision issues.

I am not saying this to be rude or to disappoint you but it's like this,

You will get your rating decision when you or your lawyer get it.

Since your already signed up for direct deposit - you will get your money when it hits the bank.

Anything other than this is mere speculation.

jmho.

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That's why I love you, you get straight to the point. I know there will probably be problems because it's six years back pay and I don't think they will want to pay it to me, but I will now keep GOD first and COUNTRY second (lol). You are always right on time. Thanks.

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FACTS:

Call centers in Utah, and Az have faxed to me, my % letter(ie when was 50%), faxed me my recent grant of 10% award for HTN secondary to PTSD,(6 pgs)and last thurs faxed a fellow vet his determination letter of "Claim remains unchanged, increase denied at this time...(3) pgs. Initially when questioned them on the phone they say "We cannot give you any determination information,only the date a decision has been made, however if you have a fax machine we can fax you the decision that appears on our computer screen, if you give us your fax #. You cannot and will not receive any information regarding a decision verbally, and only faxed when a decision is made, which apparently, as I have the copies of my faxes from them in hand show. No mention of any amounts of $$ is on these papers but the granting or denial is. With the granting it does delinate the % granted.

When I call, I do it according to the pacific time zone and have always gotten Ut or Az and make sure I get the persons first name and try to build up a pleasant cordial rapport with them.

Oh yeah I have called many, many, many times and gotten ridiculous information... with areas in different part of the country, but then you can find someone who is fairly intelligent and can read a computer screen and "viola" you can at least receive a BASIC DECISION fax.

3 times out of many, many, many calls, receiving WRITTEN VALID NOTIFICATION per FAXES, IS WORTH IT TO ME!

Later we got the official letters within 7-10 days, SOC per snail mail and all of the regular forms too. Soon after the $ showed up in the bank.

So I still call the call center when I think it may be time for something to show up on the screen, and get goof balls and may call back again in a few minutes and get a decent person who WILL actually read the screen, and can tell in my voice the torment, and have the ability to fax it... although few/good people here at these special times too!

Had I personally not received these faxes, I would be skeptical too...BUT IN HAND AS I TYPE THIS!!

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Well I called today and they said the letter was sent out. I guess my money will be in the bank by saturday (hopefully)(lol). I really could use it because our house burned down (thanks to grandson) and we got emergency apt in the wrong side of town. My hubby is blind, so everything falls on me and I keep having these anxiety attacks because there are too many thugs over here. I'm not getting any sleep. The sooner I get from here the better. Hopefully rebuilding tampabay together will fix my house because I am ready to go home, and my husband has gotten so depressed and is ready to go home.

I will keep you all posted as we go. Say a prayer for both of us. I am so glad ya'll are here.

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DB,

Sounds like they are housing you in suit case city in the USF area.

I understand your safety concerns.

I hope the rating decision is good - provides an accurate percentage and effective date.

Good luck to you and your family.

carlie

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Nah baby they got me in the slums of ybor. Not beautiful 7th ave ybor, but the slums ybor. All they do is shoot, cuss and fuss. My nerves are already bad. Heard of suitcase city, but pray to GOD I never have to stay there. I can't handle this. lol

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DB,

35 years ago all of Ybor was safe and pretty.

Developers came in - lots of bars - raised the rents

and ran all of the artist out because they could no longer afford the rent.

Ybor is Floridas version of the "party" areas of New Orleans.

Ybor is WORSE than suit case city.

Ybor is about even with Sulphur Springs.

When you hear the shots fired - hit the deck and sleep in the back room if there is one.

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I am from NO so I know what you mean. Now you know why I am in a hurry to get the heck out of here. Well hopefully I will receive my letter tomorrow and funds soon after, and then I am packing me and my hubby up and heading for the hills. I glad you know where I am mentally.

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I am from NO so I know what you mean. Now you know why I am in a hurry to get the heck out of here. Well hopefully I will receive my letter tomorrow and funds soon after, and then I am packing me and my hubby up and heading for the hills. I glad you know where I am mentally.

I hope the long wait will soon be over for you, 'BD Webb', and you can get on with your life and dreams.

Warm regards,

C.Bob

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See what I mean? It's so much love and caring here. Thanks so much Commander Bob

I hope the long wait will soon be over for you, 'BD Webb', and you can get on with your life and dreams.

Warm regards,

C.Bob

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OK here we go.

They gave me 50% from 2004 to May 2010. Then they gave me 70% after C&P exam dr. statement.

Now I have to file a notice of disagreement to the 50% (to get the 70% from 2004 to 2010) then I have to file for IU.

Should get my funds tomorrow.

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Yippee you just keep filing and don't stop till the clock stops...tick tock...get it going. Enjoy, and hope you received some of your $$ so you can get out of the "danger zone!"

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