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    • Thanks for the advice. I have scanned every document I have.  The secretary of one Dr. told me she was surprised at the amount of records I had provided.  She said they normally don't get anywhere near that much. Right now just trying to get the missing pieces I need to have a rock solid case (IMO/Nexus, C-file, ...) Sent an email to my senator to see what help I can get from him (it is an election year). I am just hoping I can get everything together in time.  Like I said my VSO didn't do me any favors by sending off my claim the way he did. But on the flip side it has forced me to learn a whole lot more than I did 20 years ago when this whole mess was created.  Not that it would have mattered 20 years ago.  I probably would have just now been getting to the end of the appeal process. Now I know a lot more and will hopefully avoid some of the pit falls that I have seen other fall into while trying to navigate the system.  
    • When I got to the Hospital I informed them was from out of town, 9 or 10 PM, and that I was a VA patient and presented my VA health care card.  When I received my bill I was informed that the hospital had my insurance down as tricare (whole different insurance), how they got that I don't know as they made copies of my VA card.  I probably screwed up by not contacting the VA myself after I was released, didn't spend the night and was released late that night.  Contacting the VA was the last thought in my mind as I had to travel the following two days.  It is not a giant bill but I don't feel like I should get stuck with it either.  This is just a pain in the ass.  So far I haven't been sent to collections as I contact the billing agency each time I get a bill (every 3-4 months) and they attempt to rectify the situation, I am just ready for an answer.  In my home state WA I am covered under insurance from my wife's work as well but it does not offer coverage outside of the PNW.  Thanks all for the help, now time to call some of these numbers....again
    • Update..  Sent nod on 23Jun16 with nme in the form of spouse statement, buddy (sworn) statement and my own statement of facts.      Now awaiting DRO "DeNovo" Review.  
    • Update 7/26, I got an email reply from the IRIS inquiry I submitted about the date changes, and this is the paragraph about the current status:   Your claim is pending final review. VA will process the decision, review it for accuracy, and notify you by mail. Your claim's status may change if additional information is required. Please understand that the time your claim takes to complete is based on the specifics of your claim and VA's pending workload.
        eBennies still says "preparation for decision".
    • once it goes to closed, look on ebenefits and read your ab8 letter- the one that details your rating. you will also see in there your rating listed, off in the side bar iirc. after your claim closes wait a few days before reading  your ab8 since it needs to be updated too and i speculate that it is in a different part of the system. 

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13 Year Old Claim From Kkmc Desert Storm

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Macool

Way to go. You are correct call the VA 800 827 1000 punch 0 and ask operator to connect you to a VA Counselor Once you get them ask them for an appointment to review your "C" File. They should be able to give you appointment pretty quick. This would be your opportunity to show your stuff and review your file.

I guarantee that you will be surprised we all were. Reviewing a Veterans C File may be the most important thing a Veteran can do to speed things up and correct problems. You will not be left alone with your file but you can request copies on the spot.

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Macool

Way to go. You are correct call the VA 800 827 1000 punch 0 and ask operator to connect you to a VA Counselor Once you get them ask them for an appointment to review your "C" File. They should be able to give you appointment pretty quick. This would be your opportunity to show your stuff and review your file.

I guarantee that you will be surprised we all were. Reviewing a Veterans C File may be the most important thing a Veteran can do to speed things up and correct problems. You will not be left alone with your file but you can request copies on the spot.

-Great I will do this .I did not know I could .You would think that the state VA counseller would have steered me in some kind of direction .He himself looked at what I have and said this was pretty cut and dryand that he would expedite my claim That was two weeks ago Have not even heard from him since. Thanks Pete I,m on them like flys on S#!t

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Macool- is your vet rep Pete Glia from NYSDVA?

Rick, his boss, is my state vet rep-

Reason I ask- I feel you might have a potential Cue claim-unless you relentlessly pursued this for all these years-

Pete is pretty good-if the Pete I know- and since he is good he is overwhelmed-

Buffalo VA is the regional office(VARO)where your claim is at-

I have claims there that have been there for over three years-they have some illiterates who work there.

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I believe I would send the VA a certified letter requesting a hearing and review of all the information you have that proves your claim. Do a little research on the net under 38 CFR and find what may relates to your claim and use it.

Hope this helps.

38 C.F.R. 3.303(a)

General. Service connection connotes many factors but basically it means that the facts, shown by evidence, establish that a particular injury or disease resulting in disability was incurred coincident with service in the Armed Forces, or if preexisting such service, was aggravated therein. This may be accomplished by affirmatively showing inception or aggravation during service or through the application of statutory presumptions. Each disabling condition shown by a veteran's service records, or for which he seeks a service connection must be considered on the basis of the places, types and circumstances of his service as shown by service records, the official history of each organization in which he served, his medical records and all pertinent medical and lay evidence. Determinations as to service connection will be based on review of the entire evidence of record, with due consideration to the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs to administer the law under a broad and liberal interpretation consistent with the facts in each individual case.

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That is what happened to me. No records to indicate ever having an accident.

I agree that reviewing and getting a copy of your c-file is top priority. Make sure the evidence is in there. Then look for requests from the VA to the DOD to get your records. If you gave the VA enough information to find these records (aproximate date, place of treatment, the condition treated) and you were denied without them you may get the earlier effective date. Back pay to '93.

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Macool- is your vet rep Pete Glia from NYSDVA?

Rick, his boss, is my state vet rep-

Reason I ask- I feel you might have a potential Cue claim-unless you relentlessly pursued this for all these years-

Pete is pretty good-if the Pete I know- and since he is good he is overwhelmed-

Buffalo VA is the regional office(VARO)where your claim is at-

I have claims there that have been there for over three years-they have some illiterates who work there.

Berta

Yes my rep is Pete Gliha,

Pete said This case looked easy and said he would expedite it .But how busy is Pete ! He-Pete heard that I have 5 kids and he looked like he was pissed at the Regional office for not doing something already .Guess I just don't trust anyone in the VA system. After 15 years of looking for Med Files and finding them. . Makes one think that the VA or Goverment was hiding them from me. Were They?. I have had two operations on my Right shoulder. One was less then 6 months after my return from Saudi Arabia to correct Injury That is on Medical files 4 times and One on my left now Ive got problems with My right Hip.Along with swelling and deformidys of alot of my joints .And one of my eyes is not dielating correctly It is off center and not round . And my hearings bad too.The Bath NY VAMC found all this on my 1st visit. They said I,m a mess.I guess the Desert storm Illness Thing could be true. I always thought It was just bad luck on my part. But now I question it. The Doctor Call me to make sure I,m not working now . O Ya and I,m a union carpenter All I opened this claim up in 1993 for was so I didn't have to do construction any more . I figured I would get retrained in something less Pysical and I could have saved my Body . Now after Years of abuse I am at the point I can,t do it anymore. I,m looking to get this settled ASAP so I can do something else. The Docters told me to stop 15 years ago with the Heavy Construction .But Like I said I have 5 kids I did what I had to.

For my Wife and kids. Anyway I,m just trying to get what I have been wanting since my first surgery some help. Pete says the VA owes me some cash but I went after this for the help. and benifits for my kids for their schooling.I want them to have it better then I did. I,m on a Soul Quest I won't rest until I get my kids takin care of .

So what would I Need for a CUE and Would Pete be doing this. I've heard of a Que before but don't know much about it?? My claim was Originaly Turned down cause of lack of medical files that Proved that the injury happened as a result of active duty . I Now have them .So does Pete and everyone I've come in contact with in the VA system for Last 4 months. Ive sent 4 sets to the Buffalo Office and Copys of My Denied decision from 1993 claim .I highlighted one set of files On Which the decision was made that says lack of evidence or medical files . and I highlighted the medical files that tell the injurys, Date and times were onand at . I spelled it out a 6 year old can see it. What Now .?? Just wait for Pete or- Drive On Myself???????? I don't doubt Pete I had a good feeling about him .But How busy is he and will he work it like he Owned it?????? Thank for Any help or good advise - Rick :(

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