They haven't ever given me anything but Lyrica, and that was a fight. Tricare is the same or worse. When the "rich kids" started OD'ing on Mommy's pills 10-15 years ago, they started this war. As usual, the first casualties are those of us that can't afford to go to someone else.
I think one big reason why valid claims get to the BVA is that RO claims employees often do not have the ability and/or the willingness to read.
If we could file our claims directly with the BVA , a BVA that is bolstered by new hires of more BVA attorneys paid by eliminating the salaries of nationwide RO workers with proven track records that they make errors on claims,
(their initials appear on every decision) it would be a Wonderful World.
The BVA can read.
Just about every single claims decision I have received from VA for over 20 years was erroneous.
The fact that I overcame those errors they used to deny, as Many of you here have done, shows to me that the system is rigged against us the very minute they give us a C file number.
My first sentence here goes for Vep reps and VS0s too.
The good SOs and reps are too overwhelmed to be completely thorough with their advice on every claim they have. Luckily us claimants usually only have one claim or maybe a few separate VA issues to deal with.
Sounds more like a cluster f--k than your very diplomatic and funny description
." I have all of my documentation ready and now I wait. I was going to send in the quick claim but I dont want them to not get my full SSA record before making the decision."
That is an excellent idea in my opinion if----and only if the SSA award is solely for your SC disabilities.
I have been working on a legal issue myself and in going over 20 years plus of VAOLA, again I am reminded that my husband's TDIU claim could have been awarded in his lifetime....except VA never sent SSA a request or his authorization form.(proof of mailing and in the C file)
I still have the letters they sent to our state Senators and Congressman saying SSA refused to release his records.
It was a LIE. The VA finally awarded 100% SC P & T instead of TDIU for his PTSD.Since he had been dead by then for almost 3 years I guess his death rendered the TDIU claim moot . That claim is still in the C file too.
What a great way for VA to deny TDIU when SSA awards solely for SC....just dont attempt to get the records.....and then lie about it....I bet that happens more then we know.
Did VA Voc Rehab ever turn you down solely due to your SCs? That too is excellent evidence for TDIU.
If one is un-vocrehabable, one is also unemployable.
Thanks Flores. I received a call today from the VA Secretary office and was told that the appeal was invalid because I did not check a box on the form. It took them well over two years to tell me that! Smh....still very ridiculous and I definitely going to fight this. Also waiting on results of the most recent tdiu claim. We shall see what happens. So much of a mess.