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    • I think you should throw it all at them the first time.  If you fail you get more IME's.  Yes, new evidence helps with NOD.  I used VA's voc. rehab, worker's compensation doctor, a couple of private doctors who I knew could write good reports.  I still did not win total victory the first time.  I had to go back twice more with new evidence to get P&T and EED.  Hey, your motto from John Wayne is about the same as Wild Bill's.  If you use the VA then  you will be  insulted sooner or later.    When you get IME you point out to doctor exactly the problems you have with VA's exam and rating.  You can keep up fantasy of the opinion being totally unbiased, but you don't want an unbiased opinion.  You want one that helps you since you are paying for it.  It must appear to be unbiased.  We all know VA exams are biased in direction of default option to be denial or low ball rating.  The evidence you hold back may be the evidence that would have put you over.  Berta says the enemy is not the VA but time.  When you have to appeal a rating you must wait 18 months to two years.  I have had to appeal every single rating I ever got until I got P&T.  It was easier after that since I had little to gain.                        John
    • I Thank everyone for the input. I'm going to the clinic tomorrow for the eye exam & will talk to a patient contact rep about improving the "kicked out" term to something better.
    • I'm interested in filling a gulf war illness claim , my question is do you think it worthwhile, I have the symptoms that are required for the claim , but some of the fall into my ptsd symptoms which I all ready receive compensation for .   if I file gwi , will they try to reduce my ptsd rating.  all I read is so many gulf war claims are denied . I don't want to fill and have it denied and have them turn around and start messing with my ptsd claim . Any thoughts?  
    • My opinion Any new evidence will help you with a NOD. Mine was just a Voc Expert who testifies in VA, SSDI and Railroad Benefits Courts. And even though it sounds silly and anti-progress, i think at this point in time with the games the VA is playing with fast rejections and lowballs have FILLED the frikin Appeals Dockets, we should maybe hold back just ONE bit of evidence, maybe because we kind of already know lowballing is SoP for the bastiches, just have that one bit of evidence ready for your NOD. Once again, just a opinion, and a path i'm taking on my next claim.
    • I thought the same. To be honest I get strong anxiety disgust when I go to the va. Lost trust with the providers there. So part a is free correct? Even if I only have 8 years of solid work and on and off.  As far as part b they are saying that I can lower my rate by signing a earlier effective date my alleged onset date. Which would be a difference of 104.90 starting date June 2011 in which I have to pay an additional 6,517.30. I currently have no medical bills pending throughout that period.  The other one is August 2016 with a premium of 121.80 a month. However, What I don't understand is on the bottom they want to charge me 243.60 due through December 2016. Is that two year enrollment plan?





Stan n Pam

Hardship Letter?

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Hi - I thought that I read a clip here about someone writing a hardship letter to the VA? This is the first I've heard of this - Is there a thread somewhere that anyone could point me to? Thanks, Pam

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I don't have a link to the thread but the hardship has to be severe. Example is in danger of dying due to a critical disease or financial hardship like you are about to lose your home or become homeless.

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Pam,

In order for VA to expidite a claim due to Hardship, they must have evidence of either a terminal illness or documentaion such as an eviction notice from a court.

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Rickb54,

Although I am unaware a specific law for such at he moment, the VA will generally want to see some type of proof to expidite a claim. If your statement alone prompted the VA to expidite your claim, then you're probaly in a very small minority.

I awhile back I do remember running across a regulation for expidicious treatment of claims. However, now that you asked me specifically about it, do you think I can find the quotation :P I guess it awlways happens that way. When you don't need something it stares you in the face, but when it comes time that you actually it, you can never find it!

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Hi - I thought that I read a clip here about someone writing a hardship letter to the VA? This is the first I've heard of this - Is there a thread somewhere that anyone could point me to? Thanks, Pam

Pam and Stan,

I advanced on the docket at the BVA and I do not have a terminal illness and own a beautiful home. If you need my assistance, please send me a personal email.

I spend 15 pages of typed information to show the BVA how the VA had denied me benefits since 1978 due to their negligence.

Josephine

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