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  2. Hi Vetquest, in the great and grand scheme of things it is best to not get upset with the abusers of handicap spots, I totally agree with GBArmy's "you can't fix stupid". Even though the man involved with your humor did not like it, too bad for him right? That is a humorous line! Thank you GBArmy, Paul, and Vetquest for listening to my vent.
  3. Hollie, I know all about invisible disability. Other than 35 extra pounds I look like a healthy individual. I try not to get upset with people who abuse the handicap spots. Close to what GBArmy said I say "you can't fix stupid". I once almost started a disturbance when I asked a man if he was mentally handicaped. He did not like my humor.
  4. Hi, to tell the owner would be useless. Best idea is to take my business elsewhere. The H/C placard is both a blessing and a curse. I have had random people question me about the placard, one unforgettable time an elderly woman (in her 80's I would say) threatened me with a slap. The whole scene ended with the woman's daughter apologizing profusely to me as I said I was going to call the police. Please note I had my cane with me when all of that went down. The cane is to help me with mobility. I believe a lot of the guff I receive is because I do not fit a person's personal definition of being disabled. MS has many invisible symptoms. Any fellow Veteran on this board (who has MS) will tell you the same thing about the invisible symptoms.
  5. As I get older I have less patients, I think I would have told the owner I will start taking my business elsewhere. If the van should not have been parked there then they need to move it. I have two issues (old age I guess). First no H/C or DV indication then move your vehicle, 2nd kids are not supposed to be left in vehicles without parents in the vehicle. I have no respect for those who abuse disabled parking. JMO
  6. I have been dealing with this VSO nightmare since the 1990's. Not counting the time when I left the USAF because of medical (and feel if I have been advised properly, I probably would have been medically discharged...) in the 1980's.
  7. Hollie, there is no reason to comment on the ignorance of some people. If that stylist did in fact say that, she also wouldn't get it if you called her out. The saying goes "you can't teach stupid!"
  8. Hi, I have had a H/C parking placard for the longest time. A few days ago my husband was kind enough to take me to the hair salon to have my hair trimmed. I like this salon because the H/C space is so close to the entrance. I was crestfallen when there was a van already in the space so we turned the car around to scout the lot. There was a space away from the salon so we went back up to the salon and my husband dropped me off then went to park the car. I mentioned something to the gal who always works on my hair about the van in the H/C spot and how there was not a placard or "DV" on the plates. End of story? Hell no, turns out another Stylist owned the van and parked there so HER KIDS COULD HAVE BETTER WI FI FROM THE TATTOO PARLOR that is next to the salon. Screw the handicapped (Veteran or not) appears to be that chick's mind set. Since I am a "semi-regular" at the tattoo parlor, no, just kidding, at the salon, the cops were not called. Anyway, just another day in paradise.
  9. Vetquest, A great thing to keep in mind: "Try not to let the negative get you down."
  10. I do not think it is just you retiredat44. I too am seeing an increase in times to get things done. An NOD did not take two years previously. That is what I am seeing. As far as the care afforded I am seeing some positive lights. I no longer have to travel three hours to a hospital to get specialist care, they are providing it near my home. I will never fully trust the VA to do what is right though. As far as your situation, being sick makes things look less bright. Try your best to see something positive, be it family, or something else. Try not to let the negative get you down.
  11. Is the whole VA medical and support system getting worse? Is it just me, or are other seeing the VA getting worse, with help, with medical, with claims, with services, the whole thing getting worse? Or am I just losing it, lost my patience, going mental.... as my medical care is getting worse, help is worse..... support,,, the whole va thing getting worse.. or is it just the stress of the claims taking decades, and really bad health making me so jaded that I can no longer see the good side of the va? Everything is really going bad,, being sick doe snot help, with no chance of ever getting better.... but being told I cannot have another doctor, closer to my home, my care changed, and they changed the schedule , was suppose to do certain tests on me for several diseases, and they have stopped doing the tests unless I get very sick.. not before.. and claims taking many more years even many years after the bva hearing,, years going by... is this with all vets, or just a few unlucky vets? The va keeps promising to fix this stuff, but it never gets better.... or is it just me?
  12. no.. you don't put your address, it is like putting a pin in the map in the general area, but you can stop there,, no address need, unless someone wants to for like a meeting place, or event place, otherwise it would be like marking a city....
  13. I was 500 feet from this bomb blast. I was at my duty station at the fuel storage depot when the bomb went off 500 feet from me.. https://www.stripes.com/30th-anniversary-of-usafe-headquarters-bombing-1.153700?fbclid=IwAR2xLMVEgtGOaYYc5-tKuwfTK_-Ryy8tvxW3KB7vuFH0rbb0Z2a_zsdnx0I long story short, it blew us to the ground and across the room, only 2 of us that morning waiting for out shift to end. I was only one of 10 people who were in a group of volunteers to who volunteer work for several years, and this time we were the first group to enter the bombed building and make a report... Long story of who, where, why how,, etc.... how they picked that Nato building, and much more..
  14. like has been stated, the varo's didn't do their jobs and created this mess. No accountability for horrible varo's.
  15. I just wonder how many would be needed if the original jurisdiction decided the claims correctly.
  16. VA achieves historic goal delivering more than 90,000 appeals decisions to Veterans in FY 2019 https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5312 --- I call B.S. !
  17. Retired, I like the idea but I don't think it is for me. The site will be tracking you and sending all kinds of advertising junk to your email address for sure. Nothing is for nothing; if it is free, why would the company put it out there? Because selling and targeting you for advertisements. I do like your idea though. Maybe run it by Tbird?
  18. There is a map for events and more, maybe we can use it, like a map, but you can add a pin where are located... and be close to people with similar experiences, to chat, or exchange info to help, chat, bbq, whatever.. https://www.zeemaps.com/ those stuck in the hamster wheel @ BVA put yourself on map https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=3542183
  19. How many other disabled vets joined the class action? https://www.militarytimes.com/news/2018/08/24/court-ruling-allows-class-action-lawsuits-against-va/?fbclid=IwAR3R9GKwlCkSSVMlFECuOfrYLokQ5A8GBl_HVpxx6XLReyPkgQKcaX5M9-o#.XWdRtI6TfeQ.facebook I did, not sure what will come of it, I am so damned mad, not to be a drama queen but I hope heads roll and it is fixed! Very very angry at the crooks!
  20. Good deal on the stairglider. I am glad to hear the VA is doing something positive without you having to pull teeth.
  21. My mistake on the states; I make a lot of them (as you can tell from my posts.) If you are close to the river, I understand Missouri can be really humid in the summer. Never been there, but I'm also told it is a beautiful state. As for the stair glide, please continue to keep us informed on the whole process. Wouldn't it be great if it being a VA process, it actually ends up they way you want without any hiccups?
  22. i am in missouri Berta is in NY it's hot as hades here. i go back to the knee doctor this month and we will see what the next treatment option is, my lymphedema is complicating the pain issue for me. the va approved a stair glide for me so i am very grateful that soon i will be able to go upstairs again. they got two bids so i'm just waiting for them to chose and start the install. if the install happens without a hiccup it will be the easiest thing i ever got through the va and i am very grateful.
  23. Tbird- Just wondering, didn't start snowing up there yet in upper NY state? Enjoy the nice weather; September and the fall are just a few weeks away. Hope your knee is better for you. GB
  24. i got myself out to the back patio today. lovely day here.
  25. Thank you Okemos, it's nice to meet you as well. I'm not sure I can offer relevant information that's helpful because mine is a little older now in regard to experiences my husband had and things tend to change some over time. I have been actively involved since then with trying to claim his kidney failure (which was secondary to his primary rated diabetes) after his death which seems out of reach now since he didn't get his claim filed for it before passing away. We were told he couldn't go above 100% by every VSO we asked and at that time we didn't know about online information like this forum...so when we discovered online information like this and the Special Monthly Compensation tier of disabilities we began to prepare a claim but he passed just before doing it. I have spent untold hours, days, months and years developing that claim but no attorney holds any hope for it. So maybe something I've learned along the way can help someone else. I have only one possibility left that Berta thought would work - filing a CUE. I may still give that a try...otherwise I need to let it go. If I can be of any help to anyone here, let me know and I'm happy to share whatever I know. If I can give just one piece of advice, it would be to continue to claim all changes in health in as timely a manner as possible no matter what any local authority or VSO says about it...check here with questions cause this forum is a blessing and will give you truthful and helpful information.
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