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Ascomdepot68 last won the day on November 18 2013

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About Ascomdepot68

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    E-4 Petty Officer 3rd Class
  • Birthday 08/15/1946

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  1. Checked yesterday and the eBenefits "appeals" section which has been down for some time is back up. I do not see any enhancements that were promised. One thing I do see is that the date a claim was received is now gone, the decision is the date first shown. In some of my own appeals the dates on that are wrong. I also note the status on things are late in updates. Recently I requested that three individual claims (reimbursement for medical expenses) be dropped, the claims are still up. Sorry if news of the site being back up as to appeals has been published somewhere else, didn't see it though.
  2. Buck 52 I thought they were still in the "comments" portion before changing it officially in regulations? Also I did not notice what agency (?) made up the provider's list. If it was the VA, then they would not ok private treatment at 26 miles and as that is under 40 miles they would not pay anyway. I live about 35-40 miles east of Atlanta. Logically there should be a larger list of providers west of me rather than east. I'm just saying that near is probably best in an emergency but I would rather, given the choice, go to a provider who was more capable even if it meant traveling a little farther. I'm pretty ok with Atlanta VAMC and Lawrenceville CBOC. I did have a problem early last month where I went to a private doctor who would see me in 2 hours and was only 5 miles from me. It was not an emergency in the sense of heart attack or broken bone, etc. but the pollen count here was 6250 and it got to me, could hardly breath. Since I am on a wartime old age pension I have to wait until the end of the year to apply for mileage and reimbursement of medical expenses. Have to wait to see if I get my $153 back..
  3. I just checked for the nearest cardiologist, which would I guess me my main concern. According to the list it shows the nearest is a lady in Athens GA and claims it is 26 miles away. Checking address to address on mapquest it shows the distance to be 32.85, 36.15, or 43.22 miles depending on what highway. I guess they are still doing as the crow flies, Did not check long/lat to long/lat. The Atlanta VAMC is 32 miles from me and the Lawrencville CBOC is 16 or 17.5 miles depending on which you go to the old or the new. I think the next one after the lady or it could have been the third was in South Carolina. Of course the program is new, just waiting for physicians to sign up, until they have to go through the VA hoops!
  4. Finally got a copy of VA form 24-0313, attached below. To me it is not a form in the sense something must be filled out, more of a notice, but as we all know the VA has it's own way. At first they sent me a url for an internal network that I could not access. Kept asking. No matter they did not enclose the three enclosures, but two of them related to direct deposit, something I've given them info years ago and to which they have made deposits since Sept 2012. Also, was delayed by 10 days (?) posting this. Apparently Google Chrome has a problem letting me attach a file to this forum. So went back to IE and tried that finally. Hope it works, at least I am not getting the "server delivered internal error" message. Still have no idea why this "form" is not listed with the others at the VA site or when you do a search on internet?? 24-0313.pdf
  5. Greetings to all. Received VA decision letter dated 2/3/2015 to a Medical Expense Report claim for reimbursement of medical expenses. I am receiving old age wartime pension in lieu of SC% as it is larger of the 2. Will be appealing the award. Under enclosures on line 27 of page 4 is states: Encl: 4107, 21-8768 (1), 24-0313 (1). There were no enclosures, only a 4 page decision. I have "googled" the first two forms and found them. Went over the list of 516 VA forms shown on VA site, nothing. I think it is some sort of financial form since I found at least one financial related form with the leading 24- but not sure Anyone know what the form is and where I might view a copy?? Thanks..
  6. All I know is that I emailed McDonald on 10/15/2014 after it was pointed out that someone might get back to me. Still waiting. Guess it doesn't always work.
  7. The following was tacked onto an email response to 3 iris inquiries I received from the VA about an hour ago. "Where to Send Documentation In order to improve claim processing timeliness, Veterans Benefits Administration has begun deployment of Centralized Mail Processing (CMP) for compensation claims and claim related documents. If you have additional evidence to submit to support your claim, please mail or fax your evidence to the applicable CMP location below. Please be sure to put your name and claim number or social security number on every page of documentation you mail or fax to VA and keep a copy of everything for your records. By fax: (ten pages or less) Toll Free: (844) 822-5246 Local: (608) 373-6690 Please note: packages containing more than ten pages of documents must be submitted by mail. When submitting all claims: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Claims Intake Center PO Box 5235 Janesville, WI 53547 When submitting evidence or anything other than a claim: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Evidence Intake Center PO Box 4444 Janesville, WI 53547 Please note: You may also submit claims and upload documents or evidence online at:"
  8. According to a letter I received today: "As of March 3, 2014 future request with some exceptions for FOIA/PA actions received at the Atlanta Regional Office AFTER March 3, 2014 are forwarded to ST. Louis Records Management Center for scanning and processing on disc.You will be notified by that office to your request if your request is in this category." Exact spelling and grammar of letter. Apparently applies to all RO's. I had a hint this was what they were doing since May 2014 when my Congressman's aide was told by the Congressional liaison at the Atlanta RO "we don't do that here anymore" and a C file disc was sent from RMC at St Louis. I am not sure if the actual documents are mailed to RMC from the RO for putting on disc or if the documents are copied from electronic records at RMC. I do know that that they still managed to lose 65 documents and there are still several other Veteran's documents co mingled with my records on the disc. More efficient? Who knows. More likely to take more time and involve more handling which increases errors? Yes. I do know that only letter and legal sized documents were on records received. Crucial maps sized 2'X3' and 2'X2' were missing. Also another FOIA/PA "claim" popped up on eBenefits for me today. And low and behold this time they did list an expected date of completion as 120-187 days out. FOIA supposed to be done in no longer than 30 days! No real time limit on PA items. I have an idea though that this might be a VCAA matter. The VA is placing some requests of assorted types under the "FOIA/PA" as they say they don't have a "button" for everything so they just use that. Another thing I have to discuss with Secretary McDonald
  9. All I know is that the "iris" system has a message on it that says it does not accept attachments. Maybe similar where you sent your request. They are always changing things and mostly to the detriment of the Veteran. Of course you said you had successfully sent attachments before. Maybe "irs" them and ask if the particular program will accept attachments?
  10. I have 14 "claims" listed on eBenefits. As of 2 minutes ago they ALL have ? as office of jurisdiction.
  11. First time I saw the following on eBenefits this morning. Opening a new can of worms! "If a new claim is submitted while an existing claim is pending, any new information will be consolidated with the pending claim. The new claim will then be marked as Complete and moved to Historical Claims with no further action required."
  12. For what it is worth the VA has job announcements out for hiring dental hygienists. Whether they have them at your particular VA facility is something else. Maybe call what facility is nearest (like a VAMC or VA Hospital, not a CBOC) and ask them? Good luck.
  13. Got this off the net. Reading the entire entry this injury must be caused by "enemy action" ie you don't get one if our own ammo dump blew up of its own accord. PTSD is specifically excluded from being an injury for award of PH. Hope that helps. (4) Examples of enemy-related injuries which clearly justify award of the Purple Heart are as follows: (a) Injury caused by enemy bullet, shrapnel, or other projectile created by enemy action. (b) Injury caused by enemy placed mine or trap. © Injury caused by enemy released chemical, biological or nuclear agent. (d) Injury caused by vehicle or aircraft accident resulting from enemy fire. (e) Concussion injuries caused as a result of enemy generated explosions. Added link later:The text has been cut and pasted for ease of reading & applicability. To see the text in full from AR 600-8-22, 25 February 1995 and Public Law 104-106 - Feb. 10, 1996 visit
  14. To Berta and everyone else below is a link (as of 9/2013) to all FOIA officers (and usually dual hatted as Privacy Act Officers), hope cut and past works for links(?): To Tired Coastie: I have approached several senators and representatives on the matter. Currently I have a lame duck representative aide you at least is trying to help. To Wayne TX; OK if you are at 30% you are getting $400, single without any dependents from the VA . Since you are 65 you can draw or are drawing social security. Just about everything counts as income. I am on a wartime pension draw $190 a month versus $130 for the 10%. Any other SC award and the pension goes away and I just draw the % as then the % will be the larger amount. You get one of the other, not both. Yes, if you are over 65 you are automatically considered by the VA to be disabled I forget what the maximum income is right now ( I think its around $1,105 per month) but you can get a deduction from income of medical/dental expenses for you and any minor dependents or maybe parents if dependent on you. .