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manning01

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manning01 last won the day on November 5 2014

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About manning01

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    E-5 Petty Officer 2nd Class
  • Birthday 12/09/1967

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    Air Force
  1. I submited two FDCs to the Phoeninx AZ RO and one took 92 days and the other 111 days. So if you do a complete package with all records, DBQ's etc up front then it should speed through relatively fast. But if you forget one thing or you ask them to get something guess what it turns into a regualr claim so beware ensure you give them everything they need at the begining. Both my FDC's had the DBQ's done by outside Doctors and were granted. I didn't want them to do one of thier shady C&P exam on me by some minimally trained trained PA that couldn't work at a real hospital on a medical condition they are not a SME on.
  2. Kidney Problems

    After I retired in 2010 from the USAF the VA found two masses on my right Kidney one was stage 2 RCC. Had to have a partial nephrectomy not by the VA since I have private insurance (federal employee). Been low on Vitamin D and calcium. Anyways I was deployed to Balad many times in aircraft maintenance at the south end and that deaded burn pit smoke was always so bad like a fog bank on the flightline and sometimes it literly snowed ash on us falling everywhere. I remember all the crap they put in that pit from enemy body parts to anything toxic that would burn. I really felt bad for the junior enlisted stuck hand tossing the light stuff like soiled uniforms etc and dumping all the big stuff into the pit. I wouldn't worry so much on JP-8 I worked around that for many, many years outside of skin issues like demititus etc it's not as bad as the old JP-4 that had Benzine in it (bad stuff). High pressure Vaporized Hydraulic fluid is no joke that's bad if you inhale it or it's injected into the tissues of your exposed skin I worked around that stuff daily and always seen the cautions in the hydrualic job guides on it. Hopefully it was annotated in your SMRs on that post deployment medical questionare we all did before you left and reviewed by the Flight Surgeon. I know latter on we did those questionares online after the AEF what a joke and if you marked something bad some supposed doctor would call you and follow up before they sent you to the Base Clinic. Wish we could get real care at the VA but that just a dream it is what it is.
  3. Va Aid And Attendance

    I did a A&A package for my mom since my Dad was also a Vet. Even though all my stuff goes through the Phoenix VARO I had to submit her A&A package to the VARO in St Paul MN per the directions on the website for A&A. If you give them all the paperwork and medical info upfront it's rather fast. Her A&A package only took 4 months from start to the 1st check direct deposited. That was not even 2 years ago. In fact I just put in for an increase once she went into assisted care and the increase came back approved in less than 2 months. So start off prepaired and give them what they need up front and it will go fast. There is a really good website on A&A and what to submit etc. I did everyting they said to do with no help from a VSO and had great results. http://www.veteranaid.org/apply.php
  4. I see they didn't uphold her firing due to the mistreatment of vets at our local VAMC. I see they only got her on for taking gifts i.e. plane tickets, concert tickets, trip to Disney and some cash. Either way she was curropt and a shamefull Gov't SES glad they canned her.
  5. When You Speak About Your Sw Asia Experience

    I'm the same way I just hope my pent up rage doesn't all come out when pushed to far. I try to avoid any conflict.
  6. Free National Parks Pass

    Same here it saved me a lot of money visitiing the Grand Canyon and few other locations last year.
  7. Possible Burn Pit Issues

    I hate to say it I feel it will be a long time before the VA admits to the burn pits caused medical issues for a lot of people. I was exposed to the burn pit at BALAD Air Base for a year and luckily no lung issues. That darn pit would spew so much smoke and ash I remember it was like a constant fog bank on some parts of the base and it would rain down ash over everything at times. Most I see them maybe connecting lung cancer but for some of us that got Kidney cancer etc after breathing in that toxic stuff for a year will never get justice. I like how the Army shot down the USAF Bioenvironmental Engineer Flight Commander internal memo quoting the Army's own survey data quoting: "During the Environmental Health Site Assessments conducted January- April 2006 by the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (USACHPPM), open burning of solid waste was identified as the number two most common environmental health finding. Balad's bum pit was quoted as being ''the worst environmental site I have personally visited, and that includes 10 years working RCRA/CERCLA clean-up for the Army and DLA", by one of the assessment team members. ". I know when I was there in 2006-2007 the USAF Flight Doc made sure it was in our SMR exposure paperwork we will filled out when we re-deployed back to the states.
  8. Ibs

    I agree a few pictures never hurts, never thought of that. I was awarded 30% for IBS from OIF so it's winable. I had my private GI Doctor fill out the DBQ and attached a copy of my medical file from his offcie and within 2 months under a FDC submission I had it. I did help I had a few entries in my SMR's over the years of my IBS issues.
  9. I Think I Have The Va In A Corner

    Congats sir and have a Happy New Year.
  10. This may clear up on who depending on where you live to what location to send or fax docs your documents to. I wish I knew about this earlier. I had my DRO conference a couple of weeks ago and he said to send a couple of items he needed right to the RO and then they would send it off to be scanned so he could review them before he reschedules a new C&P on my NOD. He could have had me fax or send them straight there to speed it up but no he doesn't let me know this new way of sending things in. If Location of Residence is: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Palau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia. Then, send all written correspondence to: Department of Veterans Affairs Evidence Intake Center PO Box 4444 Newnan, GA 30271-0020 Or fax your information to: Toll Free: 844-531-7818 Local: 248-524-4260 If Location of Residence is: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, The Caribbean, The U.S. Virgin Islands, The Philippines, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands. Then, send all written correspondence to: Department of Veterans Affairs Evidence Intake Center PO BOX 4444 Janesville, WI 53547-4444 Or fax your information to: Toll Free: 844-822-5246 Local: 608-373-6690
  11. Thought this would be of interest to any of my fellow OIF or OEF vets exposed to the burn pits like I was at Balad AB "AKA" LSA Anaconda Iraq in 2007. Burn Pit Claims Update PBS Newshour Special on Monday November 17. The PBS NewsHour will broadcast its story about the Burn Pit Litigation case on Monday, November 17. The PBS NewsHour is broadcast on PBS between 6pm and 7pm EST on about one third of the network, and then rebroadcast between 7pm and 8pm EST, and then again on the west coast between 6pm and 7pm Pacific time. Here is the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWD4IQw2Ga4&feature=youtu.be If you miss the broadcast you’ll be able to watch the story athttp://www.pbs.org/newshour/ There will also be a slide show and excerpts of some of the interviews.
  12. Thanks Charlie for all the great information you posted. I just printed this all out so I can complete my overall plan for the DRO meeting. I'll make sure to follow all your great suggestions.
  13. I emailed Bob last week and I was just contacted by someone from the Phoenix RO. He said I was finally scheduled for my long awaited DRO hearing for this Nov 19th. Wow that was fast. BTW I didn't asked to be put ahead of anyone in line etc all I asked is someone from the VARO to call me and explain what my status was and correct thier error in the computer system on what I actually put my NOD in for. I put in for Kidney Cancer found within a month of retirement from the USAF and when they inputted the NOD in they put in lower back DDD not Kidney cancer wow what a dumb mistake. I don't have lower back issues not sure where they pulled that from. I couldn't have made it any clearer on the typed paperwork. Well we'll see what happens in a few weeks atleast I'll know if I need to push it to the BVA if the DRO denies it. Thanks for the contact info for Bob it really worked better than I ever expected.
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