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MarkInTexas

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About MarkInTexas

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    E-7 Chief Petty Officer

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    East Texas
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    Genealogy; History; Family, Country Living

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    Air Force
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  1. Back when I got my IME from him in 2015, it was not included. I looked him up and uploaded the information on his background to the VA to support my claims. I had already been shot in the back by a Nurse Practitioner who worked as a contractor for Veterans Evaluation Services and I wanted to make sure that the VA couldn't ignore the qualifications comparison. Mark
  2. Worth the drive if you can make it. I drove from East Texas for the appointment. Long haul, but went pretty quick once I hit I-35. There's a Springhill Suites that gives discounts to veterans and their families using Dr. Ellis for IME's, and it is literally walking distance from his clinic. Mark
  3. Agreed! Also, side note on the raters not liking Dr. Ellis' IME/IMO reports. Raters try to kill everything they can at their level. However, in my own case at the BVA level, Dr. Ellis' report destroyed the C&P examiner's and rater's opinions. Make sure you upload a copy of his curriculum vitae if you are going to compare his IME/IMO's to the C&P's. Good luck! Mark
  4. Amen, Bronco! Get that effective date locked into the record. Good luck and thanks for your service! Mark
  5. Great idea, Buck! That's true too. The nurses at the VA clinic typically "pencil whip" most of the preliminary questions in the system, and when I get look at my Blue Button report, I see that they provided answers to questions that they never asked me. I also note that different VA doctors will write different things, and sometime tend to berate another doctor for prescribing this or that, then enter a prescription for something totally different. Kind of a roller coaster ride. I also note that the nurses will mention that the veteran turned down a flu shot or TDAP when offered, but had never asked. I asked them about it the last time I was there, and they promptly gave me the vaccinations. Never mentioned why it was shown as denied in the previous clinic visit though. Also, I don't know about y'all. But I seem to get a different nurse each time and just when I get used to one VA doctor, they ship him or her out and I get a totally different one. Ok, off my soapbox! Mark
  6. A good attorney will help too! I know from personal experience that you can miss things or get things too complex when you are looking at it for months and years. Getting a fresh set of legal eyes on it can help and can unwind anything that needs it before it gets to the BVA. Mark
  7. Thanks, Vetquest! I always wondered about how that was determined. Of course, as you mentioned, the VA plays by their own rules, and we all know they change them as they need. Have a great weekend! Mark
  8. Bronco, Excellent information! One question though. Are those 5, 10, 20 deadline dates from the date earliest date the condition was claimed, the date of the last C&P or the date of that the condition(s) were granted? I can see where somebody might sit in a vacuum for 10 years waiting for an appeal and then get a grant, then wonder if they are about to immediately called back for a re-evaluation C&P. Thanks again for the information! Mark
  9. Johnson, that does sound like good news though reference the separate claim opened for attorney fees. Make sure you check your numbers! Good luck! Mark
  10. Amen! Then let him know you'll be telling your local veterans groups why you are going to vote for somebody else come next election. Peace out! Mark
  11. I think they have my file flagged as "hardhead". I love the Amazon analogy though. That's about right. It's like contacting a Congressman or Senator thinking that it will "light a fire" under the local VARO. Instead they pull your file, look at it, then stick it way back down at the bottom. Guess it's all electronic nowadays, or supposed to be, but they seem to pull you from line for those reviews, then stick you way back in the line. I'm wondering if they do the hardship stuff the same way. You would think that a veteran that has a terminal illness, is elderly or homeless would at least be bumped forward a little. Good luck and keep on fighting! Mark
  12. LOL! I think I've been pissed off by the VA, pissed on by the VA and everything else in between. At my attorney's advice, I have stayed with the legacy appeals process, and am just waiting for the granted awards to go into effect and for the VA to deal with the two remanded conditions. On a pleasant note, VA.gov shows that I still have 52,900 appeals ahead of me nationally, and that they have a total of 173,833 to go. The "pleasant note" part is sarcasm, but true numbers showing on the site. Have a great weekend and good luck! Mark
  13. Always wondered if the VARO's took those Fast Letters seriously at the operational level, or if the rating employees just hung them up on a bulletin board somewhere and forgot about them...…...along with all of the other regulations that they are supposed to adhere to. Mark
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