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About markbcheney

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  • Birthday 06/30/1957

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  1. markbcheney

    [[Template core/front/global/prefix is throwing an error. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]] C-File Records Access Being Denied

    I have decided I have had it with their game. If you have had copy of your c-file given to you and your file has been digitally copied they no longer will provide you in person access where you and they used to go through your records and you used to sort out what you wanted copied since they are cutting down on paper. They will not allow a computer to display a veterans information. This I was told today's date June 18 14. They are more than happy to supplement c-file paperwork to add to it. Or if you want your file recopied a charge of 25 cents is accessed.per page of course. My DAV representative is swamped and the congress member I had can only do so much. I am trying to engage legal assistance now as my only recourse. Paying someone rather than asking for help may help me get the relief I seek. This information was provided me by the Buffalo VARO NYS.
  2. markbcheney

    [[Template core/front/global/prefix is throwing an error. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]] C-File Records Access Being Denied

    Navy wife I know where you are coming from. I am just covering all bases to not give them any squirm room. I had plans to go downtown today but the wife's return flight was late so it shall be tomorrow's task now. When I submitted my request to view my c-file in person back in March that is when I was told it had already been given out to be copied. So yes I can make them give me a definitive date it was sent out. I am being played of that I am sure. Unfortunately the events that I have encountered over the years have made me leery of trusting anyone. I don't let my guard down often. So at 3 1/2 months what should I think
  3. markbcheney

    [[Template core/front/global/prefix is throwing an error. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]] C-File Records Access Being Denied

    Okay I called 827 1000 and they noted my query. When it was researched the only resolution was for it to have a tracking incident number established since there is nothing in the system to denote what has transpired. There is a 10 day waiting from them to respond by Email phone or my preferred snail mail. I will be in touch with this forum since I have no trust in this buffalo office we shall see.
  4. markbcheney

    [[Template core/front/global/prefix is throwing an error. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]] C-File Records Access Being Denied

    Thank you so it should be available to me by now then since my request was back in March 1 14. I realized of course that it is 25 cents per page or around 125 for the whole packet since I previously requested it. Why are no distinctive marking in place on neither the NPRC documentation or VARO documentation. I pulled it apart with my first request as I compiled my own medical military file and theirs to note that they had not been as through as they would have you believe. Actually there are three claim incidents that this lack of comprehensive evaluation affects. I have already approached them and will try again to see if this stalling continues. Placed a response call to 8271000
  5. markbcheney

    [[Template core/front/global/prefix is throwing an error. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]] C-File Records Access Being Denied

    Buffalo NY VARO refuses to afford me access to my file on record. I finally was granted s/c for a claim started in 1994 that fell away when all information was given up and still denied back then. Became employed for 16 years and the job owned me so the claim fell away. Now unemployed I decided to start up again. During the medical evaluation came to find out the VARO only reviewed the information at the base of injury. And did not examine the treatment at the next two bases of assignment line of duty was established at two bases. Third base went all out in just getting me discharged ignoring my deteriorating health their goal was to get rid of me period. With some discrepancies I was afforded s/c. Now as I am trying to prepare a CUE I am being denied access to any in whole or part of my C-File. Started requesting in March 14 told it is being digitized and I won't have any access to it. 511 pages I would like to check out but now I can't . Anyone have ideas. Since I have attached my congressman my NYS DAV has to recuse himself. Trouble is if my file isn't accessible how will they complete my claim for unemployability. Backstrain to blown discs is what it has become.
  6. Yes first start by getting your medical history. Then review the veterans representative services nearby. If you dont gel (feel comfortable) with an agency don't be afraid to move on. I started with the federal DaV and they were swamped I have ended with a state DaV representative. Don't be reluctant to ask questions either. They are there and want to help navigate the claims process. Plus this site has offered me advice that I am preparing to follow through on. Just it won't be an overnight resolution it takes time.
  7. 90% rated just yesterday got my S/C awarded for my latest claim intervertebral disc syndrome strange how it was originally called low back strain in the military yet ignored for the PEB. Also to make it very difficult for me to protest (the VARO initially didn't fully review my claims complete history) they worded it in a manner that the pro's and con's balance out. Yet in the interest for veteran's benefit we award 20% (fuzzy math) for this condition. (These are my words in translation.) Crazy thing about this my knees are also S/C and now come to find out the years have taken a toll. Heck couple of months ago I went in and asked for a physical next thing MRI in the works. The recommendation afterward was knee brace, a cane, and therapy. Yowza I don't feel much pain in my knee yet it has really broken down the cartilage on the outside of the knee. My DAV rep sees me end of this month. Gah what to do. Probably what was recommended from here on this site TDIU. I am nickel and diming this to death. Without a job to accommodate I have visited the VAMC here over 75 times in 2013. Got that history for tax purposes. Mark
  8. Tell them the truth the mask is probably not a good fit the VAMC should have a catalog for you to check through. I went to private retailer after first mask
  9. Cpap has been my life saver. At work I suddenly felt like dead in the water. found me with moderate impairment. I got a machine from veterans and the hard plastic mask was a bear. I researched a private cpap company bought a mask out of pocket. at six months mask was worn out I went to VAMC who had issued the machine and first mask found out the mask that I was using was easy for them to get for me. There should be a catalog available for you to review. I am a side sleeper my mask is soft and the hose goes over my head not to the side. My compliance 97% or higher I am that comfortable.
  10. What should you look for: service medical records noting what type of injury how extensive how limiting and make sure somewhere it says chronic something or other. Your LoD notes and X-ray report notes make copies. Review with VSO and don't do it alone. When VARO says they are responsible for getting military and VAMC records don't believe them. Also get copies of what is called C-file. Its your history and much of what the VARO will base its decision on. They do miss important information or it gets misplaced or overlooked. this is where you can fill in the gaps for them. That's what I can offer by my experiences. There are others here that are much more aware than I am so keep checking
  11. The best way to approach this. I witnessed a suicide. Early on in my career. It flares up every so often. In 84 mva w/ LoD had course of care. Nellis remote on range 5 days a week LoD reestablished there in pain but altered routine at job to get by. Last assignment in Tx not a good time. Started care for back went to UK TDY. Came back during 1st DS conflict only in theater no action. Short time later UTI started 3/91. MEB noted back strain. PEB all purged no mention UTI or back issue. They had the explanation they give out when clueless. 1994 file for back and UTI gland infection both denied. What has set me off filed for AFBCMR correction it was granted 2011. Came to find out during VARO DR. eval VARO noted treatment and care at MVA location base but didn't research care at last base in TX for neither the UTI or back. Considering changing to New York regional office to distance myself from WNY VARO. Just one of many ways looking into. TDIU issue next in line. Worked 16yrs big box ended w/ nondisclosure agreement 2013. Still digging that is why I am here. Stopped s/c eval while I consider options. 29 years knees on cement going bad now fast also at least s/c here
  12. Also the faxes are handled by title of Attn: triage that office evaluates and submits to whomever would handle a fax sent in.
  13. They don't answer questions during the day. However calling after hours you can schedule an appointment with a 15 minute window. Also as happend with me the fax number they give may no longer be valid. I went to my VARO and got the updated fax number and kindly passed it to the 827-1000 number.
  14. Get your hands on any and all medical history during your military activity. The VARO's are good for missing key important facts. Remember they have so many claims to process as fast as possible. They missed stuff on me but I had my med history and got s/c cuz I was able to show chronic condition. Originally overlooked
  15. Hey all just getting my feet wet with this forum site. Yep in 1991 got involved with Wilford Hall Medical centr. Flagship medical center I heard, not by my account it was one provider after another after another each one offering an uneducated opinion as to why I was so sick. Then came the railroading MEB and the PEB with omitted inputs all in the name of covering up their inexperience with my illness. Fighting the PEB outta the question my shop was salivating waiting for me to make a punitive judgmental mistake. I won but I lost also? Sixteen months dealing on and off with a UTI that continued even after I left was medically discharged with one of the fancy we are clueless diagnosis. Lasted a total of 24 months before it burned itself out. Fortunately the VAMC I had care in caught it they just couldn't get the meds deep enough since it was so entrenched in an unmentionable area. I need some help with configuring a CUE (Clear and Unmistakable Error) claim. When I filed for it in 1994 it was denied I tried to fight it but to no avail. I went on with life until I came across some research in 2008. I opened a new claim then of course I had to submit new documentation that wasn't available. I have my complete medical file (lesson learned early) In my military medical file is one page that listed the chronic nature of my illness my DAV reps jaw hit the floor. THE VARO in Buffalo told me this document was not in their records. Yet it was given to me in 1994 when I first asked for it from them. Still has the fancy darkened holes from the copied over eyelets. MY problem getting the wording just so, so it can not be twisted around and denied any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank You for reading this long winded intro.
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