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MKAH last won the day on July 11 2020

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  • Birthday 12/01/1959

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    Army

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  1. Lemuel, Thank you for sharing your VA travel experience. It really interesting that the disabled veteran travel policy is so poorly written and undefined while the VA employee travel policy is actually decently written and well defined (much like a large corporations employee travel policy). If that were not the worse part, the Mileage Deductible that veterans pay and the 50% reduction veterans are supposed to get that VA Employee allowed food expense costs (which BTW has never been when I have submitted for it on my travel voucher). The response from the VA travel department employee simply said, we don't do that here. I have seen plenty of stupid $hit in my life, but who actually decided that any of this is even close to a good idea?
  2. Another possible contact: U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsOffice of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection810 Vermont Avenue, NW, Mail Stop 70Washington, D.C. 20420
  3. Link to Veteran Travel Policy https://www.va.gov/health-care/get-reimbursed-for-travel-pay/#va-travel-pay-eligibility-for- I believe I found the correct contact address: Agency overview Formed July 21, 1930 (Cabinet rank 15 March 1989) Preceding agency Veterans Administration Jurisdiction Federal government of the United States Headquarters Veteran Affairs Building 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, D.C., United States 38°54′3.25″N 77°2′5.37″W Employees 27,000 (Est) Annual budget $58.4 billion (2010) Agency executives Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D., Under Secretary for Benefits Child agency Click Here Website vba.va.gov
  4. Update: I was able to find some recently published VA information, but it really does little to answer the question other than the VA travel office can essentially do anything and get away with it. In some cases, we may reimburse you for the actual cost, up to 50% of the local government employee rate, for meals or lodging. You’ll need to provide all receipts. (Your medical condition, and) does not provided specifics on which condition(s) are required to qualify? (How far you need to travel for care, and) does not provided specifics on distance required to qualify? (Other circumstances) this is my favorite non answer... does not provided specifics on what Other circumstances are required to qualify? However, the VA Employee policy is very specific about the requirements for things like dry cleaning, interpreters, dining, ect... I personally feel like a the VA treats me and my fellow compatriots like second class citizens, because the can get away with it. *********see below for policy*********** Last updated: July 13, 2020 We determine the need for meals and lodging on a case-by-case basis based on: Your medical condition, and How far you need to travel for care, and Other circumstances Except in certain unusual cases, you can only get this reimbursement if we approve it before you travel. We won’t reimburse you for lodging or meals if you chose to stop or take a less direct route to a VA or VA-authorized health facility.
  5. Hi everyone, After waiting months for an appointment, three days before my travel date I was denied hotel lodging (by the travel department of the destination hospital Mather VAMC) that my neurologist properly submitted a referral for lodging for imaging & EEG (electroencephalogram) to rule out brain injury due to SYNOPE, which was estimated to take several hours. I lost my drivers license due to this condition so my wife would be taking me. We are in our sixties and I am 80% SC disabled. The destination hospital is 175 miles away making it 350 miles round trip. Since the VA hospital is located on the far side of a major city from my location, the travel time is listed at “Typically 2:30 to 3:20 hours each way” on google maps. It has been my experience the actual time is usually 3:10 to 3:15 not counting unexpected traffic and or stops for restroom, food, and gas. After the denial, my VA Neurologist contacted the local patient advocate who confirmed I qualified for VA lodging for this specific appointment. The patient advocate then called the travel department of Mather VAMC, and was told by the travel department that it would not be covered as my appointment to not involve a “surgical procedure”. My local patient advocate called me and said the Mather VAMC travel department was not going to approve the travel because the visit did not specifically involve a “surgical procedure” and was mystified by the decision. The patient advocate then contacted my neurologist and recommended that they place a referral for community care for the same procedure(s). I have looked for the official VA policy on travel / lodging and am not able to find any reference to lodging for surgical procedures only. The VA policies I have found are somewhat vague regarding lodging other than they must be submitted in advance and pre-approved. From my perspective, the Mather VAMC "Travel Department"" has independently decided to save less than $100 on a hotel in exchange for delaying my treatment, which required my Neurologist to outsource treatment to community care, that will likely result in paying a local hospital many thousands of dollars more than VA costs, to accomplish the same tests. In the old days, my generation referred to this as serious "overreach and red tape". It is my impression that the Mather VAMC travel department has improperly denied the lodging request that my neurologist has properly submitted. In order for me to better understand this issue, can someone please point me to the direction of the actual and official VA Policy regarding travel and lodging? Thank You
  6. Thanks you sir, your advice is noted and greatly appreciated. Yesterday I was pretty down in the dumps but after I heard from several Hadit members and my lawyer, I am reinvigorated to continue this fight to the end. I have excellent friends, legal representation and I now service connection for PTSD, so I consider myself more fortunate that many other deserving Veterans. Until now, I thought the term; “delay and deny, until they all die” was largely exaggerated and that the VA would ultimately do the correct, legal and right thing. But as I crawl thru this broken system year after year, I now fully understand the relevance of that term.
  7. Thank you so much GBArmy, I'll copy you on the same message I sent to T-Bird. After some thought, I feel a bit relieved that the VA appears to have finally rated this as service connected which is probably the hard part? My direct contact at my attorney's office emailed me back this morning and said that after we get the official written decision from the VA, we WILL be filing an appeal. I really appreciate the members on this board and will not let the VA break not let the VA break my will to pursue what is right. The Army trained me to be a soldier and I'm gonna fight like hell until I win or I'm dead of old age.
  8. Thank you so much Tbird. After some thought, I feel a bit relieved that the VA appears to have finally rated this as service connected which is probably the hard part? My direct contact at my attorney's office emailed me back this morning and said that after we get the official written decision from the VA, we WILL be filing an appeal. I really appreciate the members on this board and will not let the VA break not let the VA break my will to pursue what is right. The Army trained me to be a soldier and I'm gonna fight like hell until I win or I'm dead of old age.
  9. Well, unfortunately, it looks like bad news on my claim. A week or so ago, Va.gov described that the BVA had reversed the original VARO denial and agreed that my PTSD was service connected. However, Ebenifits just updated and its looking bad. PTSD shows a rating of zero percent. And the effective date seems to be in error as it is the same as a more recent Migraine claim. I filed my PTSD claim on 11/14/2015, not the same as my Migraine claim which I filed on 8/1/2017. How strange is that? When I was originally rated for hearing loss and tinnitus, my VA letter stated that I had been awarded SC for both and that my hearing loss was 30%, but the bottom of the page said I was rated at zero %. I filed a CUE and about five months later is was corrected, as it had been keyed into the system incorrectly. I don't know if this recent ruling falls into that (CUE) category or not until I read it. I guess when I get the official written decision with I hope a very detailed explanation, me and my attorney Woods & Woods will decide the best course of action. As you can imagine, I'm heart broken over this incorrect decision.
  10. Its tough to read about the delays your have experienced. I hope that in the future, the efficiency of this process will be improved for the sake of other veterans. Thank you sir.
  11. pacmanx1, I recall that exact thing happening with my Migraine claim which was a BVA remand. I did some quick math, and regardless if the PTSD claim is rated at 30, 50 or 70%, I will be moved into the 90% overall spot. Of course, it could be rated at zero, which would be terrible. Anyway, as I mentioned my attorney will file for TDIU based on the addition of the Service Connected PTSD claim which has the earliest filing date. Unless of course the combination of service connections is ruled TDIU by the RO during the rating process. eg; 10% tinnitus, 50% hearing loss, 50% Migraine = 80% combined, plus XX% PTSD. Only time will tell? At least that's what my attorney said to me a few months ago. Thank you
  12. Yes sir, I have been looking at the letter generator and my bank account, based on the advice I have received from Hadit members. It still shows the old percentage and no commissary letter option (in the event it is ruled as TDIU to 100%).
  13. HI GBArmy, Yes sir, I have been looking at the letter generator and my bank account, based on the advice I have received from Hadit members.
  14. Thank you for your reply pacmanx1, I really appreciate it. I'll make sure and keep everyone posted as this process develops and I hope that information will be useful to other veterans.
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