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shipdog7 last won the day on October 5 2017

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  1. My exam May 15th 2017 wasn't done in Ann Arbor. She was located in Farmington Mi. Maybe I was lucky at the time. She held 3 different jobs at the time. She was a mental health professional in court-related matters in court-involved roles with children in Detroit. One other job of which I forget at this time. And then on Fridays VA C&P examiner. I had a lot of personal history to discuss. Homeless for awhile. To this day I don't know for sure if my combat experience caused it all. But it may have all been related. She listened while she took notes and eventually used the computer to enter and look at my VA file. She was very sympathetic to what I had told her and actually helped me with questions she needed answered to push compensation through for me with VA.
  2. We are all heroes my friend. We were lucky enough to survive. I applied back in 1997 when I was homeless and received a letter stating I had just received a Social Security Disability award. The letter stated from VA was that I was not entitled to a VA Disability Pension because they were both government programs and that I couldn't collect both at the same time. Fast forward 20 years later and it worked out for me. I got lucky. My Examiner was contracted with VA I believe only one day a week. Fridays. She was a good listener. And I had quite a lifetime story to tell. Plus a lot of proof of my medical issues since Vietnam. I just wish it had happened decades ago. Life would have been much easier for me. But i am not through yet. Hoping to catch Mom who passed on at 91.
  3. After 50 years I received a 100% disability rating. At 73 years of age I was awarded it about a month ago. Prior to then I received a letter from the Treasury Department stating they didn't have my banking info available if I was awarded a pension. Turns out they did. I had to call the number given to verify it. The gentleman I talked to told me how it can take 6 to 8 years for an appeal. WOW! That was depressing. He said the Washington office alone had 4 or 5 staffers and handled 30,000 claims. I wrote to Senator John McCain telling him what I had learned. With no reply necessary. I turned on CSPAN 2 weeks later to see what was going on with our committee hearings and I hear various Senators pushing bill H.R.2288 - Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. It passed the House and was headed for the Senate. It was to shorten the time period of between 5 and 10 years to one year for appeals. 470,000 appeals waiting for approval. I wrote back to Senator McCain and thanked him today. No reply necessary. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2288?q={"search"%3A["congressId%3A115+AND+billStatus%3A\"Introduced\""]}&r=1
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