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  1. Thank you everyone for all the support and help!! Marines don't quit, and when up against the ropes in another "mans land" where we dont speak the language or understand motives, all i could do is arm myself to the teeth with information. Unfortunately, my morality is really kind of all over the place with certain perceived injustices and since i haven't outed myself in any way, lets say i've already snooped around this fellas computer and for a married man ...he's certainly got a lot to think about losing over 20k$. Do you guys think living as an expatriate while on disability would carry over any sort of the same standards? I mean as long as you dont advertise it right? Ive see a few vets on here win their claim and the next day there on pattaya beach, thailand with an assumed girl at their side. Just keeping up with any potential correspondence or at worse an exam? I have a european passport from birth...Im starting to feel pretty good here...Lastly can someone explain the 5 year, 10 year, 20 year concept to me? At 20 year, aside from fraud of course, they are pretty much locked on? Does that mean i could start pulling six figures in and they cant touch it? or aside from c&p at year 19 - just to make sure i really wasn't maybe a little kidding, they just wont make me pursue any treatment/examinations? and at 5 years for tdiu, 10 years P&T TDIU? I will start a new thread called the "death of a lawyer" for all interested in seeing just how easy, or maybe initially heated that develops...cant say i wont toy with the kitten either. Respect and love from another hadit success story. Please private message me a treasury fund account(paypal, maybe BTC wallet?) or however you guys accept donations. You deserve it. P.S. I saw that following the acceptance another claim with begin simultaneously as a "attorney payment claim" - is that how they do it?
  2. Thank you guys for all the feedback, obviously my feelings of elation are conflicting over the next maneuver...Despite how either very poorly he represented me or attempted to take advantage of me, I wouldn’t wish him harm. I am interested to see how he faces reality that he without a doubt had nothing to do with the grant since I filled all nod, submissions, etc. and only hired him right after I requested the DRO review being left with no further recourse if it went poorly because I thought he’d be able to recite case law, and speak in the judges language to “lawyer” his way to a win, instead of me trying to reason or an overburdened VSO trying to focus with no real cart in the race...I will get predatory on him if he doesn’t accept the legal reality he’s not entitled to any fee, and tries to hit me with 10,000$ in billable working hours...I KNOW without doubt he spent an hour at most before knowing he would talk to me because I never got the correct answer, 10min on the shitter with google would have left me more informed, and because I think the VA-form 9 was THE only thing he has ever submitted besides a FOIA for the c-file... But, honestly - filing that appeal with the tdiu awarded is really a bad move on his end... Like I said, when I got the initial award back in 2011 I was in school and thinking I needed a little help at the time. Didn’t factor in just how long everything would take if it wasn’t granted, or what I’d be settling for if won. TDIU at 80% with a social security award granted on the same issue made me think it’d be a lot easier to shoot for without manning up for the long haul fighting a P+T. I was 23, just out of the marines...couldn’t really fathom the process. Anyway, I realize what you’re saying about the few more years and it’s unable to be reduced factor - and it is a significant issue to just overlook. I was under the impression there were no reviews as it was, the letter saying there are no more further exams as it is considered permanent. I don’t know why anything short of employment or telling the va I’m starting a boy band and live every day smiling at the world, tweeting every outfit and driving a Bugatti, could realistically challenge the award anyway. Is there anything I should be cautious of? my struggle is this, assuming I settle for the stability and resilient income of VA & SSDI for the rest of my life, despite coming from a wealthy family and having a taste for the expensive(not my fault, and I turned my dad down to pay my college to join so don’t roll your eyes just yet) I would live beyond a doubt just fine without a single thing missing. With a family however, I just don’t see it being even close enough to really provide for them(va dependent increases abysmal) and then the psychological aspect of essentially dying in a way over there during one of the campaigns..unable to simply come to terms with the civilians we straight up executed(not my job really) or “interrogated”(my job). I came back in one piece, so I thanked god for at the time, but that is the worst death - the slow and inhibitive death of your life goals perishing at 19/21; with that burden no matter who and how many therapists tell you can be talked through and healed from doesn’t apply. i don’t mean to get deep, and I know where to parse my issues. I realize I can turn the tdiu down and get out there if I feel it, but it’s a substantial risk to take - and honestly, i have run out of lives when it comes to risks. Ideally, I would approach with a claim of a few other issues that have progressed drastically in the 10 years being out and hope to get a high enough rating to make the cut as being 100% P&T for ptsd means your essentially living in a ward or under supervision and there’s no way I’m anywhere near that or could portray as such. Is it true they don’t really run social security numbers for income against disabled vets frequently? That’s the second time I’ve heard that comment, again...it feels a little risky. If anyone has any supporting anecdotes of people being employed with tdiu, or better people who got caught and maybe received a slap on the wrist to reduce their annual below 10k I’d love to hear about them. My employment ambitions were unique in the sense I wasn’t going to work for any company, and had developed and designed a project during college that eventually won NASAs interest enough for an internship to further it and I had wanted to develop to a point and then sell to the highest bidder. So, if absolutely need be I could probably skirt and official payment for “my” company by shifting ownership and officially acting as a coffee bitch, working as I would anyway - maybe having my partner the owner depositing earning in a shared account which I invested in and turned it to “passive” income no one blinks an eye at. And, for clarification I’m a 31 year old man, 12 credits shy of a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. I was in haditha and al-Karmah Iraq in the mid 2000s as a HET(human exploitation team) team member most of the time, with running and gunning with the line companies some of the time. if that sheds light on my issue more clearly to you geeky if you thought I was over 55yrs old why I’d still like to salvage whatever time I have and try to live the rest of my life in tribute to my fallen bros, and hopefully to myself...monsters don’t have family’s right? Hahahah...b
  3. hahahha...right on geeky. Well, what i thought was since no new evidence can be submitted the argument i'd be presenting is dated - and not reflective, What i basically want is P&T at this point moving forward. 9 years ago when i filed this i thought it would just support me while i got my shit together and became at peace with everything...I didnt go to college to basically call it quits in terms of increasing my worth, financially and metaphorically. i feel the war has done enough damage that i'll probably never be a traditionally functioning employee...but, like college - i adapted to my discomfort and compromises to come out on top. Had it been a mandatory 9-5 gig i would have likely never been able to do it. Permanent TDIU is a blessing and a proud benefit America can offer those who've been "altered" by totally bullshit wars we find ourselves in, hopefully more for wars we needed to secure our sovereignty - just not in my case. But, TDIU absolutely caps your life and growth as an enterprising american. That said, while its certainly welcomed - i need to do everything i can to switch gears and go in for the kill. The issues you said might be moot are probably just that. They are significant enough, but in the scope of everything i completely plummeted from over the last 2.5 years and the further treatment leave the issues in queue not even 25%of the potential weight of a cumulative submission. Between my lower back being almost worthless at times to the increasing cognitive lapses and memory deficits, not to mention a somewhat awkward problematic area calling my "young man" to attention, and the secondary conditions of drug addiction verified or supported by VA doctors....It'd seem foolish going through with what's currently waiting in a very very long line. I wonder if it'd be possible to nullify the appeal since the concerning party (myself) was totally unaware of the primary issue award granted? Would that let me slip out of line a little less suspiciously if thats a possible concern?
  4. Thank you Geeky...you guys think it's premature to withdraw the appeal that never should have been? Without the tdiu as a source of contention the other issues are not something worth (in my opinion) going all the way to the bva for. My back injuries and tbi from a few ied's have only gotten worse, with years(last three specifically) of va documentation stating such. I'm currently at a VA domiciliary where the doctors agreed the drug addiction was a coping mechanism after years of struggle....Point is i have far more evidence to support a more thorough and comprehensive claim a RO would probably grant and save me the grief. Since i cant introduce new evidence at bva....I'm thinking it's time to pull the plug on this *** just saw my identity avatar. I was def. affiliated with the navy, but i was a corporal of marines. not an E3 seaman.....*****
  5. OH MY GOD GUYS!!!!!! .....Checked Ebenefits just now to see if there was follow up to IRIS.....thought id check the AB8 out for the hell of it. I SHIT YOU NOT ITS ALREADY UPDATED!!!!!!! I cant believe it!!!!! I'm taking 5% of the would be attorneys fee and donating to this website, and your service. Thank you all for just being veterans, having the grace, integrity, and determination to get to the bottom of whatever shit is thrown in front of you! From murder alley in downtown Fallujah, to some corner of the Vietnamese jungle. You guys and your community provided light in a period of shade, information in a time of silence.....please continue what you're doing. When backpay arrives, i'll pay it forward best i can - god bless the idiot attorney!
  6. right on bronco....i'm definitely approaching cautiously. First i dont want him knowing i'm aware the va wont be peeling his 20% off, or reveal anything i do know. I wont ask him about the soc he received nor why it so coincidentally arrived around his filling the bva. I'll probably not talk to him at all and will probably end up withdrawing the appeal once the letter is confirmed and in my possession. Hopefully he catches on, that there was no appeal won. No attorney fee eligible, and if he sends me a bill for more than 1200$ I'll bring out the big guns and threaten to take it the State Bar that he so poorly represented me - he actually compromised his clients well being by stalling the very thing i was after! You're right, he's an attorney who's probably handled a few cases before..He went through law school. I'm an engineer. Our areas of knowledge couldn't be more distinct. However, I dont need 4 years of harvard law to see such a clear and obvious progression. "client files dro review as last effort to resolve locally, without appealing. Client hires me to represent as dro favorable decision unlikely. Dro sends back denial, of other issues. Primary issue sought not mentioned. BVA appeal sent to VA a month thereafter (possibly listing all issues sough or the ones i knew of.)*2 years elapse* Client asks for update, VA remote login reveals "grant." Inform client the BVA likely sent the claim back to RO for adjustment. Appeal therefore overturned and fee anticipated." xxxx NO BUDDY, you got a surprise coming too. hahaha.... thats the monologue he more or less had based on how he explained everything and the way he explained how it was granted after all. Like i said he's either an idiot or a straight up snake. thanks everyone! will let you all know how it unravels...
  7. Hey everyone - thank you for the feedback. I definitely understand and appreciate your point of view. It’s definitely been taken into consideration. Let me address the validity of what I’m saying in the tdiu granted truth. I have 4 different sources (VSO friend who did a favor, lawyer, va rep, and vets .gov) all conforming the simple fact that at the DRO review I had the tdiu was granted where the increase in two other issues was not. On feb 21 2017, the va “granted one or more issues” and sent a SoC. Obviously the soc was what the lawyer was able to appeal to the BVA with. The award or notice should also have been forwarded with the same SOC. I at the time was nursing a heroin addiction and unaccountable with no residence, no mail. I know it’s easy to disbelieve what any one source tells you in adverse circumstances - however, when three or more are lining up at the same heading...I pretty much believe it. I don’t understand why the va didn’t promulgate regardless since the award was prio to any appeal and no longer part of the contention, but obviously things get screwy sometimes. The vA rep said it appeared they didn’t know how to approach it since the primary concern was addressed with the award they kind of just left it. I’m not sure what the status on the poa is - she said on the computer it showed up as expired, no longer current ...which makes a lot of sense why he wasn’t able to do all the work I’ve done researching this further. And I’m not sure if I drop this attorney I’ll struggle to find another. I want to drop the appeal as it is, and submit another one with new evidence and a few other issues. If need be I think I should be able to find one seeing as it it’s not the same claim or concourse as what my last legal rep stood in for. as long as there’s no fee being apportioned his way I’ll let him choke on that discovery when the time comes. Ultimately, he either withheld information(that tdiu was granted) or he didn’t know and didn’t realize on the SOC tdiu was not denied, so he doesn’t appear very capable in any regard. More inportantly, the rep who helped me tried to put in the system I’d like it resolved...she did very suspiciously say I might need to withdraw the appeal, which pending a document with tdiu granted in my hands I would easily do, but she also made notes to send to whoever and gave me an iris ref number to call back and check on. I also submitted my own asking for the award to be filed. Do you think when she said I’d have to drop the appeal it’s because inadvertently the lawyer included it on his appeal form? My god what an idiot.... thank you all and if you have any tips on how to tackle this to resolution as quickly as possible I’m all ears..
  8. His poa has expired - and last month he was trying to get me to do his job and call the va to get info since he said they would not talk to lawyers. When I asked he legally represented me how could that be he made up something about the government not playing nice. It’s obvious why they wouldn’t talk to him, he didn’t have legal authority to ask about my claim. He’s obviously lying to me
  9. This is coming from the VA hotline...I was lucky and had a woman willing to work with me and look through what occurred. I thought I explained it pretty clearly. essentially the attorney received the soc and the grant decision since they were made the same day and just told me they denied the claim, I had no idea I had won the tdiu. I think I should have known. The attorney is either incompetent or deceitful. I know he got the statement of case because the record shows the appeal being put in a month after the soc. The representative also told me his poa had expired already. I’m not giving you false information here, I spent an hour with the woman in the phone going through every aspect of what went wrong. She said all parties were kind of thrown off by the appeal, and why they didn’t send me the award letter. I would have accepted this and then went on to construct my case for P&T ...this attorney is gone. It’s very apparent to me he failed to represent me. I don’t understand where you guys are nit seeing this...
  10. Hey bronco just saw your post up top... it’s not the argument or approach he takes. It’s just that often he tells me something and I later discover it to be false. So he’s either lying to me(almost apparent now) or he is most certainly incompetent. A month ago I asked him to contact the va and figure out what’s happening since 4 years ago when he said he’d submit to the board he told me back then it could take a few years, only to repeat that verse a month ago. He replied by telling me his hands were tied but they might speak to me. His POA expired! No kidding they wouldn’t talk to him, and there no point repeating what I just posted...I think filling to have a hearing after getting a favorable decision along with the statement of case and not telling me is pretty corrupt. Besides, the biggest loss is time for me. Had I gotten the true two years ago like I should have I would have taken it and regrouped before trying to finalize it. Likely making strong headway by this time. I don’t think he really did much. Maybe file the form 9 and let them know my address those few months I was in jail because they “threatened to drop the appeal” leaving him with nothing.
  11. Hey everyone, thanks for the input...did a little research today and made some interesting discoveries. if anyone is wondering I had a current issue with a claim of mine being awarded by the DRO before the other issue were sent to the BVA. The post is on here. So, I found out that the DRO awarded me TDIU in Feb 2017, and then a month later my attorney filed that form 9 to take it to the board! I’m almost certainly thinking he knew given the time difference of the award grant and his filing. The DRO issued a statement of case along with it. He must have been responding to that. And I remember him telling me it was denied, although my memory is a little fuzzy of the timeframe. Is that ethical? The reason they didn’t go through with setting up the award and all that was due to his desire to keep pushing it(I don’t think he discerned the issue but who knows.) And even better, the lady going though all this with me explained that it’s probably because he’s not compensated if he doesn’t win at the BVA. Beautiful huh? It really confirms he’s been acting solely in his best interest and not even really considered me in any of that. so, should I just wait for the award and never bother with the guy again? The woman told me his power of attorney expired(if you remember I said he told me he wasn’t able to get as much information as I could since the “va doesn’t like talking to attorneys”) I’m wondering what I could due to dissolve his representation. If he makes a fuss I’m thinking the bar would love to hear about some of his ethics..or lack thereof. Let me know what you guys think, was it me just complaining or would an award almost two years ago you could have had worthy of contempt?
  12. hey so i called white house number, they dont deal with bva...they gave me numbers to local dav. looks like im out of options...i'll look into that ramp tho. thank you
  13. thanks for the suggestion bronco...I've just recently have been seeing that term pop up a lot. I just dont want to be rifling up dept. or areas that dont have anything to do with the hang up. What i've see with kind of a similiarity is a few veterans were granted BVA for a few issues remanded the rest and sometimes it gets hung up at AMC or a DRO maybe..It's not my situation since the dro overturned the TDIU denial claim and sent a statement of case before passing on to the board the other issues of contention. So i cant say it got hung up because it was part of a cumulative appeal, it was literally isolated and granted. And since this was top-down judgement meaning a lowly rater didnt award me it before going up the chain for possible scrutiny, it was already a nod or appeal heading issue. They said they awarded in Feb 2017, and if my source isnt mistaken, again in aug 2018. Is there any rationale why that would take place? I really am going to try a few resources tomorrow to try and get an idea of what happened, where it is.. One resource i cant seem to get a solid contact for is the dro who granted it before sending it off somewhere. I've read accounts of people getting information from their local dro numerous times. Were they likely one way connections? ie the DRO called them? is there a way to find the phoenix dro? Thanks everyone
  14. Hello everyone, I've been somewhat more vocal these last couple weeks as everything seems to be coming to fruition, or elaborately xxxxxx...Unfortunately, i dont knwo enough about the va to offer any advice so here i am coming to take...hahaa Seriously though, I knew the fee associated with legal representation. I was also well aware I'd be lucky if the attorney actually worked a quarter of what he was being compensated and was willing to sacrifice the pawn and kill a king back then. However, while for the better part of 5 years he's been able to offload responsibility to the VA for lack of response - the more research of my own i do, the less it appears he's even done than most of the shittier lawyers i've seen complained about. One of the biggest things that kills me is he should always be the more informed party between me and him about this type of stuff...And, i'd say he's uninformed or clueless more than 50% of the time he gives me reason for one thing or another. I had caught my first felony at the end of 2016 for heroin possesion. I didnt talk to him much up till around spring time this year because it wasn't my top priority and i had to do a few months of county jail...Anyway, i initially contacted upon release to see how everything was going. And he's more or less despondent. When i ask if my drug addiction/legal trouble could be used to strengthen my cause he told me no...on the contrary, felons aren't normally well received with favorable reviews - and that drug addicts are even less likely to get anything because the board "would hate to give someone so irresponsible a hunk of tax-payer money to buy drugs with." I was obviously crushed, and had yet to come to understand my lawyer often speaks without reason or knowledge. He then reassured me not to worry, he wouldn't drop me as a client since ive been with him for quite some time but that "he doesnt know of an attorney that would represent me" given those factors. Just to highlight the nature of my relationship with him. I told him tdiu is really just not a goal of mine anymore since i had filled a decade ago and my conditions had only worsened and that P&T was really the only end game for me. When i asked if if the drug addiction could be used to highlight the 8 years out of the corps i was clean and sober until i snapped he said "if we get you in front of a board - you might find a judge that willing to hear it that way." Where does this guy actually come in if he can't even use a little courtroom rhetoric to help advocate my case? I personally filed the NOD by spending 20 hours in the law library chasing each component listed for denial to rebute, although that was prior to having him...and really come to think of it don't know one real contribution he's made to this effort. Now, i wish i saved the post where one guy was complaining, thinking about changing lawyers for like 6th time and a hadit member and attorney just ripped him in half as a pariah on hard working people...naturally, the last part caught my eye and this guy went on about how lawyers for claims generally go out of their pocket for private doctors, and experts that can support this or that, and that for clients with little hopes of making any substantial money often run at a deficit. He is an attorney, and i've never met an honest or charitable one - so maybe they're more realistically doing whatever best helps facilitate their investment. If my attorney did just that, made sure he saw a return on his "investment" which i guess is very little, i'd be more than happy with that. But, I'm really just struggling a reason to keep him employed with me. I'm not a bad guy, or one who goes back on his word...And even if i find he's been pretty much dead weight i've carried wont cherish giving him his pink slip. I dont know guys...I'm allegedly in the works(aren't we all") for a six figure award...bringing my side kick there roughly $30,000 give or take some. What would you guys do here? How could i approach exactly what contribution he's made thus far. Or perhaps tell him fee or no fee he's in it for the long haul, and if he cant lawyer up a way to solidify my P&T then *Insert some legal ramification" and if not applicable, and i have no way to entice his hardest effort than i likely have to walk... Thank you all, and I'm praying the forum member esquire who i mentioned comes across this. I need a counterweight here.
  15. hey thanks for the swift reply broncovet...I probably didn't clarify too well what i was looking for in terms of advice by posting to hadit... I would never ask anyone for my personal claim specific replies...What i was hoping for was to include a just long enough snapshot, or sequence of events, along with all non events(ie. being awarded, yet no benefits/documentation change, no financial change) and hope somebody could identify some of the possibilities maybe seen elsewhere. If an issue is overturned right on it's way to the BVA i'm willing to bet theres not a whole lot that can further take place with it, and for almost 2 years to have passed since then? i haven't seen anything even remotely similar when trying to search for that. With one guy at least getting an award packet and then having to wait almost 8 months for the financial change or backpay. Is it common place for claim finding to be granted at that level and not even seeing a mention of it anywhere but in the claim itself trail breadcrumbs. to highlight my frustration, i know theres one in every crowd to have somewhat easy VA interactions - the rest of us fighting like savages due to uneducated ratings officers or other ineptitude...But, the point i am precisely making is I haven't found one of the people who you said have been through this and it's sort of arrested development. I have a few last approaches up my sleeve to see if i can get any info on that mishap, one which i just learned of is the WH number. If anyone is aware of any similar anecdotes of awards/grant given and never filed please let me know. I know theres no pattern in VA insanity, but i'm willing to bet any info is good info at this point. Thank you all.
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