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About Lagin02

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  1. My husband’s updated as soon as ebenefits updated to preparation for notification. His congressman was involved in his case so everything went through in four days so it may not be as quick for you. If it’s not showing under the disability tab, try clicking on the VA documents tab and download your verification letter.
  2. A good start would be ordering your medical records from your time in service and comb through any reported symptoms that can be connected to your current diagnoses. Certain conditions can be considered “presumptive.” For example, I believe IBS is considered a presumptive condition for Gulf War veterans. Others you need to do more leg work on. Listen to GBArmy in regards to the PTSD. He knows his stuff!
  3. I am so sorry for your loss! I will keep you i my prayers. Please don’t worry about me. How are you?
  4. The money hit our account today! The senator called me (the actual senator not an aid) on Friday and told me to call him if we have any further issues. I definitely expressed my appreciation for his and his office working so hard to make sure we were okay. He told me that our situation had his whole office upset and he’s happy they could help. I just sent my rent payment for October. I’m about to call my gas company to get my gas turned back on. I am so relieved. Thank you everybody!!!! You all saved me and my family from financial ruin!!! Every single one of you are incredible!
  5. I did as you suggested this morning. The senators office just called and told me it will be in our account in 48-72 hours. Thank you!
  6. I realized that after I initiated the claim with the VSO. I will most likely fill everything out myself from this point forward. Please tag me!!! Even if she doesn’t need my help I would love to give her some moral support. I really didn’t think my situation would get resolved but thanks to you all it did! It rejected yesterday and was returned to the VA today so I’m hoping it won’t take too long. At least I can cover rent with his October payment. I’m going to contact the senator’s office tomorrow if they can’t provide a date it will be reissued. The senators aid told me she was closing the case but to contact her if there were any other issues. I will! I’m still figuring out these forums but If you see anything I can help with on other posts, please tag me. It notifies my email on my phone so I’ll definitely see it.
  7. I’m sorry! The baby caught a little cold virus so he wants to be held 24/7. The VSO submitted the wrong information for direct deposit so I’ve been dealing with the VA to get it resent to the correct account (hopefully we get it sorted before my rent is due). I swear, the only thing that guy had to do was submit the application, the dependent info, and the direct deposit Info and he managed to mess 2 out of 3. I guess I’m lucky he managed to get the application submitted even if it was three weeks after I turned it in. I’ve also been getting my husband’s travel arrangements in order for his treatment in Chicago. The VA is requesting his former employer fill out a form so I’m driving it down there tomorrow to have her fill it out so I can submit it. How are you this evening?
  8. That’s a pretty accurate depiction of this situation! I’m sure glad I listened to your “hectoring” or I would be watching everything I built burn like the Trojans did.
  9. I should have gone with my gut on attaining him in the first place. I had never dealt with this process so I figured I would let someone more competent guide me. However, through research I determined I needed three things: diagnosis, the stressor, and the nexus. When I handed him the memorandum and the PHAs with reported symptoms after the stressor, he told me they didn’t need it. I was confused and said “don’t you need to prove a stressor occurred and his symptoms started after?” If I knew more than him I should have gone with someone else. He is still listed as our representative and I haven’t heard from him since he called back in July (weeks after I called asking about expediting the claim). At that point, I had already figured out what needed to turned in and submitted it. Thankfully, this forum helped me get everything done myself. If I had counted on him, I would be tossing my stuff out right now.
  10. I got some clarity on this. Apparently even though it was flagged, they didn’t prioritize it as high as they should have. My understanding is that the VSO never turned in the paperwork for the children so even though the expedition request stated his children would be homeless and there was no resources for them, the information the VA had stated he didn’t have any dependents. Also, the VSO never turned in the memorandum that stated he was sent to combat stress in Iraq so they had to pull records of the incident which extended the time it took to make a decision.
  11. Thank you Berta!i appreciate all the prayers and support. As grateful as I am for the senators intervention, I am so angry that it took this much to get him the benefits he was entitled to so he could get the help he needs. How many veterans do not have someone to fight for them and are instead left to the mercy of a heartless agency like the VA? Especially those suffering from mental health conditions which can impede their ability to advocate for themselves? It’s not okay! Our veterans deserve better!!!!
  12. I am so sorry, I forgot to include you in my list of people to thank!! So many people came forward to help and I really appreciate each and every one of you!!! Thank you so much! I will most definitely keep everyone in the loop as we move forward. You are all absolutely amazing!
  13. What should I be watching out for? I get it now! “An almost archaic term” gave it away. Hector was portrayed as the ideal solider, son, and father. So it fits perfectly in my opinion! I wish, I’m more of a reader than a writer. I’m definitely going to look into this. After graduating I realized I should have gone to law school instead of getting a degree in social work. Our hands are often tied by laws and policies developed by bureaucracy that have never worked on the front lines of economic crisis faced by millions of lower income individuals and families. My former position involved connecting service members and veterans with community resources but I never worked with the VA. A good 90% of the clients who came to my office were in financial crisis. Some because of poor decision making and planning but others because of physical and mental health issues. Ultimately I referred them to the same resources I tried to use with no result. I hate that I was part of that frustrating cycle for so many of my clients. I guess I had to experience it myself to understand.
  14. I already filled out submitted both forms. I included the disability counseling letter form his guard unit I posted a while back. I also started the intake process with the program in Chicago so he can get in ASAP. I am hoping he gets better with this program and it doesn’t come to that. What do you think the chances are that he will get better? The C&P examiner didn’t seem very optimistic. He said with therapy it is possible that he could get back 30-60% of his old self but it’s hard to say. I don’t even know what it means but I assume encouraging me? Is this another southern word? I am so grateful for all the support I’ve gotten. I wish there were stronger words than thank you. I don’t know what I would have done if not for this forum and so many people who were willing to help. I truly value the time you spent responding and in your kind (not cranky) grandfatherly way. I already wrote him an email thanking them for assisting us and attached a picture of the kids so he could see the children he kept from going on the street. Turns out he is a veteran himself. Perhaps that's why he worked so hard and quickly to resolve this. Consider me buckled! I won’t give inch! I most definitely will! I wish I had this experience when I worked as a case manager in service member and veteran services. More needs to be done because there are too many holes in services and our veterans are falling through the cracks. When I am able to return to that field, this terrible experience will make me a better advocate for them. Thank you KIND & wise grandpa squid
  15. I got great news today! We won!!!!! The senators office let me know that my husband has been awarded a 70% rating but something called IU has been deferred because they need a form filled out which she sent to me (email below). His backpay for his rating has already been authorized and will be deposited in the next 5 business days. I don’t even think I have fully processed it yet. I can’t even adequately put into words how thankful I am for everyone’s help! I really want to give a shout out to @GeekySquid @shrekthetank1 @vetquest @kanewnutYou are all so amazing! Thank you for helping me navigate this insane system. You all can’t even know how much it means to me! Because you all took the time answer all my questions and guide me throughout this entire process, my husband can get the help he needs to get better and my babies will have a roof over their heads. I know you all took a lot of time out of your days to respond and give support. I have never experienced this much kindness in my entire life and I have never even met you guys. @GeekySquid I’m sorry to ruin your reputation of being “heartless” but that is just so untrue! @Buck52 I really appreciate the time you spent writing me about treatment opinions and @Berta for sharing your story. Everyone who provided information, answered my questions, or just sent some words of encouragement, I appreciate you all too! Thank you just doesn't feel like it’s enough but thank you all from the bottom of my heart!!!
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