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About sjh4951

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  1. Well, here it is December and in August I did submit my late husbands medical bills. I've heard zero from the VA. Nothing. I did call a month or so ago and was told "they are working on it" whatever that means anymore. I only have until next month I think it is to submit the rest of the bills (only sent the major ones). I asked VA if I should go ahead and submit the rest of the bills and they said "no, wait until you hear something." Soon that will be too late. I know that the odds of them reimbursing are little to none but it would be nice of them to give me a yay or a nay instea
  2. No formal claim has been made as I just received word a month ago that I had won my appeal. It had been denied while my husband was living BUT the BVA found evidence where my husbands claim should have been approved at the regional so therefore they awarded me accrued back to the date of the original claim that my husband made in 2004. Because his cancer was not recognized as service connected at the time he was undergoing treatment, we didn't file any claim for reimbursement. Now that the BVA has stated that my husband did die from a service connected disease, I would think they sho
  3. anyone have an answer regarding the medical bills??
  4. Its great and all that they awarded me accrued to Bill's file date but what do they do about medical expenses regarding his cancer treatments? He didn't have health insurance just medicare and they only payed 80% of their approved amount which left us with huge bills for chemo, surgery, and radiation. I had been putting the chemo charges on our Visa card but maxed it and one of the times we went in for his chemo treatment we were told to cough up $2800.00 or they wouldn't give him his chemo. Lucky for me that I had another charge card but I was sure pissed that they confronted me right in
  5. No, my brother had Acute Myloid Leukemia. Diagnosed around Christmas 2006, died February 2007. I was just reading a post on another site and it said the VA had a 6 month freeze, per their VSO, on all BVA granted claims. Anyone know about this? I've heard nothing from the VA since I won my appeal. I did contact them via IRIS and got the following response: "Upon researching your file, our records indicate we have received the notice of grant of benefits and the claim is with our Columbia Regional Office for the final administrative steps which need to be completed prior to the claim
  6. Thanks Pete. I also lost my brother (USAF) Vietnam 1969-70 to leukemia. He died 8 months after my husband did. My sister-in-law has chosen not to seek DIC because of the stress involved.
  7. "sorry if I sound angry-this award letter I got today gave me flashbacks-and the check could have come last year when I was approved for it- but it took until today." I know exactly where you are coming from re: the flashbacks. On Saturday when I received the BVA decision I simply fell apart. Couldn't even finish reading the thing. Couldn't hold it as I was shaking so badly. Don't know what happened to me. It was like I had just been told that Bill died. Maybe delayed reaction to his death, I have no idea. It was totally unexpected as I thought I would jump for joy if I won but it did
  8. Thanks for the replies. I do have a few questions. After reading the letter from the BVA I see where they show the date that my husband filed his claim as Feb. 2005 when in fact it was July 2004 via VONAPP. As I was awarded accrued benefits because his claim was pending this would affect the accrued benefit amount. How do I get this corrected? As I remember this was an issue with my husband and the VA but I do have his C file and the original claim to prove otherwise. I don't know if I should protest now or wait until they send me the accrued monies and then go after them. I'm concern
  9. Thanks for all the information I learned on this site, and because of it, yesterday I received the "brown" envelope from the BVA telling me that I have been granted DIC as they found my late husbands esophageal cancer caused by his exposure to agent orange. All though I am glad the fight is over, I find no joy, only anger that our own chemical companies knowingly poisoned thousands of Vietnam veterans in the name of the all mighty dollar. I would also like to add that anyone filing a claim or appealing a decision should never assume that their VSO has their best interest at heart. Mine
  10. When a veteran has received any of the combat decorations listed below, VA will presume that the veteran engaged in combat with the enemy, unless there is clear and convincing evidence to the contrary: · Air Force Achievement Medal with "V" Device · Air Force Combat Action Medal · Air Force Commendation Medal with "V" Device · Air Force Cross · Air Medal with "V" Device · Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device · Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device · Combat Action Badge · Combat Action Ribbon (Note: Prior to February 1969, the Navy Achievement Medal with
  11. I so agree with you! I'm dismayed by the lack of support regarding bill 3491. The negative comments there are unbelievable. Such lack of respect for our veterans is beyond my comprehenion. When this bill was first posted the voting was 75 for, 25 against but it has definately gone the other way. What are these people thinking? For some reason you can no longer bring up this bill through google so I will try again to post the link. It appears ok in the body of the e-mail but when I do a preview it wipes part of the link out??? Really would like to see more positive support for this bill.
  12. As you already know, these sponsers were for the bill when it was in the 110th. To date, there is only one co-sponsor in the 111th. I have contacted some of the vet organizations and have been told that they will not back this bill without the research (this was when it was in the 110th). Just who is going to research gastric cancers? I find it hard to accept that in the last 4 decades there has been NO research on any gastric cancers. Take esophageal cancer as a classic example. It has risen 350% since ten years after the VN war. A red flag indeed but no one out there is researchin
  13. I haven't been able to either..please try: www.washingtonwatch.com then key in the bill number (H. R. 3491) in the lower left hand corner. It will take you to the proper link, click that and you will be there. Thanks!
  14. This is the link to the bill. If any of you would, please go to this site and vote YES. It's being slammed by non-veterans, not to mention the comments made there are way out of line. Thanks! http://www.washingtonwatch.com/bills/show/...tml#commentform
  15. thanks guys for your responses. I don't know what that form is that you are referring to. Where do I get it? Some things that are abbreviated lose me...sorry. YES! My husband's VSO was useless and after my husband passed away I got a different VSO and he was useless, too. He told me straight up that he would NOT help me with the PTSD claim but now he denies ever saying that. Too late because I have done it all on my own. I just hope that I haven't hurt my case. Because my vso did have me sign a POA for the cancer claim than it is listed that I have a VSO for the ptsd..that is why t
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