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  1. Present from Georgia; hope everyone have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
  2. Interesting information from this DRO's perspective. He makes valid points on numerous cause and effect of the delays as far as the lack of "trained" personnel are concerned. The two parts of his statement that caught my particular attention are: 1) where he mentioned appeals could get "loss" in the VBMS / VBMS-R system due to "who" is inputting and the office (or person) who is authorized to input them having no knowledge an appeal is in that system until the Veteran Representative inquire of the status or they go in the system about a different claim. 2) where management pulled all DROs to assist with initial claims backlog and for 6 months no appeals were worked in his office except on a "case by case" basis if it met the criteria of what they considered "priority" (homeless Vet, Wounded, financial difficulty, etc).
  3. i would recommend you go to the ebenefits "FAQ" page to see if that is one of the topics they have an answer for; i have gotten "certificate error" messages but haven't seen that message before.
  4. 11cvolley, the decision approval time could vary from 60 days to a year or more depending on many factors with the VA in my opinion and from my dealings with them. I don't know if it would be any faster, but if it was faster, it would not be the "norm"; again, this is just my own humble opinion.
  5. Congratulations; I always recommend this site to all the Soldiers that are in the process of transitioning (retiring or ETS'ing) from the military service.
  6. Congratulations and thanks for your service.
  7. Hello to all from Georgia. The weather is changing and that is great. Wishing all Veterans much success on their claims too.
  8. Present from Ohio visiting family. Hope everyone is enjoying summer.
  9. Present from Georgia.
  10. Broncovet, great points on the VSO rationale you provided as well as the other detailed explanations.
  11. Congrats on your award and thank you for your service to the nation; my assessment to your questions: 1. Yes, you should appeal the denied OSA decision now that you have been provided your CPAP. 2. No, the added claims would not affect the sleep apnea appeal as they would most likely be considered "new, initial claims"; however, the SA appeal decision make take longer; you could ask for a "reconsideration" on the SA denial as well which may get you a quicker decision back, however, just keep in mind the reconsideration does not toll your appeal clock. 3. Yes, it can take anywhere from 24 to 60 months or longer in some cases to get a decision. 4. The VA have many great providers treating Veterans and this would probably get varying opinions from Veterans so this would be an individual decision on what's best for you. 5. My understanding of the reevaluation in 5 years is those specific SC conditions will be checked again by a VA provider to see what the current level of severity is; i.e., has there been any improvement, have the conditions gotten worse, etc. The above responses are my opinion only on the questions you ask; other more experienced Vets may also chime in to give you more advice. P.S. I would recommend you get a Service Organization Representative to assist you if you don't already have one; if you do have one, get their recommendations on your next step as well.
  12. ...almost missed May roll call but I'm here.
  13. Totally unbelievable but no surprised; good luck to you and I hope they clear this up promptly as it makes absolutely no sense at all.
  14. Present from Georgia. Thanks to all Veterans past and present for their sacrifice and service to the nation; freedom isn't free.
  15. Present from Georgia.
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