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About ammawa

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  • Birthday 03/28/1967

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  1. What are some of the ways you can qualify for this benefit...what about chronic sciatica and not being able to ambulate around house...difficulty keeping up with and taking care of kids...and chores around house...wife has alot on her plate...can she be paid to stay home and take care of the house and kids
  2. I recieved a decision from BVA in Aug of last year...they owe a bit of Retro pay.. Was told went to Authorization on 21March...they recieved Authorization on 28Mar... What does this mean...Are they ready to issue payment an reward letter?
  3. Wondering if my being rated at 90% and awarded TDIU... 60% BACK CONDITION 50 MOOD DISORDER 10%PPARALYSIS OF THE SCIATIC NERVE...Do i qualify for SMC?
  4. Hi I recieved a letter from the AMC...for and decision for an EED dated Aug 25...Im tryn to find out who is going to process the retro payment...the lat time it took almost a year to get my back pay...and i don't want this to happen again... I now live in North carolina..so the VARO is Winston salem...but they don't have but part of the file...WV...Huntington VARO has juristction on it....I'm tryn to get a hold of someone who can make this happen...all of the telephone numbers are routed to call centers...I called Glenn who is a Supervisior at the AMC...but I left a message... Anyone know of any top brass to call about this...
  5. The AMC with the help of the VA has changed the telephone numbers so that when you call them it rings in to the nearest VARO... Who do you call to get swome pressure on these folks....I have waited and waited for and decision on and EED...I'm already 100% IU...but My clsaim was put in in 1994...the VA made my 100% effective in 2004 bevcause that's when the doctor examined me and found me to be TDIU...I appealed that decision because my claim was that my disabilities prevented me from maintaining gainful employmwent in 1994 not 2004. This case was remanded in 2006 an was suppose to afforded expeditious treatment in the handling of this case since it is so old.. Shortly after that...The VA started changing numbers and re-routing calls to the nearest VARO... Does anyone have any helpful telephone numbers of anyone to call to put pressure on these folks...DAV has three or four different variations of my case so I can't count on anything one or the other says because they arent consisten with each other. Any advice would be helpful....
  6. you all are right about the AMC... it's just a loading tank for claims to lay inorder for the BVA to stall you claim. Mine has been in there almost 2 years.
  7. I have had a remand in the AMC since March 2007 for an EED on my TDIU. I also had won an increase on my Back injury wich was 40% increased to 60% and back dated to march of 1993. Thye issue of the EED was tied to the increase for my back on the same appeal. In short. I went to BVA in Oct 2006 and had several medical issues pending befor the BVA. one was and earlier EED of TDIU which was granted 2004 I appealed that becasue 1994 was the year that I filed for TDIU...but alsdo had an appeal for an increase for my back injury which was 40% at the time... well I got the decisionb in March of 2007 which increased my back from 40% to 60% dated back to 1993. The BVA remanded the claim for EED for my TDIU to the AMC Appeal Management center. Well I am still waiting on a decision on the EED on the TDIU I called the AMC Friday and they told me that that my file was sensitive and took my number down and said someone will contact me... I asked why couldn't he pull up my file/status and he said i must work for the VA... I told him no I don't...and that I didn't have any family working there either. The VA still owes me 10 years of back pay becasue my injuries prevented me from working gainful enployment in 1993 not 2004 (which was when i was awarded total TDIU. Has anyone experienced this and why would they label my file sensitive.
  8. I know your feeling...I had VFW in the Local VARO and they weren't any count at all...I switched to DAV and they are the same... I owe a little bit more befor my lifetime dues are paid...I called the DAV head quarters and told them that I wasn't giving them one more red cent until I got every penny that the VA owes me. and that's just how I feel. But on your issue itself...I wouldn't care what he said (DAV)I would pursue the issue at hand. And disability has to be evaluated on pain, range of motion and other factors as well. I would argue/ and file for depression becasue all of this is noticably causing you be become irratated over the whole mess... I was in a similar situation with my claim...I was given some good advice and filed depression as a secondary to my already service connected disabilities and got 50% right off the bat for a mood disorder. Becasue over the years I have developed a bad disposition as to any and all VA VARO staff and others because I have been through the ringer with VA since my injuries. And In the past I have experienced many time when i could do nothing but wait for utility folks to cut off water, electric and other utilities...as well as not being able to feed my family. But If you feel strongly about your Lou issue then pursue it to the end. Like my claim for the IU back to 1992 (already 100% but they (VA) paid me from 2004 because they said it was the date of the exam. That's bull because in 1992 is when my disability prohibited me from working gainful employment. And I will appeal it until they give it all to me.
  9. I think in any appeal that you have to specifically state what you are appealing. I always waited until I got the retro before I would appeal. and trust me I was never long afer i got the retro payment. In this case I submitted the claim for IU in 1992 the VA tried to short change me 12 years...which like i said was remanded three times back to the VARO....I was then asked if i wanted a hearing in local VARO here in Huntington, WV or did I want a hearing in Washington, DC. I choose to have them get it out of the VARO and into someone who I thought would make the best decison...here in Huntington, my case I feel has gotten personal with me and the VARO. I think we can all agree that over a period of time those VSO and people on the high end of VA staff starts knowing atleast you and your case... I felt that VARO here in WV wasn't trying to give me a fair shake....because they held it for 3 years and then denied it... then sent it to BVA just to have is sent back in a year for the VARO to sit on it another 2 or 3 years. So that's why decided to have my hearing in Washington, DC. Which was to my favort because they granted the 20%effective feb. 1992 Huntington, WV VARO wouldn't have dmade a favorable decision like the BVA did.
  10. Your exacly right Berta... I have vigously appealed all denials that I have ever gotten when it comes to my back, and knees I kept appealing every percentage for my back and knee...starting with the 10% the VA awarded me in 1992 from there it went to 30% to 40% to (60% effective March 2007) And I have had the TDIU in since Aug 1992 becasue my claim is that my singe back injury kept me from maintaing gainful emplyoment then... not 2004 which they said was the dated of the examination showed proof on IU And the TDIU has been rmanded 3 times from BVA back to the VARO. Now that the BVA granted me 20% to my already 40% makes 60% (which is also the max you can get for your a back injury. in the CFR Regulations it stated that if you have ONE service connected disability rated at 60% you shal be rated 100%IU. So that ruling makes it hard for them to deny my IU back to 1992 I still think as long as it has been I would have thought they would have payed me buy now. But, you're right i have held their feet to the fire since day one and will not give up until I get every penny. 10 years of IU is a good little bit But 7 months counting since i got my BVA decision.
  11. The BVA awarded me 20% for my back problem back to 1992. making my back a total of 60% I'm already 100% IU effective Jan 2004 But I put my claim in for IU in 1992. So I'm still fighting for 10 years of retro. Well along with an appeal for my back injury the BVA awarded me the 20% on my back... the BVA sent my case to the AMC for consideration on the other issues...like determining if i should be awarded 100% back to 1992. I understand that they have to take their time an consider whether or not I'm entitled to 100% paid back to 1992...but I don't understand why I am still waiting on retro for the 20% for my back effective feb 1992. That decision was made in March 2007. I should have been had that payment. it's been 7 months and the Appeals Managemnt Center keeps saying that it is in the final phase of the paper work. Is this normal to be awarded a claim and take this long to get your retro payment? I got a letter from DAV in Washington, DC in June of this year saying that the DAV has reviewed the most recent decision and i should get a conformation letter soon from the VA> Well... I'm still waiting. I have been waiting 7 months on my retro payment. Anyone have this problem?
  12. The number is 1-866-258-0341 this is not VARO...it the Appeals management Center in Washington, DC. Hope this helps Marvin
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