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About cannoncocker

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  • Birthday 10/15/1954

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  1. That was my experience and recommendation as well, i.e. independent medical opinion indicating more likely than not.. That will take some work to find a neurologist willing to do a work-up but some will. It was very difficult at least at the time I was involved with this. I found one in 2008 for 365.00 but I brought all the MRI(discs)/Radiology reports/medical records... It ultimately got down to presenting the examiner with this: what would a reasonable person conclude this disability originated from? After a moment of consideration she was onboard. PS: may i add that the va in my
  2. Vync, we/I am lucky you are active on this forum. I appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge and experience. It's pointless to me to pushback, aside from on principle that after 8 years of a prescription for a sc condition they throw me under the bus (is that reasonable to flip the switch and expect anyone to just be over that?). Not that they care but no way can I register, schedule an appointment, then get on some step down plan without months of cold turkey. I'll re-register in FL. I live outside 40 miles to the nearest va care facility but the choice option the last I
  3. thank you Vync. I knew it was basically a fool's errand to butt my head against the wall on the prescription so i gave them that one. the kiss off part is a bit on the harsh side but i expect no less. so they kinda can restrict me to emergency/urgent care since my actual current address is FL until the home on my NC property is completed. It's not a major gig but I did want to know precisely how heavy handed they are. still, I own residential property in NC but whatever.
  4. My question is who determines your choice for preferred VA treatment facility (your primary VA treatment facility)? I have been treated at a single VA Treatment facility in NC since 2006. I have property in NC and FL. I have been using my FL residence until the residential construction is completed on the NC property. Prior to this I rented in NC. My primary provider transferred so I was assigned a new physician a couple of months ago. It was going fine until his screening nurse noticed I had a temp address in FL. At that point she asked if that was temporary. I explained as above.
  5. John , thank you for that, really thank you. Having worked as a Safety Speialist for the Army after service I have a sense of what you are saying and in large part that is exactly right. They have done nothing to me yet. Nor have they closed this out. In an IRIS msg. they told me to go through my sitting senator to contact them. They wrote all claims closed. Nope. IRIS msg told me to not go to qtc exams, firstly I had put in a change of address since I had moved and was 3 states gone, but called early and canceled saying I was withdrawing the claim. Dollar to donuts they are rating without med
  6. In an effort to prevent a China Syndrome, I would appreciate any information regarding an organizational chart to find the chain of command for the W-S VARO. In my meager experience when all else stagnates and the focus becomes intransigent and vindictive a trip up the chain of command might prime the pump. There are bound to be ways to find the regional supervisor or however they have it organized and nomenclature used. Failing that any points of contat above the W-S VARO Plan on hiring a lawyer for the purpose of extracting the intentions from the office supervisor. One for the reco
  7. I do not know what your experience will be in the clothing application process, but that is correct that clothing allowance is processed throught the Prosthetic Department. My experience is the head of prosthetics will schedule a doctors appointment who will determine if clothing allowance criteria is met. Don't have a clue to thecriteria but shooting from the hip: worn clothes, rashes of the skin, abrasions.... The reason I mention this, do not be fooled that you just fill out the paperwork then the register opens.
  8. Thank you Chuck for your analysis. The DAV representative left me a parting gift, namely this bomb. He enumerated every service connected disability over 365 daysafter the last rating. They are just over 365 but over. So all but my 30% for my back is on Franenstein's table, aka W-S VARO. As hard as they are playing the game, specifically they write a letter(all claims closed), two weekslater(we continue to process your claim), You must withdrawl all claims, otay, remove all claims that might be of benefit, we continue to process your TDIU claim. So you can see they have burned the book and
  9. Hi pete, hope all is going your way. Don't get it wrong, As I implied I consider Hoppies experience second to none. Precisely why, as soon as I got the jist of the Issue/Claim interaction, I sent an IRIS to the VARO, not that I haven't broken this down in every permutation, minus Urdu. But I did request the so and so's close all issues of the claim in question, but it will fall on deaf ears as they made it clear their mandate ended with regard to customer service, if one there was originally, when I put a Senator in the mix. I don't see a downside though since they were bent on seeing me homel
  10. Part of the point I am trying to impart is that regardless of the complexity of VA law, it is only relevant if their is an enforcement mechanism, which, at least at the W-S VARO there is not. It is you against them. Them being surrounded by xray machines and cloistered in their bureaucratic fortress of solitude. Who is going to enforce that esoteric point between claim and issue, although I sent an IRIS regarding that to cover all bases. It, who knows, may possibly help in some appeal. These jokers don't adhere to the most basic tenants of polite civil conduct much less... Is there a pr
  11. Hoppy I am really glad you threw in here. It is clear you are more than passively informed. I believe I see what this is revealing, but this must be viewed in context of this situation. They closed other claims that would have resulted in nothing or benefit to me readily. The one that could be, let me rephrase, will be used to down rate without a change of venue, and since that ain't going to happen, shutting this down is the only viable soultion for me. <BR><BR>The IRIS response at one time required I close all claims before they would close this one, I complied, they said all cla
  12. Hey John, thank you as always for your participation in an endless stream of the VA is beating me up entries, mine included. I would have zero problem with going to a QTC or C&P exam, but not evaluated at the W-S VARO which apparently lacks mature adult supervision. That was not rhetorical: " intransigence and vindictiveness". Do the math, they close all claims minus this single one which they have multiple forces, to include 2 other VA functions requesting they shut this down. Nonresponsive. Via IRIS and the 800 number I was told and the VARO was told it was soley my choice what claims
  13. Thank you Carlie, I too hope it doesn't bite me.... A learning lesson lesson for all is to be had in this. Know the nature, full nature, of a claim before you allow your rep to submit it. Make the assumption that they will not provide that unless you confront them. Next verify what they tell you, always with the assumption subterfuge is at work. This has already bit me actually by virtue of the myriad of junk required to counter the intransigence and vindictiveness of the Winston-Salem VARO. Gheez what an odyssey. 1.VARO through IRIS required I withdraw all claims before they would remove
  14. Thanks Larry and all, that is an exellent "leagaleze" breakdown. Here is exactly where things are now. I went to the VARO and submitted a 21-4138 stating I did not put those claims in and wish them removed. I latter followed that up by certified mail requesting all active claims be removed. 2 QTC's have been scheduled heraing and then bout everything else on my body.The IRIS people, not knowing how much clout thet carry or whether they actually follow through with their statements, wrote that they were advising the VARO to ancell all active claims and cancelling all QTC's. They further adv
  15. That of course is not what I had been told by my NSO and the one that set this mess into action. I was also told it would take about 21 daysfor my claim removal to catch up with my claim. That from IRIS. I would like your suggestion on whether to goto the QTC's. I was told in writing by the IRIS folks they were cancelling the QTC's since I was cancelling the TDIU claim. Can an NSO be held responsible for providing incorrect information?
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