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  1. Well, I just sent out this email and sure hope I get a helpful reply. If I do not have a reply by Friday morning I am going to my VA Regional Office in person and try to get to the bottom of this. carlie Under Secretary Veterans Benefits Administration U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs March 31,2015 Your Honorable Allison A. Hickey, My name is Carlie. I am an honorably discharged US Army veteran. I am in receipt of service connected disability at the 100 percent rate along with SMC/S, adjudicated to be permanent and total by both the Social Security Administration and the VBA. Service Connected conditions by the VBA are as follows: Major Depressive Disorder 100%, effective date March 23, 2004 Seizure Disorder 40%, effective date 1978, day following separation Impaired Hearing 0%, effective date over 10 years Bronchitis,Chronic 60%, effective date over 5 years Degenerative Arthritis of the Spine 30%, effective date over 5 years Ear Disease 10%, effective date over five years Superficial Scars 0%, effective date April,26 2005 Traumatic Brain Disease 10%,effective date over 5 years Bursitis 0%, effective date over 5 years Tinnitus 10%, effective date over 5 years SMC/S, effective date March 23,2004 DEA & Chapter 35 benefits granted, effective date 2004 Full Commissary and Base Exchange privileges, etc. ALL of the above conditions are of record with my VAMC and Vet Center,as being static in nature, with no improvement for over ten years. Today I had an appointment at Bay Pines VAMC, with my psychiatrist. While I was in this appointment I received a telephone message stating, "Ms Carlie this is XXXXX calling from the Compensation and Pension Department here at the VA. We've received a request from the Regional Office to get you scheduled for an evaluation for your service connected disability. If you could please call me as soon as you receive my message, my number is XXX XXX XXXX, extension XXXXX. Thank you." I listened to the message above as I was walking from my psychiatrist appointment, to the hospital next door for a thyroid ultrasound appointment. I then came home and called my psychiatrist and am waiting for a return call. I need your help as I feel this unneeded and unjustified C&P examination, is just plain emotional torture from the St.Petersburg, Fl. VA Regional Office. I have no claims open for additional benefits or claims that are in process or under appeal. All of my prior claim issues are of record as being fully satisfied and closed. I can not understand this additional C&P examination request made by the St.Petersburg VA Regional Office. I feel that this is doing nothing wasting resources another veteran could be utilizing and traumatizing me and probably many more veterans that are already sick, physically, mentally and of the VBA process as a whole. I already have concerns and horrible anxiety in even attending yet another additional C&P examination. All that needs to happen is that I get assigned a C&P examiner that's in a foul mood, got a ticket on their way into work, has their own stress such as a sick child or family member and BOOM !, I get a letter stating my benefits are revoked. This really should not happen as I have received continuity of care from Bay Pines VAMC and St. Petersburg Vet Center, for decades. As I stated, this should not happen, but knowing what I do know, I do know that it is a big possibility. So here I sit with my anxiety at a very high level, getting ready to take some of my VAMC RX's anxiety medication's. I ask this, at a time when there continues to be a huge back log, VBA and VHA are under the gun so to speak, with the media on a daily basis, when resources are limited . . . WHY, is the St.Petersburg Regional Office, requesting this additional C&P exam. Going by the regulation below, they should not be requesting this examination, so about all I can conclude is they want to torment veterans. Is it possible for you to help me with this situation. The last four of my social are XXXX. My phone number is XXX XXX XXXX. My address is: Carlie XXX - Helpavet Ave Sinkingin, XX. XXXXX This issue is time sensitive. Thanks you for any help or direction you might be able to provide. Carlie 38 CFR - Clearly states: §3.327 Reexaminations. (a) General. Reexaminations, including periods of hospital observation, will be requested whenever VA determines there is a need to verify either the continued existence or the current severity of a disability. Generally, reexaminations will be required if it is likely that a disability has improved, or if evidence indicates there has been a material change in a disability or that the current rating may be incorrect. Individuals for whom reexaminations have been authorized and scheduled are required to report for such reexaminations. Paragraphs (b) and © of this section provide general guidelines for requesting reexaminations, but shall not be construed as limiting VA's authority to request reexaminations, or periods of hospital observation, at any time in order to ensure that a disability is accurately rated. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501) (b) Compensation cases—(1) Scheduling reexaminations. Assignment of a prestabilization rating requires reexamination within the second 6 months period following separation from service. Following initial Department of Veterans Affairs examination, or any scheduled future or other examination, reexamination, if in order, will be scheduled within not less than 2 years nor more than 5 years within the judgment of the rating board, unless another time period is elsewhere specified. (2) No periodic future examinations will be requested. In service-connected cases, no periodic reexamination will be scheduled: (i) When the disability is established as static; (ii) When the findings and symptoms are shown by examinations scheduled in paragraph (b)(2)(i) of this section or other examinations and hospital reports to have persisted without material improvement for a period of 5 years or more; (iii) Where the disability from disease is permanent in character and of such nature that there is no likelihood of improvement; (iv) In cases of veterans over 55 years of age, except under unusual circumstances; (v) When the rating is a prescribed scheduled minimum rating; or (vi) Where a combined disability evaluation would not be affected if the future examination should result in reduced evaluation for one or more conditions. © Pension cases. In nonservice-connected cases in which the permanent total disability has been confirmed by reexamination or by the history of the case, or with obviously static disabilities, further reexaminations will not generally be requested. In other cases further examination will not be requested routinely and will be accomplished only if considered necessary based upon the particular facts of the individual case. In the cases of veterans over 55 years of age, reexamination will be requested only under unusual circumstances. Cross Reference: Failure to report for VA examination. See §3.655. [26 FR 1585, Feb. 24, 1961, as amended at 30 FR 11855, Sept. 16, 1965; 36 FR 14467, Aug. 6, 1971; 55 FR 49521, Nov. 29, 1990; 60 FR 27409, May 24, 1995]
  2. M21-1MR on Evaluating Competency http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/M21_1MR.html Chapter 8 - Competency, Due Process and Protected Ratings Section A. Evaluating Competency Overview In this Section This section contains the following topics: Topic Topic Name See Page 1 Guidelines for Evaluating Competency 8-A-2 2 Considering Competency While Evaluating Evidence 8-A-4 3 Process for Making Competency Determinations 8-A-6 4 Changing Competency Status 8-A-8 5 Evaluating Competency in Special Circumstances 8-A-10 1. Guidelines for Evaluating Competency Introduction This topic contains information on the guidelines for evaluating competency, including · who has the authority to determine competency · the effect of judicial findings on the rating activity · presuming competency · making a finding of incompetency, and · considering the Veterans Service Center Manager’s (VSCM’s) opinion. Change Date December 13, 2005 a. Who Has Authority to Determine Competency The rating activity has sole authority to make determinations of competency and incompetency for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) purposes. Reference: For more information determining incompetency, see · M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart v, Chapter 9, and · 38 CFR 3.353(b). b. Effect of Judicial Findings on Rating Activity Judicial findings of a court with respect to competency of a veteran are not binding on the rating activity. However, if a veteran is declared by a court to be incompetent, develop all necessary evidence for a rating determination. c. Presuming Competency In the absence of clear and convincing evidence to the contrary, presume that a person is competent. Reference: For more information on presuming competency, see 38 CFR 3.353(d). Continued on next page 1. Guidelines for Evaluating Competency, Continued d. Making a Finding of Incompetency A finding of incompetency cannot be made without a definite expression by a responsible medical authority, unless the medical evidence of record is · clear · convincing, and · leaves no doubt as to the beneficiary’s incompetency. Reference: For more information on medical authority in a finding of competency, see 38 CFR 3.353©. e. Considering the VSCM’s Opinion After development of information with regard to social, economic, and industrial adjustment, the Veterans Service Center Manager (VSCM) may be of the opinion that a beneficiary rated, or proposed to be rated, incompetent is actually capable of handling, without limitation, the funds payable. In this case, he/she will refer the evidence and finding to the rating activity. The rating activity should consider the VSCM’s finding as new evidence and, after any necessary additional development, prepare a rating based on the evidence of record. Reference: For more information on procedures related to evidence of incompetency, see M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart v, 9.B. 2. Considering Competency While Evaluating Evidence Introduction This topic contains information about evaluating the evidence and considering the competency of · veterans · helpless children, and · other beneficiaries. Change Date December 13, 2005 a. Considering the Competency of a Veteran If the claimant is a veteran, consider competency an inferred issue · in every case of a totally disabling mental disorder, or · if other evidence raises a question as to the beneficiary’s mental capacity to contract or to manage his/her own affairs, including disbursement of funds without limitation. Reference: For more information on inferred issues, see M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart iv, 6.B.3. Continued on next page 2. Considering Competency While Evaluating Evidence, Continued b. Considering the Competency of a Helpless Child If the claimant is a helpless child, the rating activity must resolve the issue of competency for a child over age 18, because entitlement depends upon permanent incapacity for self-support due to physical or mental disability. If incapacity is due to mental disability · consider competency a factor in determining whether the child is permanently incapable of self-support · determine competency under the same criteria applicable to veterans, and · record the determination in a rating. References: For information on · due process procedures in incompetency cases, see M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart v, 9.B.6, and · conditions which determine permanent incapacity for self-support, see 38 CFR 3.356. Note: Since the incompetency procedures referred to in M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart v, 9.B.6 are for payment purposes, do not apply those procedures except in cases where the child would receive direct payment in his/her own right. c. Considering the Competency of Other Beneficiaries If there is evidence of incompetency and the claimant is another beneficiary, such as a surviving spouse, parent, or VA insurance beneficiary · consider competency a rating issue under 38 CFR 3.353 except when there has been a judicial determination of incompetency, and · propose a rating on the issue or undertake any required development. References: For more information on · rating actions required after judicial determinations of incompetency, see M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart v, 9.B.5.g, and · development required with different determinations of competency, see M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart v, 9.B.5.f and M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart v, 9.B.6. 3. Process for Making Competency Determinations Change Date August 3, 2009 a. Process for Making Competency Determinations The table below describes the actions involved in making competency determinations. Reference: For more information on due process in incompetency determinations, see M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart v, 9.B.6. Stage Who Is Responsible Action 1 Rating Veterans Service Representative (RVSR) Prepares a rating decision proposing a finding of incompetency after receiving clear and convincing evidence that the payee is incapable of managing his/her own affairs, including disbursement of funds without limitation. Note: A rating is not necessary for any payee besides a veteran, if there is a finding of incompetency by a court. For all payees, however, a court adjudication waives the due process requirement. 2 Veterans Service Representative (VSR) · Provides the payee notice of - the proposed incompetency rating, and - the opportunity for a hearing · clears any pending end product (EP) that would normally be taken at this point · establishes EP 600 to control the proposal of incompetency, and · allows 65 days for a response. Notes: · EP 600 controls the incompetency proposal in any claim, including an original claim for benefits. · If a request for a hearing is received within 30 days of the notice, no rating action can be completed until the hearing is held or the payee fails to report. At the hearing, allow the next of kin or any other person of the payee’s choice to participate and assist the payee. Continued on next page 3. Process for Making Competency Determinations, Continued a. Process for Making Competency Determinations (continued) Stage Who Is Responsible Action 3 RVSR Makes a final decision based on all of the evidence of record. 4 VSR · Clears EP 600 upon completing action on the final rating decision and notification on the competency issue · establishes EP 290 to control the appointment of a fiduciary, and · prepares VA Form 21-592, Request for Appointment of a Fiduciary, Custodian, or Guardian, for use by the fiduciary activity. 4. Changing Competency Status Introduction This topic contains information about changing competency status, including · proposing a loss of competency · determining restored competency · limitations after competency is restored, and · evidence required to restore competency. Change Date August 3, 2009 a. Proposing a Loss of Competency Issue a rating proposing a change in competency status if the evidence of record will result in a change in competency status from competent to incompetent. This proposal may be included in a rating addressing other issues, such as evaluation of a mental disorder. Reference: For more information on procedures to follow upon receipt of evidence of incompetency, see M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart v, 9.B. b. Determining Restored Competency In any case in which the beneficiary has been rated incompetent, take necessary development and rating action to determine whether competency has been regained if so indicated in a · hospital summary · report of release to or discharge from non-bed care, or · report of other material change in condition. c. Limitations After Competency Is Restored Restored competency does not of itself · warrant a reduction in the evaluation of a veteran’s disability, or · establish that a parent or surviving spouse is no longer entitled to Aid and Attendance (A&A). Continued on next page 4. Changing Competency Status, Continued d. Evidence Required to Restore Competency Any evidence showing the beneficiary may be capable of handling funds should be referred to the rating activity. The rating activity will consider this evidence, along with all other evidence of record, to determine whether competency should be restored. Under 38 CFR 3.353(b)(3), a beneficiary is not required to undergo a psychiatric examination and/or field examination before his/her competency may be restored. However, a current psychiatric examination and/or field examination may be requested if needed to properly evaluate the beneficiary’s mental capacity to handle his/her own funds. 5. Evaluating Competency in Special Circumstances Introduction This topic contains information about evaluating competency in special circumstances, including · a competency rating after a decree by a court, and · appropriate action after court adjudication. Change Date August 3, 2009 a. Competency Rating After a Decree by a Court Use the table below to decide how to proceed with a competency rating of payees who have been found incompetent by a court. Note: Judicial findings of a court with respect to the competency of a veteran are not binding on the rating activity. If determining the competency of … Then … non-veteran beneficiaries such as a · parent · surviving spouse, or · helpless child a rating is not required except under certain conditions. Reference: For more information on a child’s permanent incapacity for self-support, see M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart iii, Chapter 7. Continued on next page 5. Evaluating Competency in Special Circumstances, Continued a. Competency Rating After a Decree by a Court (continued) If determining the competency of … Then … a veteran · develop all necessary evidence for a rating activity determination, such as - an examination - hospital observation, or - a field examination · give great weight to a court decree of incompetency in conjunction with hospitalization for a mental condition, and · do not make a rating of competency unless there is clear and convincing evidence of that fact. Important: In the following cases a payee may be considered to have had notice and hearing under the laws of the state, so that additional notice and hearing are not required: · a payee held by a court of jurisdiction to be incompetent, or · a payee for whom a court having jurisdiction has appointed a guardian by reason of incompetency. Note: If the veteran continues to be rated incompetent, prominently note the finding of competency by a court on the rating. Continued on next page 5. Evaluating Competency in Special Circumstances, Continued b. Appropriate Action After Court Decrees Use the table below to determine the appropriate action after court decrees concerning competency. Reference: For more information on competency payment code award data, see M21-1, Part V, 13.05. If a court decree … Then … declares a veteran, previously rated incompetent, competent · take the necessary development action, and · prepare a new rating, prominently entering a notation of the court’s declaration on the rating, if incompetency is confirmed and continued. applies to a non-veteran beneficiary for whom a rating of incompetency is not required request the VSCM to promptly certify the validity of the decree so that direct payments may be made to the beneficiary.
  3. ***Expedited Claims Processing for Homeless Veterans: Outreach to Homeless Shelters and Service Providers: In November 2009, VA developed a 5-year plan to end homelessness among veterans by assisting every eligible homeless veteran willing to accept service. VBA generally defines homeless as lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. VBA provided guidance to all VAROs that claims submitted by homeless veterans should receive priority processing. At the time of our inspection, VBA determined its national performance measure for processing homeless veterans’ claims based on the average days the claims were pending. VBA’s national target was for the claims to be pending no more than an average of 75 days. Seven (23 percent) of 30 homeless veterans’ claims pending at the time of our inspection had processing delays. The seven delayed claims had been pending from 29 to 124 days. However, as of September 30, 2011, homeless veterans’ claims at the St. Petersburg VARO were pending an average of 66 days, 9 days less than the national target. Therefore, we made no recommendation for improvement in this area. Congress mandated that at least one full-time employee oversee and coordinate homeless veterans programs at each of the 20 VAROs that VA determined to have the largest veteran populations. VBA guidance, last updated in September 2002, directed that the coordinators at the remaining 37 VAROs be familiar with requirements for improving the effectiveness of VARO outreach to homeless veterans. These requirements include developing and updating a directory of local homeless shelters and service providers. Additionally, the coordinators should attend regular meetings with local homeless service providers, community governments, and advocacy groups to provide information on VA benefits and services. More Info : http://www.va.gov/oi...11-04243-86.pdf
  4. VA Compensation and Pension Disability Exam Worksheets : http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm New Link to VA DBQ's. http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/dbq_disabilityexams.asp
  5. http://www.bva.va.gov/docs/Pamphlets/010202A.pdf
  6. Agent Orange: Alphabetized Ships List http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/shiplist/list.asp
  7. Department of Memorandum Veterans Affairs Date: May 28, 2004 VAOPGCPREC 4-2004 fillin "Please type the 'Date' line information." From: General Counsel (022) Subj: Reconciliation of Moody v. Principi, 360 F.3d 1306 (Fed. Cir. 2004), and Case Law on CUE Claims To: Chairman, Board of Veterans
  8. Go to the following link and click the download button. http://formupack.com/pdf-forms/federal/va-veteransaffairs/FederalVA_VBA-21-0958-ARE.html "THE USE OF THIS FORM IS NOT MANDATORY. HOWEVER, USING IT WILL HELP REDUCE DELAYS IN PROCESSING YOUR NOD. THIS FORM HAS SEVERAL KEY COMPONENTS, WHICH WHEN FILLED OUT COMPLETELY AND ACCURATELY, WILL DECREASE THE AMOUNT OF TIME IT TAKES TO PROCESS YOUR NOD. Frequently asked questions: For what do I use this standard NOD? Use this form to indicate to your Regional Office (RO) that you disagree with a decision you received regarding your claim for disability compensation. Examples of these decisions may include entitlement to service connection, percentage of evaluation assigned, and effective date among other things. Should I fill out this form? Only fill out this form if you disagree with a decision issued by your RO. This includes an initial decision, a decision for an increased rating, or any other decision you disagree with. Where can I get help? You can ask the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help you fill out the form by contacting us. Before you contact us, please make sure you gather the necessary information and materials, and complete as much of the form as you can. What should I do when I have finished my NOD? You should provide your signature in the block provided at the bottom of the second page. Be sure to sign every form you fill out before you send it to us. If you don't sign the form, VA will return it for you to sign, and it will take longer to process. Attach any materials that support and explain your NOD. Mail or take your NOD to the RO that issued the decision or notification that you disagree with, which is the Agency of Original Jurisdiction (AOJ.) Do I need to keep a copy of this NOD form? It is important that you keep a copy of all completed forms and materials you give to VA
  9. http://benefits.va.gov/TRANSFORMATION/dbqs/ListByDBQFormName.asp
  10. The VA Claims Processing Center (CPC) http://www.vba.va.gov/VBA/vacpc.asp Contact Info: VA Claims Processing Center PO Box 6513 London, KY 40742 859-389-4895 About the CPC The VA Claims Processing Center (CPC) is assisting VA with development of claims. They are working closely with our regional offices and are approved VA representatives. They may be contacting you for information about your claim. The CPC will only be processing: Claims for increase Original claims for compensation Original claims for pension Dependency claims How will I know if the CPC is developing my claim? You will be notified by a letter or phone call. What do I do if the CPC requests infomation? Send the information directly to the CPC at VA Claims Processing Center, PO Box 6513, London, KY 40742. Do not send this information to the regional office. Does this change the role of my regional office? The regional office will continue to handle the majority of claims and claims that require special handling. All final rating decisions will be made by a VA Rating Veterans Service Representative, not the VA CPC. Can I file a claim directly with the CPC? No. All claims are submitted to your nearest regional office. The regional office then submits claims to the CPC for processing. Where is my nearest VA regional office? You can find your nearest regional office on our Locations page. Will the CPC process my claim more quickly? There is no guarantee your claim will be processed more quickly by the CPC. The time it takes to process a claim can vary greatly depending on the type of claim and evidence needed to support the claim. Can I file a new claim if I have a claim pending that is being processed by the CPC? Yes. You can submit a new claim to your nearest regional office. I recently received a letter from the regional office but I sent a new claim directly to the VA CPC. Why isn’t the VA CPC working this claim? The VA CPC will only work the initial claim sent to them by the regional office. If you filed an additional claim, the regional office will process it. You may receive letters or phone calls from both the VA CPC and the regional office. Be sure to send the requested information to the office that requested it. Will the CPC be in contact with the Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs)? VSOs will be kept apprised of actions taken on your claim including whether it is being processes by the VA CPC. They will receive a copy of all correspondence and will be able to check the status of a claim as usual.
  11. VETERANS CRISIS LINE - 1-800-273-8255 - PRESS 1 http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ 24/7 Confidential Support is a Click Away http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx
  12. http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2033 Public and Intergovernmental Affairs VA Adds Chat Feature to Online Application for Health Benefits January 18, 2011 Printable Version Need Viewer Software? VA Adds Chat Feature to Online Application for Health Benefits WASHINGTON
  13. National VA Claims Assistant Office / Office Of Case Management. 202-273-7453 Source: 2014 Functional Organization Manual - v2.0a Description of Organization Structure, Missions, Functions, Tasks, and Authorities OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND CASE MANAGEMENT (20A3) Overview The Office of Communications and Case Management has overall responsibility for all activities related to resolving and responding to inquiries from Veterans that have reached the level of the SECVA and the USB. Functions and Activities • Provides expertise on special issues and problems requiring in-depth technical analysis. • Develops pertinent facts and communicates with senior officials to resolve issues
  14. VETERANS CRISIS LINE - 1-800-273-8255 - PRESS 1 http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ 24/7 Confidential Support is a Click Away http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx
  15. As usual - GREAT CUE post Berta. Your still tops in my book. Thanks for posting this one.
  16. What all and exactly is stated in the R&B section of the decision. It should say quite a bit more than just, not service connected.
  17. Fee Basis Fee Basis services. The Fee Basis Unit processes payment to non-VA providers who have been issued formal authorizations by the medical center to deliver care. For example, the Washington DC VA Medical Center does not provide certain women’s health services. When such services are determined necessary, a VA provider will initiate a consult, requesting approval to send the patient to a non-VA provider. If that request for an non-VA authorization is approved, the Fee Basis office will process payment to the provider after the services are provided. By law, VA payment for services not authorized in advance is strictly limited. Questions about non-VA care claims may be directed to the Fee Basis Unit between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The office located in room 1J154. The telephone number is 202-745-2473. http://www.washingtondc.va.gov/services/Fiscal_Service.asp **************** Veterans Choice What is the Choice Program? If you are already enrolled in VA health care, the Choice Program allows you to get health care from non-VA doctors. Using this program does NOT impact your existing VA health care, or any other VA benefit. Am I Eligible? If you are already enrolled in VA health care, you may be able to receive care from non-VA facilities, instead of waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility. You are eligible if any of these situations apply to you: You have been (or will be) waiting more than 30 days for VA medical care You live more than 40 miles away from a VA medical care facility or face one of several excessive travel burdens. http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/
  18. If your willing to post all of and exactly what is stated in the Reasons and Bases Section, minus personal info like name, address, etc..... this will allow members to chime in with the best answers possible. Just because one suffers with SA alone, does not necessarily warrant SC. We need the complete info for the denial. jmho
  19. Usually, under these circumstances, someone higher than the PA such as an MD, will go over the findings and sign off on them. I do not remember of any credentialed specialist being needed for your type of disability, especially if ROM are involved, only that the examiner use a goniometer. Check out this bva remand for more info. http://www.va.gov/vetapp14/Files5/1442439.txt
  20. carlie

    Two Smc-S

    Well, there's also SMC/K for a few extra bucks, but I wish that on no one :-) jmho
  21. SUBMIT YOUR NOD IN A TIMELY FASHION or KISS AN EARLIER EFFECTIVE DATE GOOD-BYE.
  22. Pete posted this today so I am pinning it as a topic. Hate to tell you all but your local pharmacy has nothing to do but fill new prescriptions. The VA has centralized all the mails by med for better efficiency . They have a new 800 number (800) 983-0933 8am to 4;30 pm CST.
  23. Thanks to all for the updates. Im sorry, but all I can keep thinking and feeling is damnit ! Just Damnit all the way to hell and back and I sure hope his family can get the FULL benefits both he and they have earned. I just re-read over lots of the emails and messages Stretch and I sent one another, and am cursing myself more because I missed his last phone call to me..... DAMNIT !!!!!!!!! Is it possible to post a link to some of his guitar playing ?
  24. I just dont understand why this topic is still being hijacked. jmho
  25. It would be most helpful if you could scan and post all of and exactly what is stated in the decision that denied. Also, what type of discharge did you receive ?
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