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autumn last won the day on September 28 2018

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  1. thanks for reply. i have been doing online searches and found basically the same lists of varying requirements as what you listed. some have zero refund also once day 1 of training starts. understandable from their view. they make time slots which could have been filled if one doesn't show or whatever. ironic is we have physical disabilities, that equates to possible some days we might not be able to make it. oh well. so now i've limited my searches to those close by and that come to your home. i've found a few. and these have discounts for veterans with needs and payment plans. i decided
  2. thanks much for your reply. i looked at the website and will call them and get the details. never thought about VocRehab. they helped me with school years ago...thanks for reminding me.
  3. recently got a puppy and looking into possibility for financial help with "service dog training" for him. i called VA and a VSO but they didn't know or i didn't ask the right question. the trainer will allow a monthly payment plan for disabled veterans which helps. is there such financial help through VA available? tia
  4. we're getting a bit off track from my orig question of "ramp..." no offense ... i've always thought from browsing threads here that CUE's were/are tricky. unless one is versed in pas & current VA law. for me, fortunate to have a good attorney now that keeps up with all this because i cannot these days. so trying to read through those tables you mention and to know if VA actually made a mistake & then how to pursue that with correct wording is beyond many a mere mortal, moi. that's great you can do it and in the end if you win you save some $ and too, hats off to those that c
  5. sorry bud, really. empathy abounds on this site though. doesn't help the sinking feeling much i know. it is a good idea to contact your rep and get that paper trail in existence. sometimes it does help too. all one has to do is watch congressional hearings over the last few decades and see there isn't much any of them can or will do about the average joe & sue citizen in America anymore. unless they have a political bent to grind with you and of course then you're screwed. humor aside, i think it good to notify them anyways. it does show up in the paperwork of hearings and decisions..
  6. this learning you/we speak of, takes years. almost like a college stint or part-time/full-time job. may be some folks can get right the first try but for most i don't think so. otherwise no need for a hadit or vawatchdog sites. or the numerous so called veteran legal services out there. for me and my hard knocks of trying over the years, i ended up with legal help. the current one is really good. but i've spent/wasted time on others i had to let go. like many other veterans. >>Unfortunately many vets get snookered with trick and loose their whole CUE because everything got indi
  7. long posts don't bother me. it would take me a day or two to verbalize this so writing is easier. i concur regarding your writings on VSO's. i have known quite a few goods ones and situations they face. so hats off to the good ones. with the USA finally winding down some of these insanely long "wars?" the VSOs will be even more flooded. the lawyer aspect is a double-edged sword for me. most that i have contacted over the years wouldn't even take up my claims/appeals. some returned some really outlandish reasons too. i would think many veterans have had this happen. seems they wanted
  8. apology for so long in reply. that is some serious bad irony, bad for veterans i should say. lawyer and i thought the same about the supplemental route for now. i call the attorney from time to time and do get updates. sometimes there is no news but i think the same, they do get paid.. i can't fill out the forms any more. i make too many mistakes and get too frustrated with it all. i get over nervous just getting mail from VA. not over exagerating, really. my neuro disease has contributed a lot to that but so has decades of fake diagnosis and such. you all know the drill there, that
  9. received latest denial dec 2018. not sure now if "supplemental claim" appeal is the way to go as i previously was informed. from that link, looks like a NOD is path to go.
  10. i haven't been able to wrap my head around it either. probably have irritated my attorney asking him many times recently about this too because of what i read on here regarding this. i too have a few appeals in along with new appeal disputing the recent denial. though that appeal hasn't been submitted just yet due to change Feb 19 changes. attorney was going "supplemental" path with that appeal last i heard. yet, i haven't heard from attorney that if we go the "supplemental" path with appeal on recent denial VA will combine the other appeals in queue. anyone know for sure, or we a
  11. i'm correct to assume this Feb 19 BVA RAMP opening is good for claims since you are putting some of your clients into that path? this particular claim is CUE and goes back a couple decades when first ever claims where filed. glad you mentioned the PL 115-15, i can pass that along to attorney to clarify so my decision isn't based on rumors. not sure i'm so confident in the litigating time reduction. what's to stop the RAMP system from getting more bogged down. previous VA attempts at trying to help veterans and claims issues haven't exactly been in favor of veterans in my experience.
  12. i didn't notice until you brought it to my attention. i'm reading the effective retro date affects "new" claims, versus an already denied claim. i know we are submitting a new medical opinion with the appeal to counter the odd denial. i don't know if in VA legalese that makes it a "new" claim or "new' evidence or what. and if i go with RAMP if we should go SCL or HLR. i'll ask the attorney this for sure. the effective dates issue you and others brought up is concerning and i have to get that clear in my head first. along with what the heck Feb 19 implementation will actually mean to my clai
  13. that was the only thing i sort of knew about current RAMP. but, i had wondered at what cost to the veteran. most of us have been burned by new legal rules VA implements, most always favors VA cash cow and the veterans though in writing it may well read well. i'm still reading and digging trying to decide RAMP or not. and within RAMP, that too has path options. thanks for your reply
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