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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
  14. thanks for that. after viewing what @broncovet wrote, "If you are submitting new evidence that could result in an effective date of MORE than 1 year back, then your best bet may not be to opt into RAMP SCL for reasons I outlined above. The way I interpret the new regulations is that you can not get an effective date MORE than a year back by submitting new, relevant evidence in the SCL. Thus, if you anticipate submitting new evidence that could result in retro more than a year back, it may be in your best interst NOT to opt into RAMP. Read the regulation I posted above, counsut w
  15. and soon too please, as i need to make a decision soon. thx i sorta had that in the back of my mind too which is why i wanted ask other veterans here about it. do let us know the links where you read that please.
  16. recently one of my claims was denied and attorney is appealing it. the VA C&P agreed with the claim and attorney mentioned the denial was bogus/bs. pretty sure that was at the DRO level. attorney asked me if i want to RAMP this appeal or legacy appeal. we already waited almost 3yrs when this denial came in and likely another ~3 years when it is legacy appealed, not on the RAMP system. my understanding is we don't lose appeal power going with RAMP, is that correct? attorney isn't getting worse results with RAMP than say the legacy appeal way i'm told. before i green light RAMP i
  17. he may not know of this. i will suggest he view this thread. there may be a weapon or two he can use with the appeal regarding lowball CUE. this particular recent CUE award was via NOD. if that makes any difference.
  18. yes, you and I had exchanged many a note on hadit about that. glad too as all of it helped in one way or another. otherwise i'd still be floating about out at sea without a raft so to speak. i wouldn't have any way to see correctly, like you did regarding the audit in your case. i'll have to leave it up to the attorney. sharp enough to see the CUE and how to present it, which worked favorably, so i think he will be able to see what or if anything needs to be persued. i did want to ask on hadit though so i can keep myself educated about it when i next speak/listen to the attorney.
  19. when a CUE is granted after a NOD was filed and veteran see's for sure the CUE was low-balled via DRO regarding $ compensation what would be the next steps for the veteran? would that be an appeal? what options are available for veteran at this stage? i saw them do this with the first granting of service connection for the injury & disease. an appeal was filed due to that low-balled rating and a 100% was granted within a year. in my cases RO seems to low-ball initially every time. very happy an actual CUE was granted, every vet knows the emotional mine field that process is,
  20. all i get is a recording that analysts are busy. call back after hours, leave message for someone to call back. no on has ever called back. the 800-827-1000 number isn't any better. with the electronic system and the new rules for veterans' attorney's, its just going to get worse.
  21. i'm sure many of us feel this way for valid reasons regarding some VSOs. certainly not all VSOs. like some that work for that org that gets office space leased/given to them from VA. i wouldn't comment on this if not for written expert opinions (legal & medical) and evidence that differs from VA opinions, showing VSOs this and yet, VSOs take side with VA. yet you hear this org's advertisements on the radio of how their VSOs will do all they can to help the veteran get their benefits. but, as mentioned above, present them with the evidence and they, or so it certainly looks like it, disclai
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