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  1. I have not been able to spend much time on Hadit lately but I am still here. I hope my Hadit brothers and sisters have a happy and healthy March. Georgia Papa
  2. I hope all of my Hadit brothers and sisters have a happy and healthy new year in 2016.
  3. Great news at a perfect time of year. Congratulations, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. GP
  4. Buck, Andyman is right. If you have a combined rating of 30% or higher, you get travel pay for any VA appointment. All veterans can claim travel pay for C & P appointments regardless of rating. Even if you have no rating or a 0 % rating, you would still get travel pay for a C & P exam. GP
  5. Congratulations on your award and good luck to you. Under Secretary Hickey helped a lot of veterans and I was really disappointed when she left the VA. Semper Fi GP
  6. Congratulations and good luck to you. GP
  7. Your experience with the C & P examiner is another good example of why C & P exams should be audio recorded and even better if they were video recorded. JMO GP
  8. Dtown, Congratulations on your increase. Your increase to a combned rating of 30% entitles you to travel pay for all future VA medical appointments. You can also request travel pay for prior VA medical appointments retroactive back to the date your 30% combined award became effective. Good luck to you. GP
  9. Did you ever set foot in Vietnam or serve on a vessel on the inland waterways of Vietnam? Did you ever serve on a ship listed on the VA's alphabetized list of ships possibly exposed to agent orange? If you answered yes to either of the above questions, your heart condition (ischemic heart disease/coronary artery disease) would be considered an agent orange presumptive disease and you should file an FDC claim asap. A successful IHD claim along with your other service connected conditions should entitle you to a 100% schedular award. JMO GP
  10. Congratulations on the 100% P & T award and thank you for your service. Take care. GP
  11. Congratulations on your win and thank you for your service. Take care. GP
  12. Congratulations on your win. You are now in VA priority group one since your combined award is 50% or higher. As a result, you can receive free VA medical care and prescriptions for any medical condition regardless of whether the condition is service connected. You no longer have to pay copays for VA appointments or prescriptions. You can also request reimbursement of any copays you previously paid back to the effective date your combined rated reached the 50% or higher level which in your case would be May 31, 2011. Good luck to you and thank you for your service. Take care. GP
  13. Buck, My last claim involved a little over 100 pages of documents which I initially sent certified mail return receipt requested and then hand delivered a second copy of the documents to my RO after the VA lost the documents I had mailed. Due to the volume of pages and to simplfy it for the VA, I added a Table of Contents at the front of my claims package and tabbed the different sections according to subject matter (e.g.- Statements in Support of Claim, Military Records, Service Medical Records, VA Medical Records, Private Provider Medical Records, Dependents Information, etc.). I also numbered my pages in the following manner: 1 of 100, 2 of 100, etc. I tabbed my sections and numbered the pages just in case VA employees disassembled my claims package or accidently dropped it, It also makes it much easier for them to find something in your claims package with minimal effort. Also make sure your documents have your VA claims number listed on the top of each page. I highlighted my claims number and other parts of my documents which I deemed to be most relavent to my claims and necessary for VA rating officials to see and read. They will probably not read every word of every document but chances are they would be more likely to focus their attention on highlighted sections of your documents. JMO Good luck with your claim. GP
  14. Sloan Gibson has been Deputy Secretary since February 2014. As far as I know, Hickey was never #2 at the VA. She was the Undersecretary of Benefits. I guess many vets looked at General Hickey as the #2 person they would contact for benefits problems behind Secretary McDonald. Despite her other issues at the VA, she did help many vets including some on the Hadit website. GP
  15. Buck, General Allison Hickey was Undersecretary for Benefits before she resigned. I do not think a replacement has been named at this time. I hope the new Undersecretary is truly a strong advocate for veterans. Take care. GP
  16. Congratulations and thank you for your service. Semper fi. GP
  17. My heart and prayers go out to Carlie and Lucy. Like many others on Hadit, I also reaped the benefits of Carlie's vast knowledge of the VA claims process. Her absence will leave a huge void on the Hadit website but her past posts on Hadit which continue to be available for the benefit of veterans and family members will keep her spirit alive. God bless Carlie and Lucy. Georgiapapa
  18. As a retired manager in the U.S. Department of Justice, I can attest to the fact that it is almost impossible to have a federal employee fired, even when they committed serious agency violations and in some cases, criminal acts. Most of the time, the employees would be placed on paid administrative leave for months until they were eventually fired or convinced it was in their best interest to resign. Like many other parts of the federal government, the federal disciplinary system is broken. JMO GP
  19. Today, I spent time with my daughter and grandchildren so November has started off great for me. I hope the best for all of you and your families during the month of November and many months and years to come. GP
  20. Congratulations on your win and on not giving up. Good luck with your other contentions and thank you for your service. Take care. GP
  21. Congratulations on your recent award and thank you for your service. Take care. GP
  22. Congratulations on your 100% P&T award and thank you for your service. Good luck to you and your family. Take care. GP
  23. Buck, You have a 2 year statue of limitations or a 2 year window to file a federal tort claim under FTCA. If you have a winnable case, you could probably find a attorney that would take your case on a contingency fee basis, usually 1/3 of what they win for you. As pwrslm stated, You might be able to get a free legal consultation from an attorney who specializes in FTCA cases. Take care. GP
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