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Finally got a rating! I must admit to being quite surprised that from starting the process (April 2015) until receiving retro (today) was much faster than I could've anticipated. 7 years ago, I tried to file at the Denver, Colorado VA and they took a whole year to pretty much send me a letter calling me a liar. Nevertheless - I haven't received my percentage yet but some quick math indicates 60% perhaps. I read something which says IF an FDC was filed between August 2013 and August 2015, Retro for a whole year (in addition to claim date) should be received. Is that true? I am asking because I received Retro for 5 months during claim processing but haven't received a year in addition to this. Is there something more I need to do to receive this 'extra' year incentive? Thanks for all the help Hadit!
I filed a new claim as of 27 April 2015. I am seeking advice on how to handle the employment piece. Since I left the Marine Corps. a few decades ago, I've never gotten used to the rampant selfishness which happens everyday in the workplace. What a powerful experience, as was done in my beloved Corps, to understand, live and breath for the gal or guy next to you. People from all different walks of life, at least on duty, set aside their petty differences to accomplish something much bigger than we'd ever imagine! However - upon seprarating, I was in for a huge shock - workplace back-stabbing, politics and worst of all - HYPOCRITES who write company mission statements and not only refuse to obey what they wrote, but selectively enforce their policies on others with no justice for those who screw up the most, make everyone's life miserable. At each stop on my career journey (only had 7 jobs on 20 years since separating) - I blindly believed that "this time would be different." Well - it never was. I am not whining but take full responsibility for my naive approach. More than a year ago - I was terminated from a 'Christian' organization for basically living out my faith by going out on the street and preaching the Gospel. Imagine that; an organization who claims to be "Changing Lives in the Name of Christ" throwing me (and others) out for doing what Jesus did...WOW! Nevertheless - I haven't been employed since that time and truthfully beloved, I don't see a scenario where I can walk into a workplace again knowing that when foolishness arises, I will address it and be out on my butt again. It would be a waste of my time and the organization's resources - no? My question is this - I understand that one has to have had many more jobs than I have to qualify for (I think it is called) TDIU. Will the VA, when I have my PTSD appointment, ask about my employment history? Is a TDIU claim even possible in my situation? What is even more real is I am unsure if I face such wanton hypocrisy again, I will be able to keep calm. Although, on some level, we have all committed hypocritical acts (I am no exception), how can, being foung guilty of INTENTIONAL disobedience - corporate people not feel remorse and turn from that? How can people live with so little integrity? One thing I learned and have held onto for all of these years (from the Corps) is taking responsibility and admitting wrong-doing. I digress. Any help on the TDIU claim question would be appreciated and since you are veterans (or even their spouses) I would appreciate any feedback on my worldview - whether nice or not! I am trying so hard to blend in but it isn't and hasn't worked out for me.
Hey all, Thank you for your service. My name is james newman and I am creating a website called ourveteransstories.com and I need interviews done by veterans, with veterans.. The site, still under construction and launching july 4, has a few different purposes. I live in Stamford CT and was going to have it be a collection of interviews with veterans and service members in the local area as a way to share their experience with the civilian community. Then I realized I didn't need to limit it in that way, that I could open it up to anyone interested in sharing their experience. I want to basically have the site be a growing history archive of what the experience is like for people, before during and after service. One difference from this site is that the site will contain video content in a similar style to youtube, and audio and regular pictures are also great. It will be multi media, and very nice looking. I want friends and families and community to be able to contribute to the process as well, I want the site to spark conversations and lead to great connections. The site will allow for people to respond to posts, upload video and pictures as they so choose, and have forum discussions like here. Anyway, I hope to get 50 interviews for the site to go live by July 4. Please let me know if you are willing to share your experience. I have 20 interview questions that can be used as a framework, or the interviews can be modified as participants see fit, I think it would be cool if they have a uniform feel to them though. If you or anyone you know wants to be a part of this site and making it great please let me know! I am definitely looking for help and leadership. A bit about me. I work for an ad agency in stamford that works solely with non-profit and government agencies. I play hockey (go Rangers!), fly fish, bike, climb, drink a lot of beer, and just bought a 1968 scout international. I like yard work and fixing things. I am a totally normal guy, interested in the usual stuff, and think creating a site would be a really cool project that would let me meet some great people, and inform the community with stories and insight from a highly interesting segment of our society. One of the guys on my hockey team is a computer guy and is designing the site. Like I said, I need all the help anyone can give. Thanks a lot, Jim