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  1. Got my HLR call Saturday. Yes, Saturday. Hard to believe that someone in the VA is working on Saturday. Good thing the phone displayed VA or I wouldn't have bothered to answer it. I submitted my HLR back on 2 June 2020. Her call was on 24 October 2020. 144 days. The VA will definitely not make their goal of 125 days to the decision on this one. I am not sure what she had looked at in my case, if anything. She wanted to know what I was disagreeing with. I explained to her about the CUE I had filed, all the trouble I had getting VA to accept it. I explained to her how the VA had requested C&P exams when all I was trying to do was get the VA to look into a CUE. I explained to her how since the VA had done C&P exams the rater had put in the effort to communicate with the examiner twice to reduce a rating from 40% to 20%, yet the examiner couldn't find my SSA grant. I explained to her about the SSA records in my C-file, how I had about 20 pages of someone else's records in the middle of my records. I told her maybe this is part of why someone didn't approve it sooner. I told her it looked to me like someone dropped the paper files and didn't have enough sense to separate the two files. I told her about the latest denial where the rater looked into the SSA records and found a denial but didn't look up the grant of benefits that is in the SSA records. I explained to her that I hadn't worked since June 2000. I told her about the VR&E denial based on my doctors statements. I told her how the raters kept denying me stating other evidence in my records showed I wasn't unemployable. I explained to her how the raters kept saying I quit my job, but M21-1 says that doesn't have any affect on the decision. She seemed very sympathetic. She said she would take care of me. Well, it will be very interesting to see if she does. I had a prior call from a lady at the Roanoke VA, she thought I was going to get approved. In just a few weeks I got the denial. I had written to my congressman about all this crap. I got a reply back from the congressman's office but it was the same BS from the VA. I sent back to the congressman's office quite a few pages of all the documentation showing the VA crap. I think this was sent by the congressman to the VA Secretary Wilkie. I have no idea if this is at all related to the call or not.
  2. Someone asked me to ask about this situation. A veteran is 100% P&T with several dependents and loses their job. If they are approved for VR&E, do they get subsistence for them and their dependents in addition to the dependency payments they already receive?
  3. I found the attached a good read for information on VR&E. VRE2014EDUNAVPA.pdf
  4. I am currently in the Independent Living services program for he second time. First time was in 2002 and at that time I had a rating of 70% PTSD with unemployablility and unrated peripheral neuropathy. Part of my program then provided me with a small lawn tractor so I could continue taking care of my home property. Since then I have been through stage IV Mantle-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Hyper C-Vad Chemo treatments. The physical effects of both have greatly reduced my physical condition. I can no longer do the activities I used to cope with the PTSD and life in general so I reapplied for the Independent Living Service program for a second time and was approved. One thing that has been frustrating is that the VA no longer has VR&E counselors through the state. They only have one for the whole state. As part of my new plan was the purchase of a new lawn tractor with hydraulics assists so I could continue taking care of my home property. Even though this was approved at the state level it was refused because legal counsel stated under VR&E letter 28-13-08 the following “ In no circumstance, should a tractor, mower, or similar equipment be authorized as part of an independent living plan for a Veteran.” Has anyone run across this ? The side comment was made that legal counsel determined that congress didn’t mean for mowers to be part of independent living assistance..????????..
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