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Finally At The Rating Specialist At The Appeals Management Center


Josephine

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Well,

I made my usual telephone call both to the R. O and to The Appeals Management Center. I figure if they are telling the truth, I will get the same story.

My claims file went to a " Rating Specialist" last week.

I was told that I should hear something within about 3 weeks.

Advised if I didn't like the answer, I had the chance to tell them what I didn't like.

If It was a grant no need to do anything.

As I sit here now going on the 6 th year, I am wondering in the three weeks of waiting, if this is the case.

Do I just get a dern gun and shoot my own brains out or sit around and take another beating from the VA.

Somewhere it has to stop. One of us has to call it quits.

What sanity I did have the VA has now robbed me of all of it.

One more C&P and I will be in housed.

First C&P " More Likely than Not"

Second C&P - Axis 1- Anxiety

Axis 11 - Personality Disorder not other wise specified.

Anxiety did not begin or worsen in service.

Now I read that the American Psychiatric Association or the DSM 111 - IV - V and the new add on does not even recognize this as a Personality Disorder.

I keep telling the Va the same truth that I have told them since I was 34.

I am now 63.

Would I benefit from the VBM, if I receive a denial?

I would need the tapes, cannot read the book!

Thanks,

Josephine

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Josephine:

You are getting closer but the VA rarely gives an honest telephone answer. Usually when a claim is sent to a rater it has to get in line with the others. I would cross my fingers but the facts are it could take more or less than 3 weeks.

I am praying that you get your claim awarded and that the effective date is right and that you will get the satisfaction of knowing that you were right to pursue your claim. The VA paying in my opinion is an apology of sorts.

Good Luck

Pete

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Pete,

I am sure that you are correct as usual. It has taken me 17 months for the AMC to realize that I advanced on the docket.

It took a friendly reminder from the top to come down, to accomplish this.

I turned around and called The Deputy Commissioner to see if they were telling the truth and was told, as we speak, the rater is working on it.

In today's world, it is anyone's guess.

Thanks,

Josephine

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That is good news!!!

With those facts I bet it will be less than 3 weeks.

Best Luck

Pete

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You would benefit from an IMO that says you have an anxiety disorder since your service after your doctor reviews your SMR's.

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John,

I know that is true. I will have to wait and see what the Rating Specialist decides on the claim, as it is in his or her hands.

I was told by the Deputy Commissioner officer that should it be a denial. I do have a chance to sent in new information for re-consideration. This will be the time that I will have to make this move.

My niece came to visit today, and she did let me know that there is a possibility of another C&P by the differences of the doctors. I think that she helped to pull me out of the gutter some. For once, we could sit down with her sister and myself and discuss this claim.

If this comes to pass. Somone will most definitely go back with me. She said to set in front of the door. Why I do not know??? Other than to run, I don't know the reasoning behind this one.

They will have to take the first seats, as I want to be able to see them all square in the eyes. No more of someone talking when I can't see their face.

The VA has tried and tried by all means to have me change my story, but that is not to be.

I would appreciate these doctors finding a trace of a scar from self - inflicted injuries and all that crap.

It took me 11 pages of the why's that I should advance on the docket.

I don't think that Veterans realize that you can advance if you can prove to the BVA NEGLIGENCE!

Always and thanks so much,

Josephine

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You are in my thoughts and prayers...that the rater who is reading your file...gives you justice you deserve and grants your claim validation will begin the healing process.

MT

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Jo - glad to hear the niece is finally helping and not stonewalling you. Keep us all posted on the outcome. There are a lot of us on hadit that are praying that justice will be done in your case and that you will prevail and retire on the retro benefits. Good luck!!

TS

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To all you wonderful folks,

Yes, I do believe that this story of my life is just about to come to a close.

In my 11 page letter to the BVA, I only ask one request of them.

Please read my claim and I will be so happy to be able to say, " I have finally been heard".

I have spend my whole life figting the system, but never any peace in my life.

Yes, my niece was very encouraging to me.

I do not know if it is true or not, but she did say. The AMC cannot deny me with one C&P at a " More Likely than Not" and a second C&P at a " did not begin or worsen in service.

She said they will one have to grant under the benefit of the doubt or call in a new C&P.

She said they cannot leave the claim with two difference of opinion, as the Psychologist is as or more qualifed than the psychiatrist.

If it comes to a new C&P, she said for me to definitely set in front of the door. I think that now she meant, if I did this, no one could sneak and sit behind me and to definitely not go into that room alone.

If I receive a denial, my first letter to the BVA will be that I have raised the roof for 9 months after that slanderous C&P and all the Service Manager stated in my Supplemental Statment of the Case was.

"I know that you feel that the second C&P was erroneous, but it was good enough for rating."

I want a just and fair C&P examination and that I do not care how many psychiatrist they bring into the room.

Thanks a bunch!

Josephine

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Josephine - I have sat a many of a night reading and watching as your claim has unfolded. I must say that most of those nights were speechless ones. It is a terrible thing that the VA does to someone. All any of us want or need is to simply be heard and have our claim given just review as required by law. I truly hope this is what happens in your case for you have been drug through the dirt to hell and back. No matter what happens stand tall and be strong. However, if you need to lean, lean as far as you have to for Hadit has a very large and strong shoulder, the vets and spouses of this great community. I pray that this all ends for you soon and you reap your just rewards. Hang in there lady.

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Ive been where your at,

dont give up, Walk away for a while 6 months if need be but dont give up

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Thanks so much for the support of this site and I so appreciate all of you!

I have received so much help from each and every one of you and the words of all of you are in each of my " Statement of Support of Claim".

I can accept a denial, but not without that third C&P.

I want those two quack psychiatrist to have to eat their words.

Thanks again. Time to quit filling sorry for myself.

Always,

Josephine

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Josephine:

When I won I felt vindicated for what I had to do to win my claim. After about a year of the VA shuffle I decided that I was at War with the VA and I would do whatever it took to win. Seems strange that I would feel that way with all the VA malarky about being there to help Veterans.

To this day I have never understood the VA attitude about Veterans. Its almost like they hate us but they need us cause as the numbers go down what are they going to do?

Got my fingers crossed for you.

Pete

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Josephine has stopped filling sorry for herself today and ready to begin the fight again.

Thanks so much for bringing me out of the gutters!!

Always,

Josephine

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Pete - as I said in other posts - you are filing a claim AGAINST the United States. Their were there to help you is only for the sector of the American public that has not served. They do not have to deal with the VA so they will never find out what it is like. All they know is that the government has established a department to take care of vets when in reality that department is a self protection agency developed to protect the government AGAINST claims. Now with that said the VA does have its good points. Sometimes you will run into a very helpful employee who does support the vet community (never in management). The provide vets with every bennie under the sun once a claim is approved. For the most part health care is excellent. etc....

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Josephine

With the passing of each day, I know that the VA will someday pay me for that day, because I will never give up.

Evidence, patience and determination wins claims and you have those, so someday the VA will pay you for those days that have passed.

Don't give up that's exactly what they want you to do.

Best Wishes

Paul

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Paul,

I am trying to hang in there. I hate that my blood pressure is getting out of control and my valium has been increased.

I trust that this time, I am being told the truth.

I read your post and perhaps with what Ms. Dunlap told you, perhaps, I just may get that third C&P that I have been wanting.

It was April 14, 2005, when I had that stupid C&P with the Quacks.

Always,

Josephine

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Thanks so much, Bound4heaven,

I certainly do appreciate your thinking of me and I appreciate your prayers also.

God Bless,

Josephine

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