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Va Retro Award Program


BIGPAPA92

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I have a question. Did anyone on this board receive their VA Retro Award while their files were still at the BVA or Appeals Management center? If so, what did you have to do? I'm told by the RO that nothing can be done until my files are returned and they can't use the temp files. I've been trying to find a rule, directive or reg that pertains to this type of situation but nothig yet.

If there is one and someone knows about it please let me know. I'm A little skiddish when I'm told this and they can perform other financial duties without the files. For example: I was divorced in June 2007. Sent copies to RO in June 2007. Received letter in Aug adjusting my pay and saying I was overpaid and how much and it would be withheld.

Making their own rules is how we got into this Retro Award program in the first place.

Thanks Much

Bigpapa92

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I think that, if your C-file is in BVA/AMC, you won't receive anything until it (Claim/C-file) is returned to your RO, and it goes through the Rater's hands.

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BTW....one of the reasons that the VA encourages you to give them your direct deposit information, has nothing to do with them depositing money to your account..... B)

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AMC will return the "C" File and your VARO has to request the retro. You could be talking about another month or two wait. Sorry but at least you know its coming. One good thing is once they atrt paying they are pretty good at that.

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Once the BVA issues a decision the c-file is returned to the RO, so the RO can follow the BVA's instructions. Nothing will be done until the RO receives the c-file. Once there the time varies. In my case, I was due 10 yrs retro and the RO screwed it up and shorted me one year. Their award took about a month after they received my c-file. I immediately sent them a letter advising them of their error and received the additional years comp in about 3 weeks.

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Ten years of retro! What did you buy first? Or what did you pay off first? First thing I did when I got some money is pay off the damn mortgage.

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Well, it was only $99+k, because I'd won many battles/increases along the way but I got back w/estranged spouse, purchased a house for us, with carriage house for Mom and then we filed for and had a nasty divorce within 90 days of house purchase. Money didn't last long but realized how long I'd had PTSD and how it effected my daily life, since Nam. Lost house during divorce but was able to purchase another for Mom and I, until she had a stroke and I was no longer able to care for her. I've forgiven my ex for all that happened during that period of our lives and moved on. These days I'm thankful for every day. Life is too short not to forgive! jmo

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Forgot to add that I'd also won an SSDI award of $51+k, less the $4k attorneys fee, within a few months of the VA award. Needless to say life was good for a short time, until divorce. Actually, life is better now!

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Philip:

You found the secret to being a lot happier. For me the real secret is we have to forgive ourselves first and than anyone we have a resentment to but we don't have to tell them. A number of years ago I decided to sort of put people who are very negative a little farther away.

If I lend money I consider it a gift and whatever is paid back a gift back to me.

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I agree with Pete53, and let me "share" my daily reminder for over a decade now with fellow vets. Hoping this is an up lift.

My daily reminder

Pray once a day!

Every day is a new day - enjoy it!

Thank you for being employed. It's an amazing privilege!

Set a goal to understand & accomplish mission for the day!

Listen, analyze, and execute forward plan of action!

Lead the situation if needed! Be a strong negotiator!

Think positive, infect others, and be customer focused!

Work with what you have, and do your best!

Wear lot of hats - make a difference!

Look up, get up, escalate, but do not ever give up!

You will succeed if you put your mind into it!

Laughter is good for you! Be your own cheerleader also!

Don't be shy or scared – look/dress sharp, & be proud of yourself!

It's a war zone out there when you leave home-be determined to win!

Don't bring up the past - it is history! It is dead!

Free your heart from hatred, and your mind from worries-not worth it!

Distance yourself from non-productive dreamers!

Play music for relaxation. Chill and feel good!

Treat weekends as vacation!

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and drink lots of beer......... B)

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