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I was rated for 100% in May 2007, and I sent a letter that month explaining I am incompetent to handle my benefits and want my mother to handle it. Last week I was told a fidcuciary would come to my mom's house to interview us to see if she is eligible to handle the benefits.

I was told to wait 1-2 weeks by someone at the VA in DC, but I don't know if they are bs'ing me. He wrote down "hardship" on my paperwork, because I am homeless and living in my car, and I have a seven month old daughter.

So here is my question. Will it really be 1-2 weeks before a fiduciary comes to interview us? And when that happens, how long do I wait before I actually see the money? I am owed over $20,000 in back pay. Will it take another six months after a fiduciary approves my mother to handle the benefits before I see the money?

Can the VA provide me and my daughter emergency shelter? My fiance called a homeless shelter, but the waiting list is over six months, and men aren't allowed.

Thank you in advance for your help.

-Brian

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You should call the VA and advise them of your circumstances. I don't know where you live but I think that the VA has programs for homeless Vets.

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Generally they are pretty good about getting someone there pretty quick. That's been my experience with other claimaints so far anyway.

Pete is ABSOLUTLY correct... call the VA tomorrow at 8 am.... tell them you are homeless until this is done etc. They'll get it moving.... just call them at ONCE. Call both the 1-800 number, your local VAMC and your congressional rep. ASAP.

Also you can go here: http://www1.va.gov/homeless/index.cfm

for more information...

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Brian, where do you live?? You can go too any VA hospital and they will direct you too the nearest "Homeless Coordinator" for that area..usually, right @ the hospital.They too can make calls on your behalf to the "REGIONAL OFFICE" in your area, to check on the status of your claim..It really helps.[ its confirming your situation ] let me know where you live and maybe i can give you the name to call.....Been there, done that..The folks here at "HADIT" are a very valuable resource....William

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Brian-do you have a service officer or vet rep- the VAMCs often have one right on their grounds-

Someone has to make sure that this gets resolved for you- it took a friend of mine many months waiting for the VA to interview his wife to accept his comp as his fiduciary- due to his incompetent status.

You are in a critical situation-with an award that has been granted- you should not be waiting like this-

I strongly suggest that you get a vet rep or even your Congressman to help move this along.

I see you said Allegany County- do you mean Allegany County in NY?

I am in Steuben County NY - I can post some reps here if this is where you live-

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Thank you all for quick replies! Just wish that VA does the same to all vets.

Currently im in Maryland. Everytime i call the 1800 number, it always direct me to Baltimore Regional Office. Those people said that since Im in Md, it will always go there. I have to be in DC to get the DC people because thats where my file is. Last week, i personally went to I St. in DC and thats when a rep wrote down hardship. The next day,(saturday) I recieved a letter stating that the VA approved me as incompetent. Why cant the VA give out actual local numbers instead of a 1800 number?

I also talked to a va rep in Washington Dc VA Medical Center 3 months or so ago but she said she doesnt have my file and she cant help me. Right about then i had a mental breakdown. She also recommended that i need to talk to my psychiatrist again because i apparently have "anger issues" that Iv'e been keeping inside me.

Also, my lovely congressman never wrote back to me. I already tried that months ago. Im still waiting. gave him my phone number, my situation back then wasnt as bad so i guess he ignored it. His interest is from what i see is all about Jenna 6.. and nothing else. I guess he wants to be re elected.

Again, thanks for all the replies. Any more help will be greatly appreciated. Without you all, Ill be at a lost.

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Brian -at least you have internet access- dont hesitate to send an Iris inquiry to the VA-they will send it to your VARO- the Iris format will guide you step by step-

It is at the VA web site under Contact Us:

http://www.va.gov/index.htm

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Brian -at least you have internet access- dont hesitate to send an Iris inquiry to the VA-they will send it to your VARO- the Iris format will guide you step by step-

It is at the VA web site under Contact Us:

http://www.va.gov/index.htm

Iv'e also sent an Iris inquiry to the VA 4 months ago. My 7 month old daughter was granted benefits Oct. 6 2007 from when she was born till she's 18. Well, what i dont get is that the VA will give me $348 in a check in the next 15 days... But I've been getting that amount already. They started me off as a 30% and they increased it to 100% in May. Even if they didnt approve me for 100%, why is it still $348? nothing was added at all. Im already struggling as it is.

Thank God for Wireless connections, I'm able to get signal around here. Lol

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Well, first off, the VA should only be holding back your backpay at this point. You should be getting your monthly check. If your not, raise a huge stink.

I recieved my monthly check untill my wife was approved. Only my backpay was held.

If you've just now been officially found not competent for VA purposes, it is sent to the fiduciary office. Then the appointment will be set up with your Mother. After the interview, it can take some time for your Mother to be approved. If she is approved, the field officer will make another appointment to plan how the money will be handled. How much goes to savings, what you can buy, ect. THEN they will release the backpay and monthly payments will start to go to your Mother.

Again, YOU SHOULD BE GETTING YOUR MONTHLY PAYMENTS WHILE THIS PROCCESS WORKS OUT.

I don't think the proccess itself is all that long, but the appointments for interview depend on location and it can take some time to get them.

Good luck to you.

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Well, first off, the VA should only be holding back your backpay at this point. You should be getting your monthly check. If your not, raise a huge stink.

I recieved my monthly check untill my wife was approved. Only my backpay was held.

If you've just now been officially found not competent for VA purposes, it is sent to the fiduciary office. Then the appointment will be set up with your Mother. After the interview, it can take some time for your Mother to be approved. If she is approved, the field officer will make another appointment to plan how the money will be handled. How much goes to savings, what you can buy, ect. THEN they will release the backpay and monthly payments will start to go to your Mother.

Again, YOU SHOULD BE GETTING YOUR MONTHLY PAYMENTS WHILE THIS PROCCESS WORKS OUT.

I don't think the proccess itself is all that long, but the appointments for interview depend on location and it can take some time to get them.

Good luck to you.

I was at 30% and getting $348 a month. I was approved in May 100%. I am still getting the $348. They are holding the difference from 2471 something dollars and the amount im getting ($348). I also have a dependent so im sure its more than $2471....

Im going to DC right now so i guess ill let you know how it goes....

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Yesterday, I went to Washington DC on I St. and finally got a hold of a Legal Instrument Examiner. She looked for my files in front of her and said she doesnt have mine today... She looked on the computer and said that my file is in the process of going to DC from Baltimore. :rolleyes:

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