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You are one of the people who's posts I have read most often.

And there is a reason for that. You are to the point and on it.

Anyways..I might be needing some specific advice from you in the near future...I know that you will give it your best cause I have read a lot of your tips.

More to come after I hear the response to my IRIS complaint.

By the way..when I enlisted..I hailed from NY..Long Island..raised and educated...Friggin Northport was a mental institution when I went there for my within 6 months dental appt. after my break in service.

I mean there were Nam guys chasing imaginary whatever on the flowing landscape. I was swatting nit-nats off of me just sitting next to Vets in the waiting area.

I in no way mean to belittle my fellow Veterans...it was just very scary...that was back in 1993.

I must say in my experiences(which are many) at the Temple VA...I see none of what I saw back in 93 in L.I.

I am a newbie here so go easy on me!

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Chris:

Berta is a very busy lady and she is on the point and posts a lot of info with good backup and places to check it out. However, she has had some problems with a few Veterans on this site and rarely answers email or does PM's.

My suggestion is to post your questions and hopefully you can get the help you need and if posted it may help other Vets who are shy about posting themselves. I can't prove it but I think every post answered may help dozens of Vets and because this site is archived it goes back for years.

The search hadit function on the front page is a gold mine.

Good Luck

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Chris,

Just want to let you know, there are some of the most knowledgable people that you will ever come in contact on this site.

By all means, please post your questions on line, even if you think that you may sound dumb, as it will indeed help those, in fear of posting.

I come off pretty dumb lots of time, don't mean that I am though.

If I am help another veteran, to not make the mistakes that I have, then I have been blessed.

" There is always more than one way to skin a Cat!"

Always,

Josephine

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Chris:

I am not worried I was just letting you know that you may or may not hear from Berta she is pretty swamped and has earlier written on Board that she is going to have to cut down time here but thankfully she has still been pretty active.

Berta dug in and learned a lot the hard way. She studied and took courses and spent money for reference materials to make her one of the best here at Hadit. I wish I knew half of what she does.

There are a number of people who post on Hadit and help out that are very knowledgeable in certain areas. As you read you will see and if bad advice accidently gets on this Board it is usually corrected.

But in the end evidence is what wins VA claims and a knowledge of how the system works and most here have been screwed over by the VA and are willing to share with fng's

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Berta is the most knowledgable, considerate and caring veterans' advocate I have ever encountered in my nearly 40 years of dealing with VA matters. I would not have an IU rating or ever have heard about ChampVA had it not been for her. You can take what she says to the bank. It is no wonder that she is such a busy lady, she has Veterans coming out of the woodwork because they know she knows what she is talking about.

She saved my wife and I from bankrupacy and never asked a single thing for her efforts. Yep, I put her on a tall pedistal, as that is where she belongs, IMHO.

jaz

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Through diligence, tenacity and hundreds of hours of study, not to mention $$'s spent,

Berta has become a wealth of information in regards to benefits for veterans and their families.

She has learned how to outflank and attack with evidence, rules and regs.

If we as vets, and family members would listen to what I feel to be,one of Berta's most important and repeated tid-bits of advice, we would be finding more success.

The advice to use VA produced evidence, in support of denied claims.

To date I have difficulty doing this as a veteran. There's a block in my head that works like this:

Example: My head thinks, "Well the rating decision states blah, blah, blah - claim denied, Oh well VA must be right - because VA does continue to tell me they want to provide the benefits sought, but they deny stating the evidence doesn't show entitlement.

How do I respond - :rolleyes: Anger - :( Depression - :blink: Flight Deck.

To he** with these bas*ar*s, and I completely shut down.

How should we respond -

Get the denial - go thru all the evidence that has been submitted.

See if VA considered everything. Go thru all my papers from VA, pull out all the evidence VA has listed and compare it to your file,then Reasons and Bases in the decision.

Once you've filed Claims,NOD's, DRO request etc... you then must study the he** out of every SOC and SSOC, C&P, IMO etc...compare the DRO hearing transcripts to the DRO decision. VA will themselves in many, many cases show somewhere in all this paperwork that infact - yes you are entitled to this benefit,and you have to keep throwing it back at them, and hope someone finally looks under the last blue sheet in your file, and makes a rationale decision per the evidence submitted and ACKNOWLEDGED.

Thanks Berta.

jmho,

carlie

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How should we respond -

Get the denial - go thru all the evidence that has been submitted.

See if VA considered everything. Go thru all my papers from VA, pull out all the evidence VA has listed and compare it to your file,then Reasons and Bases in the decision.

Once you've filed Claims,NOD's, DRO request etc... you then must study the he** out of every SOC and SSOC, C&P, IMO etc...compare the DRO hearing transcripts to the DRO decision. VA will themselves in many, many cases show somewhere in all this paperwork that infact - yes you are entitled to this benefit,and you have to keep throwing it back at them, and hope someone finally looks under the last blue sheet in your file, and makes a rationale decision per the evidence submitted and ACKNOWLEDGED.

Thanks Berta.

jmho,

carlie

YEP! I DID EXACTLY THAT AND NOW MY ENTIRE (EVEN THE CLAIM ON APPEAL) CLAIM IS/HAS BEING/BEEN REWORKED. THE GIRL IS GOOD AT WHAT SHE DOES. MY HAT IS TIPPED TO HER.

THANKS TO YOU TO CARLIE FOR PUTTING IT SO WELL.

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Right, Carlie

That is the way to win a claim. The VA gives you the hints in the SOC and you take it from there to rebut them or add evdence you need. They do point you in the direction you need to go.

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Right, Carlie

That is the way to win a claim. The VA gives you the hints in the SOC and you take it from there to rebut them or add evdence you need. They do point you in the direction you need to go.

If I could figure out how to use this scanner that I just purchased, I would love to post my statement of the case and see what direction that I was susposed to go with a Preliminary Decision Statement of the Case with a Form - 9.

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Joesphine - I feel the same way. I read my SOC a million times. Each time I repeated to myself "the key is here, the key is here". I never did find it!

Hey Pete - "if bad advice accidently gets on this Board" You gotta quit telling people that I post here hahahahahahahahhahaha :rolleyes:

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Joesphine - I feel the same way. I read my SOC a million times. Each time I repeated to myself "the key is here, the key is here". I never did find it!

Hey Pete - "if bad advice accidently gets on this Board" You gotta quit telling people that I post here hahahahahahahahhahaha :rolleyes:

Ricky,

I keep asking myself, How did I get in this mess?

thanks,

Josephine

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Bump.

As you can see I want to keep this thread up so more will read it.

Through diligence, tenacity and hundreds of hours of study, not to mention $$'s spent,

Berta has become a wealth of information in regards to benefits for veterans and their families.

She has learned how to outflank and attack with evidence, rules and regs.

If we as vets, and family members would listen to what I feel to be,one of Berta's most important and repeated tid-bits of advice, we would be finding more success.

The advice to use VA produced evidence, in support of denied claims.

To date I have difficulty doing this as a veteran. There's a block in my head that works like this:

Example: My head thinks, "Well the rating decision states blah, blah, blah - claim denied, Oh well VA must be right - because VA does continue to tell me they want to provide the benefits sought, but they deny stating the evidence doesn't show entitlement.

How do I respond - :rolleyes: Anger - :( Depression - :blink: Flight Deck.

To he** with these bas*ar*s, and I completely shut down.

How should we respond -

Get the denial - go thru all the evidence that has been submitted.

See if VA considered everything. Go thru all my papers from VA, pull out all the evidence VA has listed and compare it to your file,then Reasons and Bases in the decision.

Once you've filed Claims,NOD's, DRO request etc... you then must study the he** out of every SOC and SSOC, C&P, IMO etc...compare the DRO hearing transcripts to the DRO decision. VA will themselves in many, many cases show somewhere in all this paperwork that infact - yes you are entitled to this benefit,and you have to keep throwing it back at them, and hope someone finally looks under the last blue sheet in your file, and makes a rationale decision per the evidence submitted and ACKNOWLEDGED.

Thanks Berta.

jmho,

carlie

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Bump.

As you can see I want to keep this thread up so more will read it.

Through diligence, tenacity and hundreds of hours of study, not to mention $$'s spent,

Berta has become a wealth of information in regards to benefits for veterans and their families.

She has learned how to outflank and attack with evidence, rules and regs.

If we as vets, and family members would listen to what I feel to be,one of Berta's most important and repeated tid-bits of advice, we would be finding more success.

The advice to use VA produced evidence, in support of denied claims.

To date I have difficulty doing this as a veteran. There's a block in my head that works like this:

Example: My head thinks, "Well the rating decision states blah, blah, blah - claim denied, Oh well VA must be right - because VA does continue to tell me they want to provide the benefits sought, but they deny stating the evidence doesn't show entitlement.

How do I respond - :rolleyes: Anger - :( Depression - :blink: Flight Deck.

To he** with these bas*ar*s, and I completely shut down.

How should we respond -

Get the denial - go thru all the evidence that has been submitted.

See if VA considered everything. Go thru all my papers from VA, pull out all the evidence VA has listed and compare it to your file,then Reasons and Bases in the decision.

Once you've filed Claims,NOD's, DRO request etc... you then must study the he** out of every SOC and SSOC, C&P, IMO etc...compare the DRO hearing transcripts to the DRO decision. VA will themselves in many, many cases show somewhere in all this paperwork that infact - yes you are entitled to this benefit,and you have to keep throwing it back at them, and hope someone finally looks under the last blue sheet in your file, and makes a rationale decision per the evidence submitted and ACKNOWLEDGED.

Thanks Berta.

jmho,

carlie

Carlie,

I certainly agree with you, but I am too old for this stuff. Maybe when I filed in 1978, but to locate those psychaitric records and then fight the sytem left and right. Can't do it.

Thanks,

Josephine

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Josephine,

Just a suggestion..... concentrate on what you've reveived FROM VA, denials, NOD's, DRO hearings

transcripts,deferred ratings, partial grants, pension claims, C&P's, IMO's, etc... what ever you have that you can deal with. Go thru that stuff and see if you can find on some VA paperwork

documentation in support of an issue -- that VA has denied that issue on either a prior or later decision. You may find some good information there to use to rebutt a decision.

Hope this makes sense. We all need to do this.

jmho,

carlie

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