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Who Else Has A Claim With Appeals Management Center?

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Maybe we should compare notes and exchange information.

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OK, for what it's worth. I called the AMC today to verify that my case was with a rating specialist. The guy I talked to did kind of go through the way things are supposed to flow when your case is at the AMC. Here goes and I know that this is how it is supposed to work but you know how that goes.

-Appeal is remanded by the BVA to the AMC,

-AMC is charged with completing all orders of the Board,

-after all items ordered are completed the file is placed into a "ready to rate" status and added to the overflow

-The completed file is then picked up by a "rating specialist" that goes through the entire file ensuring that all items ordered are completed, if so then the specialist can rate the file based on the information they have. If items are missing or incomplete the file must be updated per the BVA instructions. I am not sure where the file goes during this time but he seemed to imply that it went back to the step before overflow.

-He said that after being rated the file was sent to the "Post Determination Team" where the decision is processed and you either get your award or denial.

The guy I spoke with was super nice (although he said his name so fast I couldn't hear it). So far everyone I have dealt with on the phone has been nice, polite and as informative as they could be (short of saying how long before I hear something HAHAHA). On the same hand even when I was super frustrated and tired of dealing with them I never raised my voice or spoke hateful to them, always wished them a nice day/afternoon/holiday. I would hate to be in their shoes; taking calls all day from frustrated and fed up veterans that want what they deserve. I think these guys just answer the phones and take the brunt of our frustrations. They don't make the decisions on our cases and maybe we shouldn't blast them when thing go wrong, remember the saying "catch more flies with honey"? Maybe that's the key.

Deesulpwr,

How long have you been at the AMC? The key seems to be getting your claim out of the rating overflow and hope that all your info is in tact when it gets to the rater. If someone looses something, as in my case, the process starts all over again.

Always,

Josephine

(Betty)

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Dear Josephine aka Betty

Va gave you a 100% disabled and unemployable pension in 1983, oh my, if they deny your claim they know that some good VA attorney is going to have a field day in the courts with this one.

I am contesting that my claim from 1973 is still open because they never sent me a decision, nor is there one in the C file. Dr. Bash noted that in his IMO. I also reminded them of that in my letter, that would be 35 years. The board in its remand letter noticed that there was no determination letter in the file after the Oct 1973 C&P exam, so I had no final decision that I could file a NOD against. I m curious how that was handled. I would bet that it was ignored.

If I m denied I will fight them more. We have the internet.

Happy Trails

Now, the challenge is getting it thru post determination.

Happy Trails

Paul,

Your file is still open. You had the positive examination and then came the neg clarification.

I sure am glad you went to see Dr. Bash, as they will not be able to get around this one, as he examined you personally.

Always,

Betty

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My TDIU remand has been at the AMC for almost four years. I'm rared 70% and they even said my remand was sent for an extra-schedular evaluation. Why? No one told me. Since then they claimed they we waiting for med records for the second time. Now I'm told my files were supposed to go to the rating board last Monday. I don't know how long the boards take so I decided to wait 30 days before I call them again unless someone knows a quicker way to get updated info.

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My TDIU remand has been at the AMC for almost four years. I'm rared 70% and they even said my remand was sent for an extra-schedular evaluation. Why? No one told me. Since then they claimed they we waiting for med records for the second time. Now I'm told my files were supposed to go to the rating board last Monday. I don't know how long the boards take so I decided to wait 30 days before I call them again unless someone knows a quicker way to get updated info.

BIGPAPA92

BIGPAPA92

Four years at the AMC is too long, I would bet that your file is collecting dust in a file room. If I were you I d start calling and complaining.

Here is a contact list I compiled from posts made by Josephine and myself.

1. Under Secretary, Michael Walcoff's office

email addresses of assistants

Mike.Walcoff@va.gov Address to Ken Smith, I think he represents the East

Mike.Walcoff@va.gov Address to Erica, I think she represents the West, she gave me the direct number of Glenn the coach handling my claim.

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2, AMC Director Russo's office. 1- 202- 530- 9455 Ask to speak to Diane Winston prolly an AMC examiner supervisor (team coach), helpful, but leery of new callers.

Casandra Johnson is another AMC rating team coach, newly promoted

1-202-530- 9463 Direct number to Glenn ? ,AMC examiner supervisor (team coach). helpful if your claim is with his team.

They are going to get you to try to call the 800 #, just tell them that your claim has been there for 4 years and you want to know why and that you no longer want a status report you want action.

I would start at the top, Under Secretary Walcoff's office.

Happy Trails

Paul aka Hurryupnwait

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Big Papa you could ask them to rate with the evidence they have. You actually should demand it.

Good Luck

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