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Why I Say- Continue To Fight Them At The Varo Level


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Also-if anyone is interested the 2006 VA Budget is found at :

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Just click on the Department of Veterans Affairs.

These federal employees are paid good money to do a job properly.

I feel that the VARos- since they have the same legal and medical criteria as BVA and CAVC -should be pressured into doing their jobs right for you all.

The reason for the backlog is due in part -in my opinion- to the fact that they continually have to re-do decisions which could have been properly prepared in the first place.

I know Terry disagrees-and that is OK-

But when you consider these VARO salaries and then add what BVA and CAVC employees get paid-

a valid claim for compensation can be as costly to the federal goverment as it can be to the vet-as the vet waits year after year incurring higher taxes and interest on loans they need to get etc- and when they do finally receive an award it is usually based on money that does not have the same value when they get it-

as it did when they first filed the claim.

Like I always say- it the VA was a business- they would be bankrupt by now.

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Dear Berta.

I belive all the mistakes, loosing destroying records, playing mind games with vets is the job the ajudicators are told to do. Secretely these guys who deny our claims are promoted and have good lives. while the vets loose homes familys and there minds.

Every vet must assess to themselfs if the RO is delibert in acting in bad faith claims processing. As time goes on the RO will prove me right over and over again. It will all depend on how much paiin you want to go through before you cut off there acess to you.

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I think you are 100% correct in your assesment that things need to change at the VARO. I think the VARO level is THE bottleneck of the system. But, I also think it is well known and recognised by the powers to be, and not being fixed for a reason. It is well known that the AG(whoever has proper jurisdiction) has been contacted and asked to intervene numeruos times over persistant law violations at the VARO level. It never happens. I know for a fact, Senator Craig has been shown several claims from different individuals full of Law violations commited by the VARO, and these are ignored. 83% of CAVC cases are remanded.

The VARO is akin to a group of unruly children that will not behave at school. Their 'parents' have been notified many times to bring their children in line with the rules of the school. The 'parents' have failed to do so. So, we must force the 'parents' to do THEIR jobs, or lose the right to be parents.

I hope that makes as much sence up on the screen as it does in my head. B) But, I'm not sure how to do it, except to make the public aware, as our representatives seem only to respond to pressure.

We all have to fight at the VARO to keep our claim alive, but in doing so, many without the expertise found at hadit or a very good, rare SO, will legally ruin their claim in the process. Thus, no chance of winning past this level. VARO mistakes are easily forgiven and eventually recognised, but veteran mistakes are most often permanent. Hmmm, I wonder why the VARO never gets fixed, and the numbers suggest something way more sinister than human error, by a WELL paid employee wanting to keep a job? NOBODY I've ever worked for would tolorate that amount of error in a part time $10k a year position. 83% remanded. Is this error?

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Berta,

I need to say my thoughts are in addition to yours and not opposed. You are correct to pursue the issue as you are and we all should follow suit.

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Every time the VARO screws up a claim and denies the government saves money. Since there is no interest paid on backpay why should not the VA delay and deny claims as long as possible? No one in government really wants the VARO to improve or it would.

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One more point I need to make-

I am preparing a Response to the SSOC I got-

it is a piece of cake-

but my point is- if a veteran fails to respond to an SOC or SSOC and of course gets on the BVA docket- in essenese their failure to respond with something back to the VARO means- in my opinion- they are buying what the VA is selling-

Many SOCs and SSOCs are so full of erroneous information and misassessments that - if the claim goes to the BVA without any response from the veteran-

the BVA reads what the VA said -with no rebuttal from the claimant- unless they detail the 1-9.

Unfortunately 1-9s should be the rebuttal to the SOC to have value-

By the time a valid claim possibly gets remanded back to the VARO-

as it sits in Limbo land- many vets have failed to even send in more evidence in support of their claim.

It is astonshing to read BVA decisions- that are denials because the vet did nor adequately attempt to rebutt the VARO decision.

For example- let's say the BVA states that the veterans SMR's are silent for hypertension.

In all that time if the vet didnt look at the actual SMRs themselves- they would not known if this is incorrect.

Or let's say the BVA echoes a VARO statement that the veteran has received no treatment for his claimed disability, therefore there is no proof he has a current disability.Say the vet has had ample documentation from a private source or even VA itself in treatment records yet thought the VA would access all this stuff and they didnt.

Say in all that time the vet has gained SSA award for same condition, and has the nexus established- yet the VARO and now the BVA are unaware of these probative SSA records.

The SO never asks the vet if he gets SSA and the vet- lets face it -they dont tell us anything- did not realise this was medical evidence to support his claim-

I say fight them to the hilt-

draw them out in SSOC responses- they will 'more then likely' put their foot in their mouth (I have received some beauties)or finally award when they see your evidence is solid and you just refuse to go away.

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Terry- I have great respect for your opinions-

as you know- and great affection for you-

My advise on responding to SOCs is only my personal advise-

Another problem Terry- whether the claim is at the VARO level or the BVA_ is that VA doctors often render opinions in SOCs that are parsed and often not what their actual report revealed.

Also I have knocked down 3 or 4 so called VA expert doctors already-

but only because the VA itself has forced me to gain some medical knowledge and I can immediately recognise deficient medical statements (often based on limited reports in med recs) in certain

types of disability claims.

This is wrong that any claimant should even have to do this-

we cannot depend that a VA "expert" doctor is in fact expert enough to

opine- and most often they are not only under pressure to go against the claim (as a VA doctor revealed to me)

and not given the very evidence they need-

as in my case with the Med team at VACO.

If these deficient medical opinions that go against the claim are not thoroughly questioned by the veteran in an SOC response or combatted with an IMO-

it doesn't matter whether the claim is better off at the BVA or not-

Sure I have read many successful awards at the BVA- they know how to read in Washington-

but a deficient opinion from some VA quack stands as it is throughout the claims process unless the vet takes steps to challenge it.

These VA "expert" opinions are not the Holy Grail and can most often be successfully challenged.

If a vet cannot afford a good IMO we all know nursing school or medical students-even a good English Major can help see the gaps in a VA opinion-by the way it is written-

I am sorry that vets get the burden of challenging SOCs this way.

If they have probative evidence, the nexus or presumptive situation, and a full belief that they will succeed-they will----

but it takes work-

I have an email vet who still has failed to get his SMRs as he believes the VA would not lie as to what they say his SMRs reveal-

Another email widow -sent to me by one of my vet orgs-

who told them the VA caused her husband to bleed to death-

and she can prove it- still fails to obtain the veteran's death certificate and autopsy results------the Death cert is necessary for the 21-526 application for DIC-

I have dealt with numerous claimants locally over the years who could do so much to support their claims yet fail to-

the new movie "Munich"---

Well I have a local vet who gets SSA for PTSD due to his experience at Munich while in the military during this event.

The VA denied a leg-back claim he had years ago and he refuses to consider filing for TDIU for PTSD. The denial made him feel like VA was calling him a liar when he filed the claim.

Here is a vet with overwhelming proof of inservice event, PTSD diagnosis and treatment, and SSA award-who the VA itself-by their past decision on a different disability- has

caused him not to file a new claim.

I regret men and women -that we all have to be very proactive with our claims-I know how difficult that can be-

some claims fly right throught the system and get awards-

but many dont.

If you do take the BVA route- I do suggest that as you wait out the years it will probably take to get a BVA decision-

do not delude yourself that it will be a favorable one -it will be still be based on assessing the same evidence that prompted the VAROs denial.

continue to collect and send to the VA any evidence you can to support your claim-whether at the BVA or not-

Terry- I have great respect for your opinions-

as you know- and great affection for you-

My advise on responding to SOCs is only my personal advise-

Another problem Terry- whether the claim is at the VARO level or the BVA_ is that VA doctors often render opinions in SOCs that are parsed and often not what their actual report revealed.

Also I have knocked down 3 or 4 so called VA expert doctors already-

but only because the VA itself has forced me to gain some medical knowledge and I can immediately recognise deficient medical statements (often based on limited reports in med recs) in certain

types of disability claims.

This is wrong that any claimant should even have to do this-

we cannot depend that a VA "expert" doctor is in fact expert enough to

opine- and most often they are not only under pressure to go against the claim (as a VA doctor revealed to me)

and not given the very evidence they need-

as in my case with the Med team at VACO.

If these deficient medical opinions that go against the claim are not thoroughly questioned by the veteran in an SOC response or combatted with an IMO-

it doesn't matter whether the claim is better off at the BVA or not-

Sure I have read many successful awards at the BVA- they know how to read in Washington-

but a deficient opinion from some VA quack stands as it is throughout the claims process unless the vet takes steps to challenge it.

These VA "expert" opinions are not the Holy Grail and can most often be successfully challenged.

If a vet cannot afford a good IMO we all know nursing school or medical students-even a good English Major can help see the gaps in a VA opinion-by the way it is written-

I am sorry that vets get the burden of challenging SOCs this way.

If they have probative evidence, the nexus or presumptive situation, and a full belief that they will succeed-they will----

but it takes work-

I have an email vet who still has failed to get his SMRs as he believes the VA would not lie as to what they say his SMRs reveal-

Another email widow -sent to me by one of my vet orgs-

who told them the VA caused her husband to bleed to death-

and she can prove it- still fails to obtain the veteran's death certificate and autopsy results------the Death cert is necessary for the 21-526 application for DIC-

I have dealt with numerous claimants locally over the years who could do so much to support their claims yet fail to-

the new movie "Munich"---

Well I have a local vet who gets SSA for PTSD due to his experience at Munich while in the military during this event.

The VA denied a leg-back claim he had years ago and he refuses to consider filing for TDIU for PTSD. The denial made him feel like VA was calling him a liar when he filed the claim.

Here is a vet with overwhelming proof of inservice event, PTSD diagnosis and treatment, and SSA award-who the VA itself-by their past decision on a different disability- has

caused him not to file a new claim.

I regret men and women -that we all have to be very proactive with our claims-I know how difficult that can be-

some claims fly right throught the system and get awards-

but many dont.

If you do take the BVA route- I do suggest that as you wait out the years it will probably take to get a BVA decision-

do not delude yourself that it will be a favorable one -it will be still be based on assessing the same evidence that prompted the VAROs denial.

continue to collect and send to the VA any evidence you can to support your claim-whether at the BVA or not-

Terry- I have great respect for your opinions-

as you know- and great affection for you-

My advise on responding to SOCs is only my personal advise-

Another problem Terry- whether the claim is at the VARO level or the BVA_ is that VA doctors often render opinions in SOCs that are parsed and often not what their actual report revealed.

Also I have knocked down 3 or 4 so called VA expert doctors already-

but only because the VA itself has forced me to gain some medical knowledge and I can immediately recognise deficient medical statements (often based on limited reports in med recs) in certain

types of disability claims.

This is wrong that any claimant should even have to do this-

we cannot depend that a VA "expert" doctor is in fact expert enough to

opine- and most often they are not only under pressure to go against the claim (as a VA doctor revealed to me)

and not given the very evidence they need-

as in my case with the Med team at VACO.

If these deficient medical opinions that go against the claim are not thoroughly questioned by the veteran in an SOC response or combatted with an IMO-

it doesn't matter whether the claim is better off at the BVA or not-

Sure I have read many successful awards at the BVA- they know how to read in Washington-

but a deficient opinion from some VA quack stands as it is throughout the claims process unless the vet takes steps to challenge it.

These VA "expert" opinions are not the Holy Grail and can most often be successfully challenged.

If a vet cannot afford a good IMO we all know nursing school or medical students-even a good English Major can help see the gaps in a VA opinion-by the way it is written-

I am sorry that vets get the burden of challenging SOCs this way.

If they have probative evidence, the nexus or presumptive situation, and a full belief that they will succeed-they will----

but it takes work-

I have an email vet who still has failed to get his SMRs as he believes the VA would not lie as to what they say his SMRs reveal-

Another email widow -sent to me by one of my vet orgs-

who told them the VA caused her husband to bleed to death-

and she can prove it- still fails to obtain the veteran's death certificate and autopsy results------the Death cert is necessary for the 21-526 application for DIC-

I have dealt with numerous claimants locally over the years who could do so much to support their claims yet fail to-

the new movie "Munich"---

Well I have a local vet who gets SSA for PTSD due to his experience at Munich while in the military during this event.

The VA denied a leg-back claim he had years ago and he refuses to consider filing for TDIU for PTSD. The denial made him feel like VA was calling him a liar when he filed the claim.

Here is a vet with overwhelming proof of inservice event, PTSD diagnosis and treatment, and SSA award-who the VA itself-by their past decision on a different disability- has

caused him not to file a new claim.

I regret men and women -that we all have to be very proactive with our claims-I know how difficult that can be-

some claims fly right throught the system and get awards-

but many dont.

If you do take the BVA route- I do suggest that as you wait out the years it will probably take to get a BVA decision-

do not delude yourself that it will be a favorable one -it will be still be based on assessing the same evidence that prompted the VAROs denial.

continue to collect and send to the VA any evidence you can to support your claim-whether at the BVA or not-

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Don't mean to jump in on this thread, but I thought I would add some of my experience with C & P exams. We are at the BVA remand level with several of my husbands claims and a few are new due to these issues being brought up at the BVA hearing and they wanted the RO to review these issues. One of the issues was SC for hypertension. I fought this claim once, some time back, and was denied, based on the fact that there was nothing in my husbands SMR's that showed any hypertension. I tried to show them that his BP was fine when he entered the military, but according to his separation papers, his BP was considered high and should have been watched. No one told him. I even sent in information from the AMA and AHA confirming what I had stated. Still, they denied it because the word "hypertension" was not written next to the BP reading.

Well, since this issue was again brought up at the BVA hearing and the RO was told to visit this issue, my husband was again given another C & P exam. This time, the C & P examiner wrote that due to the BP reading on his separation papers, the fact that he had been seen for many years for his BP and that he was currently on BP medication, that it was her opinion that it was at least as likely as not (50/50) that his hypertension was due to his military service. I was really shocked at the opinion she gave because we did not have a good feeling during the exam as far as her being on my husbands side.

Well, that is what she stated, along with the other evidence we provided. But, we have not, as yet, heard anything back from the RO on this. I'm sure that they will find something to deny it on, as usual. The last two times my husband called the RO he was told that his claims were with the rater and that we wouldn't hear anything until after the first of the year. I am assuming that if it is at the raters desk, this is not necessarily a good sign. Any comment on this.

Also, if they do approve it this time, why was it not approved the first time we filed a claim and had the same identical information that we have now? Go figure.

I do agree with Berta. Every case is different when you decide where to have it decided. We got tired of the Ro and went to the BVA level. We had a great law judge and the hearing went really well. Better than any help we got at the RO level. But, at the same time, I helped another veteran with a claim and we had a BVA hearing on it. The law judge he had spent more time looking out the window and at his watch that he didn't spend a whole lot of time being concerned about the contents of this veterans claim and what he had to say. Well, he was denied. I think we pretty much knew that before the meeting was even over.

So, I guess, it looks as though it depends on who you draw when your claim is being decided as to how it goes. It doesn't matter really if it is at the RO level or the BVA level. It all depends on who you get to work your claim. If anyone feels I am wrong on this, please let me know. This is just my experience.

Thanks for listening.

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Thanks for your input mssoup and I do agree with all you said-

Claims are handled just like the chances one takes with a VA doctor-

did they graduate near the top of their class or at the very bottom?

Do those diplomas they hang on their VA offices so high up you cant read them and are often from foreign schools- really mean they are doctors?

Are they like that Swango guy- the male nurse whose background was not checked out by the VA, they hired him, and he killed many Veterans at a VAMC or VA nursing home- forget which it was-

One of Rod's doctors had a different diagnosis every time I went to see him-

she then messed up the MRI results and apologised profusely when they finally diagnosed him right-

but that still did not alleviate the fact that she was incompetent.

"Also, if they do approve it this time, why was it not approved the first time we filed a claim and had the same identical information that we have now? Go figure"

Yeah- this is the illogical aspect of many decisions-

Two of my local vets- both who waited 12 years for service connection-asked me the same question and I prepared CUE for one and NOD for the other vet. You stated the exact way in which the VA manages to either snooker vets out of retro or stave off the proper award ,hoping they will die.

This vet should get proper retro-if not under this pending claim maybe it would call for a CUE claim- when was the decision made that denied the first claim?

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Berta,

Thanks for your input. I will have to go back and check the date of his first denial. Been a long time ago. Will let you know.

Also, i think I did another posting about another C & P exam he had done and the entire exam report was totally wrong. He gave an opinion on a disorder that my husband did not even have. He stated the medication in question which was causing the ED was being given for Prostrate gland problems, not PTSD. Wrong...... My husband does not and has never had prostrate gland problems. He also stated that this medication was prescribed by a doctor in Urology. He's never been to urology and the doctor he referred to as being in urology is actually his psychiatrist. In the notes from his psychiatrist, she states that she is prescribing this for my husband for his PTSD symptoms and wrote that she talked with my husband about the ED risks of this medication. Yes, this medication can actually be prescribed for someone who has prostrate gland problems, as well as the problems his psychiatrist prescribed it for, Apparently, the C & P examiner took one look at the medication and just assumed that it was prescribed for a prostrate problem without really checking his records for the real reason for prescribing this med. Since he was claiming ED secondary to PTSD meds, this gave the C & P examiner a real out to give him what he thought a good negative opinion so his claim would be denied. I hit the ceiling. Nothing in the report was even close to being accurate. So, I didn't wait for the RO to rule on this false report and send us a denial. After having the report and reading it, I then wrote a letter disputing sentence by sentence all of the false information that the C & P examiner had used to form his opinion. He also gave my husband an exam for an increase in his SC skin condition. Even told my husband that it definitely covered more than 60 % of his body. Well, in the ED report he wrote up he stated that my husband was also there for a skin exam. End of story. Nothing else about a skin report and no report was ever written up. I also wrote a separate letter to the RO on this. I also requested that if he was scheduled for any followup C & P exams, that we did not want this doctor doing it or his associate. We took the C & P reports along with my lettrs directly to the RO and talked with a representative there. They immediately wanted to know how we managed to get a copy of his C & P exam so quick. I told them we went to Release of Information and requested it. They indicated that we should not have been given these reports until a decision was made on his claim based on these reports. Right. We are over 6 years into a couple of these claims anyway, so they now want us to wait on a denial based on incompetent C & P exams and then file a NOD and start the process all over again. Don't think so. I beat them to the draw. Now they will have to take some action on these before they can decide the claims. Saved a lot of time for us, maybe. Can't wait until we get a letter from them on these claims.

The incompetence throughout the VA system should not be acceptable. They wonder why the backlog of claims is so high. Well, take my husbands claims and multiply them by all of the other veterans going through the same thing and that should tell someone something.

I even tried to file a complaint at the VAMC concerning this incomptency. Was promised I would get a phone call back. They actually acted like they were concerned about this problem. Never heard another word from the VAMC. Does this mean that they actually don't and really didn't care about this problem? Looks like it to me.

Well, I have rambled on long enough. Hope my experiences will give a little insight to others and to the headaches involved in just getting simple claims decided honestly. They will do whatever they have to to deny, deny, deny. Then the ball is back in your court again.

Mssoup

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What I worry about is the percentage of disability and not the diagnosis. The VA has got it wrong so many times that as long as I am getting my 100% I don't care since I don't let those clowns treat me for anything more serious than a hang nail. When you go to the VAMC for treatment you take your life in your hands.

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I would love to get Fee Base outside the Tampa VAMC. How did you convince them to let you do this? They bill my insurance anyway for substandard treatment so I only go there for pills. It pisses me off that they are supposed to take care of all my medical needs but the care is rationed. I use my medicare and BC/BS and pay the co-pays etc because I don't trust VA medical staff. I know a 40% disabled vet who has had to wait one year for surgery on his elbow. We are treated like we are on medicade and welfare.

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Amen, Berta! Excellent, accurate synopsis of the ongoing incompetence and malfeasance of the DVA/CAVC/VAROs, etc....and all with American tax dollars - plus costing veterans physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It's been this way for what seems like forever and I don't see any credible improvement/positive changes on the horizon. Instead with the current political dysfunctional morass in our country, I only see it getting even worse for us veterans and our families. -- Michael

(This is only a few positiona and their salaries-

Also-if anyone is interested the 2006 VA Budget is found at :

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2006/appendix.html

Just click on the Department of Veterans Affairs.

These federal employees are paid good money to do a job properly.

I feel that the VARos- since they have the same legal and medical criteria as BVA and CAVC -should be pressured into doing their jobs right for you all.

The reason for the backlog is due in part -in my opinion- to the fact that they continually have to re-do decisions which could have been properly prepared in the first place.

I know Terry disagrees-and that is OK-

But when you consider these VARO salaries and then add what BVA and CAVC employees get paid-

a valid claim for compensation can be as costly to the federal goverment as it can be to the vet-as the vet waits year after year incurring higher taxes and interest on loans they need to get etc- and when they do finally receive an award it is usually based on money that does not have the same value when they get it-

as it did when they first filed the claim.

Like I always say- it the VA was a business- they would be bankrupt by now.

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I think it will get worse since fewer and fewer people are exposed to the hazards of military life. Military members are a small minority now as opposed to the millions of vets in society after WWII. Minorities are easy to ignore by Congress and the Prez. If every mother's son or daughter had to serve in a combat zone it would be vastly different.

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Berta,

I agree your veiws are accuraate for the average vet. Everyone keeps forgetting the Vet that is not average. The Vet who's disability prevents following your process. My claim is for brain injury. Learning IS my disability. Memory IS my disability. A lack of attention to detail IS my disability. An inability to performe complex tasks IS my disability. On top of that my body has failed me.

I am not allowed by law to hire someone to help me with my claims. Therefore the VA is reqired by law to properly process my claims without the need for me to have assistance. EVERY VETERAN deserves this treatment. It is a life effecting matter for me, or someone like me.

I cannot do what you propose I do for a successful claim. I cannot do what is neccissary for a successfull claim if the VARO is not held accountable on a higher level. The good people of Hadit are not the first to fight claims to completion, yet That is still what it takes to be approved for those that can. It has done nothing for those that can't.

I'm beginning to realize that it IS okay to be the Veteran left behind. The ones with the inability to fight for themselfs are left to SSDI.

For cryin' out loud, make the VA accountable. I hear over and over and over, "you are your best advocate". Thats how you win claims. Well, I've tried and tried to put it other ways but noboby is catching on or doesn't care. Either way, you've all made me feel like an xxxxxxx. My brain won't let me do what you say I need to, and everyone seems to think fighting each claim is the only way to go. I'm eventually going to get my claim, but does it make it okay for they next guy? It's not a simple thing.

I'm sorry to put this way, but really, in this proccess I get shafted. I needed a VA that followed the LAW and the will of the people. Noboby has addressed that yet.

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Time-

I DO understand your position-

I fully agree with points you have made-

I feel that it is just unconscionable and a national disgrace that disabled veterans have to practically become their own lawyers and doctors to succeed in some claims-

I feel that vets should be able to hire lawyers on a contingency basis-

Disabled vets are ,by virtue of their disabilities, the last people in the world who should have to do all this crap to be properly compensated for service disability-

I fully understand your point and I know how difficult it is for all of us to deal with them-

I have griped to VA about this in the past and will gripe some more-

we are not even given the same discovery rights as we would have in any civil court-

the deck is stacked against a disabled vet before they even file a claim----

please dont feel that I -in any way am trying to say anything to hurt you-

You are right veteran! You and NO disabled vet in the US of A should have to go through the claims process the way we are forced to go through it-

I certainly didnt mean to offend you with what I said-

I am on your side!

I used to be an ordinary person and then I volunteered to work at a vet center- the vets voted me into the PTSD Combat group-I am a civilian-

That experience forever changed me-I am so grateful to them- always-

then I began dealing with the VA as a widow claimant in 1982-

that experience changed me too-the VA gave me PTSD.

then in 1994 the VA killed my husband- a real life altering experience for him and me-and

since then I have tried to help veterans with their claims-

I agree with you- I did not mean in any way to say something to offend you-I apologise-

It isnt fair that any vet has to go through this-

nor even have to access the internet to get people who really understand some of the stuff VA should be doing themselves but they dont.

Berta

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Thanks. Sorry my frustration gets deeper every day. I know you are doing all you can for ALL vets. I hope you do not think I was implying otherwize. That was not my intention. You are a very special person to me and I think all who come here. I only worded that the way I did to make my point, and I know that each claim must be fought as the system is now.

I'm the guy with my foot stuck in the railroad tracks. A train is comming. Every so often someone hears me hollar. They come and look it over. "Yep, you fell right through that crack. I sure wished I had the tools to get you out. Good luck". I'm still pulling on my foot.

Understand if my frustration mounts. The train is getting closer.

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