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That was the day my vet hubby was diagnosed with cancer and that was the day I met the VA. Before that day the VA was just a name attached to the subject of his military history which started in Nam. Undoubtedly it was the worst day of my life, and the beginning of the end of his. We lost each other in this life with his death in January 2004.

In March 2004 I filed for DIC. As i was in deep mind clogging grief, my application was short, accusitory, and thinly stated.

I was denied in Aug 2004 I believe, and I appealed, because even in grief, I was a fighter and would not give up.

I was denied at the traveling board hearing in 2006. I thought this was the end of it so I tread water. I had no money for a lawyer, and the help I had from my service rep was very unprofessionally presented to me and gave me no hope. But somewhere in my two denials there was a mistake that was spotted by somebody more learned than me, and my service rep picked up my case and presented to US Vet Court of Appeals, where it was remanded because of that mistake.

I got this news in Oct 2007. I had 90 days they said, to gather additional information they said, to support my claim.

My beloved had been gone for 3 1/2 years by then, and my brain had cleared quite a bit.

So I set to work going over every piece of paper I/he had every gotten from the military, every piece of paper from private medical providers, and began to assemble the pattern of his life that lead to his death.

In his terminal state he was given 50% SC ptsd on 2003. He had applied for sc ptsd three times in his life and was denied the first two. He had applied for sc for asthma around 2000 and was denied..

Little did I know that two weeks before I was to send my supporting documentation in to DC for the last round that I would receive unsolicicited copies of letters that he had written to a college friend that described a jungle encounter with tear gas that put him in an oxygen tent for three days. This event gave credence to his application for SC for asthma, filed 30 years later.

Little did I know that when I shamed the VA for deserting and denying his needs in my 16 page single paged brief that I may have been asking for them to CUE themselves.

Did I?

In that last packet of information I sent in, was 170 pages of supporting documentation which included a chronoligically numbered document list of my proof, as well as the VA denials of care.

I pdf'd the proof. When I saw the articles of shredding, I sent them a CD of my records to be on the safe side, all return receipt of course.

I have applied for the last month of life reimbursement.

I am so glad I found this site...looking for information on AMC. I waited with anxiety to be approved for participation.

Now I guess I need to ask...lots of questions.

1. How do I send an IRIS message asking the status of my case?

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