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Venting....arrrrrrgggghhh

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1994andcouting.....

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I sent an IRIS inquiry back on February 5th and was told my claim had been awaiting a final decision since October 2, 2008.

On February 5th, I sent another inquiry asking why so long and how long is TOO long . I was told that they couldnt tell me anything and that it should be soon.

I sent another IRIS on February 19th and was told that someone was working on my claim as of February 18th. BUT they couldnt tell me wh or what they were doing.

I called the AMC # today and was told that a 'rater' has had my file since February 12th.

WHAT IN THE HECK Does all that mean???? Pulling answers out of their wazzoos............UGH!!!!!!!!!!

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Basically it means that the IRIS answers can not be relied upon as fact.

It is not so surprising considering other parts of the VA regularly "cover up" errors, so should we expect anything different from IRIS?

It is just "business as usual" with the VA. It is the ABC plan of the VA:

A. Always deny when in doubt.

B. Blame the Veteran whenever errors occur.

C. Cover up errors with empty promises and lip service.

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CORRECT!!

Ya know, in the early days, I thought....'oh humans make mistakes, no one is 100%' But dang, it has taken me over five years just to get here and my patience is wearing thin. My SO wont even call me now. I forwarded the IRIS responses to him the same day I got them. I dont even know if he is still there. Frustrating is putting it lightly.

Basically it means that the IRIS answers can not be relied upon as fact.

It is not so surprising considering other parts of the VA regularly "cover up" errors, so should we expect anything different from IRIS?

It is just "business as usual" with the VA. It is the ABC plan of the VA:

A. Always deny when in doubt.

B. Blame the Veteran whenever errors occur.

C. Cover up errors with empty promises and lip service.

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believe nothing until you get the envelope they say and do anything to get vets off the phones many vets have been told it is awaiting signatures implying that the claim is approved only to get the denial letter even denial letters need signatures trust your own lying eyes look for the envelope then you will have the truth

filed my claim in Nov 2002 just had my BVA hearing on Feb 4th

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Thanks, I hope I get some type of envelope soon, even if its a denial. I just want to know what my next step(s) should be.

believe nothing until you get the envelope they say and do anything to get vets off the phones many vets have been told it is awaiting signatures implying that the claim is approved only to get the denial letter even denial letters need signatures trust your own lying eyes look for the envelope then you will have the truth

filed my claim in Nov 2002 just had my BVA hearing on Feb 4th

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