Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery”instead of ‘I have a question.
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Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story.
Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.
Post straightforward questions and then post background information.
Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
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Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
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I couldnt believe the VA was actually calling me.
It was the REPS department (Restored Entitlement Program in St Louis)
The VARO has not acted at all on my REPS application and I sent the stuff in directly to REPS yesterday.
I had left my number at their voice box Friday never thinking they would call me back.
I got the info I needed and apparently had sent them what they needed.
The man from REPS actually understood the REPS benefit-something none of my reps ever understood.
If you as a survivor of a deceased vet receive (or received in the past)SSA due to death of the veteran-and had a child under 16 who also received SSA death benefit- the SSA you received ceased when the child turned 16.
Depending on your income for the 2 years preceeding the child's 18th birthday, you can be 'restored' a one time payment for the two years of SSA death benefits that you lost (due to the Omnibus Reconciliation Act under Pres. Reagan.) if the VA awards you direct service connected death of the veteran.It does not matter when the VA makes the award-in my case 14 years after death.
Adult children who stay in school after high school in some cases also have right to REPS payment.
That too depends on finding of direct SC death.
The man was surprised that Rod died in 1994 and I was just awarded direct SC death but it does not matter.Section 1151 deaths dont count. If the VA kills a vet with negligence, their survivors are not eligible for REPS.
NVLSP in the VBM makes it clear in every edition that many widows and/widowers could be potentially eligible for the REPS benefit with proof of direct SC death and proof from SSA of their cessation of SSA death benefits when their child turned 16 years of age.
One more benefit due me that I would have never known of except for buying the VBM since 1991.
It just makes me sick that here my applications for REPS and Burial accrued expenses etc are sitting in my C file and the VA has failed to act on any of them since my BVA award letter came.
The REPS application is part of every DIC 21-534 form.
I am applying for all these ancillary benefits (which the BVA said were due me) all over again -because I think the VARO probably destroyed the original apps by now.
I even bypassed the RO completely on the FTCA offset and wrote directly to Regional Counsel for that.
We HAVE to be aware of what our benefits are and then make sure the VA gives them to us.
The REPS man apologized that my REPS could take as long as 2 or 3 months.
I laughed at that and told him my direct SC death Award took 6 YEARS so REPS is a picnic.
Then again VARO should have processed my application in May.If they did-I would have the check by now.Edited by Berta (see edit history)
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