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I have heard from two independent sources that all rating of claims/appeals has been put on hold while so-called Nehmer claims are processed. The edict from Washington is to complete these cases by the end of December.

I have an appeal that was handed off to the rater nearly two months ago and has not moved a milimeter since. I'm told that all raters are working on the 'special Agent Orange cases'...

Is there any truth to this? Has anyone else been told this? There is not much available via Google and when I call my local representative's veterans affairs person, they knew nothing about it.

What's going on?

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Any truth to this?

I hope it's very true...as one of those Nehmer people it would be nice not to go to the rear of the line again. If you have been waiting ten years or more I'll let you get in front of me.

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I have heard from two independent sources that all rating of claims/appeals has been put on hold while so-called Nehmer claims are processed. The edict from Washington is to complete these cases by the end of December.

I have an appeal that was handed off to the rater nearly two months ago and has not moved a milimeter since. I'm told that all raters are working on the 'special Agent Orange cases'...

Is there any truth to this? Has anyone else been told this? There is not much available via Google and when I call my local representative's veterans affairs person, they knew nothing about it.

What's going on?

Find something in writing to verify the source. Otherwise this is just a rumor. Nehmer cases are to be given expeditious treatment but so are all remands, court or BVA or court or BVA grants so they just cant stop and drop everything to work solely on Nehmer claims.

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If your claim has been handed off to the rater 2 months ago and you are getting nervous then you are really going to get nervous over the next 6-12 months. 2 months in VA time is like an day of regular time. What you hear from rumor mill is just another bit of disinformation designed to turn one group of vets against another. The VA is just slow.

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"I have heard from two independent sources that all rating of claims/appeals has been put on hold while so-called Nehmer claims are processed. The edict from Washington is to complete these cases by the end of December."

I could state here an independent source told me anything at all.

What "Edict"?

VA extensively trained a separate group of employees to handle Nehmer claims. Those claims have been outsourced to specific VAROs for special handling by separate divisions. This didn't slow up or stop processing of any other claims.The VA has been slow for decades.

You might want to remind your "source" that expeditious treatment would be real nice for AO Vietnam vets since the ultimate weapon of mass destruction-AO- has caused so many fatalities and catastrophic disabilities to them since the War.

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This is why the VA is putting these claims on the fast track:

http://www.vawatchdogtoday.org/uploads/NehmerTrainingGuide.pdf

ACCOUNTABILITY

"Resource Centers, who are responsible for the readjudication of Nehmer claims,

must strictly comply with the instructions set forth in this letter and the attached

Training Guide. It is critical that Nehmer claims be handled expeditiously and

correctly. The processing of Nehmer claims requires VA to operate under courtimposed

deadlines. Failure to comply with instructions could result in courtordered

sanctions against VA and/or VA officials."

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Berta:

I am not advocating slowing down those claims.

I'm just wondering what's going on because it affects me. I don't think that's unreasonable.

Also I understand that anyone can say anything. That's why I posted here to see what's up.

One of my sources works in the RO and told me that ALL raters had been pulled to work only on those claims until the review is complete. There may be a separate group created to do that, but that is not what he told me. Of course, he could be shining me on.....

Thanks to folks that responded. I know a little more than I did before and that's good, right?

"I have heard from two independent sources that all rating of claims/appeals has been put on hold while so-called Nehmer claims are processed. The edict from Washington is to complete these cases by the end of December."

I could state here an independent source told me anything at all.

What "Edict"?

VA extensively trained a separate group of employees to handle Nehmer claims. Those claims have been outsourced to specific VAROs for special handling by separate divisions. This didn't slow up or stop processing of any other claims.The VA has been slow for decades.

You might want to remind your "source" that expeditious treatment would be real nice for AO Vietnam vets since the ultimate weapon of mass destruction-AO- has caused so many fatalities and catastrophic disabilities to them since the War.

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