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So I applied for the clothing allowance back in August and it is still not here. I called the VA this week and they informed that the brace does should not damage my clothes. They want me to bring the clothes in to prove they are damaged. I no longer have the clothes because they were no use to me. Should I let it go or appeal?

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So I applied for the clothing allowance back in August and it is still not here. I called the VA this week and they informed that the brace does should not damage my clothes. They want me to bring the clothes in to prove they are damaged. I no longer have the clothes because they were no use to me. Should I let it go or appeal?

First get a copy of the handbook concerning the clothing allowance, it specifically states that veterans should not be asked to show clothing,

( " Staff must ensure that they do not routinely require the production of worn or torn clothing."

and that medical record should be the deciding factor,. In other words if your issued a brace it qualifies for a clothing allowance period. Now, since you were denied the clothing allowance, you can open a Clinicial Appeal.

Read handbookj 1173.15 ( clothing allowance) http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1641

Read VHA directive 2006-057 clinical appeals http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1494

YES APPEAL! Good Luck

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I called back and quoted what the VA reg said. The guy told me he went to some training and they said he can ask the Vet to bring in clothes. My question to him was is the reg going to reflect the change and if I was not told to keep the clothes how can I be responsible for a change that is not even in the regulation? He told me to appeal to his boss. Should I just avoid that office all together now and go over his head?

First get a copy of the handbook concerning the clothing allowance, it specifically states that veterans should not be asked to show clothing,

( " Staff must ensure that they do not routinely require the production of worn or torn clothing."

and that medical record should be the deciding factor,. In other words if your issued a brace it qualifies for a clothing allowance period. Now, since you were denied the clothing allowance, you can open a Clinicial Appeal.

Read handbookj 1173.15 ( clothing allowance) http://www1.va.gov/v...asp?pub_ID=1641

Read VHA directive 2006-057 clinical appeals http://www1.va.gov/v...asp?pub_ID=1494

YES APPEAL! Good Luck

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I think you should go through the regular appeals process. I don't think that the person you talked to is telling you the truth. It is easy to find out if it is a reg or not, don't let them discourage you from getting what you are entitled to. Good luck and keep fighting.

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Appeal! Go over this person's head; stand on it if you have to... I was told the cut off date for application was the first of July for the current year also.

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