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Claim Never Decided



My wife had filed a claim back in 2000 after I had had my open heart surgery in a private hospital. She ask the VA to take over my treatment (which the did) and was seeking disability.

The only forms she has now on the claim is the consent to release information that has a date stamp on it from the VA. There is also a letter to the VA asking why the claim has not been addressed.

She also found a name and phone number to the person she spoke to at the VA about the claim.

She was more concerned with my health and the claim just sat there. I received medical treatment for CAD & IHD from 2000 until current on my heart from the VA.

Is this still an open claim or was it our responsibility to pursue the claim back in 2000.

We were happy just to receive the medical care that was needed to stay alive.

Seem like the VA requested the information and never did follow up on the disability.



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I would suggest calling the Call Center at 800-827-1000. You will have to wait for a long time to speak to someone, but they will ask for your SS number and see if you actually have a claim filed. This will be the quickest route to find any information.

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My wife had filed a claim back in 2000 after I had had my open heart surgery in a private hospital.

Did the VBA ever respond to this claim ?

Do you have a copy of the claim that was filed ?

Does it have a date stamp on it ?

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To the best of my knowledge, your wife cannot file a claim for you, unless she has your POA and the POA is acceptable to the VA.


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Phillip Rogers is correct. The claim sent in by your wife is third party information and not acceptable by the VA. The information would not be added to your records.

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