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HairyVNV

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In January 2011 I was told by the VA that my claim for IHD/Agent Orange was in the hands of the rater. They also said it normally takes 27 days for this phase. In late March 2011 I was told by the VA that my claim is with the rater. This claim is a nehmer claim and was started in October of 2009 with the original claim filed in 2003. I understand having to wait until October of 2010 for Webb and his cohorts to make there decision( sort of) bu at the same time they said they were looking at ways to expedite claims. It has now been an awful long time in process and seems to be stuck at the raters. Does anyone know about how much longer this might take and if there is anything the vet can do to get them moving. I am still kicking but at the rate they are going who knows.

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Welcome to Hadit. Unfortunately I know of no one who can say exactly when a VARO will make a rating decision but I can encourage you by saying that they have been making quite a few of them lately.

I hope that others here can encourage you.

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It's hard to stay positive and keep your spirits and hopes up when playing the VA waiting game, but here's hoping you can. I think the Nehmer cases are more complicated; thus, taking longer. It took over a year for my Vet's claim to be awarded (60% for IHD/AO) and his wasn't a Nehmer case and was very straight forward. I'm certain you will eventually prevail in your claim and REMEMBER, everyday you are waiting you will be paid retroactive to the day you put in your initial claim! Best of luck to you.

Lorraine

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Hairy VNV said

"This claim is a nehmer claim "

Has the VA or NVLSP specifically indicated to you that this is a Nehmer claim?

If so have you given NVLSP the info they have requested?

I will find the contact info ere and bump it up.

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This link has the NVLSP email contact addy and the questions they need answered.

NVLSP is the pro bono law firm who won the Nehmer Class Action case.

http://www.nvlsp.org/Information/ArticleLibrary/AgentOrange/AO-VABeginsReview.htm

Recently I received a Nehmer letter with IMPORTANT REPLY REQUESTED on it (it appears to be a VCAA type letter) and it asked me for probate documents ( I filed as widow of AO IHD veteran)

It also asked me if I had any additional info and if not upon receipt of the signed response form,they could make a decision.

I responded with the evidence list of what they should have (just the list-in case something is missing already)and other info they requested.

I also sent them pages one and two of my Email to NVLSP regarding the past denied decision I had in 1998 that puts me under the Nehmer Court Order.

I was glad to get this letter as since I filed in August 2010,I had heard nothing from VA by mail and IRIS indicated the original Aug claim was sent to wrong VARO and then was lost.At the sametime the Buffalo VARO poulled my pending CUE claim and put that under Nemer and sent that to Phila RO

-where this letter came from.

All the letter says is that this is a potential Nehmer claim.That is all NVLSP has indicated to me as well.

But the important part is thatr the claim as been acknowledged under Nehmer.

Have you received anything from VA that indicates that?

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