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Obviously, it wasn't such a simple question, otherwise "you" wouldn't have asked it. It has already been asked/answered/posted at least 5 times, in one way or another. I'm sorry if you take offense

Philip, I was on a PEB forum when I was active waiting to be Medically Retired this past February. Along with that site and Hadit, I have found that most people are hard core in the site and learn

Navy04, I think as attorneys get more involved vets will know less and less about their claims because the attorneys will handle lots of that stuff. However, VA is very different than SSA - in tha

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Don't think the above would even work. The corruption runs so deep, someone would get paid off to load the gunsed used for the shooting would be filled with blanks. Shots would be fired, the intended targets would fall down and shortly thereafter someone would pick them up and load the up to haul away to the nearest pub where they could lhave a drink and a good laugh.

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I was on a PEB forum when I was active waiting to be Medically Retired this past February. Along with that site and Hadit, I have found that most people are hard core in the site and learning about how to submit their claims and not get screwed. The problem is when most people do get 100% whether it takes months or years, they all of sudden rarely get on site to help people, they just say "Man you guys are over anxious and going crazy", well that's easy cause you are at 100%. The VA in the last few years has put a lot of good people thru bad times, when most cases can be accomplished in a short period. I have a friend who is a GS18 at Dallas VA and another that is a Rater, and they tell me that they could do 10 cases a day if it wasn't for the Bureaucracy and the politics involved just to sign off on a completed claim. I had to resign from a high paying job as an Agent with the state, so we wont get rich anytime soon, even if we all were 100%. But I tell you one thing, if we owed the government 1$, they would take what little we had. God bless to all on here.

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Navy04,

I used to be pretty active on hadit - and then I dropped out for a long time. I tried to give back then. And I try to give back now. But I notice how much has changed since then. Ebenefits, fully developed claims, and all those things are new to me.

But there has also been a shift in the veteran helping veteran part. Veterans still help veterans, but the landscape is changing. Back when I was real active before was the pre-attorney era - and there were lots of vets digging in down to the nitty-gritty working their claims themselves. Now, more vets are using attorneys. And many vets are advising vets to get attorneys. There is still some nitty-gritty working of claims, but not near as much - and not with near the number of people involved in it.

When I was fighting my Social Security claim, I was pretty much on my own. I had difficulty getting an attorney because most attorneys either didn't handle survivor claims, or they said there was nothing they could do that I wasn't already doing. But it was hard because few people work their own Social Security claims anymore - and so there was nowhere to go for advice, support, assistance, etc. when fighting my SSA claim -- like I had grown used to at hadit. It was just me, my computer, and the SSA law and regulations. Maybe that is happenening with veterans' claims too. I don't know.

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I am with you. I was well knowledgeable about PEBs and MEBs when I was active. Now, that I am retired everything is so new, and scary. I was retired at 30 years of age, and that in itself was a reality check. I have a very supportive wife who takes me to my Dr appts. She was even there when I spent 3 months in a Mental Hospital last year. Everybody has been telling for a year, you are guaranteed a 100%, so many documented medical conditions. Easier said than done, people don't realize how much we have to do, just to get the few bucks that we clearly deserve. I don't leave my house much, but I like to get on here every now and then and help when I can. If I don't know the answer, I either assist, or wish everyone the best. We all have trials and tribulations in life, sometimes I just feel that that Mountain keeps getting bigger.

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Navy04,

I think as attorneys get more involved vets will know less and less about their claims because the attorneys will handle lots of that stuff. However, VA is very different than SSA - in that SSA only deals with "are you totally disabled?" and VA has layer upon layer of SC issues, secondary issues, presumptions, etc. etc. etc. So vets will still need to know quite a bit just to know if they need an attorney.

I feel bad sometimes here helping people because though I try to help as much as I can, I am certainly not an expert. And I often just try to help until someone comes along who knows more. Sometimes they come along and sometimes they don't. The days of 12 or 15 people all helping build a claim seem to be over. And though lots of people still help -- most have a limited amount of time to dedicate to doing so.

But I think you make an important distinction -- Not so much between those who have already gotten their 100% and those who haven't -- but that some people are really struggling, they are up against the wall, they are seeing life as they knew it slip away, they aren't able to do much about their financial situation BECAUSE of their disabilities from service --- and it is VERY VERY tough.

So there is a difference between someone who is doing okay financially and their veteran benefits will help - but they can wait it out -- and someone who desperate to get the rating they very well deserve to keep them out of the street. And we need to be sensitive to that and help as much as we can - and understand that to those vets being told to just be patient is not well received. It is easier to be patient when you aren't totally dependent on the outcome. But when you, and your family, depend on the outcome for your survival -- you don't want to be patient - you want to do every single thing you can to make it work out. And that is something to be admired.

And waiting it out could be easier IF you could trust the system to be fair. But.....

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