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What Tricks Has Va Used To Deny You?


What tricks has VA used to deny you?

It seems that VA has a group of tricks they commonly use to deny claims. If you carefully read and reread the denial section of the rating decision you can break down word by word what they are saying.

1. Misdirection---they deny you based on something that has absolutely NOTHING to do with the rating schedule. Another vet here posted he was denied on migraines because he did not meet the "economic inadaptability" criteria to get to 50%, even though he had the required number of headaches for the rating. The denial said that because he was going to school, he did not qualify. Hello! Students don't make any money!!! economic inadaptability means you have difficulty holding a job.

In another example, a vet was denied because he still had his drivers license. having a drivers license is not in the rating schedule.

We need to carefully read the denial paragraph, and compare it to the rating schedule. Then cross reference both of those to the evidence listed in the rating letter and read EACH piece of evidence they used.

2. Pretend they can't get your records--in one of hubby's 4 denials, they denied his request for increase saying they could not get the records from the VA medical center he was treated at. I had NO PROBLEM getting those records a few months ago. Oh, and big surprise, the records had the proof that he needed for the increase!!!

3. Ignore their own VA C&P exam--they will disregard their own C&P exam and instead use a random note pulled from your medical file to deny the claim.

We should write up a big list of these common maneuvers VA uses, so other vets can recognize them and know that they need to appeal the incorrect denial. Or if we are feeling adventurous & bold, submit a "Go CUE Yourself" statement based on Berta's instructions in the CUE forum.

that saying, "you don't know, what you don't know" really applies to many of these denials. unless a vet knows every damned regulation and statute that applies to their case, they don't even know they have been wrongfully denied. They just accept the word of the VA. This makes me sad and pissed off at the same time!

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You have been treated very badly. The end of your rant "but what can you do?"

You can vote against whomever is in office now because this happened on his/her watch. And just for fun, make sure you tell them about your vote as well.

Thats just one thing you can do. Are you motivated to do more?

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"Are you motivated to do more?"

I certainly am motivated and doing more.....and it will affect my time here. It already has.I read very few posts these days.

I have contacted vet malpractice lawyers and news outlets. My experience is unique in many respects, as a surviving spouse,regarding the claims process as well as the wrongful deaths of these veterans......

I am waiting for an IG response , to prepare a letter to H VAC Chair Miller among others

But I am a civilian.

This will take action from veterans themselves ,if any of VA's deceptions within waiting lists or the claims process will finally come to light and if the VA will change.

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LOL, Berta. "getting Veterans organized is like herding cats"." Yes it is...

In the 1980s I helped organize a group of Vietnam vets carry an assortment of flags, and march from the Alamo, to Washington D.C., to bring attention to the POW MIA issue. We left the Alamo in SanAntino, TX in September and arrived in DC on November 11th. It was a logistical challenge, due to the law that you are not suppose to march on an "Interstate" HWY. etc, etc... I would run up to the next state we were about to enter, and get the governor to sign a proclamation, supporting the vets. I would also pass out "press kits" to every newspaper &all the TV stations, a few days up the road ahead.
"Herding the cats" was a real challenge.. As we marched up the hwy, cars and trucks would honk in support, and every time the vets, in reply, would throw up their fists. By the time I helped get them through Texarkana, I had the vets wave their hands back instead of throwing up their fists, when the vehicles passed and honked in support.
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WOW - wish I would have been with all of you on this march.

I am so proud of you.

You are top of the line.

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"Are you motivated to do more?"


This will take action from veterans themselves ,,,,

I agree, Berta, however, this would require much sacrifice from our new generation, as well as the older vets.

I am reminded of "Hooverville ."


Herding cats these days is even more challenging, because many are so feral.

Also, it appears the public suffers from ADD.


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