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Retroactive Pay


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What's up with the VA screwing us Vets over on our retroactive pay? I recently was awarded 70% compensation for combat related PTSD. I got my first check for a monthly payment but I still have to pay flippin' bills like everyone else in this slave state. No retroactive check. I will be calling my attorney. I'm done dealing with the VA. I tried to call them and the line is busy. I emailed, no answer yet. Again, NO RETROACTIVE CHECK!!! This is how they screw you to save money in their budget. All the federal reserve has to do is print more money, it ain't backed by nothing. Not gold anymore but our blood. Money is created out of thin air. It ain't nothing but dots and dashes on a computer screen or magnetic card.

I hired an attorney to handle my appeal. I'm sick and tired of the VA screwing us veterans over. I've been dealing with them for almost 20 years. I never had much luck dealing with DAV or American Legion. All they do is process the paper work but they don't know the admin. laws!! All the Legion or DAV does (in my experience) is send me a letter and it say's, "sorry the VA turned you down for an increase in your compensation." B.S!!!

My attorney will go for UI benefits (after 8 years) NON-SERVICE compensation and SS benefits at the same time. He's been doing it for over 25 years and has the track record. When your appeal goes to Wash. D.C. it sits on a court ledger and the appeal is read by VA attorney's. I will no longer have DAV or and other service org. handle my case. In fact, on the VA website, "they" recommend you go with a service org. such as DAV. Mmmm..why is that? Why not go with an attorney who knows the law. Sure, he will get his 20% contingency fee but you know he's gonna fight to get his money as well. It will work out in the long run. I'm going for 100% total and then some such as non-service. The VA attorneys know that the DVA does not have an attorney representing the veteran. Do not let them screw you over. When your appeal goes to D.C. it's reviewed by an admin. judge (who is nothing but a high priced attorney) and you better have an attorney on your side otherwise the VA will chew you up and spit you because they think you don't know the law. Guess what? We don't. There are so many benefits for veterans after doing research over the years that I'm still learning about.

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Welcome aboard bud and sorry to hear of your troubles. Atleast you were granted the 70% SC. When was your claim complete, as it does take a bit to get retro. Last year I was medically retired and I had to live off of my little savings, as I have a wife and 2 small children to support. We darn near starved, and right as we could not get any worse, I was upped to 100% VA, granted SSDI and my wife paid by VA to be my caregiver. So we went from barely making it, to 25K of pay in less than a month. God Bless you and good luck. Keep us posted

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What's up with the VA screwing us Vets over on our retroactive pay? I recently was awarded 70% compensation for combat related PTSD. I got my first check for a monthly payment but I still have to pay flippin' bills like everyone else in this slave state. No retroactive check. I will be calling my attorney. I'm done dealing with the VA. I tried to call them and the line is busy. I emailed, no answer yet. Again, NO RETROACTIVE CHECK!!! This is how they screw you to save money in their budget. All the federal reserve has to do is print more money, it ain't backed by nothing. Not gold anymore but our blood. Money is created out of thin air. It ain't nothing but dots and dashes on a computer screen or magnetic card.

I hired an attorney to handle my appeal. I'm sick and tired of the VA screwing us veterans over. I've been dealing with them for almost 20 years. I never had much luck dealing with DAV or American Legion. All they do is process the paper work but they don't know the admin. laws!! All the Legion or DAV does (in my experience) is send me a letter and it say's, "sorry the VA turned you down for an increase in your compensation." B.S!!!

My attorney will go for UI benefits (after 8 years) NON-SERVICE compensation and SS benefits at the same time. He's been doing it for over 25 years and has the track record. When your appeal goes to Wash. D.C. it sits on a court ledger and the appeal is read by VA attorney's. I will no longer have DAV or and other service org. handle my case. In fact, on the VA website, "they" recommend you go with a service org. such as DAV. Mmmm..why is that? Why not go with an attorney who knows the law. Sure, he will get his 20% contingency fee but you know he's gonna fight to get his money as well. It will work out in the long run. I'm going for 100% total and then some such as non-service. The VA attorneys know that the DVA does not have an attorney representing the veteran. Do not let them screw you over. When your appeal goes to D.C. it's reviewed by an admin. judge (who is nothing but a high priced attorney) and you better have an attorney on your side otherwise the VA will chew you up and spit you because they think you don't know the law. Guess what? We don't. There are so many benefits for veterans after doing research over the years that I'm still learning about.

So what was the reason for no retro - the date of the claim or severance pay recoupment, etc. . . ?

I think vets that learn the regs and laws and have a complete understanding of their claim

issues can represent themselves at the BVA level with positive results, supported by evidence.

The Court level - I feel a lawyer is warranted.

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Welcome. You will find a lot of veterans on this website who understand your frustration. The VA is supposed to be there to help us.

The VA's motto is "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan." The VA claims this sums up their philosophy and has guided their employees in dealing with veterans. The VA should take a poll among veterans and find out how many veterans believe the VA is living up to their motto. The VA is not an advocate for the veteran. They are a government agency with a budget and will do anything to stay within their budget, including denying valid disability claims and reducing veterans health care costs by delaying appointments and limiting access to specialists and expensive diagnostic tests.

I wish you luck with your retro.

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Thanks for the response everyone. I've talked to many Vietnam vets and they are still fighting for their claims and compensation. You fight in the military and then spend the rest of your life fighting the VA! Heh. Vietnam vets have told me many times do not give up! I think we learned that in the military. To be honest there were a few times I dropped the ball and did not appeal where I should have but after 17 years, I feel I'm finally getting somewhere.

I had open heart surgery right after I was HONORABLY discharged after 12 years of active duty, 2 years in a combat zone and 3 overseas tours of duty but see the VA don't want to pay me for the non-service connect there. I was exposed to uranium depleted rounds, biological weapons in the Gulf war and asbestos onboard ship which is documented in my military medical records. VA looks the other way on those matters as well. I think I have a pretty good case for an appeal and my attorney knows it. I started out in the USMC and finished with the Navy. It must be the salt water in my veins!! Hah!! Anyway, thanks for your support and response here. I would like to know how long it took for some of the rest you vets to get your retroactive check. I understand the retiree's is a different animal. I've read here from some vets anywhere from 2 days to 2 years and still waiting.

Thanks again fellow brothers and sisters. Much respect and keep in touch.

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