Jump to content
HadIt.com Changes Ownership ×
VA Disability Claims Community Forums - HadIt.com Veterans
  • veterans-crisis-line.jpg
    The Veterans Crisis Line can help even if you’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care.


  • question-001.jpeg

    Have Questions? Get Answers.

    Tips on posting on the forums.

    1. Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery instead of ‘I have a question.
    2. Knowledgeable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title.
      I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
    3. Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story.
      Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.
    Leading too:

    exclamation-point.pngPost straightforward questions and then post background information.
    • Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
      • Adding Background information in your post will help members understand what information you are looking for so they can assist you in finding it.
    Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
    • Question B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
      • See how the details below give us a better understanding of what you’re claiming.
    Rephrase the question: I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?
    This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial of your claim?”
    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed. This process does not take long.
    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed. The review requirement will usually be removed by the 6th post. However, we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.
    • This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before hitting the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims, and this helps us do that.
  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   


  • VA Watchdog

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

  • 0

Congress Will Talk About Appeals Backlog, Hopefully This Will Light A Fire...



Hopefully this wasn't already posted, I'll be tuning in.

Sep 05, 2014 | by Bryant Jordan www.military.com

Congress will meet with Veterans Affairs Department officials next week to demand answers on how the agency is handling appeals filed by veterans whose compensation claims were denied.

The focus on the Board of Veterans Appeals comes as the VA works at restoring trust to a department seriously shaken by confirmed reports of secret wait lists, systemic manipulation of patient data and instances of veterans dying before getting to see a doctor.

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colorado, told Military.com on Friday that the VA's problems go beyond the Veterans Health Administration.

"It is imperative that Americans understand that the culture of corruption within the VA expands far beyond patient wait times and I have serious concerns about the mismanagement in the Board of Veterans Appeals process," he said.

Coffman said the VA needs to "ensure a veteran's appeal claim is processed expeditiously and accurately so they receive the care they need and deserve."

Much of the attention on a disability claims backlog over the past four years has been on first-time applications, which exploded in part because hundreds of thousands of Vietnam veterans who were able to file for a number of illnesses finally recognized as linked to their service.

Additionally, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, when they did file a claim, generally filed for multiple conditions, VA officials have said.

Former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki determined early on in his tenure that a claim not acted on within 125 days of being submitted was part of a backlog. As recently as a year ago, the backlog was more than 600,000 claims. The backlog has since dropped to below 300,000 and is on schedule to be eliminated next year.

But appealed claims those submitted if the initial one was denied or if the veteran sought an increased rating or additional benefit also grew.

There are now more than 250,000 of those claims before the Board of Appeals. These may take an average of four years to decide, said Glenn Bergmann, a former VA lawyer who now represents veterans seeking compensation from the department.

Some veterans as well as lawmakers have accused the VA of reducing its backlog of initial claims by denying them, getting them off the backlog but forcing the veteran to file an appeal. Some veterans have also slammed the VA's slow processing of and denial of claims as intended to wait for the veteran to die.

Coffman said the Sept. 10 hearing will address those wait time concerns for veterans with a claims appeal.

"The purpose of this hearing is to address problems occurring at VA's Board of Veterans' Appeals ... related to various forms of data manipulation," he said. "It will address the excessive delays in processing claims and the various methods used to shift cases around in order to hide the amount of time cases are sitting without being processed or [adjudicated]."


  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

11 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0

I saw the recent congressional BVA hearings and the BVA representative that answered the committee members questions, was well prepared, responded eloquently, and was not the least phased. She had a reasonable answer for everything that the committee asked her, to include making nonsense of the whistleblower on the panel who had some serious serious allegations against the BVA; The BVA Representative on the panel stated that the whistleblower's allegations were from complaints noted as early as 2012 and were simply baseless.

Do not look for any changes at BVA regarding faster processing of claims no time soon..

Remember, there have been several committee hearing on VA Claims Backlogs as early as 2002, which leads me to believe that these hearing are just formalities, and that the VA will handle your case as usual.

125 days processing time before or during 2015????!!! Check your estimated time when you file a new claim to get the real estimated completion date. the 125 days is just another promise to Congress. If they do not keep the promise as in the past, so what, there will just be more hearings in the future..

Take care and just be patient and wait.. Do not believe the hype!!!


Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0
  • HadIt.com Elder

Folks, I thought the same thing, Dog and Pony show. That was until I got involved on our states Veterans Coalition. Congress has very good intentions and are hard nosed and determined to get the VA to get it right. Now, as we knows, the Upper echeclon of the VA, Not including the secretary, is a well rounded group of people that are in the so called click. These people are so enept in the practice of delaying Veterans that they have graduated to delaying Congress. These folks are intelligent as they know that the Congress is working on Borowed time. They can delay an issue on a continuous basis because they know every 2 years Congress has to start over. At that point, By the time the issue gets back to Congress, It is way too late.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0
  • HadIt.com Elder

You are so right John time is not on the side of the Veteran and the VA knows it we must find a way around this

road block so the issues move directly into the new Congress with out any delay.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

The way I see it, the only way it will change is if people refuse to put on a uniform. As long as there are warm bodies to send off at the whim of the President's and Congresses' brain farts then nothing will Change! I ask: "What are our troops really doing in Liberia?"

In Harbel, Margibi County, Liberia is Firestone's massive rubber plantation.

Edited by GatorNavy (see edit history)
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0
  • HadIt.com Elder

The VA knows that some more serious situation will happen and vet issues will be swept from the public's mind by war, disaster, economic depression and the congress will focus on those things and forget us. My congresswoman has tried to help me, but the VA just delays and gives her BS. She probably thinks I am the problem because I complain about poor care at the VA and limited access to services due to distance and doctor shortages. Just because I don't want to drive 50 miles to have my teeth examined by real dentist I am the problem. I have paid out $12000. for dental care the VA should have paid for, but since I could not wait I went ahead and paid to have it done. The VA is going to say "Well, he chose to go outside the system. That is not our fault".


  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0
  • HadIt.com Elder


At my VA the Dentists are monsters might as well worked for the people who torture. I have a real Dentist that is 15 minutes from hope and is pretty much painless. The VA paid for most of the treatment I got thank goodness it cost about 7500.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Answer this question...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...

Important Information

Guidelines and Terms of Use