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Appeal Status Is Confusing



I go into e-benefits and under explanation of appeal status it says "no information". Me and my POA turned in the paperwork to appeal to BVA in 2009 and I call the BVA line and they still do not have it and when I called the RO office this week 6 times I was hung up on after going through the phone automated hoopla and told to call in the evening and schedule a time to be called. I did that and no one called. I am thinking of changing POA's to either American Legion or DAV. Should I wait to investigate until I am in the hospital because I plan to go into inpatient during thanksgiving break to change my meds because they are not working.

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  • HadIt.com Elder

Go to the main VA web site (www.va.gov) then to the Contact Us thing,to the right of the main page , and then click on it and then on Ask a Question and click on that. It will take you to IRIS.

If you dont get a response from IRIS that makes sense, file another IRIS as a complaint ( the complaint form is in a pop down box there,)

Always ask for a snail mail or email IRIS response.

Something definitely seems wrong here and you should have had a docket number and letter from BVA by now, if you filed the appeal in 2009.

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These things concern me. I dont think any vet should rely on a POA to file the I-9 without double checking that the POA did file it.

Dont know if that is the case here.

When the state of NY asked me to help with a few claims (they USED to be my POA)

one claim the boss gave me was because he Forgot to file the i-9 for the vet and he though I could perform a miracle. yeah right

He had to tell the vet ,the appeal deadline had passed and they filed a new claim.

The claim was awful. The rep insisted Personality disorder was a valid SC disability.....

he didnt believe me when I said it wasnt and that claim was promptly denied.

He also made me interview the vet to see if I thiought they could award for PTSD but believe me, I couldnt perform that miracle either...

More ridiculous stuff happened but finally the VA made an award and the rep called him up to say he just won 100% SC and the rep called me too and I could hardly believe it and I drove right over to the reps office to read the award myself but had to explain to the rep , that it wasnt 100% SC, it was a NSC pension award.

By this time I realized the same rep was probably buggering my claim up.......that proved to be correct.

You have the right to double check what a rep says they will do for you. Sometimes they don't do it.

Many reps are wonderful but many of them dont seem to have a single ----ing clue.


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Thank you guys so much. It looks like the I-9 form was processed in 2010 but nothing after that. It says something like that when I click on it but nothing else. I may try my POA again one last time and see what she can find out. I also will visit the benefits rep who visits the hospital on Wednesdays and see if he can find out anything. I was hoping to get this cleared up so I can file a new claim for other stuff. My POA said it was best to wait until the appeal has taken its course.

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