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      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’.


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      I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?



      B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?

      I was involved in 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?



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Allison Hickey Email To The Va Employees

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I try my best to stay positive and hopeful when I deal with the VA, but it is difficult.

Looking back at previous VA leaders like Shinseki, etc..., they all made promises to make a difference for the better. A few things changed, but most stayed the same.

There is a real disconnect between the people at the top and the people who work directly with us Veterans. This is evident by the chronic failures that affect us frequently and directly. This disconnect is a prime reason why many of us can confidently say that the VA system is a stressor. When someone has been screwed over repeatedly by the VA, it definitely shows.

Answering the phone or replying to emails is one thing, but we should not have to resort to such specific measures in order to get timely attention. This is just a squeaky wheel gets the oil tactic. Because someone calls a VIP, their issue will get attention it needs (good for them), but it pushes them in front of someone else. As more claimants jump on this wagon, it too will start to slow down. This also will likely not change things at BVA or CAVC level because they are probably out of their hands.

The real change needs to occur further down the line. I am not talking about poorly planned options like the choice card with exciting names, but fail to deliver. The VA needs to get rid of employees who are part of the problem and hire the right people to be part of the solution. We should not have to wait for years on appeals because someone screwed up a claim from the start. We should not have to wait a year for a copy of our C-file. We should not have to learn the LPN just injected you with an overdose of medication. We should not have care providers who dont listen and lie on paperwork. Nobody should die or lose their home because the VA screws up. I know there are processes and procedures in place to deal with most of this, but the amount of red tape is staggering. After you spend a few years with the VA, you start to realize what it is.

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Soooooo true. Now you right about that. So true. :unsure:

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The THROTTLING of money and care is being induced by the direction of someone in the VA. Someone in a position of authority is passing down instruction, to deny when possible. The fact that the numbers of compensated vets, and percentages of comp, seem to stay static confirms this situation. Our country has been at war for 13 years. Would it not be an expectation that compensation money going out would be on a upward gradiant?

I would certainly think so.

Here is my theory. I believe that someone is keeping a running account of the numbers and when it starts getting high, the reins are getting pulled back. I believe they try to achieve a level of paid compensation this year, that was similar to last year. WHY? It may be an attitude of thinking that "" well if the numbers stay about the same as last year and the year before, the boat wont rock too much.. it will be "acceptable" because its around the same as it was last year and the year before. Nobody bitched last year , so lets try and do it again.

Its almost like buying a car from the motor city built on a Monday or a Friday. If your part of the WHHOOOOAAA .. cycle, you will get robbed, just because your claim was in the wrong place at the wrong time when the throttling was taking place.

And really, the ones doing this, may not even realize it. Many times, a organization can take on its on " entity" . Things happen repeatedly because of general attitudes and unspoken rules and goals. The problems start to compound, when veterans find they were wrongfully denied, and pursue a claim that could remove 20, 30, 50, 500.000 from the "yearly payout goal".

I would bet a dozen crispy kreme donuts that after the VA pays out a whopper, like a 40 year retro, things get a little complicated in the bean count.

How could it not?

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Lets step back in time for a spell. The former Sec Shenseki, said as an exit statement, that he was duped by people who he thougght were doing thier jobs.. who are these people ? what did they not do that they were supposed to do and why.. Why were they not held accountable. ?

Are the same people doing today, the same thing they were doing before?

The point is, you cannot fix a broken system unless you acknowledge the shortcomings.

I believe the honorable so far Mc Donald, is going to make things better.

You can learn alot abt a persons character during a heated debate. Recently when Mc Donald was in a heated discussion with a congressman, the congressman tried to put the cost ovveruns of a hospital project on the new sec and he told the congressman he wasnt even appointed when the hospital project was started, and then he said.. " what have YOU done"

This tells me 2 things.. He will not take responsibility for someone elses Goof .. And he will hold others responsible who have a chance to make a difference but dont.. This man is a leader.!!

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63SIERRA sounds like you have your mind made up... I see you are very passionate in your concerns and clearly there is nothing I can say or do. I understand you, trust me, I do; however, consider this...

It's easy to stay stuck in your story – believing everybody around you is out to get you since you have been wronged in the past - but maybe just maybe - someone comes along to right the wrongs. If you stay stuck in your story and blinded by past injustices, you will never move to the next level.

Surely you want to be next level in your claim or you wouldn't be on this site, right? I'm just saying that I totally agree with you, and how I totally understand where you're coming from; however, having the guts to speak up and calling it bull...shit does nothing to increase movement in your claim. But if you try something new, like nurturing new relationship and building repore with new people maybe, just maybe you will get a different result. Don't stay stuck in the past - because that's just what it is - the past.

Again, I’m on your side – I was just giving you a different perspective that's all.

You are absolutely right and if the expressions in the letter or genuine, I will be the first one to say , lets let the past be the past, and move forward.

So lets see what actions take place, that reflect what was said.

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      All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

      Tips on posting on the forums.

      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’.


      Knowledgable 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.


      Use paragraphs instead of one huge, 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 to:

      Post clear questions and then give background info on them.

      Examples:

      A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?


      I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?



      B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?

      I was involved in 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 from your claim?” etc.

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      Your firsts posts on the board may be delayed before they show up, as they are reviewed, this process does not take long and the review requirement will be removed usually by the 6th post, though we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.

      This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before they hit the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims and this helps us do that.
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