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    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

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One Cancer On Appeal For Ao Now Another New Pops Up

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I have a one year old appeal going for a head & neck cancer agent orange connected.

Now, it appears that I have a new primary lung cancer that could be agent orange presumptive.

The Question: Will the ongoing appeal cancel the new claim or screw it up somehow??????

Thanks in advance.....

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How about getting a lawyer to represent you. I use the VARO in St. Pete as well and they are prim AZZholes for sure. There are lawyers in the Tampa/St. Pete and many in Florida who do VA claims. The thing is that this will off load the stress you are feeling right now.

This is why I will not move from current address until I hit 20 year mark on my P&T rating. I trust the VA not at all. If your claim is in the appeal stage the lawyer can pick it up right away. When you are sick it is too much to fight the VA and deal with cancer. The lawyer gets 20% of your retro when and if you win. That is better than 100% of nothing.

John

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"but was coerced into an opinion that would go against the claim."

That if there was a way to prove, should be a prosecutable criminal act!

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My suggestion, Slowlane, is to contact Dan Smith ASAP. He is located near you in Florida and will be your shield bearer. I met him at the NOVA conference in SF last month and rarely do I meet attorneys with the fire in their eyes for our cause. One thing about VA claw backs of ratings. VA screws them up almost every time. The laws and regulations for reneging on claims are tremendous and require exams and lots of documentation to prove they themselves committed CUE. I have yet to see one disputed at the CAVC win. Quite simply, they cheat. In your case they resorted to a OB/GYN Dr.and the 30 pieces of silver to say what they wanted. I've seen them use podiatrists as neurologists and an EENT ARPN as a gastroenterologist on Hep C. The list is endless. It's a battle that can be won but let a law doggie do it for you. You need to concentrate on you and let the rainmaker do what he does best. dsmith@lawyers4veterans.com

Welcome home yourself. Thank you for not being selfish when America needed you, sir. God sends the Right.

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Thanks for the great advise Asknod. I will try to do as you suggest.

I was going to write Jeff Miller for assistance in getting a form 9 and SOC out of St Pete. I actually live in his district. I got discouraged when I went to his website and read what he had to say about appeals.

This is a cut-paste post from his website concerning appeals:

"How can I get my VA claim processed faster?

The Department of Veterans Affairs currently has many claims pending for various types of benefits. Because of that, many veterans feel that their case might be overlooked or handled improperly.

I am always glad to help in these situations. At my request, the VA will "flag" a particular case and keep me updated throughout the process. However, it is important to know that I cannot act as the "representative" on a person's VA claim. You may still want an attorney or veterans representative to help you with this. My actions will not affect the work done by the person you select as your representative."

Pretty bad when the Chairman has no power.

Slowlane

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Never give up and don't stop fighting for your life.

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