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Hello Everyone,

After being approved for Voc Rehab and driving 35 miles back and forth to the VR&E office, I was recently sent a letter denying me for these benefits. Overall, it was a TERRIBLE experience. I felt like she was patronizing me each time i walked into her office. Despite taking the tests, giving her my transcripts and everything going smoothly(i thought), it seemed like each time I met with her their were new reasons to string me along not give me an IWRP. One time it was the testing, the next time it was that she wasnt prepared. I almost felt as if the counselor Allison, Didn't want me to be a part of the program(despite being approved and being entitled for the VR&E benefits). I felt defeated and even went as far as calling the regional office in Philadelphia. That proved to not work as the associate VRO told me that "my counselor knows my situation and file best, she should be able to point me in the right direction."

Can anyone else share their experience (good, bad or ugly) and interactions with VOC Rehab getting(or TRYING TO get) the benefits we are entitled to in the VR&E program?



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2 hours ago, Buck52 said:

The commodes are about 3 to 4 inches higher   and that makes is easier to get up.

I plan to install them in my next house...much easier on the knees...:)

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Yeah paul I bet they are a lot better,...I didn't know ILP would buy them and have them installed? Pete got them via ILP

It's been over 18/19 years since I was in the ILP, The only thing my counselor got me was a smoke alarm and a phone that had a big built in RED LIGHT on it when it rings  and a pair of TV Headphones to watch TV at a lower volume  he also throwed in sock puller -uppers... .but the biggest thing the counselor did for me was write me a letter about how I was unfeasible  to retain-this veteran at this time due his my S.C. Disability's'' I was at 50% & the letter help me get the TDIU P&T Back then

I guess the VA  Voc Rehab ILP has changed over the years  I do not understand why this Veteran ''VAN'' had all these problems with his counselor?

I had used the GI Bill right after I got out 72 and went to a community collage and pick up a couple of Assoc Degrees....This is what most of us Veterans did Back in those days   we worked 8 hrs and then went home cleaned up and went to school until 10.00 p.m.5 nights a week,  I took a full load of semester hours (12) for two years and went to summer school to finish up  and then got into another Program to earn another Assoc Degree

We were doing pretty well back then I was young/wife was young  we had our first kid and the $$$ I got from the VA (GI BILL) for going to school help tremendously  1ST Check paid for the books and tuition  then the next months check and the checks after that were clear and we paid bills and had a life. 

Until my s.c. disability took over my life and could no longer work and everything went down hill after that   the degrees were useless.  but like every Veteran with a disability  struggle at one time or another waiting in Appeals for his benefits.


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Since I could no longer work doing anything   because of my bad hearing  I could not find anything anyone would hire me for  I was computer illiterate and seminary jobs were for and in between  I could not be a wal- mart door greeter  and that's a damn shame..

.wife was a hair dresser but had let her license expire  so all she could do in the beauty shop was do shampoos for the beauticians  at 35 cents / 50 cents a head , she would come home with her fingers bleeding,for a measly 5/6 bucks ,I mowed yards in our neighborhood  the neighbors that felt sorry for me I guess  but it got us Bologna Sandwiches.

   I felt useless as a man and almost gave it all up  we lived in a small mobile home that was 8 ft x30 ft it was an older Mobil home(1955)  painted turquoise and a dark blue  it was an ugly old thing no heat/air  we used a kerosene heater in winter and a small 5.000 btu A.C in the window..  we lived in it for 10 years until I got my benefits at 100% P&T for IU..  lucky for us our kids were grown up by this time.and on their own. started their own family's.

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For me I never had the GI Bill, I was after the GI Bill you had and the one they have now. We had to put money in in order to have a GI Bill, it was half my check back then for the first year and I was not able to afford it (at least I thought so). What little college I have is self funded and at this time I am not wanting to go back to college. 

When I move and retire next year I will have to check into the ILP (I know nothing about it). I will see what if anything I may be eligible for or if I really even need it. The only thing I will really need and I hope the house has one is a pool, I need to do low impact exercises because of my back and legs. Other than that I don't need anything at this time.

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