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24 X 48 ILP Greenhouse

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VA sent out their Voc Rehab counselor to present me with the Individualized Independent Living  Plan (IILP). They chieu hoi'd and are not going to play keepaway. Seems someone in DC said "We don't want to see this at the CAVC." Full size and full hydroponics. He forbid growing pot in it though as its a federal grant. Two year plan and they pick up the propane and electricity bills during that time. All the hydroponic computer gear, 12 2000W halide lights, raised tables, storage tanks, pumps. Plumbing, wiring and propane gas utilities hooked up. Just add seeds (not included). It only took five years and a trip to the BVA.

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Congratulations to the homeless Vets you are helping who will benefit the most by this.  You already seem to grow more food than you can eat.  

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That is fantastic, I hope you post some pictures after it's constructed.

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I do plan on advertising this far and wide. VA's IL Program is difficult but rewarding. As BroncoVet points out, I already grow plenty for myself. They just put too many seeds in a packet. I can do much good with more space. But mostly, it shows what VA has available if you fight for it. As the counselor put it, "I can authorize up to $2 K on my signature. My boss can authorize up to $ 79,999 on his. After that, we have to seek the authority of the VA Central Office. They can sign off for up to $179,999.00. At that point, the VA Secretary is required to sign off". According to Kris, I'm way past $80 K and they haven't even hired the project manager yet.

 

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And all I wanted from IL was a riding Lawn Tractor. Maybe I should turn my front & rear lawns into a Greenhouse.

I didn't push very hard, will have to revisit the IL program, in the near future

Semper Fi

 

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      After 10 months of blah blah blah, it's showtime next week (I hope). Here's the email I sent back to my Voc Rehab counselor of five years:
       
       
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      In your recent phone call you mentioned you had a brief  (working paper)summation of what was being considered on the greenhouse parameters. Before we meet, I would appreciate a copy of it or an IILP you might be considering for my signature so we can accomplish this in one visit. If we are not in substantial agreement on the goals, the actual size and configuration of the greenhouse or what VA considers a "reasonable accommodation", your drive over would be a waste of time. 
       
      I have striven over time to be an active stakeholder in this but the lack of information is causing an irreparable breakdown in communications. This is what prompted my filing to the CAVC. The VA Secretary, as you probably know, has until July 24th, 2016 to respond to that current Extraordinary Writ petition before the Court. I was hoping I could file a Petitioner's reply brief afterwards saying we have reach a mutually agreed upon modus vivendi. Absent any input or a beginning dialogue until we meet face-to-face is counterproductive and will only lead to further delays. 
       
      The Farmtek ILP coordinator, Karen Meister, was given the full list of my disabilities and asked to craft a bid that hewed to the medical shortcomings and  the ADA nature of my disabilities. A 24 foot by 48 foot greenhouse will encompass the same area I presently have under cultivation. ADA requirements also show a need for two entrance/exits at opposite ends. Due to my 6 ventral hernias and permanent lifting constraints of 10 lbs., using potting soil is sadly no longer an option. This was discussed in the opening colloquy with the Veterans Law Judge. We impressed upon him that 38 CFR § 21.160(a)'s "General"  introductory statement encompasses all disabilities-both service and non-service connected.  Any IILP must take all my disabilities into account. Simply providing a covered structure with a 120VAC outlet and a water spigot will not suffice to satisfy the BVA findings. I hope we are clear on that. As you may be aware, too, my rated disabilities have increased  dramatically to 100%,100%,60%,40%,30% and 10% since my original filing in 2011. These percentages do not include my Crohn's disease, numerous hernias or balance issues. Merely trying to comply with the original 2011 greenhouse  parameters is no longer a limited option left on the table now.
       
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      Nine months and counting for that elusive greenhouse promised. I'm launching a new Writ Monday morning and then turning off my phone and computer for a week. I like watching them blow coffee through their noses.
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