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After 50 years I received a 100% disability rating. At 73 years of age I was awarded it about a month ago.

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After 50 years I received a 100% disability rating. At 73 years of age I was awarded it about a month ago. Prior to then I received a letter from the Treasury Department stating they didn't have my banking info available if I was awarded a pension. Turns out they did. I had to call the number given to verify it. The gentleman I talked to told me how it can take 6 to 8 years for an appeal. WOW! That was depressing. He said the Washington office alone had 4 or 5 staffers and handled 30,000 claims. I wrote to Senator John McCain telling him what I had learned. With no reply necessary. I turned on CSPAN 2 weeks later to see what was going on with our committee hearings and I hear various Senators pushing bill  H.R.2288 - Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. It passed the House and was headed for the Senate. It was to shorten the time period of between 5 and 10 years to one year for appeals. 470,000 appeals waiting for approval. I wrote back to Senator McCain and thanked him today. No reply necessary.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2288?q={"search"%3A["congressId%3A115+AND+billStatus%3A\"Introduced\""]}&r=1

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On 6/2/2017 at 5:02 PM, lfredrick123 said:

You my friend are my hero for waiting and pursuing for this long. 50 years is a very long time. We have been waiting on my husbands since 2009 and we are right now awaiting a DRO Review and Hearing. Such a struggle.

We are all heroes my friend. We were lucky enough to survive. I applied back in 1997 when I was homeless and received a letter stating I had just received a Social Security Disability award. The letter stated from VA was that I was not entitled to a VA Disability Pension because they were both government programs and that I couldn't collect both at the same time. Fast forward 20 years later and it worked out for me. I got lucky. My Examiner was contracted with VA I believe only one day a week. Fridays. She was a good listener. And I had quite a lifetime story to tell. Plus a lot of proof of my medical issues since Vietnam. I just wish it had happened decades ago. Life would have been much easier for me. But i am not through yet. Hoping to catch Mom who passed on at 91.

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You my friend are my hero for waiting and pursuing for this long. 50 years is a very long time. We have been waiting on my husbands since 2009 and we are right now awaiting a DRO Review and Hearing. Such a struggle.

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Welcome to Hadit, Shipdog!

Congratulations!

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So on your last appeal exactly how low did it take from nod to a completed appeal?  My husband will be 71 in aug. he filed a claim for increase in diabetes and chronic kidney disease  stage in Jan of 2012 it was denied an we filed an a nod nov of it did not get on dockett until Jan of 2015.  We have not heard anything else yet.  Gets discouraging.    Did you have yours advanced on dOckett?  Congradulations on the success of your. Appeal

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I thought my 18 year fight was long, but truthfully it was a blip compared to others out there. What an adventure it is.

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