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How to properly revoke a power of attorney from your veterans service organization


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I am wondering what the proper procedure is for revoking my vso's poa and representing my claim myself.  I contacted my regional VA office in reference to the matter and they informed me that I needed to fill out a form 21-22 and fax it in to the office.  I noticed that form 21-22 is the power of attorney form for adding a vso which I do not want to do.  I looked at the form 21-22a (for adding an individual) but think it would be silly to fill out a form to give poa to myself.  I really don't want the VSO that I am currently involved with to have access to my records.  I understand from doing a few searches on this subject that it may be a difficult procedure, but I did not see anywhere that actually stated a procedure to accomplish this.  Thanks for any help in the matter.

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Another great question.  VA makes it easy to do a POA, and its also easy to change from one VSO to another, as the new VSO POA automatically revokes the old one.  

The VA probably does not have a form for this because they really dont want you to go Pro Se, they want you to have a VSO, which is mostly under VA's control.  The VA is defiantely a "control freak".  They snub their nose at the polce as they have their own Kestone Cops, the VAOIG, and they dont really listen to congress either, as congress inquires have been simply ignored on more than one occassion.  

They dont like the presidents hotline, and they certainly dont want Vets calling the RO to try to get anything done.  In short, the VA is a control freak, with their self proclomation of things like, "All claims are different" so they do not have any deadlines on themsleves, but strictly impose deadlines for Veterans.  

I suggest you try sending a 21-4138 revoking your old POA.  Again, VA will choose whether or not to comply with their own regulations or not.  

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Really as far as I know there is no specified procedure, you just file another group as your POA.  I would at least have a vet's group have your POA since you can at the very least call them and ask them to look up stuff for you on the system that you cannot see.  Even if you represent yourself you should have someone to look over your shoulder to make sure you are not messing yourself up.  Before I had a lawyer I had a state representative but I wrote all of my own appeal paperwork.  Good luck and do not give up.  

 

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