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DAV told me there is no expediting claims anymore even for Vietnam Vets. Only terminally ill vets, homeless, or going to be homeless are expedited, so it took DAV 5 months to get my claim into the system because they trashed it the first time because they are a corrupt organization.

Mr. Edwards in St. Louis for DAV got Mr Stephen Kelly his 12 years of retro pay in one week without even filing a claim, the way I read it. Dan Knabe For DAV got Mike Franko’s claim “Expedited” after he had been denied once already, also got him service Connected, got his retro pay, and got him a job with DAV as well. There was no mention of homelessness, or illness besides ptsd and knee injury. 

Mr Kelly was just before me and Mr Franks was just after me and none of us fit the requirements except Mr Kelly and myself were Vietnam vets, and Mr. Kelly and Franko were Gulf War Vets, as best as I remember. I was permanently damaged by something affecting my entire internal body and skin(AO), and records hidden all my life. Edwards and Knabe got their clients records, scoured through them, and completed and closed the claim in one week. 

The VA is still withholding my records, I have used a VSO (now VFW) for the last four years, and still waiting. VFW told me it would be at least 3 or 4 years before the BVA gets to mine. Minimum 3 to 4 years, and I probably won’t even exist by then. 

This sounds like picking and choosing who is expedited, which is nepotism or being prejudiced against my claim. I filed in 1983 because the Army lied about my records in 1972 or I would have filed then. Total manipulation to keep me from Justice per Exemption 5 of FOIA. Any recourse? Is a malpractice suit the only recourse, unless they make it right with this last attempt? Thank you!

victor ray

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VR, have you ever discussed your Appeal with a VA Lawyer?

No Private or VMC medical records from your Discharge Date, to your 1983 Comp Claim Filing? Considering the severity of your medical conditions requiring extensive testing and treatment while in Nam, one would think that ongoing treatment upon discharge would be an automatic.

When and where did you resume treatment for your Inservice Medical Symptoms/Conditions?

Why do you believe that the USA or Federal Record Depository would single you out to conspire against you? You actually believe you have medical records hidden somewhere within your VARO for the past 45 years?  How long were you "In Country," before your symptoms presented?

 

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9 hours ago, Gastone said:

VR, have you ever discussed your Appeal with a VA Lawyer?

No Private or VMC medical records from your Discharge Date, to your 1983 Comp Claim Filing? Considering the severity of your medical conditions requiring extensive testing and treatment while in Nam, one would think that ongoing treatment upon discharge would be an automatic.

When and where did you resume treatment for your Inservice Medical Symptoms/Conditions?

Why do you believe that the USA or Federal Record Depository would single you out to conspire against you? You actually believe you have medical records hidden somewhere within your VARO for the past 45 years?  How long were you "In Country," before your symptoms presented?

 

Gastone.

I have just briefly spoken to a couple lawyers, because the want $150 from me to see if they want to represent me. I may go that route at some point.

where I lived when I discharged was three to four hours to the nearest VAMC and I had insurance. I did not have any medical records at discharge because they were supposedly lost. The treatment records by private doctors and hospitals are not kept longer than 5 an 10 years, so no, I have none, and the VA refused to service connect me in 1983, gave no records at discharge.

YES, IT should be a given, and I should have been 100% directly service Connected, and it pisses me off that I was denied and manipulated all my adult life.

i don’t know that they conspired against me. I believe I was a test subject more than likely. I was a control, someone that would not likely be exposed, so they made sure that I was exposed to study the effects for comparison to reports from hundreds ot thousands with various conditions. I was intentionally exposed and like clock work broke out with the exact symptoms 2 weeks later and hospitalized for a month after that. I was issued a P-3 profile by a medical board in Vietnam signed by four officers on DA3349, and told I was going home. It was ordered that I have over, “OVER 120 DAYS RECOVERY TIME” to stabilize.  I never got any of the recovery time but I was sent “HOME AWAITING ORDERS”, but not separated from the service. I was sent to another station and put before a board of officers. I was told nothing until there. No notice, no announcement, no assistance, no PEBLO, NO RECORDS, NOTHING. I year in the hospital should have been given, but instead I deteriorated. In 1983 the VA fee based dermatologist told me my lungs were scared spottily, and chronic lung conditions were documented in service, but it is not in his record I got from the VA. Now, 20 to 30 FOIAs and 45 years later, I finally got some records, but some have no signatures or form numbers or dates, locations, and conditions are “unspecified “ and others are “organism undetermined”. Just your regular average skin disease causing evacuation and typical permanent disabilities that are documented but denied.

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I believe a reputable veterans lawyer would not ask $150 to talk to you.  They make their money off a percentage of your award.  It sounds like you are being shilled.  Anyone else have an idea? 

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I think you are exactly right. The VA refused to treat me because I wasn’t service Connected. It refused to service connect me even though I had a P-3 (PERMANENT) profile. It refused to give me the medical records in 1972, 1983, 2018, except for “some” hospital records in Vietnam.  My calcium score was a thousand 4 years ago. This has been a farce and an experimental joke on me. 

I’ll see what what happens, and go from there. Thank you!

victor

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If you signed all FOIA' Forms and still no records after all these request/years

you need to contact your congressman or call the white house hotline.

you should have records from Vietnam STR's and separation records Medical Records Service Records Immunizations Records ect,,,ect,,,

Check all Hospitals military/private you were treated at for any and all records they may have on you.

if your C-FILE Don't have any Records and you can't get any buddy statements from your unit in Nam or a DD 214  Yes something is very wrong here.

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