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Hi,

I am considering not appealing.  Why?  I do not trust the raters, I do not think they understand MS (multiple sclerosis) and I do not want to go through anymore time wasting.  In hindsight I should have left things alone, requesting an increase created more issues/problems plus the county VSO's appear like they could care less.  I know I have "NEVER GIVING UP" in my profile but in this instance perhaps I should.  This VA runaround has me feeling defeated already.  You can't fight city hall or the VA.

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I don' know what stage in the process you're at, but I would do some research for a good attorney, then let them worry about it. Sure, they get some of your back pay, but they have a better chance of winning your appeal than you do. Then sit back, send any info they ask for and wait. Let them fight for you. Just research va attorneys until you find one you feel comfortable with.

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I realize the stress of stepping back into VA red tape. I once felt that way myself, but a dearly departed admin here

@carlie told me, "If you give up, then they win."

 

Just curious, but have you been awarded SMC S and/or housebound?

 

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Vync is right: "if you give up, then they win"

If you feel like the local VSO's stink, find someone else or get a lawyer.

Having dealt with 2 regional offices and gone 3 times to the BVA:  The local office can be spotty.  Sometimes they get it right, but when they get it wrong, boy do they get it wrong.  

BVA is way better, more through and will provide a clear rational if they deny you.

At the least, let it ride to the BVA.  

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About four years ago the VA started saying they were going to reduce my benefits and sever a service connected decision.  It was all illegal due to the twenty years of benefits and ten years of service connection.  At this point I got a VA lawyer.  After ten years and two remands I won my case.  The VA local office stepped way out of line and it was noted in my remand in a backhanded way.  Never let the $%#$ get you down.  If you need to get a lawyer and go on auto pilot. 

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I remember wondering  years ago if  my rating would ever increase from what it was to what it is now. I would ask people who's job it was to advise people about benefits. The one constant thing I heard was don't ask for an increase unless your willing to take  a reduced rating... what I said, and was told yes the va is more likely to review all your issues and reduce your  rating... So you know what I did.. I did exactly the opposite. ( I   could write a book about all the actions I took to get my rating to where it is.. but no one really cares about it but me)... so my answer to you would be... if its important enough for your to raise the question then its important enough to request an increase. If you can't do it yourself seek out a lawyer ( most only get paid if you win) , or a good advocate. Best of luck to you...

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