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Rush to judgement?


On 8/29/2018 my appeal was reported to have 73,496 "ahead of you". On 8/30/2018 my claim was reported to be "before a VLJ". On 10/11/2018 a decision was made, 6 issues denied and 5 issues remanded to AMC/RO. On 10/11/2018 it was reported that there are 69,361 claims "ahead of you".


I have no attorney nor VSO. I am not interested in the RAMP program. I have not requested advancement on the calendar nor am I eligible for such consideration.


Does anyone have any thoughtful insight as to how and why I "jumped" the line in front of so many other veterans?

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Thanks for posting this.  You may not have "jumped", the numbers may have been fake.  I really dont have a good idea why this would happen, other than VA "faking the numbers", which they often do.  Recall, if you will, VA faking other numbers..such as the wait times for Veterans, and there was a big scandal about that, too.  VA is "alleging" that they have 94% accuracy on initial claims.  This HAS to be fake, also, when you understand that, of the claims Vets appeal, about 40 percent are remanded, another 25 percent are awarded (reversing the decsion maker), and only about 15 percent are denied, indicating the original decision was "correct".  So, where do they get the 94% accuracy number?  Answer:  They fake it.    In part, I suppose, the VA assumes any decision the VEteran does not appeal is correct 100 percent of the time.  That isnt true either.  A Veteran may not appeal for many reasons..independent of whether or not his or her decison was "correct".  For example, a Veteran may decide not to appeal because:

1.  He forgets about it.

2.  He does not need the money. 

3.  He is too sick to face the long wait again.  

4.  The Veteran dies.  

5.  His or her VSO advises him "not to appeal", even tho he may have a winnable claim.  

6.  He is homeless and doesnt even know, or does not receive the decision.  

7.  He moves and does not get the decision.  

8.  He does not know HOW to appeal.  

9.  He is too busy, or involved with other things.  

10.  He has a mental illness, such as PTSD or depression which prevents him from doing some things he should be doing, like appealing his denied claim.  

      Of course, the VA assumes that all of the decisions, above, are correct, because the VETERAN did not appeal.  More likely, the Veteran was not thinking about whether or not the VARO decision was correct, he was more concerned with his life, his family, and why his VSO wouldnt bother calling him back when he called to ask if he should appeal.  

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On 10/12/2018 at 3:38 PM, broncovet said:

have 94% accuracy on initial claims

just to provide some info here


VBA’s national claim-level accuracy rate is determined by dividing the total number of cases that are error-free by the total number of cases reviewed.

There is more interesting info on that page about what they are actually referring to when they state a level of "accuracy" for claims.

The net effect is when you deconstruct that sentence the operative number to look at is the number of cases that are error-free. They don't provide a definition for error-free or whose "errors" they are free of. They also don't provide the weekly/monthly/quarterly numbers for either one in any manner that is directly attributable to this computation.

It would be simple if they published something like, "week 24 of 2018 1000 claims were error-free and VA decided 940 of those error-free claims." They don't.

With that said, this is not unique to the VA or the Government. Several things happen to numbers and statistics when they are "reported" or published. Any party interested can take those numbers and phrase them anyway they want, which is dangerous and frequently causes conflicting claims about any specific set of data, particularly data that can be twisted to be incendiary.

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