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BVA Grant Wait time....


LJM

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March 2010 claims filed 

2011 NOD 

Jan 8, 2019 BVA Judge

June 10 - 4 grants, 3 remands, 3 denials 

This whole wait is because the Atlanta RO couldn’t determine whether my husband, a SSG in 1st RGR BN ever served in combat for service connection. Baffles me to this day. Nonetheless, almost a decade into this I am finding that the retro for the grants will take at least another year or more. I am curious as to anyone who can shed some light on their experience and or timeline. 
We do not have a lawyer. The American Legion is who represented him. We were told law offices slow you down in the process by many veterans. The American Legion has sent his denials to a law firm that has contacted to help with that part of the BVA decision. We have contacted them to see if they have any insight to a timeline on the grant decisions and they said no. All leads resort back to the general Atlanta RO and they are never helpful. 
Thank you for taking your time to read this. 
 

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We share your frustration.  Berta posted a "fast letter" where VA is supposed to compensate Veterans for "partial grants" right away, and not to wait for the remands to occur or denials to be appealed.  Go to Bertas posts if you want to find it, 

 

I also offered some suggestions there on what to do to speed it up, at the above link.  

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Thank you very much! 
It’s sad that the veteran has to basically do all the work. We are not so much concerned about the remands at this time because I have a feeling that will take several years. 
I will show this to my husband and hopefully this will help! 

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LJM-  I have been through this fight this summer also.  It finally came down to a phone call from my congressman to get the VA to apply the grant.  So just like Bronco said above use the fast letter, but first call Peggy and find out where you claim is at!  Then send that fast letter to that Regional office and Attn: to whom the RO is at that office.  You should get at least some traction.  

The congressman got back to me in a week and a week after we talked my partial grant was applied and back pay received.  

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3 hours ago, LJM said:

This is all very helpful. Thank you! We are going to start working on the fast letter this week. 
How much time after sending the fast letter in should we wait before contacting our congressman? 

Now!

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