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Veterans Appeals and The Brink of Death COVID-19

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Board of Veterans' Appeals Response to COVID-19


The Board of Veterans Appeals has decided to wait for veterans to become too sick to know what is going on with their claims to advance them on the docket. Many years ago I filed for financial hardship with my congressman's assistance.  Even though the VARO expedited my decision it came back denied no increase, no help what so ever.   Sad to think what these decision maybe.  Can we really count on the Board or even VA to do the right thing?  Why is it that we have to come to the brink of death to be acknowledge?


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This is VA's method to clear the backlog...delay the claim until the claimant dies, then simply close the claim.  A few years ago I was reading about "how many" Veterans die while their claims are pending, and its a stagering amount....something around 10-20 percent.  

The base problem is that VA has a "financial incentive" to delay the VEterans claim as long as possible.  For example:

1.  The Veteran dies..usually the heirs dont know to file a substitution of claimant, and so the claim dies also.  

2.  The Veteran becomes too sick to persue and jump through all VA hoops to keep their claim alive. 

3.  "Even if" the Veteran "wins" his appeal, he loses the time value of money (no interest) AND, VA often figures out a way to either hornswaggle the effective date, or "miscalculate" the retro (in VA's favor, of cours).  

     In all cases, the VA wins by delay, and profits by it.  

    I could only hope that I could pay my bills "whenever I want", and not have to pay interest, penalties, etc, like VA.  There needs to be a "late fee" VA has to pay..to incentivize them to pay the claims quickly.  And punish them if they dont.  

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