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Wow.  Wish I could talk to that group!  Its my opinion that, at least for me, VA delays made me homeless.  

Like many, I could have gone to VA earlier, but I sucked it up.  Finally, in 2002, I decided to apply.  No one explained it would take 7 years (and multiple, multiple appeals) to get my full benefits.  

Of course, I could not keep my home 7 years without income.  

Finally in 2005, the VA awarded 40 percent.  (3 years after applying).  It was too little too late and I lost my home to foreclosure.  Most people cant wait any ways near 2 or 3 years without income, to lose their home.  

Its my opinion the "delay, delay" system is designed to make as many Veteran homeless (or suicidal) as possible.  

If VA would have paid me in 2002, or even 2003, I could have kept my home.  NOOOO!  They denied me for bogus reasons, even with a nexus.  

Of course, it "helped" that my VSO did not know to tell me to also apply for pension.  My doctor finally told me to apply for pension in 2004.  I was eligible for pension.  I told VA I was about to lose my home.  Did the VA do anything?  Yes they did.  They delayed my claim as long as possible ensuring I would not be able to keep my home.  Im not unique.  

I was expected to have a masters degree in VA benefits to apply..and to know the difference between pension and compensation, and apply for both.  I had no idea.  Of course, VA should have awarded pension also..and they did, finally, 3 years later.  Again, it was too little, too late. 

There is a big financial incentive for VA delays.  

1.  The Veteran may die, or give up before his claim is completed.  Result:  VA saves money. 

2.  Even if the Veteran is able to live long enough and be persistent enough to complete his claim, the Veteran gets 0 interest, and the claim is paid to the Veteran with inflated dollars at the "old" rates.  Result:  VA saves money.

So, in every case, even when the Veteran wins his claim, the VA gets an interest free loan from the Veteran.  The VA should pay interest, and penalties for delays...like we have to do if we dont pay our bills on time, even with the government such as IRS.  

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