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You can request a transcript of the VA's recording they make during hearings. However, the transcript I recieved was so messed up, no one could make since of it. Most of it just repeatedly said it was garbled. Or so they claim.

Yeah, I got one of those. Same thing. Besides, all this is moot. Those VA quacks have carte blanche and are exempt from LAW< never mind rules. My last few C&Ps would have put some people in prison otherwise. Isn't it against the law to falsify government records? Not at VA!

One rebuttal of a C&P exam I submitted ran over 30 pages including the copies of records I submitted proving the lies. Exam said I had antalgic gait but exam summary said gait was steady and even indicating no altered gait! Said no uneven shoe wear but the photos of the shoes I wore proved otherwise. Also said there were no other records indicating altered gait. But what is a Trendelenburg lurch? Pronounced truncal shift? there are many others. The examiner pushed my limbs to get the desired range of motion results til I jerked and yelled coming off the table onto the floor from the pain. Hey! No witnesses allowed and she denied touching me to my face, right there. They stated my radiological exams made no statements of conditions those reports clearly did. The list is far too long to go on here. There were a couple others almost as bad. Those rebuttals and their perfidy may have had some influence in getting my claim approved in the face of abysmal C&P exams. I don't know. But it's clear that they were not accepted as true. But I have no doubt those same people are still there doing the same things.

These people are a power unto themselves and care nought for rules, regulations or law. Change will have to come from the top. That's the only way to break up this mess.

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I got a transcript of a DRO Hearing. The transcript left out the part where the DRO Officer agreed with us. I had a lawyer.

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I got a transcript of a DRO Hearing. The transcript left out the part where the DRO Officer agreed with us. I had a lawyer.


Quite convenient fot them.

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Since we can not start a new new topic in the state benefits forum I wanted to let those vets in Virginia that don't already know, that on the ballot on Nov.2nd will be an amendment to our constitution to allow for tax exempt for real estate tax for 100% disabled veterans!!

Now this is something well over due and I hope all vets will vote for it and also all their relatives. Virginia has always been a leader when it comes to the military and our state is made up of many retired veterans, active duty and disabled veterans. Lets show our gratitude to them by voting this change as unanimous as possible!!


Thank you!

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Good Post Still Here. We can pin this topic as it is a very important one. My state is also considering an ammendment for 100 percent Disabled Vets who are 65 or older to get tax exempt status.

I asked them to ammend the bill to cover all 100 percent disabled Veterans. It has been stalled and kicked from Committe to committe and will likely not happen.

This item also gives me an idea on a SVR show to go over each state and their veterans benefits.


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      Many veterans (and even their survivors) have succeeded in getting a disability, not on the presumptive list, service connected due to their proven exposure to AO.

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