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      How to get your questions answered. A few observations, and requests of all members. All folks who come here are volunteers who do this on their own time and their own dime.To avoid burning out our best contributors please follow these guidelinesf you are reading a post and it reminds you of a question you want to ask, start a new topic, if you place your question in someone thread it will be difficult to distinguish your question from the original poster, you will get better results posting a new topic with your question. 1. Before Posting please do a search and see if your question has already been answered. If you find the answer print it out and put it in a file to use as a reference file, I find this helpful myself. 2. If you can not find the answer and you do post a question, please print out those answers and refer to them to avoid duplicate questions. 3. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions4. Duplicate questions will come up from time to time but the keeping them to the minimum will lighten the load on the regular volunteers.5. Respect folks privacy do not request their personal phone numbers for claims help, it is inappropriate and not why they are here.6. Keep the topics focused on veterans issues, in closing Search first Search ... Ask second.it may save a lot of time or at the very least enlighten you.
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    • A bit about Tbird and HadIt.com for those who've asked...

      The following is on my About page, but some have been asking how this all happened. So here is my little story. Tbird US Navy 1983 – 1990 E-6 HadIt.com the website domain registered Jan 20, 1997 the domain is registered and paid for through Jan 21, 2023 at which time I plan to register it for another 15 years Lord willing and the creek don't rise. I guess the best place to start is Jan 1991; I had gotten out of the navy Dec 1990. At my separation seminar, there was a DAV rep Jim Milton he told us to bring our medical records in and he would look through them for us and let us know if we should file a claim with the VA. Well, bless his heart, he opened my medical file, reads the first insert, looks me straight in the eye, and says you will be 50% for the rest of your life and he would file the claim for me. 50% was for surgery I had in the service. True to his word he met with me and talked with me for a long time filled out my paper work and urged me to file for PTSD. I would not file the PTSD claim, nor even discuss it. By Feb 1991 I had moved to the San Francisco bay area and was staying at a friends apartment and pretty much I was just a puddle. In desperation one night I called suicide hot line, I had no job, no idea about going to the VA. They talked with me for a long time and explained to me that I could go to the local VA hospital even if I did not have insurance. Now, I know what you are thinking if I was 50% why didn't I just go to the VA in the first place, two reasons 1, this was Feb 1991 and the 50% didn't come till May and 2, even if it had come through it is unlikely that I would have had the mental acuity at the time to put the two together. I relate this here because it is where so many of our brothers and sisters are coming from, perhaps where you started. Fuzzy and unsure, in pain and sometimes homeless they come to the VA hospital for help. And that is where I ended up. Up to the pysch ward I went, blah, blah, blah, a few days later I was released with a promise of a call from the out patient program, which I would soon be entering. Blah, blah, blah, after many missed communications, and no call backs I was at the Day Hospital everyday M-F. And this brothers and sisters is where I began to learn and formulate my plan for HadIt.com. Veterans, veterans everywhere…I spent a year in the day hospital and about another year at a sheltered workshop before I got back on my feet. So I just talked to veterans everyday waiting for appointments, waiting for prescriptions, waiting for a vet rep and I started to learn the system. While in the navy I was data analyst and had to learn a 5 volume manual and just about anything you were suppose to do was in that manual. So I figured there must be a manual on how to do a VA claim or at the very least regulations. So I found out about the Code of Federal Regulations, United States Code, Veterans Affairs Manuals and so on and so forth. Of course this was 1991/1992 I was living in a tiny studio apartment in a particularly bad neighborhood, working in a sheltered workshop making a nickel per envelope I stuffed throw in PTSD and you will see that it was a difficult task for me to get somewhere where they had copies of these, let alone that they would let me look at. And there was so much knowledge around me, it was like the gold rush in those days, I could just sit on a bench a veteran would sit down next to me a little conversation later I had another nugget, I made copious notes. Phone numbers to call, ask for this guy or that guy he'll give you the straight scoop and they'd slip me a piece of paper with a number on it. You want to read this regulation or that one and another slip of paper into my hand. I spent a lot of time on those benches watching the squirrels they gathered their nuts and I gathered mine :) So I'm thinking I could put a little handbook together print it out and hand it out at the VA. Or perhaps fliers. Still formulating, time goes by, 1994/1995 I am being treated for PTSD regularly and doing and feeling much better and I go to work for a company as a marketing systems analyst and I discover the internet. Well let me tell you that was perhaps one of the most significant life changing events I have ever experienced. And I might add finally a positive one :) It seemed only natural to me that surely there must be a website that contained all the knowledge I wanted, well as it turned out not so much, lots of stuff but I wanted to get straight to the claims information and there was a lot of stuff to wade through to get to it. So taking my lesson from the squirrels earlier I started to gather, gather, gather…and learn HTML and work as a marketing systems analyst and work my claim. 1996/1997 major PTSD cork blows and unemployed. Working my claim, working the website. 20 Jan 1997 register HadIt.com domain name right after getting off the phone with the VA and saying I've had it with this. As fate would have it the old DAV board goes down just as mine opens up and folks start to wander in. So HadIt.com has two main components the website which supports the discussion board with links, articles, research resources etc. The website starts to grow, I can't tell you how many times I had to switch servers for space and features. I continue on a downward trend and in 1998 ended up back home in St Louis living in my sisters basement in therapy and working it, I swear I would have swung a dead chicken around my head at midnight naked if I thought it would have helped. The website continued to do great during this time, I just stayed in the basement bought new software, new books, and learned how to make things work and I continued to use this knowledge to make HadIt.com better. My 100% finally came through from the VA and I had a friend who is an advocate who helped me thru my SSDI claim, he was literally at my side thru the entire process and that came through for me. My therapist and sister continued to try and get me to leave the basement, but to no avail. At some point in 1998 or 1999 I put a counter on the website and was shocked to discover how many visitors we were getting. Time goes by my sister gets married and I move from the basement to the upstairs, there is much celebration that Aunt T is living in the light again. More time goes by and I settle into my life in St Louis and spend more time on the site trying new things, finding more information. 2003 I buy my own home VA loan. For years now I have just considered HadIt.com my job and I get up every morning go to the office and work for several hours, take an afternoon break and see where the rest of day takes me. I have a place in the office to use the computer and a comfortable to place to read journals and articles and take notes. Blah, blah, blah so that is my story and HadIt.com's intertwined.
    • HadIt.com Pass It On Cards

      Hi I've updated our HadIt.com Pass It On Cards. They are in a PDF format you can print them out cut them there are 12 to a page. If you have found HadIt.com helpful and would like to pass it on to other veterans this is an easy way to do it.I hope you find them helpful, feel free to leave a few anywhere veterans gather, veterans centers, veterans hospitals, public libraries, be creative. Please make sure though, that if you want to leave some at any business you ask permission first.Here you go http://www.hadit.com...it_on_cards.pdf

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  1. Commander Bob added an answer to a question Ptsd Exam At Wade Park Cleveland?   

    My most positive thoughts for a vet friendly C&P examiner.

    I have met good , bad and disengaged C&P examiners. Remember you can get an IMO if you do not agree with the VA's C&P report.

    Best wishes,

    Commander Bob
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  2. Commander Bob added an answer to a question New Foia/privacy Act Procedures At Ros   


    "NOTICE OF DISAGREEMENT" August 20, 2014 Board of Veterans'Appeals C-00 000 0000Department of VeteransAffairs

    Washington DC 20420 Dear BVA,
    Please accept this letter as my "Notice of Disagreement" (NOD), in response to your decision letter dated April 23, 2014. I request additional time so we may reach an equatable conclusion to this case. I still have not received, or had the opportunity to review copies of my "Claims Folder", requested on December 7, 2011 , per FOIA requirements, prior to my BVA Hearing held on May 22, 2013. I had to go before the Honorable... BVA Judge, at my BVA hearing without ever reviewing copies of my records, putting me at a disadvantage and causing harm to my claim. I have waited till the last moment to file this NOD, hoping the VA would comply with my request before the 120 day BVA, NOD time limit runs out. It has taken almost six years to get this far, and I do not want to start over because I missed a deadline. Enclosed please find a letter from the DVA office of the General Council in support of my efforts to resolve this in a timely manner. Yours Truly, Commander Bob



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  3. Commander Bob added an answer to a question New Foia/privacy Act Procedures At Ros   

    Still waiting for copy of my records since December, 2011...

    Cmdr. Bob
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  4. Commander Bob added an answer to a question End All Backlog By 2015?   


    For decades the VA has been gaming the system.

    Since it's inception, VA executive employees have been gaming Congress, the President and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Now, it's just a matter of time before those nefarious career VA employees will be found out.

    C.B.
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  5. Commander Bob added an answer to a question President Picks New Secretary   

    The media buzz seems to be all about the VAMC and health care. It appears the VAROs and their affiliates are being played down. If the public only knew... Cmdr. Bob
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  6. Commander Bob added a question in (VA Claims Research) Veterans Affairs Claims and Benefits Research   

    President Picks New Secretary
    President picks new Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs... Bob McDonald http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_A._McDonald
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  7. Commander Bob added an answer to a question Advice On Upcoming C&p Exam   

    DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for PTSD
    More info... new symptoms were added: The fifth revision (DSM-5) was released in May 2013. This revision includes changes to the diagnostic criteria for PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pages/diagnostic_criteria_dsm-5.asp Good luck, Cmdr. Bob
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  8. Commander Bob added an answer to a question What Is Your Number One Complaint About The Va?   


    The Chairman of the House Veterans Committee said, "This Deception and Incompetence at the VA without any accountability is more than just a shame. It's a disgrace."
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  9. Commander Bob added an answer to a question What Is Your Number One Complaint About The Va?   



    TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 101 > § 2071

    § 2071. Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally

    (a) Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
    (b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.
    And, then there's this section of the Code that outlines Secretary Peake's obligations.


    TITLE 44 > CHAPTER 31 > § 3106

    § 3106. Unlawful removal, destruction of records

    The head of each Federal agency shall notify the Archivist of any actual, impending, or threatened unlawful removal, defacing, alteration, or destruction of records in the custody of the agency of which he is the head that shall come to his attention, and with the assistance of the Archivist shall initiate action through the Attorney General for the recovery of records he knows or has reason to believe have been unlawfully removed from his agency, or from another Federal agency whose records have been transferred to his legal custody. In any case in which the head of the agency does not initiate an action for such recovery or other redress within a reasonable period of time after being notified of any such unlawful action, the Archivist shall request the Attorney General to initiate such an action, and shall notify the Congress when such a request has been made.
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  10. Commander Bob added an answer to a question Va Emploees Union Contract 2011   


    Pathetic... 20 or 25 miles distance away from many VAMCs , would show real commitment in helping disabled vets. Disabled vets living outside of metropolitan areas would still have 40 miles of heavy traffic to go through just to spend 20 min. looking for a place to park. Then 40 miles of rush hour traffic back home, after spending hours at one of those training hospitals. This clause in the bill gives us insight into the mentality of those in Congress, who claim they want to rebuild the VA system. I want to see more from these changes they are trying to beguile us with. JMHO, C.B.
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  11. Commander Bob added an answer to a question What Tricks Has Va Used To Deny You?   


    Thanks, Carlie. Wish you were there.

    C.B.

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  12. Commander Bob added an answer to a question What Tricks Has Va Used To Deny You?   


    I agree, Berta, however, this would require much sacrifice from our new generation, as well as the older vets.

    I am reminded of "Hooverville ."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonus_Army

    Herding cats these days is even more challenging, because many are so feral.

    Also, it appears the public suffers from ADD.

    C.B.
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  13. Commander Bob added an answer to a question What Is Your Number One Complaint About The Va?   

    I just received this email?... "Symantec Email Proxy deleted the following email message: From: "HadIt.com Veterans Forum" <noreply@hadit.com> To: XXXXXXXXXXXXX aka Commander Bob Subject: New reply to What Is Your Number One Complaint About The Va?" Whats up with this. could just be a glich. I will check my computer settings I am posting this to insure that I can follow this topic thread. C.B.
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  14. Commander Bob added a post in a topic Private Dental Exam   


    Good Luck, John. You have earned this one...

    Bob
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  15. Commander Bob added an answer to a question Missed C/p Exam   


    I agree with dav_marine 72.

    However, from what you have posted, the VA failed to notify you of your C&P exam in a " timely manner" .

    JMHO. Call the phone number of the C&P clinic listed on the C&P notice lettter tommorow. Tell them of your delima, and of their "failure to notify you in a timely manner", and then politely ask the clerk for another appointment date.

    I would not like to see, "failure to report to a C&P exam" show up in your denial notice.

    Sorry for all the hoops disabled vets have to jump through just to get what they have earned. Let's hope things will change soon.

    Good luck,

    Cmdr. Bob




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