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Excellent info!

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Really getting cranky here filed a claim for stress and anxiety (my outside Doc say it is PTSD) as a secondary to already compensated knee issues. As pain and a issue of inability to work or live a normal life. The claim was tagged as adjustment disorder by the VA. Thry also stated it was more lokely than not cpnnected to my knee issues. I am currently at 40%. However the telephone kine states it went to the rating board on March 3. It has now sat there in the rating board for 2 months and 2 weeks. I called the VA again today and was told it is still gonna be awhile before your case will be determined due to workload. 21/2 months is ridiculace for a enity that states 17 to 24 days to co,plete their work on avg. Is anybody else seeing this with the Waco Regional Office?

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Really getting cranky here filed a claim for stress and anxiety (my outside Doc say it is PTSD) as a secondary to already compensated knee issues. As pain and a issue of inability to work or live a normal life. The claim was tagged as adjustment disorder by the VA. Thry also stated it was more lokely than not cpnnected to my knee issues. I am currently at 40%. However the telephone kine states it went to the rating board on March 3. It has now sat there in the rating board for 2 months and 2 weeks. I called the VA again today and was told it is still gonna be awhile before your case will be determined due to workload. 21/2 months is ridiculace for a enity that states 17 to 24 days to co,plete their work on avg. Is anybody else seeing this with the Waco Regional Office?

My claim has been in the rating board since December, and there are many here that have been waiting longer then that! If you look at the VA Monday reports, you'll see many that have been waiting well over 125 days!

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Good info yes, but am I the Only one bothered by the fact that we have tons of deadlines and the va has none? By golly if I want to use my gi bill 20 years after the service I should and not because of an extention. It is because I Payed into the dang system and I should receive it. Just saying...

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Why should you be different??? The rules apply to all. No offense, but you knew about the rules, or should have, when you entered the service and now you think they should change it, just because you think so. Why not work to get it changed, if you feel that strongly, instead of just b*tching about it. jmo - I do sorta agree about all the deadlines "we have" but the VA doesn't. The country is losing 18 a day to suicide . . . just think how much they've saved already!!! They have never cared about veterans and probably never will. Just keep up the good fight cuz you earned every bit you get!!!! again, jmo

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My claim has been with the rating board since November on a re-consideration claim, was in development only for 1 month. I went through many episodes of spewing forth my frustrations here and elsewhere on this issue. After numerous IRIS, daily then reduced to once a month calls to the 800# I finally have faced realty-it will take a very, very long time. No one can predict, or even cares from the VA stand point when it will happen. Checking E-benefits 3-4 times, calling the DAV, even attempting to call the regional office has also proven a waste of time.

Times have changed. All the previously dates of how long it will take to get your claim decided no longer are valid. One of these days our claims will be decided, when we least expect it that letter approving or declining your claim will hit the mail box with hopefully a large reto check. Remember, if they decided your claim, you will get a much bigger retro check that goes back to the date your claim went it.

Find a good hobby to take your mind off this subject. I read quite a lot, have also adopted an animal from the humane society that loves to take long walks. This is great as now I'M getting a little exercise as well.

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Very useful information, Pete; Thanks! :smile:

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Why should you be different??? The rules apply to all. No offense, but you knew about the rules, or should have, when you entered the service and now you think they should change it, just because you think so. Why not work to get it changed, if you feel that strongly, instead of just b*tching about it. jmo - I do sorta agree about all the deadlines "we have" but the VA doesn't. The country is

losing 18 a day to suicide . . . just think how much they've

saved already!!! They have never cared about veterans

and probably never will. Just keep up the good fight cuz

you earned every bit you get!!!! again, jmo

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Well here I go again about to put my foot in my mouth... ;) I'm going to assume you are talking to me. I have to say im

not good at being very tactful, and this being all written not

face to face i want uou to know i am not saying this with

any malice. First off I don't get a gi bill so when I said me I

ment veterans in general. I most certanitly do not

remember any recruiter or paperwork saying what

happens/deadlines about when you get out.

Second as for doing something about it. I have written to

my senator about the issues I have troubles accepting. And

maybe when my four young children are grown and I am not so wrapped up in taking care of them I probably will

step up and do more. Not my time and place right now. But

maybe someone who cam and would beable to do more

might act on my b-tching and complaining. Anyways for

the record I think the va people in general do care, and are

doing the best they can. But the system stinks and has no accountability. I will try to be more upbeat

and positive. Im sorry for being a downer. But I was genuinely asking am I the only one

bothered or idoes everyone have a better understanding

of why the veterans benifits would be limited by time except for the fact that it makes it harder to prove that it is

service related. We do have to many veterans dying and I

just don't think deDlines on us help anyone. But I could be wrong. Like I said just asking.

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I hear ya CB. I also have a reconsideration claim in since June. One more week it'll be one fricken year! BUT thats not all! It's still in the DEVELOPMENT STAGE!! The sad part is it's been sitting idle since Aug. So what can I do? Nothing I can do. Calling my Congressman will only delay it further. Sending remarks on IRIS will just get another reply saying their backlogged. If they took just a little bite out of it would satisfy me alot. But then again, I alway's said I'm in it for the long run. I should just keep reminding myself it isn't as if I never thought this would happen. ha

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I hear ya CB. I also have a reconsideration claim in since June. One more week it'll be one fricken year! BUT thats not all! It's still in the DEVELOPMENT STAGE!! The sad part is it's been sitting idle since Aug. So what can I do? Nothing I can do. Calling my Congressman will only delay it further. Sending remarks on IRIS will just get another reply saying their backlogged. If they took just a little bite out of it would satisfy me alot. But then again, I alway's said I'm in it for the long run. I should just keep reminding myself it isn't as if I never thought this would happen. ha

I was so excited when my claim went from development to decision in one month I was doing the happy dance, doing some seriously window shopping,. Now its like someone let the helium out of a balloon, completely deflated, and so depressed. All I can do now is try to comfort the new folks complaining about the length of time it takes to get the claims decided, just like I did. And if and when it gets approved then I'll be a happy camper What state is your claim in-mine is in AZ and I hear they are concentrating on agent orange claims, everything else has been set aside till those VETS get there claims decided. I hate to be in their shoes, too long of a wait.

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Times have changed. All the previously dates of how long it will take to get your claim decided no longer are valid.

CB,

In the past as now, the VBA has stated several places something like

Average Days for claims XX-XX.

In the past it was BS - and currently it remains BS.

Nothing more than VBA propaganda that relates to the few claims

adjudicated in a timely manner.

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I hear ya CB. I also have a reconsideration claim in since June. One more week it'll be one fricken year!

cooter,

The claim above - are there any issues involved that you should submit a NOD on

prior to the one year expiration ?

Requesting reconsideration is not sufficient nor a substitute, for a timely NOD.

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I was so excited when my claim went from development to decision in one month I was doing the happy dance, doing some seriously window shopping,. Now its like someone let the helium out of a balloon, completely deflated, and so depressed. All I can do now is try to comfort the new folks complaining about the length of time it takes to get the claims decided, just like I did. And if and when it gets approved then I'll be a happy camper What state is your claim in-mine is in AZ and I hear they are concentrating on agent orange claims, everything else has been set aside till those VETS get there claims decided. I hate to be in their shoes, too long of a wait.

Your exactly right CB, mine is here in AZ also. The nehmer cases is taking preference according to the RO.

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cooter,

The claim above - are there any issues involved that you should submit a NOD on

prior to the one year expiration ?

Requesting reconsideration is not sufficient nor a substitute, for a timely NOD.

I'll be driving to Phx friday and droping it off, Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

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Your exactly right CB, mine is here in AZ also. The nehmer cases is taking preference according to the RO.

Have you or anyone else you know in Az recently had a regular claim approved. If so how long and when did they submit there claim!

That means your claim has 4 more months of dust then mine. I can use your reconsideration claim as time table for my claim. Whenever you get yours decided I'll have to say "'4 more months".

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Have you or anyone else you know in Az recently had a regular claim approved. If so how long and when did they submit there claim!

That means your claim has 4 more months of dust then mine. I can use your reconsideration claim as time table for my claim. Whenever you get yours decided I'll have to say "'4 more months".

Sorry, don't know anyone personally that had any claims decided. When I called 800# the other day I requested a letter from my claim person explaining the delay. Should be hearing something very soon, I hope. I'll keep you in touch about everything as I hear.

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Thanks!!

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I've been in the same boat (reconsideration-wise), and came up to the 1-year deadline to file the NOD for a reconsideration request that was ignored. Now, the claim is in the eternal appeal system according to the VA. No mention of it being able to be reconsidered, even though I sent in the proof that I had requested reconsideration almost a year and a half ago. Also, I still have an appeal waiting on a traveling board (2 years, 3 months and counting). I've also had to make a FOIA request to have my medical discharge converted to a military retirement by the SAF/PDBR. I don't know if that slowed things down at the VA or not, but the benefits of having the characterization of my separation changed will be well worth it, if I'm successful. I have a low docket number for this, but OF COURSE, the SAF/PDBR people are waiting on the VA to provide STRs (they've asked 3 times, and this is what the FOIA request was for). I had to go to the VAMC and get the records myself for those records, and suspect I

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If you want this system to change you are going to have to agitate, agitate, agitate as Fredrick Douglas once said about civil rights. Congress runs the VA and they are the ones responsible for its faults. I always wonder why vets are not marching on their local VARO with pitchforks. When we pull out of Afghanistan look to see cutbacks in the VA. You think it is bad now? After Vietnam only the dying would go to the VA for treatment. There are going to be cutbacks in the military and the VA is going to feel this down the line. Waiting a year for a decision is like a few days in VA time. I am just giving my opinion here. With an all volunteer military only .5 percent of the population actually serves these days. Vets are losing clout in the future. Get it while you can.

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I've been in the same boat (reconsideration-wise), and came up to the 1-year deadline to file the NOD for a reconsideration request that was ignored. Now, the claim is in the eternal appeal system according to the VA. No mention of it being able to be reconsidered, even though I sent in the proof that I had requested reconsideration almost a year and a half ago. Also, I still have an appeal waiting on a traveling board (2 years, 3 months and counting). I've also had to make a FOIA request to have my medical discharge converted to a military retirement by the SAF/PDBR. I don't know if that slowed things down at the VA or not, but the benefits of having the characterization of my separation changed will be well worth it, if I'm successful. I have a low docket number for this, but OF COURSE, the SAF/PDBR people are waiting on the VA to provide STRs (they've asked 3 times, and this is what the FOIA request was for). I had to go to the VAMC and get the records myself for those records, and suspect I'll be making another trip to Atlanta for the STRs.

This truly is a part-time job for an employer that expects you to learn the job as you go, and zaps you for not meeting deadlines that only apply to you. I really don't like spending time complaining, but I look at this as sharing information for others in the same boat: you're not alone. Reading these forums has at least kept me aware and prepared for the long-haul.

Exactly when did you find out it was ignored and when was it sent to internal appeals?

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If you want this system to change you are going to have to agitate, agitate, agitate as Fredrick Douglas once said about civil rights. Congress runs the VA and they are the ones responsible for its faults. I always wonder why vets are not marching on their local VARO with pitchforks. When we pull out of Afghanistan look to see cutbacks in the VA. You think it is bad now? After Vietnam only the dying would go to the VA for treatment. There are going to be cutbacks in the military and the VA is going to feel this down the line. Waiting a year for a decision is like a few days in VA time. I am just giving my opinion here. With an all volunteer military only .5 percent of the population actually serves these days. Vets are losing clout in the future. Get it while you can.

Way to go John999. Be careful if you are in a hurry Cooter. Yes, K went from 70% to 100% in 8 months. Then they advised we are both incompetent to handle "VA MONEY" and they have kept it, pending their appointing a fiduciary. So about 6 months later we got the letter today making an appt for home visit. So you might get money but it's not always over with the VA

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Way to go John999. Be careful if you are in a hurry Cooter. Yes, K went from 70% to 100% in 8 months. Then they advised we are both incompetent to handle "VA MONEY" and they have kept it, pending their appointing a fiduciary. So about 6 months later we got the letter today making an appt for home visit. So you might get money but it's not always over with the VA

I'm sorry Sue, I didn't catch that about being in a hurry. I must of missed something. Which I do now and then.

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If you want this system to change you are going to have to agitate, agitate, agitate as Fredrick Douglas once said about civil rights. Congress runs the VA and they are the ones responsible for its faults. I always wonder why vets are not marching on their local VARO with pitchforks. When we pull out of Afghanistan look to see cutbacks in the VA. You think it is bad now? After Vietnam only the dying would go to the VA for treatment. There are going to be cutbacks in the military and the VA is going to feel this down the line. Waiting a year for a decision is like a few days in VA time. I am just giving my opinion here. With an all volunteer military only .5 percent of the population actually serves these days. Vets are losing clout in the future. Get it while you can.

John999, History repeats itself ! YOU are so right ! These great Veteran's of the gulf war 1, Gulf war 2, and Afghanistan war will probably will fell the pain and so sad. Where my pitchforks!

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