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I just received an IRIS letter stating this-

Dear Mr. Cool Breeze-

Thank you for your inquiry of December 08, 2011.

A review of your records shows that you received a Notification Letter on November 28, 2011. A retroactive payment on December 1, 2011 for $528.00 and a regular payment of $941.00 was received on the same day. The two payments received on December 1, 2011 totaled $1,469.00 and your payment on December 30, 2011 was for $1,479.00. No other retro payments are to be received.

If you have further questions, you may call our toll free number of 800-827-1000 and speak to one of our representatives. You may also write to the Phoenix VA Regional Office, 3333 North Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012, or send us an electronic inquiry through the Internet at https://iris.va.gov.

What the heck? I thought I was waiting for the military retirement to finish there audit, so the VA can pay me 2 years of retro. This is definitely going to my Congressman's office that they are cheating me-this is a Cue claim. How do I go about suing the VA for emotional distress. I am having severe chest pains from this-I'll see what Peggy has to say-someone owes me big time!!

I am not putting up with this *****.

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7... I like your way of thinking! And, I agree with Mike totally. You can't rope the med staff into the retro bit. Although it took a long time, I must say they did me justice in the end.

Life has taught me lately, not to trust anyone except the wife and the dog! Thank God for SSDI and the IU rating, if not for that, we would be pulling out the weapons that Cool Breeze is looking for!

Try not to think about the retro, it will come, pondering on it only brings stress. Oh well, the wife is not home, so I'm gonna talk to the dog... at least the dog dosen't know what retro is and will not tell me what I already know like when weI call the VA 800#.

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I promised myself another 1 month before I decide on another tactic!

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I am too new to the system to know the difference between VA Medical Staff and the people responsible for the Comp & Pen exam. Perhaps, in some cases, there is a difference. The foreigner that did my exam was very hard to understand. He deliberately avoided my questions, then wrote the wrong thing on the exam narrative. There were over 20 errors on the 40 page report. He may not see patients at the hospital. That seems pretty suspicious to me. Why would a separate group of doctors perform the exams that determine your eligibility. The PCM that I have was a nice guy. Time will tell if he has my true concerns at heart. The P.O.S. that did my anxiety/mood disorder/PTSD screening does see patients at the VAMC. I know several other veterans that hate him as much as, or more than me. I did not receive the results of my Social Security appeal yet. I'm not too confident that the judge was very sympathetic to my case. He was another foreigner, so I doubt that service to my country in demanding positions will gain any favor with him. He at least spoke perfect English. I know that Social Security and VA Disability are not related. But, I don't believe that SS would have denied me the first time if the VA had completed my decision. After all, Social Security asked for the VA decision 3 times. Aside from paying off credit debt and making charity contributions, I want to do some work on my house. My wife and I are both "preppers". We believe that a crisis is pending. Consequently, I wanted to put solar panels up for back up power, change my windows and doors and buy some wire to secure my property lines. We will also need to stock the 3 B's, beans-bullets-bandaids. I cannot put any of these plans into place without the money. Sending us all retro-pay after a period of hyperinflation won't be much help at all. I need MY MONEY now. With what the VA owes me, and what Social Security would pay if I am approved, I can secure my family's future. I sometimes wonder if these stall tactics are deliberate, so they never have to pay. How horrible is that, to stall with the hope that some event (death, jail, etc) will end the entitlement. I thank you all for your input. I wish you luck with your cases.

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Okay-ebenifits says today "Preparation for notification" for my retro. Not sure why that they clasify this as retired pay adjustment. Also states they received my request for expediate due to financial hardship. I am not sure if this will show up under the VA pay, or if it will just pop up and show later under ebenifits.

Preparation for Notification

Is the VA trying to kill me with a coronary this time, or all they for real? Is this how they process the VA retro under e-benifits. There has been nothing been entered until today when all this showed up at once.

Perhaps this week?

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I wonder if youre getting those notices because you filed the hardship letter. You filed a doc so they have to notify you, whereas they wont notify the rest of us until after the money is in the bank. Then they will send a letter to our next of kin.

The problem i have is just believing im not in for another fight. If the va could communicate better they wouldnt have so much calling and emailing to deal with. Most of us have mental illnesses and all of us have health problems, i would say that the constant uncertainty is probably making us worse.

Reminds me of when youd get short on your pay and had to wait till your next LES to find out why. If it was a mistake, now youre two or three checks behind.

I guess we shouldnt expect the va to be any better than our own military service branches....

-mike

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By the way, my 30 mar va and retirement pay were updated and correct. That has been a great help. That was about 45 days from notification of award change decision to pay change. Looking over what people have posted, i see the average as about 4 months from notification to retro payment. Thats june-ish for me. So i promised not to meltdown before that. July 1, all bets are off.

-mike

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It took the VA 3 months before the system was updated to show that this retro was even in the system. That is totally unsatisfactory. And they want you to fill out a customer service survey to see how they are doing?

Yes, the system showed everything at once yesterday. Showed the date they received the request for hardship(6 weeks later), and the preparation for notification.

You mean it will be 3 months before I will receive the retro once it is in the preparation for notification stage. I believe once it gets to that stage, it is in any day now.

These claims are processed differently from regular claims. Now I am not sure if the retro actually shows up before it is paid or not.

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I wonder if youre getting those notices because you filed the hardship letter. You filed a doc so they have to notify you, whereas they wont notify the rest of us until after the money is in the bank. Then they will send a letter to our next of kin.

The problem i have is just believing im not in for another fight. If the va could communicate better they wouldnt have so much calling and emailing to deal with. Most of us have mental illnesses and all of us have health problems, i would say that the constant uncertainty is probably making us worse.

Reminds me of when youd get short on your pay and had to wait till your next LES to find out why. If it was a mistake, now youre two or three checks behind.

I guess we shouldnt expect the va to be any better than our own military service branches....

-mike

Mike,

Good morning! If I am reading your note correctly there is a means to file for hardship, is that for filing the claim or obtaining the retro? I too am finding it extremely difficult to understand why it takes so long in receiving the monies that are due, it certainly would not take that long if it was the other way around.

Donna

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Cool:

Yeah i think (hope) youre right, its pretty close to done. I was tracking folks on a couple different topics and it seemed like four months from va letter adjusting percentage to actually getting the retro. That would put you in that same 4 month window - give o take. Hopefully the cash will show up tonight.

I see nothing on ebenefits about anything since my appeal was done. If what you say is correct for everyone, i may still be waiting for that to show up on my account. Of course in the 4 month formula, im still slightly over two months out (where you would have been early february). So we ll see if i get some action on ebennies. I was hoping to just get paid but it isnt going to work out.

-mike

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Honestly, Mike, in reference to efficiency or proficiency, I would not compare the Veterans Administration with the military. My brief experience with the VA and my many years in the Army tell me that the VA would be much better if they worked like the military. Since I retired, DFAS has been very timely in most transactions. In the Army, everyone answers to someone. There are systems of checks and balances. For the most part, they follow their established rules and regulations. I truly believe that if the Veterans Administration became an entity under the Department of Defense, that there would be vast improvements.

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My claim now shows closed-Claim Received: 01/19/2012

Claim Type: Retired Pay Adjustment

Appeal is Possible

Decision Notification Sent

Update- I just called Peggy this morning. They told me to disregard all the lingo from what I see on ebenifits. He says I have a pending payment(he mentioned my bank) for the same amount dpas told me. He said it the financial dept has it pending-should be any day now. Well, if that is true, which I am now having good thought, I can finally get my water leaks fix(all new plumbing in the back yard), pay the Irs, ect. I think the VA sends these out on either thursday's, or friday's.

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That might just be a routine remark. I added a date of birth to a dependent. It said no documents were required, then, the next day, i had a claim opened - freaked me out. A few days later it was "resolved" and said "appeal possible". I thought the same thing - what the hell would i be appealing? I think it's just part of their tracking system. Means more to va than to you. I hope. Hopefully youre at the bank right now....

-mike

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I also noticed on my decision letter from the va where they show the pay adjustments over the years, it says "retired pay witheld". I thought the same thing - what does this have to do with retirement pay? Maybe it means "retired; pay witheld"

Maybe im going over the edge too...

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I just spoke to knucklehead "Peggy" unbelievable!! My percentage was increased to 100%, so naturally I would like to have (and desperately need) the retro pay. I was told that my pay would be audited (which I already knew through this and other forums). If I am awarded retro pay (if?!!) then it is returned to the VA which will open another claim for them to process the pay. Really, what kind of system is that? I am so frustrated (like MANY others) that I cannot continue this post in fear that I will type a slew of words that should not be put in print.

Vented, and will be for the next few hours, days and weeks,

Donna

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Donna:

When did you get the letter from va that upgraded you to 100%. We'll put you on the time line.

-mike

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Mike,

I am ashamed to say it was only last week, which I know is too soon to be "bitchen." I am just trying to wrap my head around all of these time frames that make absolutely no sense, but cause so much anguish to those who are entitled to this compensation. Everything is electronic, not still written in stone with a chisel, yes there are alot of claims, but for those of us who are having financial hardships that does not help in paying the mortgage. I did not ask to pay my mothers medical and funeral expenses, it was my obligation as a daughter. I say that because I have been told that I should have been more financially responsible, without them knowing the full story. I am venting, so for now I will "shut up, color, and play more Angry Birds!"

Donna

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What days of the week does the VA normally pay the retro out. Seeing how I am supposedly now have an pending deposit by the VA for the claim which was closed yesterday. I am about to explode if this is true!!

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CONGRATS, DONNA! You have every right to complain. But, I would not start too early, as you may be postal by the time the VA gets around to paying you. It truly is a travesty to make veterans wait for their back pay. On one hand, I feel fortunate to have been granted IU and get 100 percent. On the other hand, I am out ten grand in expenditures that I would not have spent if they paid right away. I am waiting for retro since September 2011.

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CONGRATS, DONNA! You have every right to complain. But, I would not start too early, as you may be postal by the time the VA gets around to paying you. It truly is a travesty to make veterans wait for their back pay. On one hand, I feel fortunate to have been granted IU and get 100 percent. On the other hand, I am out ten grand in expenditures that I would not have spent if they paid right away. I am waiting for retro since September 2011.

Irish 7, Thank you for the note. I know it is too early, but for the life of me, the frustration is at times overwhelming. We all wait for the "human review" of our claims, and when that hurdle is over, thinking that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, it turns out to be just another train! I can't imagine having to wait as long as you have, and as you said, it is a travesty. I have had alot of unexpected expenses that has drained all of my funds, and I thought that now I would finally be able to catch up and breath a bit easier, just not the case now.

Again, thank you for the note, Donna

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Just found out that nothing has been submitted to DFAS yet, so the clock does not start ticking until they receive the request to do the audit. angry.png

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Cool:

Wasnt it the friday after the ninth?

Hopefully theyll mess up and get it this friday

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Donna:

Watch mypay first, your ras should change to show your new crdp rate 0%?

Then you should get a payment fairly quickly from dfas, assuming they owe you.

Then you have, what looks to be, about a three month wait.

You might get some kind of partial va payment. I still dont know why i received a 2800 payment, except that they were also catching up the cost of living increase in feb.

-mike

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Thanks Mike, any and all information is appreciated. According to my "brown envelope" information they will owe me from 1 Jul 2011, until I guess hell freezes over. I have to say that while it is not as long as most, it is still needed. So many unplanned expenses, big cost, that I just need it catch up on my mortgage and breath with worry.

Donna

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I got my envelope today-white with the entire amount that I am owed in the decision letter. Now I am awaiting for it to hit the bank. According to MRS Peggy, I have a pending bank deposit. Wonder when it get released. I think it takes at least 2 days before it gets sent out. It will be a long night.

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Cool Breeze,

Congratulations, hopefully the deposit will be there SOON.

Donna

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