For years the entire VA claims process was a mystery to me. I was like Dorothy (well, not LITERALLY like her, I’m a man, but…) in the Wizard of Oz. They’d flash the lightning and thunder and deny and I would put my head down and go away and just lick my wounds.
Then, one day while searching on Google, I found this forum and started reading the experiences and advice of other vets who’d been treated the same way as me, but had apparently decided they’d HAD IT with being gracious losers every time they dealt with the VA.
I learned a lot of information about claims, especially about what is important in filing a successful claim. I learned how to appeal, and what kind of evidence might help me win. I learned to stand up for me, and how not to surrender and walk away mumbling about losing out again.
I had a very complex claim with numerous difficult issues, and when it was shot down in flames, I came back here to get more information, then went back on the attack to keep pressing my case. It took 9 years from initially filing in 2009 to reaching a BVA judge in July 2018, but I won, with all of the most important issues being granted. It is an awesome feeling. Thanks to hadit.com and so many great members here, I won. I WON! I can’t say enough about how great it feels, thanks to all the great folks who have educated me on the process. THANK YOU!!!