The Wait: Are you a VA claims waiter?

The wait begins for many of us as soon as we start considering filing a claim. For others, it begins when they file the claim or talk to a service officer.

Don’t let the wait for your claim become the weight that you carry.
The wait then becomes the weight, and there it sits on you. The wait is damn near unbearable for many, exacerbating many of our symptoms. Don’t even get me started on “triggers.”

I say, “Don’t Let Being A Waiter Turn You Into A Hater,” for your protection. The VA will piss you off sometimes routinely, sometimes randomly. You can get a hate on that may last for days. This is unhealthy for you and is no way to fight a battle. Hey, don’t get me wrong, I’ve been there, and I believe there’s nothing wrong with justifiable outrage heck that helped spur me to create HadIt.com. So work hard not to carry that anger/hate with you daily. It will eat away and weaken you, and you need your strength.

If someone pisses you off at the VA:
You can get angry, not belligerent, not combative, with them. Just let the emotion fade from the incident as soon as you can. It depletes your resources.

Don’t have a blog. It’s easy to start and free, and there, ladies and gents, is where you express yourself. You can stay calm and pay attention to everything that is said, who says it, and why it makes you angry as you plan your blog article for later that day.
When waiting and waiting and waiting at the VA, I just think, “I like pie.” Then I carry on a conversation in my head about all the different pies I like. For some reason, when I think about pie, it seems to lower my blood pressure.

VA Claims Inventory

VA.gov | Veterans Affairs

The claims inventory includes disability compensation and pension claims received by VA that normally require a rating decision. Commonly known as the rating bundle, this includes claims for disability compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors, and Veterans’ pension benefits, including both original and supplemental claims. Once VA decides a claim, it’s no longer in the claims inventory.

VA Claims Backlog

VA.gov | Veterans Affairs

VA’s claims backlog includes rating bundle disability compensation and pension claims received by VA that normally require a rating decision. This claims bundle includes initial and supplemental claims for service-connected disabilities for Veterans and their survivors, Agent Orange-related claims, and pension claims for Veterans. Once VA decides a claim, it’s no longer in the claims inventory.