Don’t Let Being A Waiter Turn You Into A Hater
The wait begins for many of us as soon as we start thinking about filing a claim, for others it begins when they file the claim or talk to a service officer.
The wait then becomes the weight and there it sits on you. The wait is damn near unbearable for many, and this exacerbates many of our symptoms and don’t even get me started on “triggers.”
Why I say “Don’t Let Being A Waiter Turn You Into A Hater,” is for your own protection. The VA will 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 to not carry that anger/hate with you day after day it will eat away at you and make you weaker 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.
You can stay calm and pay attention to everything that is said and who say’s it and why it makes you angry as you plan your blog article for later that day. Don’t have a blog it’s easy to start and free, and there ladies and gents is where you express yourself.
When waiting and waiting and waiting at the VA I just think “I like pie.” and 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
The claims inventory includes disability compensation and pension claims received by VA that 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’s claims backlog includes disability compensation and pension claims received by VA that 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.