Appeal

Almost fifteen years ago now, I went in for my first appointment with VocRehab. I was super excited and looking forward to setting off on my new training path to become a lawyer.

But that was not what the counselor had in store for me. After I told him what I wanted to do, he immediately responded with, “VocRehab won’t do that.” And by “that” he meant will not pay for law school.

I am sure many of you have been there right?

Whether it’s your VocRehab claim or some procedure a doctor will not do, or some decision a Veterans Claim Representative says they cannot justify.

At some point in our life, we always come up against decision makers who control a significant outcome for us without disclosing all the facts.

My Outcome Then

At the time, I did not have an undergrad and the counselor basically pointed out that the program would only take me through a four-year education.

Imagine my surprise, four years later, that had I pushed for the goal of becoming a lawyer, that the counselor may have approved a uniquely structured track to make it happen.

Here is what happened.

After I moved to Portland, some time after graduating from my undergrad, another VocRehab counselor told me the program DOES pay for law school. Incredulous, I decided to request a copy of my file.

In that file, I found a four-year-old email transcript between my initial counselor and some of his peers that discussed my different options. Sadly, those options were never relayed to me at the time, and I lost three years off my career as a lawyer now because I was not informed of my options then.

While that is bummer, sometimes these hardships come with an upside later; because had I not felt lied to, I likely would have taken my benefits and quietly gone away without helping keeping vets informed on this website.

I wouldn’t have exposed the TBI scandal last year and I wouldn’t keep kicking down doors for disadvantaged veterans at the agency.

What To Do For Your Appeal / Or Just To Double Check

Many veterans give up their claims without reviewing their claims file first, which is the most expensive mistake a person can make.

Whether you are fighting a 20-year disability compensation battle, being represented bay a VSO, or pushing for VocRehab benefits, you really need to request a copy of your file.

As an example, VocRehab counselors may load your file with various internal memos that are not discussed in the final decision letter. The same is true for a disability claim.

So what do you do?

The answer depends on the brand of VA you are dealing with.

For VocRehab, you need to send your counselor a Freedom of Information Act / Privacy Act request. This request dovetails 5 USC § 552 and 5 USC § 552a. The agency has 20 business days to get back to you with the records. If they do not, you can appeal it to VA OGC FOIA.

Wondering what a FOIA could look like?

I have a couple examples here in case you want to see some older versions I wrote up while in law school. I also recently created a free mini guide on the subject that you can grab a copy of on that same post. An opt-in should come up when you go there.

Luckily, if you get wrapped up into a denial or appeal, you can head over to our friends at the Reporters Committee to get solid information on how to fight for your records after a denial. That is where the rubber hits the road.

The guide I’m talking about above covers different scenarios where a veteran needs different forms depending on whether they want the records from a hospital or from VA benefits. If you seek VA benefits, I always suggest you get both just in case something in the hospital record is omitted from your claims file by accident.

Anyway, that is all for today. I had a long day working on a long brief. Watching the confirmation hearing was depressing.

My Two Cents On Shulkin Confirmation

I am absolutely shocked at the statement coming from Sen. Johnny Isakson and many of the other Senators who seemed more concerned with government contracts in their state being completed than the real impact of Veterans Choice.

Nonetheless, it looks clear that President Trump will not deliver the Choice veterans want under David Shulkin. In fact, it sounds like he intends to roll it back with his answers to Sen. Tester at the onset of the process.

Veterans needing urgent care will get diverted to another facility. Well hell, that is the minimum requirement of practically any medical facility now lest they risk malpractice if a person dies.

I still need a few hours to think about it before really diving into what Shulkin said.

namnibor
Benjamin — Lovely “Bad VA Art” today…actually, lovely surreal image there with contrast of Technicolor or stark Black & White. The Tale of Two Truths as told by the VA. All good stuff and info for Vets navigating this whacko system. Back to Shulkin nomination confirmation hearing: I am still rather stunned by everything they did NOT talk about and skillfully talked around any damning info…anyone else get the distinct impression that was entirely rehearsed yesterday? How about the Hungry… Read more »
Crazy elf

namnibor,
I wonder, will we smell that “rancid smell” again today?
I do believe it will be thick later on!

Dennis
Maybe you hit the head of the nail squarely without realizing it Ben. In your article you briefly reflected on a notion that I have seen you echo before. I infer that you believe that if you personally had not been jacked around then you might not have chosen the career path you did. The career path substantially has exposed the “jacking around” of now tens of thousands of vets who also felt jacked around. Your career path put you… Read more »
Peterson

I sent in a claim with Only medical documentation from VA doctors with diagnosis of TBI and a few other things. Over a year goes by and I get a Denial letter stating the I did not provide Any medical documentation to substantiate the tbi claim…it’s back in appeal pergitory.

Crazy elf

@Peterson,
This is how VA reduced the incoming claims.
Shuffle veterans claims from one stack, (your first original claim) to another, (the “appeals” stack)!
They, the VBA, can now lie and say they have reduced the claims process by tens of thousands.

cj

Same here, and I filed an FOI request, at least 6 month later i get a letter stating they received my FOI. Only problem is the letter was from the National Archives, and not the Regional V.A. that is handling my case. So what will I likely receive? You watch, I will get another copy of my military records, and NOT my case file, like I asked. Delay deny and wait for them to die……..

James Gallegos
This is routine and not just tbi. The VA admitted that they deny claims and that 90 percent of those veterans will not refile. So with this in mind why should they approve any claim. Next if they should have a veteran appeal, no problem deny again and again and if the veteran won’t take no for an answer. ! Throw him a bone and give him his disability at 0 percent and if he appeals denials start over and… Read more »
Crazy elf
As namnibor and Dennis have pointed out, “accountability” and “trust” is a “learned experience”! One has to “earn respect”, it is never given freely. Especially to those who show disrespect in such large quantities. The “confirmation hearing” yesterday, shows exactly how much disregard and disrespect these representatives, and VSO’s, have for the veterans that served this country with distinction. That said, I believe “Shitty Shulkin” will be confirmed in short order. His inability to serve veterans over VA’s reprehensible acts,… Read more »
namnibor
Notice in news this morning on the RIOTS (not peaceful demonstrating) at UC Berkley Campus and the destruction and violence…the University and Police are saying the majority of the protesters were imported into protest and rile-up the campus population at same time…SOROS and Friends. These snowflakes are melting down yellow snowballs. Have heard rumors that super bowl Sunday will now have the protection of Blackhawk Helicopters. 🙂 I think it’s time for Lockheed to develop the Snowflake Drone. All it… Read more »
ANutterVet

It was reported that one hostage was killed.

ANutterVet
From yesterday’s post – The MSM referred to the actions as being violent protests and chaos instead of calling it what it is: rioting [a combination of destroying property, setting fires, violent language, and hurting people]. The unlawful actions that occurred at Berkeley wasn’t even close to being peaceful. And, the liberal media plays down the definition of rioting by calling it other names. Another form of Fake News. Therefore, trying to define rioting as peaceful acts of protesting. Changing… Read more »
namnibor

However, the Prison RIOT and Prison takeover still ongoing with hostages in a Delaware Federal Prison…those prisoners…criminal thugs…are inciting Pres. Trump for WHY they are protesting…WTF? I think it’s time to dust-off old sparky and instill some motivation that actions have consequences, do the crime, well, you are doing the time.
Snowflakes in prison are even whacko with Trumphobia. WTF?!

Crazy elf

No, namnibor,
It’s time to bring back “…those 13 steps to the short drop on the hangman’s gallows!”
Can you imagine, all the thugs, thuglets and “Soros paid Terrorists” watching a few of their friends “dangling helplessly” on the many MSM stations!

I read this morning, President Trump has threatened Burkley with something. Gotta go back and reread the article.

NiteWish
From what I see on the Berkeley protestors signs Refuse Fascism is behind all this violence. Their agenda is on their website: First, massive protest & resistance… creating “a crisis of rule”; Second, coupled with this, attempts by different factions in the established power structure which have real differences with Trump-Pence to solve the crisis by preventing them from taking the reins of power. Good thing is the group is keeping a list: The first name on the Call to… Read more »
cj

@ NiteWish: It would seem that you have just layed the foundation as to WhY these groups should be Prevented from entering the country in the first place. Militants, make no mistake about it…………great work you did here.

ANutterVet
@cj or anyone who is up and wants to chat a bit – When the first news reports were broadcasted, these so called non-Fake News conglomerates, don’t even know when to call a riot a riot. It doesn’t matter who brought who in or who they are; this is a secondary point or problem. The main point is that there has been rioting in the Berkeley area. Calling it violence or any other word, is FAKE NEWS! So what are… Read more »
cj
@ANutterVet: The MSM will never call riots by minorities or disadvantaged, or womans groups riots. They only save that for right wing groups. Why? It’s all this political correctness, and SJW’s. They are tearing this country apart at the seams. I wish there was a way to hold them accountable for the damage they do. They do not report the facts, they report the party line. Facts don’t mean anything to these people. All they understand is power, and eliteism.… Read more »
ANutterVet

@cj – Ranting in. I hear you load and clear. Crazy elf, Seymore Klearly usually post many articles that are not with the MSM. I get tired of watching them. I would say that my attitude really started to change about 4 years ago. Then when I focused more on their reporting, and read other stories, then I knew these people were twisting the truth for their own agenda. My turn to Rant out.

cj
@ANutterVet: Sometimes things sure get messed up, I have a good friend, nam vet, they are constantly giving him trouble with his meds, He tells me a lot of the same things you are mentioning. I don’t understand how so many facilities are run in so many different ways. You would think that since all are run by the same secretary, they would be like, let’s say……….Burger King………………you know when you go to a Burger King exactly what to expect.… Read more »
ANutterVet
@cj – I know, the facilities should have a lot more in common with the ailments that they treat. Although in the Tri State area of PA, DE, and NJ, these facilities claim to be a full service medical facility, but in reality they aren’t. For me, as I think with many other Veterans, its dang nam confusing to most. Every time I do additional research and then ask questions, I can’t get straight answers. One more thing. I heard… Read more »
Ex va
@ ANutterVet, the fake news wants to sugar coat everything now in our society, you are right the untruthfulness of it all. Denying real problems that happen everyday to our citizens, it is strange they do not care. I think the problems going on in the va they do not want to tell the truth about. What goes on in our public school systems. There is so much going on they do not report ten percent of it. There isn’t… Read more »
ANutterVet
@Ex va, @cj – That is why I use a bodacious dictionary when dealing with difficult people. It contains words that were used a couple of hundred years ago. And, many times the word is not in the common dictionaries like Webster. Now the MSM gets upset if people use online news sources. They realize that they are losing viewers, forcing them to be more competitive. But they knock down the other news as being alt right wing. They most… Read more »
cj

@Ex va: You are sure on the money with that. To prove your point about the vocabulary thing. Remember the 1938 A Christmas Carol? Watch that movie again sometime and pay attention to the way they talk. Clear, precise, no mistaken on what anyone means, even the childeren in that movie. Fast forward to any sitcom, or any so called movie made today. Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee diculous

Ex va

I like the rant outs!! It is honest feelings!

Ex va
@ANutterVet, your intelligence probably scares them. They are not use to anyone questioning their decisions. And that is the way it should be Veterans should question everything, but a lot of people don’t understand pharmaceuticals or what they are suppose to do. I wish you could go to someplace better than this what your dealing with. Unreal, when i use to go i had to wait all day to get meds. It was eight hours for waiting for an appointment… Read more »
ANutterVet
@Ex va – When I question them and they seem to either not no, disillusioned, or what, they get very offensive. My father taught me that this is when to take clear mental and written notes, then sit back for a bit to find the loopholes, then go in again with more questioning for clarification. With one word of caution, always have someone with you so they can back up your story. I know they see me as not being… Read more »
cj
@ANutterVet, @Ex va: So last weekend I went hunting with a friend. He brought his dog with, and as soon as we got to our spot, he sent the dog out. Maybe 15 minutes later this dog came back with a stick in it’s mouth, shaking it back and fourth, and started to hump his leg. I was in complete shock when he took out his pistol and shot the dog. I said “WTF is wrong with you?” “Why in… Read more »
ANutterVet

@cj, @Ex va – Its a good thing you weren’t shaking when you told him what his dog was saying before he shot him, or he would’ve probably shot you too. Dumb dog owner.

Ex va

@ cj, that is true the earlier movies and books are more sophisticated. We are all getting stupid. LOL! I like older movies these ones now is all about being as disgusting as one can possibly be. Strange.

Ex va

@ cj, that is a good one!! LMAO!

cj

@Ex va: And when they try to be funny? Every single sitcom, the actors act the exact same way. What the hell is that all about? I just don’t get it, so I watch very little tv. I am like you, I love the old stuff.

cj

@Ex va, @ANutterVet: There is a program, it is free, it is called Kodi. you can google it. you can install it as per the instructions provided for your system. With it you can stream just about any movie you want. I see stuff that is still in theaters, and can look up just about any old movie. Even has series like Justified, or Sons of Anarchy etc. Just an FYI.

ANutterVet
@cj, @Ex va – I check out Kodi probably tomorrow. May be I can find some good movies that distract me from my pain and my running mind. Which reminds me. CJ you not able to physically give me any of your medicine, but can you send me some digitally? Its time for me to Rant out. Had a long day today. I sometimes find its taking me a little more time to recover after escapades with PCP. Its hard… Read more »
cj

OK, guys and gals of Bens blog, Hope you all sleep well tonight, and wake energiezed. God Bless everyone of you, and your families. Good night.

BMcL

Bottom Line…
BULLDOZE the DVA and rebuild EVERYTHING from scratch!
This dysfunctional agency is NOT working in all aspects then originally intended! In a vast number of respects, it is AGAINST the Veteran, rather than FOR THEM!

ANutterVet
@Nambibor, @Seymore Klearly, @Crazy elf, @cj, @Ex va, @91Veteran, @Disgruntled Veteran, @Dennis [add your unique input], @Benjamin Krause, JD – So much for the surprises that will effect Veterans when President Trump gave his Press Conference. I’m on the edge of the fence here, and don’t know what to expect pertaining the fair, ethical, and justified treatment of Veterans medical care and the ease of process pertaining to Veterans claims. And, I’m not looking for any political ranting. Keep that… Read more »
namnibor
I still give Pres. Trump and his team a bit of time…the disinfecting qualities of sunlight of truth will hold whatever/whomever accountable going forward and Hold Pres. Trump to his word to help Veterans and the VA. I would not lose all hope…but nothing wrong with expressing frustration. I am with you there but not willing to give-in to frustration. In fact, it only riles my ambition even more to advocate for my fellow Veterans and Survivors and future Vets.… Read more »
ANutterVet

@Namnibor – Thanks Brother for the encouraging words. My wife and I had a wrenching experience at my VA appointment.

cj
@ANutterVet: I have been going, as I have said for over 40 years, when it comes to the va, I have a take no prisoners attitude. If I am given any shit whatsoever, I call the top dog administrator, and in this case it’s a her, and I let her know what happened, and if she does not take care of the situation, that I have my senators on speed dial. YOU have the right to request another pcp if… Read more »
ANutterVet

@cj – Thanks for the advice Brother. Been recouping. Its so hard to gather the dam energy when you condition constantly drains the energy out of you. I think they play on this. I’ve been really thinking about contacting an attorney. I truly believe that my life is in jeopardy.

cj

P.S. I learned this from a very large ex Marine. Some idiot non-english speaking contractor parked his work truck in the handicap parking space. When he went in and complained at the front desk, they made the mistake of demanding he lower his tone. The Marine then demanded the presence of the hospital administrator ASAP. and reminded them that they are there to work for him, not the other way around. That truck was moved instantly…………….

cj

@ANutterVet: You explaing that to the hospital administrator, head honcho, and that you are thinking about contacting an attourney. I bet anything you will see action in your favor. You will probably get a new doctor next visit,, in fact while you have the administrator on the phone request a new doctor that listens.

ANutterVet

@cj – I’m still digesting what is currently going on. Although, this could be my next move. But, I get tired of telling my story over, and over, and over. Then I really start to get pissed off and flippant.

Ex va
@ ANutterVet, i try to check in my political hat at the door when i come in here, politics tend to divide so i try not to offend. Time will tell what we are going to have to deal with in this new leadership in government. I try to stay positive it seems to make life easier and less stressful. I am with any Veteran who fights for their earned rights to receive excellent medical care or any program they… Read more »
ANutterVet

@Ex va – A good post Brother. The main points are good enough to send into the Letter to the Editor. That’s if they are willing to publish it due to be controlled by mostly the left, and they don’t keep the VA in the limelight in the first place.

John Wolf
I have been waiting for 7 months for a determination of my NOD. I was a combat Vietnam veteran with a CIB, Bronze Star and an Air Medal. I understand the South Georgia – North Florida C&P uses their own policies instead of following guide lines and hires college student to process paperwork. There are not pre-med students and they get little training about how to review. I understand, if any piece of evidence (like a letter from my wife… Read more »
ANutterVet
@John Wolf – John, I hope that you’ll focus on how the VA’s problems is affecting-effecting the lives of their love ones and service animals. And, to challenge the Main Stream Media to do their job by keeping the issues of the VA on the front page. The American public needs to be wakened up to how Veterans are really suffering. As you’re aware, Veterans have had enough of the band aiding to a circumstance that is in dire need… Read more »
Crazy elf

@John Wolf,
Sounds like you might have an ear with President Trump. This is what veterans need. Someone who has been screwed by VA.
I believe you should contact Ben immediately. Express your concerns.
Someone who has had a positive past relationship with POTUS, is what we need.
This way that committee might just get caught with their pants in a wad.

Dennis

I heard this year before the testimony that the same little ponies dressed up in frills with the hella cute poodles riding their backs are gonna open for that show. It isn’t like the days when Elvis was the opening act but damn close. Watch out though, congressman have been seen giving even the littlest kids an elbow in the face while scrambling for candy the clowns toss out.

Dennis

Put a red nose on Shulkin and I swear he looks just like the clown at Ericksons Market in Bend on Saturday mornings when I was a child! That clown always gave me the creeps…

Seymore Klearly
I was watching the beginning of the hearings with the intros and some of the questioning but got distracted. I did record the hearing and will be watching today. From what I did see it was nothing more than a dog and pony show. With none of the dogs and ponys actually know anything about what the problems with the VA are. What clear message I kept hearing was more money, more money, more money, … Of course that message… Read more »
ANutterVet

@Seymore Klearly – Good post Brother. That’s why I commented to John’s post pertaining to the items he will be bringing to the attention of those at the hearing. Like they don’t already know what is going on. No dah.

Crazy elf

Seymore, that committee was more worried about the Super Bowl than getting to the bottom of all the bullshit committed against veterans!
It was worse than a dog and pony show! It shows the Representatives don’t give a rats ass about veterans!
Like you said, it’s all about more & more money going into their pockets!!!!!!!

Crazy elf

Hey, y’all, it’s now time to order your next pizza from “Papa John’s”! Why? Watch this video from “The Next News Network” for the details.

“What Papa John Just Came Out & Said to Trump Will Make Everyone in America Gasp!”

Feb. 2, 2017 (3:37 minutes long)

namnibor
A pizza delivery in some parts of my city often has the added little pleasure of a home invasion right when you open door for a pizza or if they are creative, come back later if the delivery person noticed anything of value when you opened the door…I buy frozen pizzas, less chance of my own oven attacking me…same goes for UBER….my own car has zero chance of robbing me when I get into the car…UBER now has MANY “refugees”… Read more »
Ex va
I have to admit i did not watch all of the shulkins conformation because it sounded so much like business as usual with the va. It angered me. Shulkin made statements such as the suicide incidents as having improvement with a predictive analysis tool? Disgusting. His smug look acting like he was taking credit with improvements. What improvements that were sweeping to create changes needed in the va system??? No one want to do the dirty work of terminations needed… Read more »
ANutterVet
@Ex va – I agree with your statement. Those either in the VA system or that will be put up for a open position in the VA, will already know what is going on inside the VA medical system. And, as far as I’m concerned, if they don’t have the dam balls to say what needs to be changed, no matter who they are talking too, that gives me a good clue that there will be a high probability of… Read more »
ANutterVet
@Ex va, @cj, and others – I’m kinda, sorta, back in the saddle again. A long night, planning another type of fight, in order to try to get my life right. VA is pulling the worst out of me, but you can’t play ball on a different field if you expect to gain ground, win, or just plain kick ass. Looking for reinforcements. They wouldn’t prescribe me a Schedule 4 muscle relaxer, but instead prescribed me more addictive Schedule 2… Read more »
cj

I am glad you are doing better ANutterVet. If you are going to go and get a script from a private pcp. Remember, you need to be on a strict schedule to get off of the opiates. It is pretty easy to follow, so you don’t have to suffer withdrawls.

ANutterVet
@cj – Yeah I know. I’ve been trying to take less of this as much as possible. The weather is a big factor here in N. East. Humidity makes my dam muscles spasms to remind me that they are still there and doing well. I wish I never got caught up with the VA and their untrained medical staff. It’s so weird, the Pain Management Physician is not the one who prescribes meds. And, if there are any questions, then… Read more »
cj
@ANutterVet: Man, I do not know what kind of facility you are attending or if that is the norm for most facilities. I have noticed a few new things that have been changed. For instance, if I needed a toradol injection, all I needed to do was ask for one. Now if I don’t claim my pain level is a 10, then they won’t give it. Siilly crap like that, so now I just go to my private pcp because… Read more »
ANutterVet
@ch j – They give it to me all the time. I received a call from my PCP earlier. She informed me that I tested positive for Clonazepam and CBD [cannabis]. I told her that I forgot that I had put a few tabs in our car, my wife found them. No slack with my answer about the Clonazepam. Onto the next, . . . She then said what about the cannabis? I said what about it, I haven’t smoked… Read more »
Bill

Does anyone have anyavise for me on vr&e as pertaining to hobbies?

Couselor told me no way. Is this correct?

I wiild also like to take classes for this hobby “painting”.

Any advise either way would be greatly appreciated.

Ex va

@ Bill, did they tell you that you had to take classes that leads to a degree? There is fine arts degree that involves painting. There are art therapist and teachers. Need to look at a college syllabus of classes. Some colleges will let you take free adult education classes if you are over 60.

namnibor
@Bill — Also, might want to check both your local community high school and also community libraries, as depending on where you live and the interest, like my own local library always has various painting, photography, even rowing classes on the river…these usually involve a small fee for the classes and any supply list you would need to acquire. If the VA is giving you the run around and if you have not already Bill, pick-up Benjamin’s VR&E Guide to… Read more »
namnibor
@Bill — Since we are talking about the VA, if and when you get VR&E to allow you to take art classes/degree, make sure to always get a copy of the class’s official description and requirements…why? Because with art classes in particular, you have class supply lists that are often close to price of a credit hour or two and in my experience was always more expensive than the expensive regular class textbooks…even used, if lucky. Just wanted to add… Read more »
Bill

I was actually hoping to in get in under the Ilp progrogram.
If not for painting and woodworking my ptsd would of been the clear winner over me. I am finding it hard tho afford materials and told on my 100% disabilty.

I know we all have that problem but I was under the understanding that is what vr&e and Ilp was for

91Veteran
Thanks Ben. I’m curious though. When you requested your record for VocRehab, exactly what file did you request? Medical record? C-file? Some other record? How did you request it? I ask because I wonder how they provided copies of internal emails. I can’t see them providing those from a regular FOIA request. As for Shulkin and the hearing. I hope you have the time to review the complete transcript if you can get it. I couldn’t watch it and I… Read more »
91Veteran
Off topic comment before I read the rest of the comments. For those that still call your VA hospital, do you receive spam phone calls on the same number you called the VA from? Usually within an hour of making the call? I very carefully never use my cell phone when leaving a contact number on web sites because I don’t want it sold and don’t want the spam calls. In December, earlier in January, and again yesterday, within an… Read more »
nicky w savage
I can attest to fighting Voc Rehab, first i was told that since I needed a special chair I should be in the part of Voc Rehab that deals with living situations and not in school. then I was told I don’t have a computer then I should not be in an online school. Each time I cited from Ben’s program on voc rehab and went to the mr28’s or whatever they are and won. they will beat you down… Read more »
nicky w savage

I also plan on fighting going to law school just like Ben, just to fight the VA, it is what I want to do. when I finish this degree.

namnibor

Awesome. We need all the additional Veteran attorneys we can get for advocacy.

ANutterVet

@nicky w savage – Good Nick. Stand strong and find those loop holes so that Veterans can give the VA a dam good licking. Its well overdue. Good luck. And, don’t be a brown nosing follower. Like Ben, set the standard high.

Scott Reed
For the past year I have been fortunate enough to have a VR&E counselor who is concerned with the Vets education and life goals. She was supportive, response and actively engaged. For personal reason she moved to another VA in another state. A sad loss for all of us working with her in San Antonio. While under her we had established an education plan focusing on a Bachelor’s degree with notes that I had a desire and plan to attend… Read more »
nicky w savage

I cannot give you guidance but I can assume how you feel. The part I wrote was my first counselor, which switched to my second counselor days later. This one is very supportive than the first. I will just say do fight it. Remember if you to a hearing and win, they have to pay you for lost time and wages, or what i have read in the 38s they have too.

namnibor
Your story sounds like it partly mirrors Benjamin’s and if you have not already done so, pick-up a copy of his VR&E Guide and also contact him at link. You are being given the run around by those unfortunate VA employees that do not know the very regs and guidelines for the job they are doing…no, a SERVICE for Vets…so definitely fight tooth and nail…it’s what Benjamin had to do and the VA hates it when you place their very… Read more »
namnibor

Oh…the part with her being 25 mins late burns my ass because many Veteran plan their entire day around say a public transportation schedule or what have you and if it were the Veteran late even 13 mins they would look at you with a jelly donut smile and tell you to call and make an appointment. I have a pet peeve with late people. Do not get me started…

Angela

@Ben & All, this was an excellent news article or blog put out by you. Thanks for your experience and insight. Ben, I will be somehow contacting you personally again if I can.

namnibor

Flying Monkeys would have been perfect for today’s ‘Bad VA Art’…just saying… 🙂

Kaupe, Jr. James K.
Ben, thank you for being a true a Veterans Advocate. I am a life member for the VFW, member for the DAV, life member for MOAA, and a retired County Veterans Representative for San Diego and yes retired from the Marine Corps. I started this business of getting to know my benefits since 1994. I’ve had spent my time learning from the best of advocates/attorney on 38 USC and Title 38 CFR. I’m now simply retired since 2010, but is… Read more »
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