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  •  Well the VA is messed up plenty in certain VISN (2+ / 0-)
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    Militarytracy, WakeUpNeo

    areas still.  Maybe too big for any one person to correct.
    Hal Donahue and others speak out against the wrong done in any beauracracy but they do speak up as we all must do.  tommyfocus, backlogged and treated unfairly, llbear and me trying to help the vet in Ohio, the treatment my husband got, and countless others in bad VISN groups.   This mess Bush left us in is too big to Hail !  People need some repricussions this is where I fault the Obama administration.  I know it is a small club but Holder IMO is just not doing his job.  He is not sending holding people accountable for their actions.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 06:00:09 PM PDT

    •  I have very conflicted feelings about the VA (1+ / 0-)
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      Vetwife.  You know my story to a great degree.  It took me five years and going all the way to the Veterans' Appeals Court in Washington D.C. (with a Pro Bono attorney) to win my first 30% disability award.  It has been in appeal for about sixteen months, along with a newer claim as I have been diagnosed with heart disease (an Agent Orange Presumed connection).  No matter, that claim has also been at the Regional Office for sixteen months.

      I saw the Channel 8 Reports recently.  The numbers in the backlog are astonishing.  Since I have complained recently that it is past time for my cases (claim & appeal) to be decided, I have received frank and informative calls from VA Reps in St. Pete and Salt Lake City.  One told me that when the backlog becomes so bad the VA no long can update their website as to the status of one's claim.  He said "Don't go there.  Don't pay attention to what it says.  There is and never was a Fast Track for Vietnam Agent Orange cases.  You are 6,000 out of 70,000.  We are doing the best we can.  We have fewer workers than we used to and the caseloads are overwhelming."  He went on and on.  I thanked him for his honesty.  Bottom line, though, is that I cannot expect decisions on the Appeal & the newer Claim anytime soon.  He said something about the average being two years to decide.  

      For now, I do receive medical care.  I  have some good doctors and nurses at James A. Haley in Tampa.  I made a decision to opt out of Medicare as the VA provides my medical care.  I did not forsee that perhaps some of the care would be sub par and that it would be good to have the option of going outside the VA for a second opinion or for other reasons.  

      As always, Vetwife, your work for and dedication to veterans are admirable and wonderful.  Having someone on your side is so important to veterans.  Thank you for helping my sisters and brothers.

      Peace & Love

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