Disabled vets have legal options

Jul 3, 2011 Full story: www.recordonline.com 7

The Department of Veterans Affairs is meant to serve veterans, but when it comes to the disability process, the bureaucracy is notoriously ponderous.

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Armyof1

Choctaw, OK

#1 Jul 3, 2011
working to get a claim through the Veterans Affairs is NOT easy from the get go paper work wise! I do know of ONE person who filed ALL his own paper work for ALL of his claims with the VA and all were service connected and YES he got ALL the claims and or awards. He did have to appeal one claim but it only took 60 days and he won that claim also. Was it easy NO as just filling out the paper work - meaning of words used on a claim form and having ALL paper work needed to file a claim is KEY to any claim. He was a lucky guy to have ALL paper work from the day he went into the service and before he filed his claim got copys of his old 201 file now known as a "C" file - got his medical files that were missing and the list goes on. YOU can file yourself but when it comes to appeals and trying to get service connected it's not going to be easy as YOU must proof and have paper work to show who what when and why to even try to start a claim. Yes the Agent Orange claims have been kind of easy but once this is over or your working on a NEW claim for Vietnam eara War you better have your paper work in order as word has come down that any and ALL claims have to be documented 100% or it's thrown out.
No more he said you said ok give me a statement from who ever and we might give you some award.
Knowing a few who work in Oklahoma Veterans Affairs office claims are going to get harder to give an award and or money out of the VA.
WHY cause of the cut backs that are coming and short fall in the funds buget and President Obamas letter to the VA on cut backs and pays / cost of living.
Be thankful for what you have as it will from NOW on harder to get much out of the VA.

Happy 4th Of July 2011 To ALL who have served and WHO are servinig in todays WARS.......
The Mad Man

Long Beach, CA

#2 Jul 3, 2011
I live with an attorney who wants to know more about veteran law so that he can take more cases to defend these men who defended our country. This attorney is not a veteran but I am, and I have told him horror stories about vets who have been denied claims or medical treatment. A recent article where a man lost his eye due to the malpractice of a 3rd year intern, got 1 million dollars after a hard fight but that does not justify the pain this man will feel for the rest of his life. I will enclose the article in another answer. My brothers and sisters, I will do what I can to help. Be proud and stand firm.
The Mad Man

Long Beach, CA

#3 Jul 3, 2011
http://www.topix.com/life/veterans/2011/06/ha...
This is the story of a man who's eye 'exploded' due to mismanaged care of a third year intern. The article states that the govt is 'IMMUNE' from prosecution. Agent Orange now includes heart conditions BUT the secret is...anyone exposed to this agent, is USUALLY give ten years to live as the expediency time frame. A lot of service connected conditions are given this expediency and if you survive, maybe your claim will be approved. JUST DO WHAT YOU CAN TO GET THAT PAPERWORK IN ORDER, FILE ON TIME AND HAVE MEDICAL DOCUMENTATION. If you do this correctly, then the responsibility lies on the Veterans Affairs office and the lawyer you make sure you use as back up. Good luck my brothers and sisters.
The Mad Man

Long Beach, CA

#4 Jul 3, 2011
I'm sorry, SUDDENLY I can't find the article anymore. The story is about a veteran who had cataract surgery by a 3rd year intern and the 'doctor' used too much medication in the man's eye and his eye exploded! The govt claimed the VA is 'IMMUNE' from law suits but this man fought it and won a million dollar settlement.
It is this 'IMMUNITY' we have to fight and a lot of vets are affected by this 'IMMUNITY' including myself and the LACK of medical treatment I have received. Because of my medical treatment, I am too ill and tired to 'fight' and I am sure that is what the govt wants but I am getting treatment privately and need a spinal cord stimulator to control constant pain. DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!
The Mad Man

Long Beach, CA

#5 Jul 3, 2011
Army veteran wins $925k in compensation after his eyeball EXPLODES during routine cataract surgery.
Here is one article but if you search the web your will find more about this 'botched' surgery. This is horrible to read.
The Mad Man

Long Beach, CA

#6 Jul 3, 2011
VA Pays Vet $925,000 in Exploding Eyeball Suit
Paste this into your web browser and you will read the word 'IMMUNITY' and 'exploding eye'. This is why we need legal help. Service connection is even harder to prove and Armyof1, Choctaw, OK, explained a lot.
The Mad Man

Long Beach, CA

#7 Jul 5, 2011
http://www.topix.com/life/veterans/2011/07/va...
Here's that story I was telling you about. It suddenly showed up again.

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