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I have a friend that was in Viet Nam, and is having medical problems due to agent orange and COPD, to the extent the VA Told him he could not work anymore, (his wife is working but she does not make enough to substain them), and thus he was let go from his job, the problem is, his is not getting any money, and he was told by a VA Rep that it would most likely take at least two years to get his VA pension. This would be unacceptable to me, What can be done to speed this up, I was in the service but retired from the Railroad, but sounds terrible to me, also he was told a year to 18 months to get SOC disability benefits. I love the way we take care of our veterans, Makes me want to join up again!!!!!
There was a special on television not long ago, explaining why veterans, even severly disabled veterans coming back from the current war, are not getting benefits quickly or at all in some cases. There were only so many people doing this work before the influx of new people coming into the VA System. That number hasn't changed, even with so many veterans needing benefits.
We have a constant influx of young veterans being disabled in this Iraq and Afghanistan right now. Snce the number of people who process that paperwork has not changed, they are overwhelmed. It is just impossible for them to process so many needy cases in a timely manner. There was no solution to this problem either on the special because they can not hire more workers. These are civil service positions.
Knowing that, I have been watching what is happening when I go to my own VA appointments. I have seen more than one veteran come in and actually be eligible with paperwork and turned away from the VA for simply care. They could not even get medical care. Some new people aren't being accepted into the system if they haven't already signed up before.
So if you were not in the system already with your disability calculated, it appears the VA can and has been turning people away. Things you can do about that are the same as they always have been. If you can't get anywhere with the VA after you have gone up their chain (they have a website), then write your Congressman, and/or write the President.
If enough letters are sent in about how overrun the VA is with cases, then maybe more workers will be hired. One worker can only do so much in one day. That will not change. Having enough workers to complete the task properly will get the paperwork through. I know this is not what you wanted to hear, but it does appear to be reality for the time being.
Sending you love and light...