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 How would you rate your VA claim experience?
 extremely simple and painless 1 50%
 moderately simple 0 0%
 moderately complicated 0 0%
 extremely complicated and aggrevating 1 50%
 not sure 0 0%
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Keith Brownmiller

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As many of you, I have had numerous dealings with the VA. The most frustrating is getting a claim through the system. I had one claim with appeal took about six years.

Of our members here I would like your thoughts on the process. They are your thoughts and as such there is no right or wrong answer.

Many thanks

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Rick Holly

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I have never dealt with the VA. I hope the majority of responses will be positive.
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I believe that I'm an anomaly.  I put my claim in Feb 2004 (3 months prior to retirement).  Retired 30 Apr 04, rec'd first check (30%) 01 May 04.  I got my VFW State service officer involved and by mid-2007 I rec'd 100%.  He said that this is because the VA didn't have to shag any medical/service records as I made a complete copy for them initially.  I now counsel my young shipmates to do the same.
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I've been to the VA once in my lifetime. Never went back, nor will I ever. I spent countless hours that day just waiting with terrible pains. I have no idea if their process is any quicker today. My bad experience was back in '91.

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John, I truly understand your pain as I have walked in your shoes. Here is the crux of the issue: Once you can get in the system, things do improve. The hurdle we all have to overcome is the system. The system is designed to make you give up and go somewhere else. The internal procedures are also designed that way as well. Many of the procedures as I see them are designed to cover up the lack of necessary staff and facilities.

While I know you have had a rough time, but the only way it will change is if WE fight for it. To that vain, I would urge you to pick a veterans organization such as the DAV or VFW and become active.

I wish you continued success in your recovery.

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Originally Posted by Keith Brownmiller
As many of you, I have had numerous dealings with the VA. The most frustrating is getting a claim through the system. I had one claim with appeal took about six years.

Of our members here I would like your thoughts on the process. They are your thoughts and as such there is no right or wrong answer.

Many thanks
It was aweful in the beginning but after the VA finally approves your rating its worth it, I think the VA can be tough with claims because so many people make false ones, maybe this is just one thought and there and there are other reasons they drag there feet, but I just heard 300 thousand claims are processed every year and its growing, our vets need help and lots of support, I was talking to a gent the other day and he said bluntly vets get to much money when they knew the risk before they joined, I said bluntly you best well thank them because they volunteered to go in and support your freedom, and if we had no volunteers people like you might get drafted, he said nicely I never looked at it this way, I said I am glad I educated you today opening up yours eyes to appreciate your freedom, so many people just dont get the Freedom part and why we have it. I try my best to open up peoples minds and heart, and hopefully they should appreciate there freedom more instead of living in a box and bouncing off the walls with no direction in there lives. I think of veterans everyday and I Thank my lucky stars to be on this earth.
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Originally Posted by Keith Brownmiller
As many of you, I have had numerous dealings with the VA. The most frustrating is getting a claim through the system. I had one claim with appeal took about six years.

Of our members here I would like your thoughts on the process. They are your thoughts and as such there is no right or wrong answer.

Many thanks
It was aweful in the beginning but after the VA finally approves your rating its worth it, I think the VA can be tough with claims because so many people make false ones, maybe this is just one thought and there and there are other reasons they drag there feet, but I just heard 300 thousand claims are processed every year and its growing, our vets need help and lots of support, I was talking to a gent the other day and he said bluntly vets get to much money when they knew the risk before they joined, I said bluntly you best well thank them because they volunteered to go in and support your freedom, and if we had no volunteers people like you might get drafted, he said nicely I never looked at it this way, I said I am glad I educated you today opening up yours eyes to appreciate your freedom, so many people just dont get the Freedom part and why we have it. I try my best to open up peoples minds and heart, and hopefully they should appreciate there freedom more instead of living in a box and bouncing off the walls with no direction in there lives. I think of veterans everyday and I Thank my lucky stars to be on this earth.

Very well said!
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