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Responding to: Rating Board!

Posted by James Jett on March 30, 2008


The last month has been spent working on a response to the report from the Rating Board at the Tiger Team, a VA Special Processing Unit localed in Cleveland,OH in the Department of Veterans Affairs. When I called the local VA Office here in New Jersey they told me that the Tiger Team was established because “you are so old,” you; meaning the Korean Veterans, so they could speed up the effort to determine the qualification of the claims submitted by the Veterans. He said that this special unit has cut waiting time from over a year, down to less than six months. I received my Rating within four months from the mailing date with mixed results. First the good news is they refer to my Army medical records as if they have truly found a copy and can now compare the treatment I received on the Front Lines in Korea with doctors visits and treatment I have received since the date of my discharge. The denied claim made in 1954 is now reopened because the last eyes examination show that I have the problem with my eyes that I was evacuated for, but the evident submitted to date fail to show that it is service connected. That made no sense to me until I discovered that all the list of doctors that provide eye care and treatment was not contacted when I first applied for Compensation in April 2006. Once those doctor reports are in coupled with my medical records and the visit to the VA doctors (I was checked by five doctors) in East Orange, NJ on the 24th March 2008, or this week, my claim will receive more support.

Looking back to 1954, at age 24, I was very young, but far from being consider an unwise fool by any means. Therefore every time I went to see a doctor about any health condition I would tell them about my stay in the hospital in Youngdung po, Korea and returning to combat with the ointment for my eyes and going on night raids while using the ointment doing the day. All the doctors that treated me for problems with my eyes in the last 20 years were listed on VA Form 21-526 yet no one at the VA contacted them for the information from my medical records. This is a bad case of one department thinking that the other department completed all work required on that application. If that is the case why didn’t they ask for the files from the other department?

Remember, my reason for filing a claim for Compensation is to be classified as a combat related disabled veteran. When I called the VA or Veteran Administrations’ 800 number and talked to the person answering the phone he told me “You will be a disabled veteran even if you are paid 0 percent.” Later I talked with the local VA office and he told me that I needed to be classified as 10 percent disable to qualify for Disable Status for Government contracts. With this classification I will be eligible for support in obtaining contracts with the VA and companies during business with the Federal Government. So if it is decided that the Government owes me money that will be a bonus. It is clear to me now that nothing is going to happen, unless I stay focused on my goals, to make sure the doctors, hospitals and clinics send the files that related to the treatments we are concern about. And I can assure you that your efforts will be the same or worst! You are the only one concern about the benefits and the treatment provided in your health care. Just keep that in mind as you shepherd this procedure to a conclusion that benefit you and your love ones.

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10 Responses to “Responding to: Rating Board!”

  1. It is true that you need to be proactive in your dealings with the VA. No one is going to hunt you down and find ways to give you money or care. However, there are plenty of organizations that are there to support you.

    1) VA Patient Advocates can be contact through the IRIS system and they are there to help you get your complaints and concerns addressed.

    2) THE DAV is another great resource.

    3) Do a Goodle for SDVOB (service disable veteran-owned businesses) and you will find organizations like NaVOBA who are there to build awareness on how all veteran-owned businesses can win contracts, build networks with corporate American, etc.

    Just like the military– no one is going give you anything if you don’t do the work yourself, but you don’t have to do it alone.

    The Podcast Patriot (www.podcastpatriot.com

  2. James Jett said

    Dragonflydm:
    No one should hunt you down and give you money, that would be too easy for both the unprepared and those of us who are ready and able to set and pursuit goals! That said, billions of dollars are allocated by enabling legislation pass by the congress and the senate of the United States of America, therefore should and do require some outreach by the VA or Veterans Administration. The needed outreach is provided by the very groups and organizations that you listed in your comment. I hope someone will make an effort to contact these organizations and get the support needed to be successful in getting benefits they have earned and deserve.

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