VA Eligibility Letter Postmortem

VA letter addressed to my dad on November 1, 2008:

“According to records of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), you were stationed in the Republic of Vietnam during your military service.” The letter goes on to tell my father all about disability compensation he may be eligible for. Great! Just one problem: Continue reading

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Iowa Veteran Finds Himself Lost…

Here’s the link to the article:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/19/iowa-veteran-finds-himself-lost-in-vas-benefits-logjam/?test=latestnews

Summary: Due to the backlog of paperwork at the VA, a 24-year-old former Marine who lost his leg in Iraq is still waiting to see if his full disability will be instated.  According to the article, ONE MILLION vets are waiting for their disability cases to be reviewed.

Thoughts: I have a dear friend who works for the VA, and in the last few years of my dad’s life she proved an invaluable resource in helping me navigate the VA system.  There were times when she wasn’t accessible (she worked in a different state) and when I would tell her about my David to the VA’s Goliath battles, she would become so upset, “That shouldn’t have happened! Someone should have helped you with that!” She has a heart of gold and it was oh so comforting to know that there was at least one person who worked for the VA who cared.  BUT, so many others don’t have that lifeline, so many others, like this 24-year-old former Marine, feel forgotten.