VA Screwed me~ Need input

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  1. justgotback

    justgotback Super Moderator Staff Member Founding Member

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    Does anyone have any experience with the VA. I don't want to go into the long story, but I got a letter saying they had over paid me and that I owe them a substantial amount of money. This debt is not valid. Has anyone had to fight the VA for any reason, and if so what is the best approach?

    Thanks in advance,

    JGB

     
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    I have been round and round with them over money and disability rating. They have to prove their case, tell them you will be happy to work something out once they have provided sufficient documentation. Make them prove their case. I am fairly familiar with how they work, I now get 30% of E-4 every month for the rest of my life:mrgreen:

    PM me with the details and I can be more specific in how to deal with them.
     
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  3. justgotback

    justgotback Super Moderator Staff Member Founding Member

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    PM sent....
     
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    How did you manage 30% of a rank? The VA Compensation tables do not take rank into consideration.

    Disability Compensation and Pension Benefits Payment Rate Tables - Index

    30% of E-4 pay would be $527.67 a month. VA currently pays $356 for a single Vet.
     
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    justgotback Super Moderator Staff Member Founding Member

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    Yes, I have experience with the DVA. Nothing gets you prompt clarity like a visit your Congressman's office.
     
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    Big +1 JGB....my Dad had issues with the VA (he was a paralyzed vet) on numerous occasions and this is how he would handle it....
     
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    I'm not a fan of any politician, but maybe a letter to your local congressman would help. I remember taking my father-in-law to a couple different VA clinics for a hearing claim he suffered during WWll. It should have been on the Comedy Channel. At one point the gal (VA employee) told him to fill out a form on how he lost his hearing, with dates, times, locations and witnesses. I asked her, are you serious? It was in many battles in the Ardennes, some witnesses are dead and the others were German soldiers firing 88 artillery rounds. Best of luck and thanks for your service. You deserve to be treated well by the government.
     
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    I reviewed your situation per the details of your PM with my attorney today (he is retired USMC JAG officer). He said your first stop should be the Army JAG office on your base, if they aren't interested in helping then contact Army JAG HQ in Charlottesville, VA directly. He said the Army Legal Assistance people are some of the best in DoD.

    I am posting this here rather than PM because there are other vets struggling to deal with the VA and hopefully this info can help others too.

    Keep me posted.
     
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    I hope I never have to deal with it, but with my luck..
    IMHO thats all congressmen are good for, make them actually do something constructive for a change.
     
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    I have been getting screwed by the VA for almost two years. The best approach is a congressional. I wrote my representative and got a call from the VA in nashville a month later. Another thing is dont give up that is what they want. Everytime the decline my request for an increase in compensation I go back to the Veterans Service Center in town and file another one.
     
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    Final news on the situation!! After the VA had placed this item on all three of my credit reports, I finally got into action. I got involved with a Congressman, then I actually spoke with a Senator. (I live in DC.)

    After all these folks got involved, to include an attorney, all three credit agencies have deleted the negative items and I do not owe the VA anymore!!

    So there you have it folks! A happy ending finally. The system sometimes does work!!
     
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    That is good to hear. Congratulations on a long fought win.
     
  14. Ed Ely

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    justgotback, how about a little more detail
    in your case with the VA!

    From what you posted, it appears that you
    settled with the Army and took a disability
    retirement of 30% of your pay grade. That
    proved your case of a service connected
    disability.

    It appears that you decided to file a claim
    with the VA for a serviced connected condition
    for compensation of that injury which was
    incurred while on active duty.

    The Code of Federal Regulations, which govern
    the VA and payment of compensation to an
    injured veteran, requires any and all monies
    which have been paid to the veteran by the
    service member's group, Army, Navy, etc.,
    be repaid BEFORE the veteran can start re-
    ceiving payment from the VA for compensation
    of the injuries claimed and adjudicated.

    The VA may have backed off for now, but I will
    predict that they will be on your case again, with
    interest attached.

    Ed
     
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    justgotback Super Moderator Staff Member Founding Member

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    Ed, it actually ran a little deeper than even that. After 9-11 I was recruited back into active duty due to my "skills" and language abilities. The VA claimed they had over paid me, since I had become an active soldier again. However my wife had stopped the payments after I was gone to Iraq. The VA claimed they had over paid me by close to 13K. It was a huge tangled mess. No matter how hard I tried, the red tape from the VA always got in the way. I finally got it cleared up by using my Congressman and Senator. If you have any more questions you would like to know more personal details shoot me a PM...

    Oh as far as the VA coming back after me, I have a certified letter from the VA APOLOGIZING for their mistake and that I now owed them $0.00. I will keep that letter filed for safe keeping. Or I may even frame it! ;-)

     

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