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Sunday, Feb 07, 2016
Letter of the Day

474 days — and counting

I have been reading all the articles in the recent daily news and find the targeted number of waiting days to receive VA benefits laughable if it were not so pathetic.

I filed a claim on Jan. 27, 2012, at the Bay Pines office. I received a couple of letters informing me that they were working on my claim.

I received another notice to report for an ECG on Aug. 24, 2012, at the James Haley office in Tampa. That was a Friday, and then I was told to come back on Monday for a doctor’s evaluation.

I met that schedule, and at that point I had been waiting 214 days. I went home with a good feeling that something might be in the works. No so! I have not heard one word from the VA since those appointments in August.

It was suggested that I try going to the Disabled American Veterans to see if they could get some information about what was happening.

After waiting nine more weeks I have not even heard anything from the DAV. I had been informed that the DAV should have an answer to my inquiry in about two weeks.

So far, it has been 474 days — and counting — since I filed the claim, and more astonishing, 259 days since I have heard anything at all from the VA.

It has been rumored that the VA works on a 3-D principle: Delay, deny and let die.

I am going through chemotherapy again for Agent Orange-related cancer. I went through chemo three years ago, and the cancer went into remission. Now it is back and requires more chemo.

I hope I can live long enough to see this fiasco through to fruition.

Charles Liller


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