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Wednesday, Aug 24, 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 Riverview