Bob the Leagle Beagle (and member Emeritus) sends us this interesting tidbit with the rejoinder
Because we(vA raters) have lots of time on our hands and are all caught up with our work.
The meat of the email is thus. A fellow who has not filed anything is now being pestered by the vA who will attempt to increase his rating to TDIU sometime in the not too distant future (2015?)
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2012 4:56 PM
To: Colonel Dan
Subject: VA reviewing Unemployabality (IU) Veterans Case files
VA reviewing Unemployabality (IU) Veterans Case files
Now here is a new trick.
I’m sure most of you have heard something about the VA might be going to reopen and review our Unemployability claims.
Well here it is. Got this letter the other day. I have not filed a new claim.
I called the number below and they gave me the time that they would call me back for a conference call.
next day the call right on scedule, they said that my name was drawn for the review of Unemployability.
I told him that my award said no further reviews, answer: we are reviewing Unemployability claims.
I ask him about the new claim I was supposed to have filed.
He said again my name was drawn. Would say nothing about the new claim that I did not file. Bullshxt Bullshxt! WHATS NEXT??????
We have received your application for benefits. It is our sincere desire to decide your case promptly. However, as we have a great number of claims, action on yours may be delayed. We are now in the process of deciding whether additional evidence or information is needed.
If we need anything else from you, we will contact you, so there is no need to contact us in the meantime. If you do write us, be sure to show YOUR file number and full name, or have it at hand if you call.
If your mailing address is different than that shown above, please advise us of your new mailing address. You should notify us immediately of any changes in your mailing address.
If you reside in the Continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, the Northern Marianas, or Puerto Rico, you may contact VA with questions and receive free help by calling our toll free number 1-800-827-1000 (for hearing impaired TDD 1-800-829-4833). From American Samoa you may dial toll free xxx-xxx-xxxx.
Note: TDD phone number 1-800-xxx-xxxx does not work for callers residing in Guam and the Northern Marianas.
VETERANS SERVICE CENTER MANAGER
I have one thing to add. Has anyone from the vA gone outside their RO and tried Dial-a-Prayer recently? You’ll be lucky if you only get gray hair waiting for a live operator. I’ve heard cases of extreme tinnitus ensuing from listening to the music while waiting for several days. Another disease on the rise in homes only equipt with the old-fashioned land line is Anorexia. This ensues when you are forced to wait and fear missing the operator. If the cord is not long enough to reach the refrigerator, starvation can occur. Depends® undergarments are a must before dialing. I strongly suggest starting on Monday Morning early to avoid a long weekend wait. Cel phones with a battery from hell are the preferred alternative. If you call frequently, be sure to put in a claim for SMC-S housebound as well. That’s where you probably will be spending all your time when calling them.