We have been treated to shredding, misconstrual, interminable delays, ignoring our filings, phantom disappearances from the mailroom of unregistered mail, and innumerable other mysteries on our claims. I have told you the bag of tricks is endless and a constantly evolving phenomenon.
LawBob sends me this latest involving his filings. In order to enjoy it in it’s original state, I include a perfect copy and paste reproduction of his transmission.
The latest ploy in the ongoing effort of VA to be more creative in monkey wrenching benefits claims comes out of the Detroit VARO.
Detroit was center stage in Shredder Gate. They are watching the shredders and elevator shafts. A new plan is needed.
Why not send the evidence back to the veteran or attorney? Yeah, that’s the ticket. Send it back! Send it back! Send it back!
We had two submissions sent back over the past few months.
Today we got a call from DAVE (from Detroit VARO). Dave told Shawn that “I have 300 pages of medical records but you did not specify what claim they go with.”
Shawn: “Huh? Say all after what claim they go with?”
Dave: “Claim. You did not tell us which claim they are for.”
After having a circular discussion for 5 min. with Dave, Shawn put him on hold and told me what was going on.
Shawn: “If you don’t want to cooperate with the NCOIC, I can let you talk to the CO. You won’t like the result, but I can let you do that.”
Soooooo. . . . . I got on the line with DAVE. He spelled out his position. I told him that evidence was evidence and NOT to send any back to me.
He said he was going to send it back. It was making the file too large, and that I needed to say what issue it should be associated with.
But. . . he would or could not tell me what veteran it was for so I could look at the file.
I told him if it came back here there would be an investigation. He said I was being unprofessional and I raised my voice and he was going to hang up on me and it was not a very nice way for an attorney to behave.
LawBob: “Oh, you are knifing my client and destroying evidence from his claims file and I am supposed to be happy? Since it was 300 pages of recent medical we may infer that it is new and material to the case?”
I told him once again that there would be an investigation and hung up on him.
I will sent this evidence to Thomas. He can take it over to Big Red and drop it on her desk. Maybe she can find a way to get it in to the claims file.
Of course we will NOT get a refund for our postage and certified mail costs. And I won’t call on the VA OIG pukes. I will ask the FBI to look into it.
So beware pilgrims. Make sure you go to Office Depot and get one of those self-inking rubber stamps with your name, rank, airspeed and tail number along with your last known heading. Ask them to put a happy face at one end of it so the Intake boys and girls will know you aren’t upset.