After waiting for what I consider an eternity, VA’s Office of General Counsel finally has approved my application for VA Agent status. For some reason, VA tends to drag their feet on notifications and the delay here has been excruciatingly long. I called VA this morning after a charter member of asknod.org, Malcolm Melancon, inquired after the progress of my application. Some of you may remember Malcolm’s case. We still have yet to resolve it. I propose to do just that-very soon.
I filed the application July 15th, 2015 and waited patiently for my three attorney references (Bob Walsh, Katrina Eagle and Keith Snyder) to submit their letters promising I was trustworthy. Next, in December, I went through an exhaustive Criminal Background Investigation (CBI) just in case the attorneys were misinformed or in error as to my bona fides.
The third stage was an anomaly. I had listed myself as 100% disabled and “unemployed”. That set off all the whistles and alarms at 810 Yellow Brick Rd. NW. Anyone 100% schedular or TDIU at the VBA is automatically assumed to have mental aberrations a la Bent Brain Syndrome. I had to provide a list of disabilities and a note from my treating physician that I was oriented in all three planes of existence and would not make a complete ass of myself should I be allowed to represent Vets. How they allow all those folks from the DAV/VFW/MOPH etc. to file tinnitus at 10% for each ear without reading Diagnostic Code 626o escapes me. Seems they’d be the ones who would be disbarred from repping Vets.
A gentleman this morning who took my call was polite as punch and looked up my application. Lo and behold, I have been approved to take the test. The gal that was in charge of notifying me was “indisposed” or on vacation and will be sending me the secret pass code to make a reservation for the test. I cannot describe the excitement in words. I do hope I pass the audition. VA will be giving me the license to right so many wrongs that have festered for decades. Butch Long, Malcolm Melancon and innumerable others have waited ever so patiently for my investiture into this exclusive club. I pray I will not let any of you down. It’s a sacred trust to be asked to help. Having personally endured three different Veterans Service Organization representatives with virtually no knowledge of the process that gained me zilch, I look forward to making a difference in the lives of many Veterans with the time I have left.
And that’s all I’m going to say about that-for now. Thank you all for your patience.