LOGO THAT OTHERS MAY WINAfter five and a half years, the battle for the VA ILP greenhouse is over. We met at Friday morning and began the final dance. I felt the VA was now past the suspense date and was prepared to treat it as they do. Sorry, Charlie. You had ninety days to do it. You’ll have to start over again with a new rationale for denial. I’m headed back to the CAVC.  My regular Vocational Rehab Counselor abruptly bailed out on Wednesday last and said he was incommunicado until the 19th. That was mighty convenient right in the midst of hammering out a mutual plan. In his stead, he handed me off to the Seattle Head Poohbah of VR&E who never answers my emails. Not this time. It was like the damn had broken. Diarrhea of the mouth doesn’t describe it.

His majesty the Poohbah promptly emailed me back and asked for a phone call. He was almost in tears and wanted this problem concluded before the end of the day. He begged for this based on Columbus Day being a National Holiday which legitimately granted him one more 24-hour window to strike a bargain. Since I like timelines, I’ll illustrate it this way. I agreed assuming he was blowing bubbles again. All the more rope to clothesline himself with.

Friday 14 October 2016

1041 Hrs: Incoming.

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  1. Green says:

    Alex, I was curious how this turned out and went-a-searching on your website for an update. I am very happy to hear that you are done with this battle. When do they begin construction of your new shiny greenhouse complete with executive bathroom?

    • asknod says:

      The VR&E boys had to gin up a new contract to figure out how many shekels it was. Then they have to get the production manager and the designated Davis Bacon Union contract written. Then the winning bid contractor gets his production permit. Someone has to pull a bldg. permit on it. Then the the concrete crew comes in for the slab and sets the anchors. Lastly, they erect the structure and set up the indoor loo and the hydroponics/lighting and fall protection mats. I figure if I’m lucky this will all be done by August. I’m still waiting for early phase of a designated prod. supervisor to pound the stakes signifying where to plant the structure. Short answer is it’s anyone’s guess when it will happen. It is, however, in the pipeline now and no longer a fig newton of the imagination. Trust me, all will know when the first shovel of earth is turned.

  2. Kiedove says:

    We agree with all of the sentiments offered here so far and are thrilled that the VBA has actually been forced to follow the IL program rules and the law. Bravo! I can’t even begin to express how much more hopeful I am that vets will start to get a few of the things they need as Congress intended. Not just in your region but nationwide.

  3. Slowlane says:

    What gets me about all this is you seem to have unlimited communication with VA employees at the drop of a hat.
    I have an appeal sitting in St Pete that is 950 days old and has never been looked at. I cant move on to a BVA que because they wont send me a SOC & Form 9. All my communications are answered with typical IRIS BS cut-and-paste meaningless answers.
    Anyway, Good on you Alex and thanks for sharing. Mike

    • asknod says:

      Mike, once you become a VA practitioner , you quit using IRIS and the 800-827-1000 Prize redemption line. You call the RO director, express your dissatisfaction and ask them to have the a) Appeals Team Coach contact you; b) the fee coordinator find out what happened to your check; or c) ask the head of the VARO security to get on it pronto to see a c-file. I asked for one Vet’s file on the 30th of September. I got the CD in the mail yesterday. It seems it’s not so much who you know but who you are. VA views a Vet with a VFW representative a chump because the VFW dude hasn’t a clue what he’s doing. I also have a proactive Congressman who works with me on Vet issues constantly. The combination seems to motivate the Seattle office. Keep in mind I’ve been doing this proactively since 2007. I’m sure they have my picture on a dartboard on the 11th floor by now.

      My advice to all of you is if you hit that wall with a claim, get a VA attorney or a good agent to take your case. Not all of them will given the circumstances and posture of the appeal. I, for instance, won’t do Sleep apnea or PTSD unless it’s for a friend. I focus on SMC and Vietnam issues like Agent Orange. I’d prefer to be a master of one or two fields than a Jack of all of them. Best of luck, sir.

  4. azeejensmom says:

    Awesome news! Way to go Mr. Graham.

  5. mark says:

    Can I get My Motorcycle Shop on the side of my House it sure is Hard being 160% disabled wrenching out of my Small Tuff Shed, I would like to build some more bikes that I can sell and use the money to help Vets with Depression go Riding.

    • asknod says:

      Every journey begins with the first step, Bubba. You have the ratings. All it takes is a 8 1/2 ” X 11″ piece of paper to VR&E saying “Please sir, May I have a _______________. “

  6. Jack Stermer says:

    Well now, that sounded like lots of fun (not)! But seriously, thanks for reminding us that with dedication, perseverance & unwaivering confidence, it is possible to say “all’s well that ends well”.

  7. WindTalker says:

    Congratulations on your victory, that was shamelessly and unnecessarily delayed.
    Thanks for teaching and encouraging your charges all these years.

  8. david murphy says:

    Well done. How sad that is takes dragging them by the short and curlies in front of a judge to get this done

  9. Longfellow Rogoczy says:

    Yeah Baby!

  10. cdneh says:


  11. Alex,

    My/our sincerest and most profound thank you for sharing your plight and the final outcome. I know you have waited many years for this day, and it must have felt like the weight of the VA finally fell from your shoulders, and now your life, along with the “quality of life? you so richly deserve are going to finally become a reality. It is people like yourself Alex who in my opinion inspire others out there like myself to help other veterans who seriously don’t understand VA speak, nor have the patience to hold on through all the battles until the war finally concludes and you WIN… I am so thankful that you won and now have set the path for others seeking something similar to fight the VA and WIN… Again, thank you my friend for sharing, and please keep us posted with pictures once things start getting done around your home with your greenhouse…

    With my warmest regards,

    Dr. Kevin & Mrs. Karen:o)

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