Received word from the Portland VA July 13th, that my Appeal of the CUE claim had been certified and forwarded to the VBA (Veteran's Board of Appeals). Went in and talked to my VSO on the 16th, appealing the denial of my Tinnitus and consequently hearing. The VA claims that my tinnitus and hearing loss are a pre-existing condition, because the earliest hearing test they can find is dated Aug. 1979. When I questioned why they couldn't find any for my time of service between '75 - '80, I was told I needed to prove I was in the service then. Well, my VSO now has copies of my original enlistment contract dated 1975, training certificates dated '75, '76, and '77, DD873 Security Clearance from '78, orders and my discharge order dated '80, as well as my Honorable Discharge certificate dated '80. Gee, I guess I was in back then . . . Also submitted packet for Voc. Rehab. I may be going back to college.
After meeting with my VSO, went to talk to my civilian advocate. All the paperwork is in and I have my SSDI hearing on July 31st. Didn't have a choice, was involuntarily laid off the end of May and unemployment doesn't want to pay me, because I stated I am a 70% service connected disabled Veteran and not able to take just any job offered. I lost all of June's unemployment before I found out what was going on and got the claim going again. I'm now suppose to hear whether I get unemployment or not, by the 27th of July.
If this story makes you mad about the VA . . .
If this story makes you mad about the VA . . . contact your Representatives in Congress and the Senate, or the Veteran's Administration and let them know how you feel about the way the VA treats our vets. You can reference my blog or or the stories of many other vet's and their treatment by the VA available on the web.