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WASHINGTON — The first time the Vietnam veteran filed his disability claim, he got nothing.
The second time, he got nearly $500,000.
Earlier this month, VA officials announced a year’s worth of retroactive benefits for any veterans submitting Fully Developed Claims, a streamlined filing process designed to ensure that raters have as much documentation as possible before starting their work.
The department also encouraged veterans to work with service organizations before filing any claims, a suggestion that has rankled some who feel they’re shifting the burden of work to the disabled veterans.
Source: Stars and Stripes
In the case of the $500,000 payout, the veteran sought out help from the VFW to refile his disability claim. Back in 1996, he petitioned VA raters for disability pay because of exposure to Agent Orange during his Vietnam tour, but was denied because his Ischemic heart disease was not on the list of injuries presumed to be service-connected.
He had open heart surgery and eventually a heart transplant. The operations made him largely unemployable, which caused significant financial hardship.
Originally posted by chiefsmom
I sure don't know about better late than never.
A friend of mine is a Vietnam vet. He has been waiting over a year and a half. They have a special needs granddaughter that they adapted. They are struggling so bad right now, just to keep their home. I cannot believe the run around this family has gotten.
It really isn't fair, for those that really need it, and most certainly have earned it!