Joined: Aug 06, 2012 Posts: 1934 Location: Spokane, Wa Flag: Risk Tolerence: Medium
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For any members here who work at VA - especially on the disability claims side of things - maybe you can help me understand this. Here's the timeline:
- July 2018: Retired from the WA ANG.
- Late Feb 2019: I went to a local VA assistance rep in late Feb '19, and got a checklist of documents that were needed. Private medical records, letters from the doctor, etc. On this date I submitted an intent to file.
- Dec 2019: Checklist completed, all documents turned in to VA. Shortly thereafter, VA account online states that the estimated time for the completion of my case is 2 Jul 20. I sit back to wait to get called for medical appointments. I have a lot of things that I'm claiming, so I know that this might take a while. I can be patient.
- Mar 2020: COVID 19 kicks up. I haven't gotten any calls about my VA appointments yet, so I call the VA hotline to inquire about if there's anything more that I can do to help move the process along before the world loses its collective mind. I'm told that they have everything except medical records from the ANG.
- 18 Jun 20: VA account online says that they finally have all my records from ANG. Good; now that they have all my records, I'm expecting to start getting calls for medical appointments within a few weeks.
- 10 Jul 20: I check my VA account online; the estimated completion date has been changed to Mar 2021.
- This morning: I check my VA account online; the estimated completion date has been changed to Sep 2021.
This is frustrating as hell. I know that I have a lot of claimed issues to go through, so I was expecting a long wait, and COVID was bound to slow things down a little. That the ANG was dragging its ass on getting the records to the VA didn't help matters either. But over a year before my case is settled? C'mon, that's just silly. I'm willing to let the process work, but is a full year really necessary once all records are received?
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