Yeah, the VA diagnosed me with arthritis of the spine, this was years ago. BUT they didn't know what type. So, I asked for an exam to find out. They ran me thru the drill, sent a letter saying I don't have osteo or rheumatoid arthritis. OK, get back with them, ask them to check for different type.
They ran me thru the drill, sent a letter saying I don't have osteo or rheumatoid arthritis. OK, get back with them, ask them to check for different type.
This was repeated at least nine times. I finally just stopped asking.
But when the office closed for my last job, about that time my headache and joints started being heard from big time. Oh yes, I have had a headache since 1980 - not headaches plural, it is always there, just better or worse, 24/7, 365. One of the brilliant VA doctors said I could NOT have a constant headache, because I couldn't go to sleep if I did. Anyway, put in for disability, and something after a year, and numerous resubmissions, it was approved, and I've been on 100% disability ever since. Didn't go thru any steenkin' lawyer when I did it either. After the seventh resubmission I believe it was, I got a notice that I had to have a board hearing. At that point I thought it best to get a lawyer involved. Then thought about it, all he/she would do is just pass on the same info I told him/her, and if it was approved, they'd get 40% of my initial payment. Decided it would be a stupid thing to do. Ready for the board, then got a letter saying I was approved, but that I could still appear in front of the board if I wanted to. Duh, no brainer, told them thank you but I would pass on the board.
I'm not a major fan of the VA.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
Gather the villagers, pitchforks, torches; we march at dusk!
Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.