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ALL- just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS to Chaplain Charlie for being upgraded to Super Moderator......

Also, wanted to ask a few questions, see anyone outside GULF Coast VA System/VISN16 having same and or similar issues:

1) Per usual a local vet having severe difficulties both scheduling a simple VTC and making contact appropriate US DVA Staff! Furthermore, apparently "security" on new VTC System not so great as if they type in any version-variation their name simply can long in; which is not an improvement over Cisco's Jabber Video....only advantage new VTC system is for those "vets" no very computer savy, it is simply the clik of a link one's US DVA provider sends themselves......which is odd as they are supposed have clerks that are supposed to do things like this- i.e. DUTY, ROLES, FUNCTIONS!!!! So what are US DVA clerks actually doing...??????? Additionally, stated veteran was given US DVA Phone number of 850-609-2650 (Option #1) and every time attempted to call was knocked back in Que and never even got a notification to press Option Number 1..... hummph! This vet supposedly told a phone clerk Debbie and Operator Number 4 at Gulf Coast VA HQ inBiloxi MS about this and fact that phone system- particularly- Mobile AL US DVA OPC have not worked right in over a decade......

Wonder if this all ACCEPTABLE to other veterans out there....?????? Especially since new VTC System supposed to be utilized ALL US DVA Providers in event a veteran cannot make an appointment..... this supposedly reason ease of log-in as well as method of US DVA Providers sending a simple "civilian" email link as opposed to through MHV Secure messaging, etc.... Also simply guess "security" was also sacrificed for ease of utilization by both veterans and US DVA Providers...??????

2) Meant to follow-up on some "recommended" Occupational Therapy- occupation recommended assistance- long before this, as simply thought I would ask if anyone attended last years Fairhope AL arts and crafts fair, and found it useful....???? Specifically those veterans highly skilled at leather work, pottery, painting, jewelry etc.....?????
(Might want tos see for example only "Fairhope Guidebook"by The Fairhope Writers Group, Ron Meszarus (With), Robert M. Glennon.... at Barnes and Nobles web-address: Fairhope Guidebook as well as others resources/ sellers...Also this book, as well as others on Fairhope and the Eatern Shore of Baldwin County AL may come in handy if any veteran wishes to relocate this area...?????)

Anyway- once again, congratulations to Chaplain Charlie and those others upgraded to Super Moderator this web-site.....

Still issues this web-site......apologies....
 

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GSFowler/ChaplainCharlie/Oddpedestrian...... once again, and by all means correct me if I am wrong here, but thought would follow up on above Post# 36, from PEB Forum Thread “Best States for Disabled Veterans” by Thread starterusafaviator Start dateNov 19, 2012- As another disabled vet I know and requested post, experiencing incessant issues LA, showed me that they sent into their US VA providers, and believe perhaps beyond very thought provoking on a whole host of disabled veterans issues on not only this topic- Best States To Reside- but perhaps others as well, one must consider when relocating, and would greatly appreciate your and any others thoughts…….

So simply here goes……
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Guess per the “APA Dictionary of Psychology” by Gary R. VandenBos, PHd- editor in chief- copyright 2007…..Gulf Coast VA/VISN16, and perhaps other local VA System/VISN’s, are going for is defined on page 543:

The “Loser Effect” which is defined as “the reduced likelihood that an individual will compete in further contests over resources after repeated experiences of losing in such contests. Often physiological changes, such as increased glucocorticoids (e.g. cortisone, cortisol) or decreased testosterone, occur with the loser effect. Compare Winner Effect.”
Reminds one of discussion, a disabled vet allegedly had, with a US VA Academic advisor for college funding whom supposedly laughed out loud and stated “I know” when vet stated having to disenroll an online college class and told academic VA advisor had never been so frustrated as they supposedly could not finish anything they start due to US VA getting them sick, trouble….beyond multiple issues…etc….. humph….

Furthermore, is not also a physiological symptom of PTSD/Depression like the “Loser Effect” - an issue with increased glucocorticoids (e.g. cortisone, cortisol) or decreased testosterone……. which many have……oddly…since leaving the military after Iraq/Afghanistan… and all the varied legal issues some disabled vets been put through with State of AL, local Municipality, POA/HOA, etc……

Reminds one of Carl Jung’s “Modern Man in Search of a Soul” and “The Undiscovered Self” and the all the supposed “special knowledge” psychologists supposedly are imbued with, that none of the rest regular US Citizens can supposedly divine for themselves….

Funny, it is simply amazing how many International Relations-World Politics terms from the Glossary/Definitions of a Graduate School Book – 8th Edition of “World Politics - Trend and Transformation “,for example only as there are many,…. are in fact also contained in the “APA Dictionary of Psychology” ????
Furthermore, local Municipalities, AL-State of Alabama- and respective Homeowner/Property Owner Associations (HOA/POA) are now, perhaps, installing, Board Certified Psychologists as the Board Presidents of HOA/POA’s in local areas ….and perhaps elsewhere US as well(??)…. would be more than worth looking into if considering buying into an HOA/POA in Alabama or elsewhere US????

Assume, even though no one would provide, when a local vet allegedly asked numerous times the actual scientific test results of all neighborhood and Municipality “lighting” standards per, for example, on page-466 “APA Dictionary of Psychology”:

Illumination Standards” which is defined “as the amounts of illumination recommended for effective performance of certain tasks as recommended by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. The illumination standards were formally expressed in foot-candles but are now expressed in lux. (see web-address IESNA: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America for example, only, of Illuminating Engineering Society of North America)

Guess a board certified PsyD, would more than simply be in a beyond unique position, to solely certify all lighting in Sub-Divisions as well local Municipality’s in AL, as well as perhaps elsewhere among host other possible things…….?????

This assumption is further maintained, one would think, by all the references to lighting, illumination, and human eyesight within the “APA Dictionary of Psychology”….
Furthermore, a licensed and board certified PsyD, is perhaps in a very good position to more than ensure the “Loser Effect” stays in place all those, in particular disabled vets, disagreeing with or questioning HOA/POA Standards in Subdivisions as well as Municipalities in AL, and perhaps elsewhere US-Territories, etc……
Furthermore, of interest, on page-493 of “APA Dictionary of Psychology” is :

International Military Testing Association” defined as “an organization that since 1959, has held conferences to discuss areas of common interest in the fields of job proficiency evaluation.”…..hummph (see web-address: IMTA - Members page , for example only, it is also interesting USAF Academy is a Member this organization…..)

Simply one can guess a board certified PsyD’s with civil experience-only- are perhaps also more than qualified to look at a disabled vet’s NCOER’s- OER’s – reports, and Awards and make very high quality assessment of a disabled vets Military Career-Service, and numerous other related Military things- like what real world combat is really like, what the requirements are for various military occupational skills, and simple day to day life in the line in the US military is really like…..perhaps?????
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Anyway GSFowler/ChaplainCharlie/Oddpedestrian- thought the above much more than thought provoking on many levels and issues faced by perhaps quite a few US disabled veterans of all conflicts and some of the above might want to consider if planning on relocating and buying property in the US-US Territories…….

Would appreciate any thoughts or comments…….as I once again could more than simply be incorrect…..?????

Thanks ALL……

(PS: still issues this web-site...)
 

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Anyway GSFowler/ChaplainCharlie/Oddpedestrian- thought the above much more than thought provoking on many levels and issues faced by perhaps quite a few US disabled veterans of all conflicts and some of the above might want to consider if planning on relocating and buying property in the US-US Territories…….
Just thought would follow up interesting "factiod" about HOA/POA Rules, Regulations and Covenants exceeding say 1-3 pages in length in US and US Territories.....

The US Constitution in itself, and per different Internet Souses is anywhere from "17-pages" or so long and up to "4,543" words or so in length..... Interesting....perhaps...

Those curious might want to see below web-links, if interested - for example-only:

- "Constitutional FAQ Answer #90"

United States Constitution - Wikipedia - "United States Constitution"From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

How many pages is the US Constitution? - Quora -"How many pages is the US Constitution?" from "Quora" furthermore cited from listed web-article "Neither of these tells you what the Constitution means today. For that you must purchase or download the 3000+ pages of the U.S. Constitution, Analysis and Interpretation, which shows you what the Supreme Court thinks the sparse words of the original document mean and how they should direct the actions of the government. "


GSFowler/ChaplainCharlie/Oddpedestrian- others thanks, and hope all this assists at least one US Disabled veteran or their family..and provides room for thought-discussion....especially if any US disabled veterans considering moving or relocating in US or any US Territories??

(PS: still issues this web-site..oddly...)
 

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ALL- since might possibly be a trend in AL or LA, as its called, to install board certified and licensed Psychologist's in positions as Board President's of Home/Property owners associations, and-or elsewhere in the United States or its numerous Territories.... it might also prove prudent, that if any disabled vet looking to relocate contact the State or US Territories Board of Psychology, to affirm any special training or qualifications, that perhaps make the Psychologist uniquely qualified for this position....perhaps?????

Once again met a veteran that it fact knew an out of AL Psychologist working for Federal Government and stated Psychologist chose, supposedly Alabama to take their license exam, as supposedly of all US 50-States, AL the easiest state to test in,as "psychologist" supposedly very busy at time doing residency training and needed/wanted license real fast to continue career Federal Government..... anyway for example only and for those perhaps interested please see web-address: Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology - "Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology" (note of caution as IAW many PsyD's US VA System "Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology" supposedly "less than helpful, particular if not already a PsyD....)

Anyway thanks all - hope this helps one disabled veteran of all US Conflicts, considering relocating within UA or the many US Territories, or even considering attending school....

PS: Those interested in attending school or transferring credit an/or credential's to state of Alabama, might check in particular what requirements are with higher institutions of learning and AL credentialing authorities, as last know AL, by some spoken to, AL not big on "online degrees" particularly counting towards a license in general, and believe PsyD, etc.. was in fact one of these.....???????
 
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ALL- since might possibly be a trend in AL or LA, as its called, to install board certified and licensed Psychologist's in positions as Board President's of Home/Property owners associations, and-or elsewhere in the United States or its numerous Territories.... it might also prove prudent, that if any disabled vet looking to relocate contact the State or US Territories Board of Psychology, to affirm any special training or qualifications, that perhaps make the Psychologist uniquely qualified for this position....perhaps?????
Just thought quick update here- as turns out, apparently, per vet in question, some their US VA providers allegedly agree, that "psychologist's" perhaps overstepping bounds etc.. "paints their entire profession of Psychology/Psychiatry in a much less than favorable light!"

Thanks ALL- and as usual hope this helps at least one vet of all US Conflicts out there......perhaps...???
 

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Just thought quick update here- as turns out, apparently, per vet in question, some their US VA providers allegedly agree, that "psychologist's" perhaps overstepping bounds etc.. "paints their entire profession of Psychology/Psychiatry in a much less than favorable light!"
ALL- thought would follow up here, with some information only, might possibly be relevant those looking to relocate, per PEB Forum Thread "Best States Disabled Veterans" into a region with large number electrical storms, such as the Gulf Coast Region, Mid-Atlantic Region and elsewhere US and its Territories..... or an area with whole bunch of electrical lines and transformers etc......

If interested please see following web-links, for example only and for informations only:

- The most common methods of measuring the resistance of an earth electrode | EEP

- http://www.chauvin-arnoux.com/sites/default/files/documents/dc_earth-ground_measurement_ed1.pdf

And for Vietnam Vet's out there, might find below in realtion to above highly interesting as well:

- American Troops Tried to Find Viet Cong Tunnels Using Witching Rods

- Historical Treasures: Dowsing rod

Furthermore, whole bunch of books and Therapeutic equipment (some FDA approved) on internet available that deals with PEMF, and is part and in keeping with traditions of Yoga, Tai-Chi, ReiKi...... (see for example only web-address: What Is Reiki? ) which some have seen, supposedly practicing vicinity the Fairhope, AL Public Pier.....????

Hopefully, this will help some out there if considering relocating..and wonder if US Psychologist's cross trained in all of this........especially if can supposedly "certify" Public Utilities like Street Lighting, Transformer's, Underground Plumbing, Sewer-Drainage Systems, High-Voltage Power Lines, etc.......

Thanks ALL...and please correct me if incorrect....think information on Vietnam more than interesting...????

(Ps: still issues this web-site..)
 
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And for Vietnam Vet's out there, might find below in realtion to above highly interesting as well:

- American Troops Tried to Find Viet Cong Tunnels Using Witching Rods

- Historical Treasures: Dowsing rod
ALL- in way, kind of questioning-- wonder how many Vietnam War US Vet's "tunnel rats" tried to tell a US VA examiner utilized "divining" devices to find tunnels, etc... in Vietnam and resultant Vietnam Vet's were either simply blown off or rated some "psychotic" disorder... out of hand....kind of makes one wonder- perhaps????? Could be wrong.....????

Thanks.....hope this helps at least one other vet all US Conflicts 20th/21st Century out there....
 

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ALL_ yet again thought I would follow up on a “statement from” above thread-post #57 below in red, as it is exceedingly “difficult” to keep thought’s straight and on point when one’s life is continually in “upheaval” due to “fighting” “LOCAL infrastructure” issues such as ISP, Cellular, incessant Computer Issues and various “public-utility” and “local” US Government Services’ well BEYOND numerous “failings” amongst other “issues” created by US DVA, etc…:

Remember ALL: once one purchase a “HOME” it is in fact theirs- i.e. ONE OWNS IT FOR GOOD AND/OR BAD……”
Thought follow up on above, as well Post #60 this Thread- about FEMA FIRMS/ DFIRMS., and per PEB Forum Thread "Best States Veterans," for those perhaps considering relocating to Gulf Coast Region of US. So below web-links are provided for example and information only:

- http://baldwincountyal.gov/docs/default-source/ema/hurricane-surge-atlas.pdf?sfvrsn=2

- http://sealevel.climatecentral.org/uploads/ssrf/AL-Report.pdf

Hope this helps one veteran and their family out there considering re-locating South East Coastal Region....could be wrong and if so please correct me?????

PS: Has any other vet out there been invited to join something called "The Society" as one can find no informations on them?????
 
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I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this question, but does anyone know exactly at what point in the MEB/PEB/IDES process that an AD member being retired/separated with a VA disability would actually be able to download/receive the VA Award Letter? Is it printable/accessible:

  • Once the ratings are proposed?
  • Once they are made final (when is that exactly)?

Is it true that some don't even get the letter until after they are out?

I just want to know for several financial planning reasons including using the letter for a VA home loan and ensuring we have a place to live. Thanks for any help on the actual VA Award Letter timeline situation!
Aug 26, 2017 I was rushed to the hospital for pains in my Stomach I was tole I was Diagnoses having a Type B aortic dissection distal to takeoff of the L subclavian artery extending down below the renals and ending proximal to aortic bifurcation. Celiac, SMA, and R renal artery come off the true lumen. L renal artery off the false lumen. Mild aneurysmal dilatation of the posterior aortic arch measuring 4.5 cm. I had no
idea what they were talking about. November 2017, I put in a claim For a Type B aortic dissection, Ischemic bowel disease, Ileus, and hypertension. I was awarded 10% for hypertension and 30% for Type B aortic dissection. 7/24/2018 " Know being smarter then I look I though that a Type B aortic dissection should give me 100% " it is when the aortic rips and tear but don't bust which can kill you.
on my report
I had an AORTIC ANEURYSM that measured 5.0 cm unknown to me it was rated at !00% according with 38 CFR book C Schedule for rating disabilities under 4.104 schedule of ratings- Cardiovascular System. that is what I should have ably for in the first place.
Know it bring me to my new claim I filled 8 August 2018 for A AORTIC ANEURYSM and unemployable. to me everything was on track with in two weeks I was called in for an CP Exam. the next week it went to Preparing for Decision that fast. E benefits went down and I called the 1-800 number and the told me the status was Gathering of Information. but nobody had any ideal of what they wanted I then called VES and was told the needed an retake. meaning they wanted VES to rewrite the Diagnoses so they can have a better understanding. fast forward I an in November 26 I went back in the hospital in order to have sugary having a stent emplace in to my Aortic. So because they were taking so long, I put in for Temporary Disability rating after surgery November 29th

BIGGEST MISTKE I MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!. They combined the claims and sent it back to Initial review on December 19th.
January 2 it went back to Gathering of Information. They went from they needed this form to that form to this you get the point. never said I needed a CP EXAM and then they added
Hypertension increases
Aortic Dissection Associated With Hypertension increases
I was getting MAD.
On February18th ! called the 1-800 number I talked with one of there REPs . this is IMPORTATION he said to me you claim is a fully Developed claim and that it was not so pose to wait. He then sent an Inquiry to the person doing my case. and they have Five business days to respond if they didn't it go directly to Supervisor. on February 26 I called back and it was sent to a Supervisor who then hade 48 hours to give me a response. February 27 it moved to Preparing for Decision. on February 28 it moved Pending Decision Approval. this is where I'm at.

PS forgive me for my spelling and grammar I did not proof read this.
 

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Aug 26, 2017 I was rushed to the hospital for pains in my Stomach I was tole I was Diagnoses having a Type B aortic dissection distal to takeoff of the L subclavian artery extending down below the renals and ending proximal to aortic bifurcation. Celiac, SMA, and R renal artery come off the true lumen. L renal artery off the false lumen. Mild aneurysmal dilatation of the posterior aortic arch measuring 4.5 cm. I had no
idea what they were talking about. November 2017, I put in a claim For a Type B aortic dissection, Ischemic bowel disease, Ileus, and hypertension. I was awarded 10% for hypertension and 30% for Type B aortic dissection. 7/24/2018 " Know being smarter then I look I though that a Type B aortic dissection should give me 100% " it is when the aortic rips and tear but don't bust which can kill you.
on my report
I had an AORTIC ANEURYSM that measured 5.0 cm unknown to me it was rated at !00% according with 38 CFR book C Schedule for rating disabilities under 4.104 schedule of ratings- Cardiovascular System. that is what I should have ably for in the first place.
Know it bring me to my new claim I filled 8 August 2018 for A AORTIC ANEURYSM and unemployable. to me everything was on track with in two weeks I was called in for an CP Exam. the next week it went to Preparing for Decision that fast. E benefits went down and I called the 1-800 number and the told me the status was Gathering of Information. but nobody had any ideal of what they wanted I then called VES and was told the needed an retake. meaning they wanted VES to rewrite the Diagnoses so they can have a better understanding. fast forward I an in November 26 I went back in the hospital in order to have sugary having a stent emplace in to my Aortic. So because they were taking so long, I put in for Temporary Disability rating after surgery November 29th

BIGGEST MISTKE I MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!. They combined the claims and sent it back to Initial review on December 19th.
January 2 it went back to Gathering of Information. They went from they needed this form to that form to this you get the point. never said I needed a CP EXAM and then they added
Hypertension increases
Aortic Dissection Associated With Hypertension increases
I was getting MAD.
On February18th ! called the 1-800 number I talked with one of there REPs . this is IMPORTATION he said to me you claim is a fully Developed claim and that it was not so pose to wait. He then sent an Inquiry to the person doing my case. and they have Five business days to respond if they didn't it go directly to Supervisor. on February 26 I called back and it was sent to a Supervisor who then hade 48 hours to give me a response. February 27 it moved to Preparing for Decision. on February 28 it moved Pending Decision Approval. this is where I'm at.

PS forgive me for my spelling and grammar I did not proof read this.
 

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realwarnung: surprised no one has respond here to your questions?

BIGGEST MISTKE I MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!. They combined the claims and sent it back to Initial review on December 19th.
January 2 it went back to Gathering of Information. They went from they needed this form to that form to this you get the point. never said I needed a CP EXAM and then they added
Hypertension increases
Aortic Dissection Associated With Hypertension increases
I was getting MAD.
On February18th ! called the 1-800 number I talked with one of there REPs . this is IMPORTATION he said to me you claim is a fully Developed claim and that it was not so pose to wait. He then sent an Inquiry to the person doing my case. and they have Five business days to respond if they didn't it go directly to Supervisor. on February 26 I called back and it was sent to a Supervisor who then hade 48 hours to give me a response. February 27 it moved to Preparing for Decision. on February 28 it moved Pending Decision Approval. this is where I'm at.

PS forgive me for my spelling and grammar I did not proof read this.
Hopefully a SuperModerator or other will chime in......????? If not suugest make a new thread under whatever heading your issue falls under.....?????
 
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