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Post by Vet1234 on Fri 24 Nov 2017, 20:14

Also, they needed ergonomic office furniture.
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Post by By the Bay on Fri 24 Nov 2017, 18:00

Tilap61,
Like many of us on here, we have heard all the excuses that VAC can throw at us!
1) not enough staff
2) hiring staff ( takes time to hire and train staff)
3) too many applications (not enough trained staff)
4) missing medical files (not enough file clerks)
5) trying to located missing files (not enough file clerks to help find
missing docs)
And the excuses go on and on!
If they told us the straight up truth, it might go like this....
"We are sorry for your wait but we here at VAC don't care about you! We care about us! We will make up any excuse to prolong your application process because we want Guaranteed workload! If we are too efficient, we might lose our jobs! So we have decided to work at a snails pace!" If you have any question or concerns, please message Us so we can tell you more BS!"

I hope you hear something very soon! This week was my 29th weeks so hopefully you'll get your decision by next week! These long waiting times are Bull Sh**!

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Post by Tilap61 on Fri 24 Nov 2017, 16:25

Good for you but your CM excuse is bull. Bull coming from VAC nooooo. Mine will start its 30th weeks next Tuesday and it is certainly not due to bad writing from my doc since everything was typed. So the fact that they are behind I can understand but that they Carry on lying about the why is what frustrate me the most.anyway again good for you .

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Post by By the Bay on Fri 24 Nov 2017, 15:46

Hi Ya'll,
UPDATE:
I just received word from my Case Manager that I received a favorable decision on my CIA and CIA Supplement!

The excuse my CM gave me for the 29 week long waiting period was that VAC decision makers had a difficult time reading my doctor's report because his handwriting was not legible and hard to decipher! Next time, I will have to beg my doctor fill out the report on his computer! What Bullsh**!

I would like to thank the forum members for their wise wisdom, comments, and support! I think I would have given up on the whole crazy process without your guidance!
Cheers,
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Post by Nemo on Wed 15 Nov 2017, 13:46

What a joke. 3 months should be the very max anyone waits for any decision. Load of crap.
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Post by By the Bay on Tue 14 Nov 2017, 15:20

Hello,

I just wanted to give an update for those who are waiting for a decision on their CIA claims. I phoned VAC this morning and I was told that the VAC Head Office is currently processing CIA claims dated May 2017. The VAC Rep also mentioned that they are processing many claims within the 24 week timeline! (It's not the time to be bragging about hitting the 24 week goal! When the standard turnaround time for CIA applications is suppose to be 12 weeks therefore....No pats on the back for you!) Mad

I have been patiently waiting 28 weeks so far! ( Huh! Not the 24 weeks)
I don't think I will be seeing a decision letter until after Christmas! Does anybody know how long does VAC offices shut down for the holidays? Is it 3 weeks?

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Post by pinger on Wed 01 Nov 2017, 23:33

Yes you can SaintJohn18182.
It is what I did because I'm fracked.
Get additional documention to support your sit/ before your re-approach though.
i.e. new medical stuff.
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Post by SaintJohn18182 on Wed 01 Nov 2017, 19:21

When your percentage has been raised due to reassessments and other injuries being approved.. can You reapply to PIA or CIA or whatever its called to ask for a higher grade?
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Post by bigrex on Fri 13 Oct 2017, 15:00

The problem is, the number of CIA recipients is very low, when compared to the overall number of disabled veterans. Then the number of CIA recipients who have mixed service is even smaller. But it shouldn't have to be a wide spread problem to be fixed. If one Veteran gets short changed, due to improper calculations, that is one too many.
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Post by frustrated on Thu 12 Oct 2017, 09:37

So i have discovered that only one other vet has actually appealed the use use of reserve time as counted one to one against the CIA . So i would suggest that if you have been denied the CIA for this reason you should appeal it soonest . Since VA counts on sick vets to say nothing due to the stress fighting can cause .

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Post by frustrated on Wed 11 Oct 2017, 21:15

I am trying to get a copy of the ombudsman response . but i think i may have to go to the privacy act .

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Post by johnny211 on Wed 11 Oct 2017, 18:29

Frustrated - Great handle by the way, describes all of us on here, and VAC dealings. I am in the same boat as you did 24, but 4 was reserve, with very little pension back then. So the bean counters where on crack when they made this up. There is no way they should be taking it as 1 yr reserve - 1 reg when it comes to CIA level. And yes they turned my appeal level down also. Johnny Out,,VVV...
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Post by Teager on Wed 11 Oct 2017, 16:48

Frustrated you may have more ammo to fight this when the new education benefit is released in April as VAC is going to determine how much time must be served to reach 6 years and 12 years. Whatever they end up using for that calculation should apply across the board.

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Post by frustrated on Wed 11 Oct 2017, 15:42

OK ! the CIA Calculations for the 20< years have been using Reserve time as one to one yet you have not been granted that time to be counted for pentionable time . I just got off the phone with the Ombudsmans office and they have sent a recommendation to my second level appeal stating that there is a systemic flaw in the calculation and that reserve time should not be taken as one to one . the only reserve time that should count in the actual years that you served would be what reserve time that was used in calculating you're pention .
As i found out the ombudsman has no teeth so those of us that have been denied CIA increase due to VA taking oure reserve time as one to one and putting us over the magic 20 year mark need to mention that the Ombudsman disagrees with with the way VA calculates years of service .
we need to fight this !

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Post by Teager on Fri 06 Oct 2017, 08:20

Apply to everything. If you don't have a case manager request one and they can assist you with all the benefits.

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