Beware of Certain Veteran Advocates


vaIf you are working with VSO, or veteran’s service officer, and you’re happy that’s great. Most of them are great and follow the rules and guidelines the VA sets up for them. unfortunately some of them will give you bad advice or refuse to do what they get paid for. I am currently working with the Disabled American Veterans because of this and this is just my preference. I don’t want to blame my problems on every hard-working VSO because I know that you guys work hard and it is not an easy job. A lot is piled on you and it’s sometimes overwhelming, I’m sure. However, I believe that sometimes certain VSO’s do not stay up to date with the latest information regarding Gulf War Illness as mine did. So I made the switch. I was also told to not appeal my request for service-connected disability and that is wrong according to everyone I’ve talked to at the VA since.
The same VSO tried to pry into my private life for some reason as well, promised to help me go over my medical records and then would not and he also got mad at me for getting audio books from the Library of Congress which is my right as someone with carpal tunnel and arthritis in my hands. In my opinion people like this are not advocates at all, they are more like a hinderance to disabled veterans and should be avoided.
va7The other problem I have found out is that no matter what the VA says or does regarding the presence of Gulf War Illness as a recognizable medical treatment there are some old school-type people who no matter what they are told will still always take it upon themselves to try and prove that Gulf War Illness is not real and discourage us from filing in claims for it. This VSO was so convinced that I could not do it that he encouraged me to give up. Which to me means don’t ever give up. It backfired with me because once you tell me I can’t do something I will prove you wrong if it kills me and I hope you do the same. Just be careful, even if the VSO seems nice and helpful. They are still working for a government agency that doesn’t want to just hand over the benefits without a fight and some of these people think the money belongs to them.
Don’t forget you can also hire an attorney if you feel you need to. They will take all your back pay if you win, but some feel it is worth it to receive the benefits. Just make sure you do some research on the attorney to make sure they have experience handling veteran’s cases. Ask them what their case record is and good luck.

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    1. Well, I’m kinda learning as I go. I have done a lot of research, but it’s hard sometimes to not go too far. I told my VSO that I was looking on the internet about Gulf War Syndrome and he immediately says, “Oh, you know there’s a lot of nuts out there that think there’s a conspiracy theory going on” and ever since then he tells everyone that I am one of them. I didn’t even look at that because I can’t back up any of the conspiracy theories with facts and though I may think some of it’s true – I have to go with what the VA says is true, which is actually a lot of information that they have not admitted for years. And it’s not really the VA that was withholding information, but the DOD did not want to release facts. Now, after 20 years the VA and vets have a better understanding. But, yes it is very laborious. Thanks for the comment and spread the word! God bless.

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