Last week I inquired with my Congressional office here in Pasco Co, FL about the status of my claim. It had been a year + since I had received any word. Today I recieved an answer from my Congressmans aide, we will call her Ms.B. She made an inquiry of my case with the VA in Lousville and was informed of the.
My claim was established in Tampa, FL on Sept 10, 2010 ( diagnosed with CLL on July 27, 2010). It sat on someone desk for 8 months before it was reviewed and determined to be a CL water issue. On May 10, 2011 it was recieved in Lousville. The reason given for the 8 month delay was " an issue with Camp Lejeune". The email response also reads "other regional offices have submitted claims in January 2011 and they have yet to be reviewed" it continues and reads " most claims take 1-1 1/2 years to review, but the CL issue will require longer due to the overwhelming investigative process".
Is this the norm ? I now truly believe that the VA is uncaring of veterans in general. The fact that my file sat for 8 months on someones desk is CRIMINAL. The tone of the respondant eg: overwhelming, is a clear indication that the attitude is "wait your turn, we will get to it someday". Simply put, there is no sence of urgency on behalf of these pencil pushing governement pukes. PEOPLE ARE DYING and some of them may have their files sitting on some jerks desk right now. I also loved the closing points that my congressional aide added. " we are sorry for the delay in processing your claim, we are doing all we can on your behalf" it continues, "if you would like us to close our investigation on your behalf so that you could direct your future concerns to your U.S Senator we will" continues " if so, we must CLOSE you case and you would be required to establish a new case becasuse "THEY DONT LIKE TO HAVE 2 OFFICES WORKING ON ONE CASE" . Well lady, I DONT LIKE walking around knowing that I have a cancer in my body that slowly and surely killing me. This is simply all BULLSH_T.
My case is just one and to date I am fairly healthy (stage 1). But for the guys I read about on this forum that are just hanging on it really pisses me off. How many Marines or dependants will die in the 8 months that a file sits on a desk. if the task is overwhelming then bring on more support. And lastly, what is more overwhelming than dealing with a loved one that is critically ill from drinking the so called life sustaining water they provided.