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(Bloomberg)   Hello, this is the Department of Veterans Affairs. Your wait time to speak to an agent is 4,116 minutes   (bloomberg.com) divider line 20
    More: Fail, running amok, Mount Pleasant, call volumes, GCC, Patrick McHenry, Barry Levinson, automated system, Government Accountability Office  
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2614 clicks; posted to Business » on 06 Aug 2012 at 12:08 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-08-06 12:34:22 PM
Levinson, who said he's certified as 50 percent disabled,

Is that like be 50% pregnant?
 
2012-08-06 12:37:34 PM
Serving in the Navy for 17 years should have prepared him for that.

/hurry up and wait
 
2012-08-06 12:52:17 PM
 
2012-08-06 01:07:57 PM
The guy's company only hires disabled vets and the only contracts they bid on are the ones reserved for these kinds of operations? I smell a rat.

And don't take that as anti-vet, disabled or not. We sent 'em over there to get shot at and we owe 'em if they come back all beat up.
 
2012-08-06 01:26:18 PM
The Vogons seemed funny to Americans because it hasn't gotten that bad here yet.

Yet.
 
2012-08-06 02:10:35 PM
I'm going through the beginnings of the VA process to get my knees listed as a service related injury

It is a VERY painful process. I've yet to speak with a real person in three weeks of trying. I'm going next week to the DAV and see what they can do.
 
2012-08-06 03:18:53 PM
Maybe he got placed into the naughty person queue (the bronze queue) for telling someone off or otherwise being a nuisance.
 
2012-08-06 03:33:30 PM

Witchyman: I'm going through the beginnings of the VA process to get my knees listed as a service related injury

It is a VERY painful process. I've yet to speak with a real person in three weeks of trying. I'm going next week to the DAV and see what they can do.


Go to your local VFW. The guys there know the system and will get you hooked up
 
2012-08-06 03:37:56 PM
Try sending a letter to IRS Headquarters. It's comical.
 
2012-08-06 03:38:40 PM
FTA: The letter denied his firm, Harbor Services Inc., eligibility to bid on VA contracts reserved for disabled veterans. His company in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, relies on the awards for almost all its $15 million in annual revenue.
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Levinson said 97 percent of his company's revenue comes from VA construction projects.


If your entire business runs off your ability to suckle off a single government teat, you're an idiot. If you're running a business, and you have just one client, well, you're doomed to failure if there's any fluctuation in that relationship. That's why you push for multiple clients. Especially if that teat belongs to the VA, an organization treated like a soccer ball by every Congresscritter with an ax to grind.
 
2012-08-06 04:00:37 PM
So just call back again on Monday.
 
2012-08-06 04:25:06 PM

An-Unnecessarily-Long-Name: Witchyman: I'm going through the beginnings of the VA process to get my knees listed as a service related injury

It is a VERY painful process. I've yet to speak with a real person in three weeks of trying. I'm going next week to the DAV and see what they can do.

Go to your local VFW. The guys there know the system and will get you hooked up


^This. With MOPH, it only took 6 months to get my rating in. It took another 15 months using MOPH and VFW to get it corrected. Most of the Service Organizations will assist anyone. MOPH was my main because they were the only ones helping anyone leaving that vortex of suck known as Fort Bliss at the time.
 
2012-08-06 05:25:50 PM

Witchyman: I'm going through the beginnings of the VA process to get my knees listed as a service related injury

It is a VERY painful process. I've yet to speak with a real person in three weeks of trying. I'm going next week to the DAV and see what they can do.


It took me almost 5 months to get my paperwork fully submitted and then recognized as being submitted by the VA. Add another year onto that before I could finally get an appointment to be examined for my claim, and then another 6 months for the claim to finally go through. And this was just for 10% service connection.
 
2012-08-06 05:54:29 PM
I feel bad for General Shinseki. He gets farked in the ass by Rummy, Cheney and rest of the Hitler Youth. And to make up for it, Obama gives him the head of VA.

I wonder which hurt the most.
 
2012-08-06 06:03:53 PM
This guy is complaining because he is a businessman waiting on the VA for their contracts, and has to spend 2.86 days waiting for them to answer the phone about his bid.

What a cry-baby! That's nothing........

CSB: My dad has been waiting to have a pacemaker/defribillator replaced by the VA for 6 months and it shocks him multiple times a day, with no complaints. 100% Service Connected DAV, retired USMC Gnry Sgt. Semper Fi!!!!
 
2012-08-06 07:30:41 PM
So the veterans business lobby says it takes too long and is too cumbersome and strict, while the GAO says the VA is still playing fast and loose with the rules.

Probably means the balance is just about right when nobody is happy with the system.
 
2012-08-06 11:11:31 PM

Witchyman: It is a VERY painful process. I've yet to speak with a real person in three weeks of trying. I'm going next week to the DAV and see what they can do.


You've got mail.
 
2012-08-07 06:24:26 AM
Thanks, everyone!
 
2012-08-07 12:25:59 PM
Late to the party, but in my experience the VA is a little slow- however once I got the ball rolling it is a piece of cake. Granted, I'm not seeking a SCD rating, but insofar as treatment and whatnot it's been a breeze. Everything I've heard is mileage varies. The best advice is given up in the thread IMO- get in with the VFW or similar.

/Toledo VA
 
2012-08-08 09:48:53 AM
Wichyman
"I'm going through the beginnings of the VA process to get my knees listed as a service related injury

It is a VERY painful process. I've yet to speak with a real person in three weeks of trying. I'm going next week to the DAV and see what they can do."

Get ready to get really angry...I put in for a disability, was denied and appealed that denial. That took
about 7 months. Then, get this, I was told that my appeal will be heard sometime in the next 1 to 6 YEARS!
(took "only" 2.5 years)
 
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