So I walked into the Veterans Administration last week and walked right out.
About this time last year I also walked into the VA and tied to get a handle on my disability claims. Back in 2000 I was rated as a “Zero”. That means that I was technically disabled but accrued no disability payments because I was rated as zero percent disabled.
This year, I tried again and was informed that my zero rating had disappeared from my records. So last week I tried to enroll again and see what was up with my rating. I proudly limped up to the enrollment counter I presented my “financials”. the nice lady looked at them and said I made too much money to qualify.
“Huh?”. My current income is ZERO.
After waiting a little while this same woman ushered me into her office and typed on the computer for a while. “Yep”, she says, “your income is too high to qualify”. “How do you get below a ZERO amount of income?”, I ask. She tells me that income is judged by last year’s income tax and I made too much last year to qualify for care. “Come back in January and reapply.”
Is there anyone else I could talk to? So down the hall we go and I talk to another nice lady. She’s a Benefits Counselor”. She taps on her computer and says “Oh My” for about 20 minutes. Good news, my zero rating has reappeared. But she tells me that I don’t qualify for non service connected care. “I don’t want non service connected care, I want to be evaluated on my SERVICE CONNECTED disability.
She tells me that my claim is pending awaiting justifications of my claims. I say that’s what I’m here for. She’s I can’t make an appointed to see a doctor but does inform me that I can fill out some forms and the “process” will take 400 days. I ask her if that was 400 days from last year or 400 days from today. She’s not sure.
So I walk back out of the VA with nothing accomplished.