NHL CLAIMS FREED FROM HAAS STAY


But VA Hqtrs apparently has no control over the actions of 57 Regional Offices

The office of Veterans Affairs for Benefits tells The Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the House Armed Services Committee, that they released a policy statement to all Regional offices in September clearly explaining the procedure for dealing with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL) compensation claims, which are being illegally held by the ROs under the Haas Stay.

BWNVVA then provided Congresswoman Gillibrand's office a letter written by the Waco Regional Office, dated November 17, informing a veteran that they have not "received any instruction yet on the out come of the case Haas v Nicholson, ... and as soon as clarification is disseminated..." they will process his NHL claim. We are wondering if perhaps the policy release was shredded... or maybe mishandled by the mailroom?

ANY VETERAN WITH A VALID NHL CLAIM:
Print this letter, take it with you or include it in a mailing to your Regional Office with a demand for immediate release and adjudication of your claim. We've shaken the tree and if this doesn't free things up, I don't know what will.

If this affects you, please let us know. Also, please let us know if you have any trouble with compliance by your RO. We'd like to start collecting some data on how widespread the affect of this is.


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