A simple project that made me feel better about my claim. Something anyone can do.
Last weekend I wrote my first letter to our government leaders. I found most of them at this website: http://www.govtrack.us. To get their mailing address, you click on the link of the person’s official government website link, and then click on their offices. I chose the Washington D.C. address because all I had to do was change the name on the label for most of the letters.
The letter was the same to all of them and I had 12 signatures from vets and wives on each letter. I simply asked what they were doing to fix the problem, I gave an analogy to how I saw the problem, and I included a print out of the claims status spreadsheet.
Each letter cost me 80 cents to mail and I sent a total of 39 letters to: 32 reps (Texas), 2 senators (Texas), 1 governor (Texas), 1 president, 1 Secretary of Defense, 1 Secretary of the VA (I used to work for him when he was a COL, maybe he remembers me?), and 1 Secretary of State.
If I do not get a response, I will compose another letter, and try to get more signatures, and if I can afford it, address more representatives from other states.
I did not state anything about my own pending claim nor did I get emotional in my letter. I just wrote about the facts and requested that the leadership try to fix the problem as soon as possible. It was easy to do. You can do it also.
Perhaps if the hundreds of thousands of personnel/veterans with pending claims did the same, then this can become the next squeaky wheel that will get some much-needed grease!