Re: New to Group
- Hi Barry, and welcome to the Group. If one of our members has found
him- or herself in situation similar to yours, hopefully you'll get
some answers (or at least some opinions) here.
Unfortunately, you have joined the Group when it is experiencing a
lull. That's partly due to the holidays; partly because we are
awaiting responses from Senators Dodd and Gregg. As you know as well
as anyone, the wheels of bureaucracy move slowly.
--- In email@example.com, "Barry Scroggin" <barryscroggin@...>
>past messages and
> Hello everyone, I've spent the past couple of days reviewing the
> understand that most here are PCV's.the Mississippi River
> I work for the US Army as a civilian employee at a Lock and Dam on
> just north of St Louis MO. I was injured on the job back inFebruary. It is a lower back
> injury. I was back to work in light duty status and had a secondaccident (lower back
> again) in April. It took until the end of August before OWCPfinally accepted the first claim.
> The second claim was denied because (I believe) of the witnessstatements. The witnesses
> are my two supervisors one of whom, because of horsing aroundcaused the accident. Now
> of course they are going to down play the accident because It justisn't going to look good
> to the bosses further up the chain of command that a supervisorcaused the accident. I've
> been off work since the second accident and went to the appealhearing with my attorney.
>denied. OWCP's stance is
> Since I was back to work on light duty and the second claim was
> that I should still be at work on light duty. Even though I havethree Dr's saying I can't
> return to work. I don't get it. I have used up all of my leave,both sick leave and vacation,
> and haven't gotten a check for five months. The person I deal withat our district office
> says that all I can do is wait for OWCP / DOL to make theirdecision on the appeal.
>about the supervisors lying
> It is very difficult to not be angry that the system doesn't care
> on their statements. I feel that if this were brought out in theopen that the denial would
> be reversed on credibility reasons.unusual dealing with the OWCP
> It also is very difficult to stay positive. Depression is not
> and the DOL while you are also dealing with back pain.answers, comments,
> I found this group and hoped by teaming up I could get some
> Thanks for being there.
- I was brainstorming with my family over the holidays about this group and ways to get, well, anything to happen. Someone mentioned trying to team up with other organizations already lobbying the OWCP for their people. The only one I can think of is the Veterans Affairs, but I was just on the website and saw that it is indeed a government agency and therefore probably not ideal.Does anyone have any ideas on an entity or other similar groups working towards the same goals: equality and activity in OWCP claims?Jen GiacominiRPCV Togo '99-'01
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- Hi Jen,
This is a good idea. If anyone knows of other groups doing similar
work, I for one would like to hear about them. My take is that, for
good or bad, we are the pioneers in this area.
Veterans have service organizations that are unaffiliated with the
VA. However, when they're assisting veterans with medical issues,
they are dealing with the VA healthcare system, not OWCP.
Too few people are willing to take on OWCP, especially the Bush
OWCP. I think that's one reason why most of our elected
representatives have been unwilling to assist our group.
P.S. Another comment about the Bush OWCP: It really gripes me that
the current Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao, is a former Peace Corps
Director and we still get treated the way we do!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Jennifer Giacomini <jengiacomini@...>
>group and ways to get, well, anything to happen. Someone mentioned
> I was brainstorming with my family over the holidays about this
trying to team up with other organizations already lobbying the OWCP
for their people. The only one I can think of is the Veterans
Affairs, but I was just on the website and saw that it is indeed a
government agency and therefore probably not ideal.
>working towards the same goals: equality and activity in OWCP claims?
> Does anyone have any ideas on an entity or other similar groups
> Jen Giacomini
> RPCV Togo '99-'01