3.5 based on 4 reviews

5 Comments

  1. Susan says:

    Angry Veteran, I agree with you 100%. I’m in the same situation.

  2. Amparo Hernandez says:

    Going on 4 yrs now! Was denied on Oct 2019. Now waiting for my appeal. Sometimes it gets to me about how Judges can make be able to make decisions on our lives like they do. I mean its money that i have worked all my life and I should get because I worked since I was 17. My last job I had was for 8 yrs. I couldnt do any more cuz of many health issues. And its not so much about the back pay its about how I can see Drs and get me some medical asstiant my right shouder needs surgery so does my back! If it wasnt for my family I would of already left this painful world! all these Judges dnt relize that some of us are really disabied smh! Hopefully they never get to that point that they cant work because Krama will be coming around for them

  3. Young says:

    Even though I feel judge Gonzalo Vallecillo was unsympathetic I too did not fully participate. I have been stressed during this entire 4 year-long process. Due to my fear, I did not speak up for myself. I was deathly afraid and I did not provide full explanations, speak up, or tell the judge about my new medical issues. When asked about my knee that I KNEW was not in my medical records (trick question) I did not speak up about it not being in my records. I have many pains throughout my body but none of them trump my back pain so I don’t complain or talk about them. The information he made the decision on is nearly two years old. I have an MRI that proves everything including a torn rotator cuff that was not considered in the hearing because I only sought help late 2017 after the pain was no becoming unbearable (one year after my original documents were sent to disability). My issues are 4 bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, bone spurs, sciatica, SI joint dysfunction, and major depression/bipolar.

    So I feel he made his decision based on the information presented. I was very intimidated and scared.

  4. Immanuel Yulee says:

    I would like to thank God first for this long-suffering struggle I have been dealing with for almost a decade. And also I will like to thank Ms. Judge Amber Downs for allowing me to bring my case before her as she took time to study making the decision that can help me and my family. She gave me a chance to explain my situation along with my records that provided all my medical information. Ms. Downs thank you so much for your time and your rule on my case I believe you were truly understanding and fair judge.

  5. Angry Veteran says:

    100 percent disabled veteran who went in front of Mrs. Downs. After the hearing she is attempting to enter an opinion that goes against everything my files show in attempt to deny me benefits. The fact she is entering this after the hearing so my lawyer can not cross examine this random expert shows how sneaky she is. Looking at her numbers she approves close to the least amount of people in both states that she operates. According to the law ALJ judges are suppose to give great weight to VA disability findings. Instead, she is looking for any way to deny me. I have been in contact with state legislators who are investigating the matter. It is a sad world when a veteran risks their life for a country and returns a shell of what they once were only to have to fight for a judge to believe in an already VA determined 100 percent disability. This needs to change and I will help change this law. We need new laws to support our wounded veterans and ALJ judges need to be held accountable for going against the SSDI veteran laws. This practice is a disgrace on veterans. What she did in my opinion is a disgrace and I am glad the state is looking into this matter to help other veterans in the future. We deserve better. Good luck to anyone seeing this judge who is a veteran..you have an uphill battle.

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