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clancey  
#1 Posted : Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:23:03 PM(UTC)
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Well all, I've been off of this for quite a while but decided today I needed to post. I went to the mailbox and low and behold I got approval. It's been a long wait, I originally applied in April 2016, went on lwop in April of 2017, initial disapproval June 2017. I immediately apply for reconsideration and received my approval today in the mail. I didn't use a lawyer and filed all the paperwork on my own. I did read on here recently that someone had included a handwritten letter to the reconsideration board and was wondering if they had their approval because of that. Well I did the same thing and addressed each one of the issues that were noted on my initial denial. Having said all that, I was only approved for two of the many conditions that I submitted, but that doesn't really matter because I received the approval. To all of you who haven't received any word yet, hang in there and hope for the best. It seems this new reconsideration at Boyer's is looking at our reconsiderations with fresh eyes. I hope that all of your hard work turns out as mine did and that your approvals are forthcoming quickly. One more item of note, I did call two weeks ago and asked for elevation. Not sure if that's the reason my case got looked at but it did. Now I get to wait and see how long it takes to process this.
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#2 Posted : Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:30:18 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: clancey Go to Quoted Post
Well all, I've been off of this for quite a while but decided today I needed to post. I went to the mailbox and low and behold I got approval. It's been a long wait, I originally applied in April 2016, went on lwop in April of 2017, initial disapproval June 2017. I immediately apply for reconsideration and received my approval today in the mail. I didn't use a lawyer and filed all the paperwork on my own. I did read on here recently that someone had included a handwritten letter to the reconsideration board and was wondering if they had their approval because of that. Well I did the same thing and addressed each one of the issues that were noted on my initial denial. Having said all that, I was only approved for two of the many conditions that I submitted, but that doesn't really matter because I received the approval. To all of you who haven't received any word yet, hang in there and hope for the best. It seems this new reconsideration at Boyer's is looking at our reconsiderations with fresh eyes. I hope that all of your hard work turns out as mine did and that your approvals are forthcoming quickly. One more item of note, I did call two weeks ago and asked for elevation. Not sure if that's the reason my case got looked at but it did. Now I get to wait and see how long it takes to process this.


Yay! Congrats, wonderful news.... now go celebrate!
Hurry up and Wait!
Navygirlgonepostal1  
#3 Posted : Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:48:35 PM(UTC)
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Great news!:)
It ain’t over till I sing my song. 😜
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#4 Posted : Thursday, May 17, 2018 2:35:45 PM(UTC)
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Great news!!! YAY!!!
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#5 Posted : Friday, May 18, 2018 5:48:57 AM(UTC)
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That is pretty awesome!
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#6 Posted : Friday, May 18, 2018 6:39:32 AM(UTC)
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Congrats... yes the next "wait" is equally annoying and frustrating.

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limpy1  
#7 Posted : Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:30:02 PM(UTC)
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Congrats on your approval.

clancey  
#8 Posted : Sunday, May 20, 2018 4:57:38 AM(UTC)
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Thanks for your well wishes guys. I just wanted to thank some of you out there who have kept these boards alive with your wisdom and assistance. I'm not sure if you know how much it's helped some of us, but it definitely was a Saving Grace in many areas for me. GSBS, I feel like you in particular have been extremely helpful to me ( and others I am sure). Navygirl, I think of you everyday and hope your case comes to a positive close soon. Keeping everyone informed of your progress and frustrations is not only helpful but makes us see that we aren't alone in this battle. Please hang in there and know there are many that are rooting for you. There are many others that I can't begin to name but you know who you are and, hopefully, know how much you're helping others.
Like I said earlier, I don't chime in here much but mostly because I didn't feel like I had anything constructive to add as you have all said it better in so many ways.
Okay, now that I feel like I've made an acceptance speech for some great award, I'll end this here. Please remember, you have earned this benefit so keep fighting the good fight. Lastly,keep shouting, as whispers sometimes go unheard.
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#10 Posted : Monday, May 21, 2018 1:23:35 PM(UTC)

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I have been following these threads for about a year and figured I would post my experience so some will not give up hope on the process. To summarize my medical conditions: open heart surgery in 2014, chronic migraine headaches and severe depression for which I was Baker Acted in Florida in early 2017.

I filed all my paperwork with my HR office in June of 2017, including all medical records going back to 2014 and physician statement from my primary care doctor. Received notice from Boyer’s that my paperwork was sent to DC for determination. Called OPM for a status update April 2018. They said it was “sent to second level review” a week prior to my phone call. Received an approval letter in the mail from OPM this past Friday; I was absolutely shocked as I was expecting a big hassle from the horror stories I have heard.

So if you are still waiting don’t give up hope and don’t assume you will be immediately denied the first time around.
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gembarok  
#11 Posted : Tuesday, May 22, 2018 12:36:08 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Shirlington10 Go to Quoted Post
I have been following these threads for about a year and figured I would post my experience so some will not give up hope on the process. To summarize my medical conditions: open heart surgery in 2014, chronic migraine headaches and severe depression for which I was Baker Acted in Florida in early 2017.

I filed all my paperwork with my HR office in June of 2017, including all medical records going back to 2014 and physician statement from my primary care doctor. Received notice from Boyer’s that my paperwork was sent to DC for determination. Called OPM for a status update April 2018. They said it was “sent to second level review” a week prior to my phone call. Received an approval letter in the mail from OPM this past Friday; I was absolutely shocked as I was expecting a big hassle from the horror stories I have heard.

So if you are still waiting don’t give up hope and don’t assume you will be immediately denied the first time around.


That is a messed up law. Congratulations on the approval.

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LeroyToliver  
#12 Posted : Tuesday, May 22, 2018 12:46:36 PM(UTC)
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Congrats, good luck on your next chapter in life
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