Green there are a lot of factors to consider, heck OPM's work load and manning and staffing requirements. I can't say that my case is typical but from most in my circle 4 to 8 months is about the norm.
Get that agency assessment in writing as it will come in handy for a few things.
I waited them out and tried to last as long as I could. In my case I lost it at work and took my aggression on assets located in my work area. I had to bail before I really made a situation for myself. Not saying that you will do that, but be aware of that. Stress gives you a beating.
I was told more or less the same thing and it was shorter than what they stated. I'm not sure if that was just luck or what. I know that 2/3 of the staff that processed retirement packages were not available. When mine was processed one or two people usually took care of medical retirement packages.
All I can say is to make sure you make it easy for them to have all the information and medical evidence to warrant your medical retirement. This will help immensely.
Tid bit make sure you visit occupational health and ask for a copy of your medical records you will need those eventually and they come in handy.
I don't get on here as often any more, however, I will share what I know from my experiences.
In your opinion, do I need to get a VSO, or can I simply submit a FDC via eBenefits?
I plan on submitting the following as evidence:
1. All medical records originally submitted that resulted in VBA granting a Service Connected rating
2. All medical records since my approved rating
3. Clarification on the symptoms of these conditions:
All SPINE conditions already granted as Service Connected, previously approved date of 11/25/12
Lumbar Spine degenerative disc disease with thoracolumbar strain (rheumatoid arthritis-lower back, upper back herniated discs, and thoracic spine stenosis)
Cervical spondylosis with degenerative arthritis
Radiculopathy, right upper extremity
Radiculopathy, right lower extremity
Thoracic / Lumbar strain is an injury to the lower back.
This results in damaged tendons and muscles that can spasm and feel sore.
Symptoms include back pain and stiffness that worsens with activity, bones, muscles or ligaments may place pressure on the spinal nerves or spinal cord. Resulting in numbness, weakness, and pain that travels down the leg, instability and weakness, & decreased mobility of the thoracic region
Pain can be exacerbated when taking a deep breath or coughing
Cervical Spondylosis is the Degeneration of the spinal column which chiefly affects the vertebral bodies, the neural foramina and the facet joints.
Cause pressure on nerve roots with subsequent sensory or motor disturbances, such as pain, paresthesia, and muscle weakness in the limbs
Radiculopathy refers to a set of conditions in which one or more nerves are affected and do not work properly. The location of the injury is at the level of the nerve root. This can result in pain, weakness, numbness, or difficulty controlling specific muscles
Haven't been on much but Andy I agree with Buck don't give in and throw the towel, with the right nexus and evidence behind you, you will prevail. Keep at it. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. Hang in there.
Hey guys good show tonight James has some very good information
about nexus letters so if any of you veterans out there that can't call into the show you can click on hadit Podcast radio archive shows and listen to the show. Guaranteed James will make you laugh.
Oh btw James do you still have that A.O. suite....? LoL
And also when you due buddy? have you picked out a name yet...LoL
I Laugh my ass off when you said you throwed that letter down LoL Your quite funny... made my day.
Keep up the great work my friend