Well, we need more information. You said he had an appeal since 11/12. Is this the NOD date, the decision date (RO), or the date you filed the I9? Did you even know you were required to file an I9, or your appeal will be considered abandonded?
To get to the Board you have 2 steps:
1. File a Nod on a RO decision within a year.
2. File an I9 within 60days of the receipt of the SOC.
If you did not complete BOTH these steps, you wont be going to the BVA. You should have had a docket number long ago, after you filed the I9.
Did you move and not give VA your address?? Rememeber there are 2 VA's: VAmedical and VA benefits. Changing your address with one, often does not affect the other.
You need to take some action here. This is what I recommend:
1. Send an IRIS email, asking for status on your 11/12 appeal. Keep a copy of their response.
2. Did/do you have a VSO? Did he file any of the papers for you? Does he have copies? Ask him the status.
3. You need to find out if a) VA dropped the ball b) Your VSO dropped the ball, or c) if you dropped the ball, for example, by not filing the I9, or by not supplying VA with requested/needed evidence, or not keeping your address current.
After you find these things out, we can direct you better what to do.
Obviously, the VRE officer is going to ask, "How come you are 100% P and T, and want to go to college to persue a career?"
With VA, SGE is defined as the poverty level earnings in a 12 month period. So, technically until you earn about $12,000 you do not meet the SGE criteria. VA regs discuss SGE in a fair amount of detail, stating that "marginal" employment does not disqualify a Veteran from TDIU. "Marginal" employment is employment that does not generate at least 12,000 per year.
They even have a special exception if you are in a type of family business. In other words, if you had PTSD, but your family owned a business and allowed you to stay on the payroll to go to doc appointments and the like where a "non family" employer may not be willing to put up with it.
You dont have a lot to lose: If you persue your career goals, the VA should not take away your benefits until you have been working for a full year, and achieved SGE, and, even then, it would take some time to make such a reduction happen: They have to give 60 days notice, and, we all know the VA does not move very fast. It could well be 2 or more years before they do a reduction proposal, especially since you are not TDIU and do not have to report income each year, like TDIU recipients do.
Let me make a correction. I was trying to say p&t instead of tdiu. My husband is like the rest of you guys that went to nam. Enlisted 5 days after graduating has. 17 yrs old. He did a total of 20 yrs between navy and Coast Gaurd. Then he did18 yrs in law enforcement. I think he worked enough. Couple of other jobs in between.
I think you should go to the VASRD:
And check the rating criteria that compares to your specific diagnostic code,just in case you need it.
But I do see what you mean as to the 100% and the doctor stated this disability has rendered you unable to work.
I just hope the VA does not confuse the 100% statement with the >3-5 METs part.
Hopefully this will go well for you and the doc made the proper nexus statement.