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Inthewind

Does Anyone Have Any Idea What Development Letter Sent Means?

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My claim was closed yesterday and in eBenefits in updates it says:

Appeal is Possible

Decision Notification Sent

Development Letter Sent <------ Does anyone know what this letter is included for? What it may say, or it's purpose?

I've done some searching on HADIT but every mention is just text copy pasted into a paragraph not Germaine to asking what the letter means/says.

So, if anyone has one, or has recently seen one I'd be greatful if you could post a small brief explanation.

I went from 50% to 100% P&T.

Thanks!

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Yep, the development letter explains in detail what evidence they considered to arive at the decisions. It's like a long version of the Decision Letter (which somes it all up and gives you disability percentages, payment start dates, ect.). If already a 50% look at your first award package and you can see the difference.

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Strange that E Benefits thing!

Anyway, the development letters sent to me were not much more than acknowledgement of the claim(s),

and a generic "we need all the evidence", even when they already had it.

There was no way to know if they really wanted/needed a specific piece of evidence from the letter.

There also may be a clause that says you may elect to tell them to adjucate the claim with the evidence on hand.

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So basically, I went from 50 to 100% and they didn't use everything in my claim to get there and there's still issues they haven't completely adjudicated yet? So they may be asking for additional information to complete them?

Weird.

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Actually, what it may mean is that when they were rating your claim they noticed a development letter had not been sent (did you receive one?). They send it out so that they can say a development letter had been sent as part of processing your claim. My guess is it is a checklist item that they discovered they had not done, and they didn't hold your claim up waiting for a response since your decision was clearly favorable.

Just my guess as to what is going on.

Best regards,

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So basically, I went from 50 to 100% and they didn't use everything in my claim to get there and there's still issues they haven't completely adjudicated yet? So they may be asking for additional information to complete them?

Weird.

It's really hard to tell. Once they award 100%, any sense of urgency seems to be lost. I've heard remarks that were basically

Well, you were awarded 100%, what else do you want? (Ignoring the possibility that SMC, A&A, etc. might also be appropriate.

The famous one is the VA's reluctance to award or even consider TDIU, unless a veteran specifically claims it.

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Yeah, I'm not really interested in TDIU because I'm working, it's keeping me busy, and it hasn't become an issue yet. I'll go down that road if/when the need arises. Thanks to all for the comments.

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hey how did you find out you got upgraded? Do you have to wait for a letter?

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It came in the form of a rating decision.

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I first learned of the rating via ebenefits the development letters and such as for the actual decision I had to wait for the brown packet

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It came in the form of a rating decision.

Inthewind, this is completely off topic, but........omg......what kind of cat is that in your profile pic? It stares through my soul!

Mark

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Inthewind, this is completely off topic, but........omg......what kind of cat is that in your profile pic? It stares through my soul!

Mark

She's a Sphynx and she is the most loving living thing in the world!

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My claim was closed yesterday and in eBenefits in updates it says:

Appeal is Possible

Decision Notification Sent

Development Letter Sent <------ Does anyone know what this letter is included for? What it may say, or it's purpose?

I've done some searching on HADIT but every mention is just text copy pasted into a paragraph not Germaine to asking what the letter means/says.

So, if anyone has one, or has recently seen one I'd be greatful if you could post a small brief explanation.

I went from 50% to 100% P&T.

Thanks!

Just a quick 20 bucks worth, on the "Appeal is Possible" part.

Many things can be appealed, evaluation for a given disability, effective dates, etc...

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Actually, what it may mean is that when they were rating your claim they noticed a development letter had not been sent (did you receive one?). They send it out so that they can say a development letter had been sent as part of processing your claim. My guess is it is a checklist item that they discovered they had not done, and they didn't hold your claim up waiting for a response since your decision was clearly favorable.

Just my guess as to what is going on.

Best regards,

Yes this is my thing my claim was at the rater pending decision approval and I did not receive a development letter as of yet is this is what you are saying?

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Congrats! Inthewind!!!!!!

And Carlie made a GOOD point. Appeals can be made on award letters as to EED, ratings etc etc....as well as on denials.

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Yeah, I just posted my letter a few minutes ago. It said the same thing as yours, but it could be different.

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Each time a claim moves through the eight steps on ebeni you are mailed a development letter . It is a form letter stating your case is being worked on.

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You must be new here, rick. Each disability is different and rated accordingly. For example, I am 70% for one diagnosis and 30% for another. It depends on specific criteria. I will ignore your navy comment. You can work and be 100%. I would have to say that every veteran is a patriot. You don't know their personal struggles. If you want to bash threads and posts, go to CNN's website.

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So this guy is 100 PERCENT disabled and able to work? How does that even make sense? In the Navy? A majority of you guys are scamming your government and are not Patriots. Not all, but a lot. Just trying to scam for a few dollars more. Truly Pathetic. An Navy guy with PTSD? How does that even happen? Have you seen close combat? Very Un American. I am retired Army and see the pathetic weasels trying to squeeze every last dollar out of their government. No different than a foodstamp scammer. Truly sad.

Long ago, I was in the Navy. As to "combat", there are different ideas. I do hold three combat related awards, One is the CAR.

Others are whole unit awards for performance under "combat conditions".

Interestingly enough, no awards were issued for perhaps what was one of the most dangerous situations we were in.

(Unloading and handling hundreds of tons of ammunition while under hostile fire.)

Legally, I could work. But who wants to hire a disabled veteran my age, and due to multiple service connected disabilities,

I'm not able to do "make work" jobs, and have to hire out most of the home related maintenance tasks that I used to do.

While I'm at it, the current 100% VA disability payment is ~$3,000 a month or $36,000. By law this is supposed to"compensate" for lost earnings (and nothing else)

The current average income in the US is ~$55,000. Only perverse government logic can say that the two are equal.

It's more a case of the VA "scamming" veterans than the other way around.

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So this guy is 100 PERCENT disabled and able to work? How does that even make sense? In the Navy? A majority of you guys are scamming your government and are not Patriots. Not all, but a lot. Just trying to scam for a few dollars more. Truly Pathetic. An Navy guy with PTSD? How does that even happen? Have you seen close combat? Very Un American. I am retired Army and see the pathetic weasels trying to squeeze every last dollar out of their government. No different than a foodstamp scammer. Truly sad.

@ricknewman5 - I just happen to be a retired Army 1SG if it's me you're referring to. I guess your jump to conclusions that I was Navy speaks to your knowledge of anything at all regarding this forum. The rank on my profile has to do with my post count. Look below the picture for branch of service and you'll see your error. Also, what my military record is or isn't, is none of your business. Anyone, (primarily speaking of you by the way) that comes in this forum and makes generalized negative statements is truly sad. You can't possibly know anyones situation. To say people are scamming the government and are un-American with everything thats been proven about the VA and their methods of treating ALL veterans like sub-human species is pretty arrogant and un-patriotic so look in the mirror. I tend to believe you're nothing but a troll. Good luck in your future endeavors, particularly if you've come here to learn or gain some assistance from the large amount of knowledge to be had from these forums. I doubt you'll get it with a first post like that.

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Inthewind, Congratulations

Ricknewman,

Chuck75 is right about many things.

My Squadron dropped 7,000 tons of ordinance and worked 8,000 hours in VN. I watched at least 13 people died while in service and in the combat zone. I am US Navy. Most of my family were US Navy in WW2 and died of service related incidence.

Since you are a new guy there is much tolerance. Just be aware that the owner of this site and most helpers are US Navy. We care about our brothers and sisters. If you can not understand please have a little tolerance for what you do not know.

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Rick do you have any extra food stamps sure could use some I ran out yesterday and need some more beer.

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Hello,

 

Thanks for the great answers to the question. I'm new, first post. You guys have a great community here. Thank you for all you do.

 

 

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