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What is RAMP? Launched in November 2017, the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP) provides Veterans the opportunity to use the new review process in the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. The Act, otherwise known as the Appeals Modernization Act, was signed into law on Aug. 23, 2017. RAMP aims to provide eligible Veterans with resolution to their appealed claims as early as possible. RAMP will run through February 2019. At that point, The Appeals Modernization Act will be fully implemented. VA will process RAMP elections as long as necessary to resolve legacy appeals. How does RAMP work with VA’s A…0 votes8 answers
Just curious if anyone here who opt for a Board Hearing had a Judge Hearing (Videoconference or Live) yet? I appealed my HLR in October 2018 and was received by VA in early November and have not heard a lick. Wondering if anyone has heard anything about their Hearing date?0 votes0 answers
Good morning everyone, Let me start by saying thank you all for all your input in keeping this community strong. Ok so I have been fighting the fight with va since 2015, originally rated at 20%, I submitted an appeal in dec 2015, than opt in the ramp in June 2018. I received my award of 80% last Thursday and have not received by brown envelope, but when I check ebenifits my effective dates next to my disabilities and the dates are all wack out. Example 1/28/2019, 11/3/18, and 3/4/19. I might be jumping the gun, but has anyone experience something like this. I haven’t received retro pay or anything0 votes17 answers
https://cck-law.com/news/veterans-appeals-modernization-act?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=May 2019 I am sure we have their past info but this is a recent update I just got in email from them.0 votes1 answer
I originally filed my claim 24 August 2014 and the denial came about 15 Sept. 2015. I filed a NOD right away contesting the results. In march of 2018 I got a notice to opt in the the new RAMP program which I did without hesitation. I figured why not i have already been waiting this long and what else could happen. Ill be the guinea pig to see how this works. I have nothing to loose. So a week ago I got a Call from V.E.S. scheduling a new C&P Exam for next week on a Saturday. Needless to say I was quite surprised about this development. I am happy this process is moving forward and I hope the results are positive. Im a little nervous about the exam as well. I will upda…1 vote36 answers
I appealed a denial for service connection for two issues last year, received a RAMP opt-in form and signed up. The RAMP appeal was opened and closed three different times and was ultimately pushed through, ending in a closed status on va.gov on March 14. Only after calling Peggy twice and hearing the gentleman at the call center physically print it out, did I actually receive the letter on April 11. Verdict: denied service connection. The screwy thing is that the original appeal remained open on va.gov until March 11. It was then updated as closed with “Service Connection Granted”, and stated that if I was going to receive a rating increase, I would see it in one to two …0 votes6 answers
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Alex has posted "the map", and Im unaware of this being posted elsewhere. I suggest you follow it, and avoid the HLR altogether. HLR= Higher level denial I had analyzed the Ramp situation earlier, and previously posted that Vets should not use HLR. Alex Agrees. There isnt an upside to the HLR..just downside. It means you cant submit any new evidence. How do you know that that IMO you paid $2000 for actually arrived at VA, and some employee didn't just press "delete" on it? If you have installed a camera survelliance system at each VARO, and carefully removed the "delete" key from each and every computer at all VARO's, (including laptops that VA execs…0 votes0 answers
Normally I would post this under winning claims, but because this was a claim rated under the ramp system I am listing the results here. First , I don't actually have the envelope in my hands, I am going by what shows on Ebenefits, which in my case has been consistent when listing actual service connected disability. I submitted my left knee claim secondary to my service connected right knee claim on Sept 2016, under the legacy system. I had provided an Independence medical opinion which indicated more likely than not. The C/P examiner however indicated it was less likely than not, and in fact went back ( I think it was ) 32 days later and come up with a diffe…0 votes15 answers
My claim was deferred in Nov 2018 and I was awarded back pay for one condition. The rest of the conditions went on in another appeal (RAMP) . All of a sudden my appeals at BVA were pulled and added to this appeal. In feb I had a C and P for all the deferred conditions and also the BVA appealed ones too. My appeal whet into pending Decision Approval and stayed two weeks, went back to gathering evidence and right back to PDA within 24 hours. On 3/20 it changed to Pending Notification and said it would be done 3/21, I am super nervous now because when I looked under dependents it says “no dependents on award” and they are listed under “not on award”, did I just lose all my b…0 votes1 answer
IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN LEGACY APPEALS PROCESS,... THEN PAY ATTENTION! My legacy appeals were actually AT the BVA and being handed out to judges. This new "RAMP" thing erroneously "PULLED THEM" from the BVA! My FORM-9 was filed 2-1/2yr ago! This could be YOU, so pay attention to what is happening to ALL of your appeals! IMO, this "RAMP" thing is way too new to be trusted. I already have a corncob where I don't want it, and I am NOT smiling about a Dxxxxxmn thing! HorizontalMike _________________________________________________________ From: XX Xxxx Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 11:49 AM To: ME Subject: FW: Claim improperly pulled from BV…0 votes2 answers
I had recently 4 out of 5 exams favorable for my remand.If I switch over to the Ramp could they request another exam?0 votes3 answers
Hi all, New here, but want to share my experience with RAMP. I came here looking for advice/ info/ direction, and it looks like some of you have had similar experiences with RAMP as I have had so far. I have been in an appeal for almost 3 years now, I elected a DRO review. During my appeal, I made contact with an old platoon mate who agreed to write a buddy letter on my behalf. Since this was considered "new" evidence, the lawyers' office helping me said I should opt into RAMP as I now have new evidence. I took their advice and went the RAMP route. The VA received my RAMP package Aug 2018. Since then, nothing has changed. When I call, they simp…0 votes55 answers
Ok... so I have been confused by what is going on with my claims, I opted in to ramp Jul 2018 . The claims were already in an appeals status and I had already requested de- novo reviews. So they took a claim that did not even exist in one case (Heart) and requested a C&P exam. In another case they decided to ignore the issue and what had been written when I requested an earlier effective date for my TBI rating and then denied the EED. In another case I asked for a separate rating for my sleep apnea, ( separate and apart from my asthma/copd) and I requested a step increase in my SMC from L 1/2 to M, because any rating 50% or more entitles the veteran to additio…0 votes40 answers
After a careful review of the new, improved VA Appeals Modernization Act by our good buddies in DC, I report back. All the forms and all the info. https://asknod.org/2019/02/24/ramp-screw-me-twice-shame-on-me/0 votes0 answers
I had made another post but I think this title is more appropriate. I got my RAMP decision letter for my OSA denial. In a nutshell, "The evidence does not show that sleep apnea is related to the service-connected condition of PTSD personal trauma, alcohol use disorder, nor is there any evidence of this disability during military service. In general, there is not a relationship of sleep apnea to post traumatic stress disorder. Sleep apnea involves the respiratory system and the airway where as PTSD is a mental condition. However, all cases are different. If you have a medical opinion from a physician stating that your sleep apnea is caused by PTSD with a reasona…0 votes9 answers
I just got the envelope yesterday. SMC S was denied "even tho" my doc gave evidence that I was homebound, and, of course, I have not worked since 2003, and should be eligible for SMC S per Howell. (From Alex website) https://asknod.org/2014/08/25/cavc-howell-v-nicholson-what-smc-s-really-says/ In relevant part: I noticed that the M21 manual "includes" references to Howell, but, that does not mean this rating specialist read it. He also did not read my evidence. Of course, I knew that GS9 rating specialists dont have the authority to award when it could mean 5 or 6 figure retro's, so its off to the BVA I go. I am considering Berta's "cue me…0 votes18 answers
So I've had my claim since 2011, I went through RAMP.... basically nothing changed when I got their decision (8 Feb 19) and 3 days later I got a letter from the VA, Evidence Intake Center, Janesville, WI stating, "We completed your request for Higher-level review, and discovered an error in our duty to assist in gathering evidence in support of your claim. We will take action to correct our error and forward your claim to the rating activity for further processing under RAMP." It's now 22 Feb, and I see nothing in Ebenefits or Va.gov. other than it's closed. Is this worth getting excited about?0 votes2 answers
I filed my appeal via RAMP on January 24, 2019 and just checked VA.gov and saw that it was decision ready on Feruary 13, 2019. It says the letter will arrive in 7 to 10 days with the decision and I can check my status on ebenefits. I just checked ebenefits and it's not showing an increase. I've heard ebenifits can be slow to update at times and my appeal was just closed yesterday. Has anyone seen there claim move this quickly through RAMP? My first thought is that the quick decision probably isn't a good thing.0 votes4 answers
I filed a NOD and opted for a higher level review via RAMP in November 2018. Today they completed my case, the senior rater had called me last Monday to discuss my case. I had requested an EED for the nerve issues in my legs (I have four different ratings for my legs). I was granted an EED for two of the four nerve issues, the date was moved up by 12 months. I live in VA but the senior rater was from the Seattle RO, he was very friendly and even took time to answer some questions unrelated to my NOD. So far as far as the processing times goes I have had good luck with them taking four months (this was my second RAMP). I have also filed an appeal with the BVA and have…0 votes3 answers
Hello fellow veterans! My question is this. My psychologist at a VA facility told me he does "not provide letters with regard to unemployability." Not that he opined negatively, but that he simply doesn't do it! Now PTSD programs (Cinncinnati) in their brochure say they will not provide any letters with regard to VA benefits. I have now moved to Vietnam in order to be able to live (got my ticket right before my decision that gave me 70% arghhh!) so any ideas what I can do now? I have a truly horrible work history but mostly I would quit because the stress would be too much. This was before I had any benefits to lean on, I simply lost everything and became homeless.…0 votes2 answers
Take particular notice: Some of the more generous early effective date rules apply only to the SUPPLEMENTAL CLAIM LANE. This means you should "EXERCISE CAUTION" when opting into ramp using HLR. I also note "new and material" evidence has been replaced by "new and relevant" evidence. This would appear to be a "liberalization" of benefits because the term "material" suggests that the new evidence be somewhat outcome determinative. However, "relevant" evidence suggests that, altho it must pertain to the claim, the new evidence need only be relevant and not necessarily be outcome determinative. Example: Your claim submitted lacked BOTH an in service event a…0 votes1 answer
I just received a call today from VES in Houston scheduling some exams. I moved my appeal over to the RAMP program. I am just curious why they would not use the exam data that they have on file from my initial visit. Why would they need me to come back for a second visit. I was denied previously, not because the issues did not exist, but because they said that they were not service connected. I submitted a Nexus letter from a physician stating that the conditions were most definitely caused from my time in service to be put in the appeal record. I am just curious what y'alls thoughts are on them scheduling this second exam?0 votes4 answers
Hi all, I have a Remand from the BVA in August 2018 and the VA sent me a letter asking me to opt in the Ramp program. They also called asking if I wanted to opt in the Ramp program. I said no! The main reason I said no is because part of the board decision was a grant of an EED from 1993 til 2013. I''m looking to get a hefty back pay deposit. Now the problem is the RO has not implemented the BVA decision yet and my understanding is they should implement the board decision before working the Remand. I feel if I opt in for the remand they will not implement the board decision until they finish with the remand. My question is do anybody know or had any experien…0 votes5 answers
If your a Veteran wanting to file a compensation claim from injury or disease you received during your military service and was denied and have questions which way to file your claim or claims rather or not to file the traditional way after a denial and your not sure which way to approach your Appeal in legacy or opt to RAMP .= do this Make sure you have all your evidence in stone and check all your conditions for the rating criteria write the CFR Rating criteria # down , most of all have all your probated evidence to support your claim & use the CFR#'s that pertain to what your claiming (we need to remind them of their on Regulations some times!!) ..…0 votes5 answers
Tbird posted an answer to a question,Further Reading from VA.gov
How do I upload evidence online to support my disability claim?
If you’ve filed a claim for disability compensation, you can continue uploading more evidence for up to one year to support your claim. Evidence may include supporting documents like medical test results, doctor’s reports, and other records. Upload your evidence online now.
If you’re waiting for a decision on your disability claim, you can upload evidence to support that claim using our claim status tool.
Upload evidence using our claim status tool
Note: For any other type of document you’d like to submit online to us, please use the QuickSubmit tool through AccessVA.
If I filed a standard disability claim, when should I upload evidence?
Upload your evidence as soon as you can.
You can continue uploading documents for up to 1 year from the date we receive your claim. But, if you don’t provide any evidence or give us the information we need to help you get evidence within 30 days, we may make a decision on your claim earlier.
If we decide your claim early, you’ll still have the rest of the 1-year period to provide more information or evidence.
What happens if I upload more evidence after I’ve submitted a fully developed claim?
We’ll remove your disability claim from the Fully Developed Claims program and process it as a standard claim.
If we decide your claim earlier than 1 year from the date we received the claim, you’ll still have the rest of the year to provide any additional information or evidence.
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broncovet posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum,Let's begin with the regulation on CUE:
https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/20.1403#:~:text=Clear and unmistakable error is,different but for the error.
The Cue error, therefore, needs to be all these things:
2. Outcome determinative.
3. Based on the records VA has in their possession at the time of the decision. If VA was/is missing critical evidence, consider filing a 38 CFR 3.156 (new evidence) instead of CUE.
4. May be filed at any time, such as after the one year appeal period expired.
What CUE is NOT:
Rattler posted an answer to a question,Let me give you some guidance. But first I have to ask some questions.
Did you file an "intent to file" with the VA. What this means is you filed with the VA saying I want to file a claim for XX. An "intent to file" claim basically says you are going to provide the VA with more information with in one years time. (Service Medical Records, Doctors Reports outside of the VA Etc.)
If you did not do an "intent to file" you filed a direct claim and you have started the claims process. Each can be time sensitive.
Hopefully I can give you a step by step on how to do this.
1. If you have not done so you will need to get your military records including you military medical records.
You need to do this now. You military records can take 1 to 3 Mo.
Your VA records can take 8 to 9 Mo.
Without them you are kind of shooting in the dark.
You need to sign-up with the VA at https://www.va.gov/?next=loginModal .
I recommend you use Login.gov to get your login above the others as it seems to work better than the others
This way you can track you claims, apply for other VA benefits'.
2. Go to the Non-VA doctors that have diagnosed you with XXX and get there medical records. Go through the records and pull out ONLY the ones that say you have XXX and submit ONLY THE RECORS THAT PROVE YOUR CLAIM. I can not stress this enough. The VA people who review your claim do not have the time to read through 500 pages of your medical history to pick out the 2 pages that says you have XXX. This will hopefully speed up your claim.
3. The quickest way to submit stuff to the VA is at this address. https://eauth.va.gov/accessva/#forVeterans . This is why you need to get the VA access through Login.gov.
Use the Quick Submit button and follow the instructions.
This should get you going in the right direction.
Two words to the wise.
1. Do not rely on Youtube or other videos on the internet. There is a lot of misinformation out there. There is a lot of old information that doesn't work in today's VA.
2. When seeking a VSO with a veterans service veterans service organization the first words out of your mouth should be, "Do you have VBMS access." VBMS access is real time access to your VA claims file. There are a lot veterans service organization that have suto VSO that kind of only do intake for veterans service organization. What I mean by this is they are not "VA Certified Claims Agents." they are only trained by the veterans service organization to fill out forms and submit them via fax or mail. Only "VA Certified Claims Agents" have VBMS access.
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