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  1. Claim filed (Oakland VARO): Aug 21, 2013 Decision (Phoenix VARO): Jun 10, 2014 Retro to Sep 01, 2013 deposited: Jun 13, 2014 BBE arrived: Jun 14, 2014 PTSD s/c: 70% DM type II s/c (Agent Orange presumptive): 10% Hearing loss (1 ear): denied Total rating: 70% After I had my 3 C&Ps @ McClellan, CA in March, 2014, the process seemed to gain momentum. My VAHC primary doctor prescribed oral medication for the DM type II condition in late May, 2014; therefore I have now filed for an additional 10% rating for DM type II. Should that be approved, my total rating will increase t
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  2. Thanks for the good wishes, everyone. In hindsight, I know I should have applied years ago, but that ship has sailed. I am grateful for what I receive now and will endeavor not to look back. My retirement years will be much easier now.
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  3. What ever you do, don't mention the award or amount to anyone that might be involved at any level in a possible collection process. You may be able to work with the medical providers to setup a payment plan. Depending on the details, it may be possible to get the VA to pay the bill, or part of it. There is a way to submit such a claim, and naturally, a VA form. First is the bill for treatment of what is now service connected? Did any part occur after you sent in your claim or after the EDD of the award? I'm far far from the expert you would need to consult over such an issue. (Lawye
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  4. Hey, Vern, what you're experiencing with eBenefits is absolutely normal! There was a rater who was active on this forum and he described how the process works - basically, there is an electronic checklist within the system that eBenefits feeds off of that says whether or not a requested document has been received. The rater knows that he or she gets the docs, knows that they're in the C-file, so they don't bother to check off the checklist. You've done the absolute right thing: check via IRIS. That's really the only way to get an accurate look into what they hold and don't hold because so
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  5. I wonder why VA pulled this out of thier ass. . " VA presumes certain chronic, unexplained symptoms existing for 6 months or more are related to Gulf War service without regard to cause. These "presumptive" illnesses must have appeared during active duty in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations or by December 31, 2016, and be at least 10 percent disabling. These illnesses include: why are they trying to close the door on december 31 2016? what do they know that we dont? I wonder if the studies that they were caught trying to manipulate have anything to do with it. The o
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  6. This is my copied/pasted IRIS inquiry: I requested an increase in rating for my left shoulder after an MRI revealed damage not previously documented by the VA, but had existed since my active duty days. My claim was inexplicably closed in February 2014 without a rating or decision on my left shoulder claim. After several phone calls and visits to the VA offices at the Federal Building, it was explained to me that the closure of my claim was a clerical/administrative error. My claim has since been re-opened, but shows a new expected closure date of mid-2015, which is entirely unacceptabl
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  7. Most companies will make a desperate attempt to satisfy their customer by making immediate corrections to administrative errors. Not that bunch in St Pete. They figure the more they abuse you, the more likely you are to "go-away". I think that some serious firing needs to happen. Especially at the top. Also we need to vote out whomever is in office to show that we do have some power. Unless we march on Washington, the only power we have is the vote.
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  8. My suggestion on what to do would be to pay all debt off, get 100% debt free. Put 10-15 grand in an emergency only fund and don't touch it unless it is a real no other option emergency. Learn to live debt free. Pay cash for needs. Be very careful not to classify WANTS as needs. Always refrain from impulse buying for wants. Think about it for 30 days and see if it is still a want. Most of the time you will forget about it. Take a little bit, go enjoy a nice vacation and get that out of your system. When the pressure of credit payments are over your head, it can be a heavy weight. Paying
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  9. I personally don't believe anything eBenefits says when it comes to the projected dates work will be accomplished. In my experience as well as most others here, those dates are completely spurious and based on a system guess when specific gates are hit within their automated system. If you're watching a "claim" within eBenefits, you're likely retired military and had to wait for DFAS to complete the pay audit before the VA will then redo its own pay math then pay you when that calculation is complete and approved. The problem is that the same people who rate and approve claims are the sa
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  10. And there are md reports that link OSA with diabetes, and cases that had been win, lot of them. Could go any way.If you don't fight you can't survive. Thx
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