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  1. A little secret about filing claims with the VA. When you submit the corrected claim resubmit the evidence for that claim. The VA may ay that they already have that evidence and that is all well and good. If you do not submit the evidence do not expect the VA to go back on previously submitted claims and look there for evidence. The VA will do the minimum research required to process your claim. The VA's job is to process any claim for disability in the way that gives the veteran maximum benefit. This is a great tag line but do not believe it. An example is your claims that they dropped for not being filed correctly. It used to be that you could file a claim by writing the VA and asking for a benefit but those days are gone.
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  2. https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/4.87 6205 Meniere's syndrome (endolymphatic hydrops): Hearing impairment with attacks of vertigo and cerebellar gait occurring more than once weekly, with or without tinnitus 100 Hearing impairment with attacks of vertigo and cerebellar gait occurring from one to four times a month, with or without tinnitus 60 Hearing impairment with vertigo less than once a month, with or without tinnitus 30 Note: Evaluate Meniere's syndrome either under these criteria or by separately evaluating vertigo (as a peripheral vestibular disorder), hearing impairment, and tinnitus, whichever method results in a higher overall evaluation. But do not combine an evaluation for hearing impairment, tinnitus, or vertigo with an evaluation under diagnostic code 6205.
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  3. Ebenefits is updated locally, not nationally. If you have a crappy Regional office, or one in a place like St Petes or some other really busy, highly veteran populated region it is not always updated quickly, but, in deference to Bronco, in 17 years I have not seen inaccuracies in my Ebenefits. Site down, yes, but not outright wrong information. If you have a Service Officer (like DAV, VFW, etc) they should be able to check, too. I used to get unofficial letters from DAV if/when my rating changed a few days before the decision was updated in Ebenefits and usually before I got a decision letter. I would also log on and check my AB8 (benefits verification letter) to see a change in pay or rating, and reprint it and store the PDF somewhere. How do you know you increased if you didnt get a decision letter? Its also possible that a 20% change in a rating did not result in enough of a change to your overall rating to actually raise your pay. I had that happen a few times. VA rounds up from 1/2. A rating change that bumped you from 50-54.99 would result in no change, for example, while a rating that bumped up your overall to 55-59.99 would result in payment for 60% as an example. I had a few increases for 10% here or there over the last 17 years that resulted in no overall ratings increase because my overall percentage was high enough that 10% didn't skew it to the next percentage.
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  4. El Train It has, or should have everything the VA needed to make a decision on your claim. Admittedly, not everything that should be in there gets in there, or stays in there for that matter, but it would have your medical records, dbq's, decision letters, and all kinds of documents that you never knew existed. They are now scanned digitally, so it is much harder for stuff to get "lost." If you are considering submitting a claim now or in the future, it is every wise to request it. It comes on a disc and will have medical entries possibly that can help prove your in-service injury, etc.
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  5. Come on man; what's you got against licking windows?
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  6. Learning a foreign language would be beneficially as you wait.
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  7. Not to get off topic for him but to save him From himself But the 1800 pos line once I called three times in one day me got three very different answers. So yeah a waste of your life time better spent doing anything other then licking windows
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  8. As one of those that checks and calls way to many, jfrei is correct. All it does is frustrate and drives you crazy.
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  9. It’s will suck you into a dark hole if you get obsessed daily multiple check ins drove me crazy until my doctor upped the prozAc I was my own enemy calling into the hotline drove my family crazy for 6 years of waiting luckily everything worked out you can’t control the time for their paperwork pushers to move your stack the ETA will come and past just look to here for help and advise...
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  10. Its not always speaking VA...it also depends on the VA person who does the rating...do they even understand VA speak. do they know how to properly rate the veteran. I believe that the reason for the bad/low ratings is partly because the VA rater has not been properly trained. As a veteran we should not be expected to write VA and the VA should not expect it. With that said Geeky is correct, it really does behoove us to learn VA speak, read VA and learn how the VA thinks. I have found that when my case goes slow it is because I did not clearly read the decision I am trying to get over turned.
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