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Everything posted by 11cvolley

  1. After my experience with two VSO after I got out. I'll never trust them again. I've only had success with a va lawyer. The most help I received from a va employee on filing for ptsd and ssdi was from a resource lady in the ptsd clinic. Nicest person I ever met at the VA. She was way more helpful than any VSO that ever 'helped' me. I give the lady credit for my initial 70% rating for ptsd. She helped me file out forms and get everything together and that wasn't even her job. Same can be said about these veteran forums. I've came across some really messed up forums. Then I found a nice lady named Susan and she told me about this forum.
  2. In service stressor can be many things for a mst-ptsd claim. Change of documented behavior, infractions, article 13s, documented request for a change of unit/base, anything that is documented showing a negative change. Before you even start working on that tho. Get into treatment and get a ptsd diagnosis from the VA. Get yourself on sturdy ground.
  3. I don't even take the #800 at their word. Make sure you ask them to check the recent notes. When I called about the rest of my backpay the lady assured me that I already got it last year and there was nothing pending. I asked her to check the notes and she comes back with, 'oh, yeah. They're working on correcting your backpay. Anything you owe will come out of blah blah blah.' She ASSumed I got overpaid. I've told them in the past when it would take 30+ minutes to get someone on the phone, 'do you think I call you, listen to your crappy music, just to hear the BS scripted response I can get from E-BEN in less than a minute? Check your notes.'
  4. No backpay? This could be a sign they're going to check for incompetence. From ym understanding, it is an auto-check for incompetence if you get 100% for ptsd.
  5. Update: Got word from my lawyer that the rest of my 'monies' will be in my account within 10 days.
  6. If you were denied service connection and then the BVA says, 'hey, grant service connection,' the RO could go as low as 0%. So if you're not happy with the %. You have to appeal, then if denied; go back to the BVA. Same with backdate. I was granted but denied a better backdate. My case went to the BVA just for a better backdate.
  7. I used Woods and Woods. No complaints and they won my BVA case for a better backdate and my increase from 70% to 100% for ptsd.
  8. In my own experience. Contacting a VA lawyer is probably in your best interest. I admit I am not capable of handling my own case, and 80% is better than 0%. The VA can make all the mistakes they want; you can't.
  9. I been there on my ptsd claim. Luckily everyone else at the VA knew the examiner was full of s###. My initial denial for an increase was because I told teh examiner I play PC games like Civilization. He used that piece of info to suggest malingering and that I could hold a job because he knows how hard of a game civilization is. It took over a year for the appeal, but I got my increase to 100% P&T. Then the RO used this examiner's notes to say my backpay only went to the last C&P exam. It was basically the RO saying the 1st examiner was right and wrong at the same time. When my backpay claim got to the BVA, it took a BVA judge less than a week to give me the correct backpay date. A lot of times we have to deal with crappy people and raise the appeal, BVA flag to get the 'real' people looking at our claim. Good luck and may you have several more quality years ahead of you; and, be able to enjoy that backpay, correct rating.
  10. Just an update. Lawyer said the RO is working on correcting the issue. Best guess on when i'll see the rest of my backpay is sometime this year.
  11. Watching E-BEN or VA.GOV is a bad idea when it comes to BVA wins, imo. In my case. I watched my BVA win move to the RO and it bounced back and forth from gathering of evidence, to pending notification. A very helpful VA employee and my lawyer told me there isn't a way to accurately check the status. The only sure fire way to check on it is to call peggy and ask if there is a pending deposit. btw, your claiming disappearing from the website doesn't mean it is finished either; unless, it shows up as closed.
  12. Something that was suggested to me that I think any veteran getting a large backpay should consider is a financial adviser. Sit down with someone and go over your short-term and long-term financial goals.
  13. I got the right SOC in the mail Monday. I have another 27K coming when the VA figures it out I guess.
  14. My lawyer has an employee that handles this type of stuff. When the money first Hit I went and opened a new savings account at another bank and put 10k in it. That way I can't touch it without going into the bank. I don't need the money until mid to late 2020 anyways. Got to wait for the two years to be up after my chapter 7 to use my va home loan. Like I told the lawyer. It's nice knowing there is more money coming that I can't touch right now.
  15. I wonder if this is a HIPA violation as well. I know what this other vet's SC is for; SSN, address, name...
  16. I got mine in record time. Only problem is I only got about half because the VA paid me another veteran's amount and paid that veteran my amount.... I'm beginning to think they could hire people off the street and they'd do a better job than the VA's current employees.
  17. So somehow the VA mixed my backpay up with another vet's backpay. I got his and he got mine.... IDK how long it'll take to get the rest of my backpay now.
  18. My lawyer will be doing that; im sure of that. If i'm owed more in the end at least I can't touch it right now. So no temptation to blow it before mid 2020 when I can buy a house with the VA home loan.
  19. [12-03-2018] Received a letter from the department of Veterans Affairs; Evidence Intake Center. It says.... Entitlement to individual unemployability is granted effective December 8, 2011 Then it goes on to show payment start dates. It shows every date which had a payment change, but the first payment start date is NOV 1, 2013... So the rest is still coming or the VA made another mistake and forgot to pay me another 23 months... EDIT: I did receive a 2nd letter stating the total award amount and attorney fees... Only problem is the VA sent me someone else's decision under my name... Cover letter says my name, but the rest of the paperwork is someone else's....
  20. From the time the 'claim' closed to money in the bank was 2 business days.
  21. According to the BVA award it should be for for 47-48 months depending how they work a partial month.
  22. [11-29-2018] Woke up to a partial backpay payment. I received 30,xxx.xx. The attorney memo is still under review, so maybe that is why I only got 30k? Waiting on the award letter to see what is up with this.
  23. Yes, they will subtract whatever the difference is. So if you had received 1,000 per month from 2000 to 2010 and then they say you should have been recieving say, 2000 a month from 2000 to 2010. you'll get 120 months * (2000 - 1000) = 120,000.
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