New To Site... Not To The Va... But Getting Discouraged in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum Posted December 23, 2013 WTH?!?!?!?!? Ok... I got a DAV letter today... Now remember... I claimed for increase 13 Dec 2012... this is what they said (I was originally at 40%)1) Service connection for radiculopathy, left lower is GRANTED with an evaluation of 10% effective 10 Oct 20132) Service connection for radiculopathy, right lower is GRANTED with an evaluation of 10% effective 10 Oct 20133) Evaluation of lumbosacrial strain, which is currently 10% disabling, is INCREASED to 20% effective 13 Dec 20124) Evaluation of right ankle fracture (previously right ankle sprain(also claimed as right achilles tear)) which is currently 20% disabling, is DECREASED to 10% effective 10 Oct 20135) Evaluation of posterior cortex fracture, right knee (also claimed as right lower leg condition and formerly under diagnostic code 5262) which is currently 10% disabling, is CONTINUED6) Service connection for depressive disorder not otherwise specified (claimed as depression/anxiety secondary to right knee and ankle) is DENIEDNOW.... FIRST OFF... How are these effective (except #3) on 10 Oct 2013, when I filed back on 13 Dec 2012??SECONDLY... I WAS at 40%... now they state I'm at 50%, but after looking above, adding and subtracting the percentages, I should be at 60% (70 if they hadn't decreased #4), which...THIRDLY... how do you decrease a percentage of an injury... IT HASN'T GOTTEN BETTER... IT'S GOTTEN WORSE!!!! FINALLY... looking at the above, and knowing I received a $269 retro already, is there more retro to be sent??ARE MONKEYS AND GIRAFFES DOING OUR PAPERWORK IN TAMPA?!?!??