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About mbl22885

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  1. I currently have a 40% rating for Fibromyalgia that was initially rated as scheduler. All I know is that the QRT for my jurisdictional VARO did a full claims review on my file and the Fibromyalgia changed to permanent. The only reason I know this is an inquiry team member had called me about an unrelated issue and offhandedly mentioned it to me. I did an ebenefits chat session so as to preserve all of this in a pdf. I know this is to my benefit, but aren't they supposed to inform me of the change in some official big envelope way?
  2. Weird Situation

    Decision turned out okay, but definitely not what I wanted. I've done everything to this point and the toll ends up effecting my family. Does anyone know of a good lawyer that has extensive experience when it comes to CUE and SMC?
  3. Weird Situation

    Copy that. WWP was representing me, but they pulled out on me right at the end. Even had their National Service Director arguing with me via e-mail on a Friday night for 3 hours. I'm the son of a Vietnam Vet who had a VSO who is the son of a WW 2 Vet that had I don't even know what. Can't really let the WWP ditching me at the last second go, you know?
  4. Weird Situation

    I have a weird situation involving a couple of CUE claims . Right now the claim is at preparation for notification, but when it was pending decision approval , all of a sudden I had two separate SMC L ratings. The two separate SMC L ratings are still showing with the claim at preparation for notification. Should I be getting really happy or is this some kind of glitch most likely?
  5. My entire claims history is currently being reviewed by the St. Pete VARO Quality Review Team. Not quite sure what to make of that.
  6. john999, The SAH/SHA grant is basically dependent on loss of OR loss of use in the extremities. I faced the same problem you did, which was/is the VA not recognizing pain,fatigue,weakness, etc as loss of use. Per the information contained in the picture above, the VA is required to recognize the symptoms we experience with our conditions as functional loss (i.e. loss of use.) If you still have the decision letter concerning your claim for a housing grant, I'd suggest you check it to make sure they didn't apply the above pictured information to your claim. If they didn't, you have a CUE claim. You have a CUE concerning the decision regarding your claim for a housing grant as it's a pretty safe bet that whoever made your determination did not consider the info above when making your decision. If you have a VSO, they're probably not going to be able, or willing, to help you. I'm not sure on how to properly file a CUE claim at the Regional Office level, but hopefully someone with experience with that will chime in. The Directors Office phone # for the St. Pete VARO is 727-319-5900. I would call them and tell them your situation, as well as that you understand according to "The provisions of 38 CFR 4.40 and 4.45 concerning functional loss due to pain, fatigue, weakness, or lack of endurance, incooordination, and flare-ups, as cited in Deluca v. Brown and Mitchell v. Shinseki" your housing grant claim was decided in error due to the rater of your housing grant not considering and applying the above under 38 CFR 4.59.
  7. I ran into a number of problems related to recent claims filed and ended up reaching out to my RO. Someone from their inquiry team responded with the following. I've actually had interactions with him before (he is a former rater) and he was extremely helpful (including in this instance), and two claims showed up on ebenefits as reopens for an earlier effective date for SMC L and SHA. The claim for an earlier effective date for SMC L was cancelled on 09/27/17 and now shows as this on ebenefits . Beyond the cancellation, they changed the "disabilities claimed" to "Claim for P&T status." This is from another e-mail sent by the St. Pete VARO Inquiry Team member. As it was explained to me, in essence the CUE claim changed from an earlier effective date for SMC L to a request for permanent and total status, which makes no sense as I already am permanent and total regarding this disability, and as the correspondence from the VA Inquiry Team member shows, there was never a legal or valid CUE claim filed for anything related to my permanent and total status. I know the claim was cancelled due to speaking to a number of VA employees, to include someone from my VA District Office. I was able to send her the conversations with the St. Pete Inquiry Team member showing how CUEs were filed on my behalf by said St. Pete Inquiry Team member who has previously worked as a rater. She was as perplexed as I was, noted the situation was "weird," and commented on how if a RO decides to take an action like a cancellation they are required to provide a note/summary explaining the action to the District Office, which the St. Petersburg VARO had not done. She said she was sending them a note with a deadline of October 2nd to provide a response explaining the actions taken and that someone from the RO was to call me. She also noted that there was nothing in her system that she could see that showed the CUE claim as being one for an earlier effective date for SMC L. I have a VSO, but they haven proven to be less than effective when it comes to most things. I've actually received responses from the Regional Office before they have. I even had someone from the VSO District Office contact me yesterday to tell me this situation was "normal." They've repeatedly given me false information on a number of things as well. I'm only putting this here in hopes of avoiding the "What does your VSO say" or "You need to get a VSO" posts. Any advice? Previous experience with a similar issue?
  8. Ebennies. I haven't really looked into va stuff hardcore in a while and I'm honestly beat down most days that I couldn't dedicate the time and energy to go hardcore again, but I knew about the vas duty to infer and the m-21 letter jumble it falls under. So I started ebenefits chats and iris inquiries seeking info and got the bs answers you'd expect. Then I'd save the conversations as PDF files and submit them as part of my claim and say "the va is obligated by law to assist veterans in claims and these are the resources we are provided." Eventually (and not easily) I found the updated m-21 word jumble for the vas duty to infer, and it was basically the same thing as before except they had removed "duty to infer" and replaced it with "issues within scope." And it's legalise, but it's legalise that's incredibly favorable for veterans. One of the main favorable things is that the va is supposed to give the available evidence a "sympathetic reading," and the VA hardly ever applies any of this. And the VSOS know this. It's why they tell vets who get to 100% scheduler to not try for more. So I raised hell with whoever I could think of. State senator, WWP and IAVA, Presidential Veteran complaint line, direct e-mail to the president, and so on.
  9. I supplied them with a pdf copy of M21-1R, part III, subpart iv,6, B and said if it wasn't applied accordingly to my claim that I would immediately file a CUE. It's not a FDC either. And from my experience and what I've read on here, when they send you back for a c and p, they send you back to gathering of evidence.
  10. Has anyone ever had this happen on ebenefits? To be clear; my claim was at pending decision approval yesterday, and now today my claim is at under review. I know at pending decision approval they can send it back for more evidence, but doesn't the claim usually go back to gathering of evidence?
  11. Thank you for the reply. I just took a screen shot of ebenefits. There's no where on ebenefits where I can find something that directly says what the AA is for.The decision paperwork is in a box in a closet and I'd have to dig it out, but it definitely says it's for the PTSD. Like I said, I've got kids and my ratings reflect my state, so I'm not too keen on digging through that box to find the decision paperwork at the moment. I could provide the portion of the c and p exam (I have a PDF copy on my computer) that was used to grant permission for AA due to PTSD and I'll try to in a bit, but my SAH/SHA Grant application went from pending decision approval to complete this morning literally as I was on the phone with the national SAH agent help line to see if they could find anything out. There wasn't much they could offer in info, so I called my "representative" the WWP to see what they could do and they said it'd be 3-5 days before someone would contact me. Anybody have any ideas on how I can find out the decision? Called 8008271000 and the representative didn't even know what an SAH agent was.