Sooner Than Expected in Success Stories Posted June 18, 2014 · Edited June 18, 2014 by haparnold66 Congratulations! Thanks for sharing the details of your story. It helps others to know a little bit what to expect. I'm curious of two things. At what point did they send your claim to a different regional office? Did you get the ratings that you were expecting? PS --if you're not working, be sure to file for TDIU & Social Security disability. I don't recall exactly, but I think my claim was moved from Oakland to Phoenix a couple of months after I filed it. When I first saw "Phoenix" appearing on eBenefits, I was a bit confused. I initially thought it was because I first enrolled in the VAHS in Phoenix back in '08. However, I now think it happened simply as part of the process of reallocating the Oakland RO's workload. Thanks for the tip on TDIU; I have been reading up on the topic. I have a request in to add 10% to my current 10% DM II rating because I was prescribed oral diabetes medication last month. I should probably wait for that to be approved before filing for TDIU. SSDI doesn't apply in my case because I am 65 and already drawing regular SS retirement benefits. About the rating %: I received more than I expected, quite honestly.