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flores97 last won the day on March 10 2018

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  • Birthday 07/07/1976

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    North Carolina
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    cooking,spending time with my children(5), helping other veterans, classic cars

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  1. Thank you Vync, I'll be posting as much as I can, I hope everything is going good for you as well!
  2. 11cvolley, if ebenefits is showing that they have determined the lawyer fee then yes, it is likely you'll receive your backpay before December, I would think in the next couple of weeks. Most often when I've received the lawyer fee notification I have received my retro within 2 to 3 weeks after the letter, often before I receive the BBE (big brown envelope with complete rating decision). Good luck to you as well
  3. TaborsDad, I agree with Ms Berta, I would call the WH Hotline and let them know what happened to have a record of it. I know that you also called the VA to have it noted on your claim but it doesn't hurt to have a backup plan. If you don't want to call the Hotline at the very least I would contact your local congressperson and tell them what happened. They will have you fill out a privacy form, and they WILL follow up on it. That should help keep QTC honest, by any chance do you remember the name of the manager from QTC that called you, or have her phone number? Make sure to include that when you tell whomever you choose to contact what happened, and don't lose the name and number if you still have them. Good Luck to you
  4. Dabimmerman, that c&p exam looks extremely promising. I don't want to overstate the rating % but if you look up the rating criteria for MDD (or any VA mental health rating), the statement the examiner selected " occupational and social impairment with deficiencies in most areas such as work, school, family relations, ....etc", that is an 70% rating. It's possible that it could be higher, but if would say definitely 70% at the minimum.
  5. Thanks Buck52 and Orthopa02! This past year and a half has not been fun, but I'm still here and ready to move forward with my life. Buck, you're absolutely right, getting the p&t was a huge stress reliever because it sure helped my kids with their college educations through the chapter 35 program, and possibly kept my hair from turning grey at the thought of having 3 kids in college at one time, lol.
  6. It's been a year and some change since the last time I posted and I thought about this site almost every day. I'm still 100% p%t smc s, and not sure if I posted it but I was awarded SSDI about 5 months after the VA grant for 100% p&t. My health has fluctuated and been the major issue and reason I haven't posted in so long but it's stabilized hopefully so I intend to post as much as possible. Bronco and Buck, I especially missed you guys and I hope everyone and their families are doing well.
  7. Congratulations pwrslm!!
  8. I have learned a lot from this site thanks to all who reply. I have a few questions though. In May 2016 i was awarded 70% rating for ptsd and mdd, 10% for tinnitus. I get paid at 70% rating. In Dec. 2016 i filed an appeal for increase and tdiu. In may of 2017 i attempted suicide twice and was committed to the VA for a week each time. At that time i had to resign for medical reasons as the va doc said i needed to take some time off.  Now March 2017 last week seven days ago, my appeal moved form NOD to SOC, a day later it showed my form 9 has been received although i have filed my form 9 yet as i have not even received my SOC yet. Now , all at the same time a new claim was opened not by myself or my lawyer but by the VA a new claim was opened for TDIU (increase) and it also states PTSD (REOPEN). So why would the VA open a new claim after sending my SOC? And could it have anything to do with a partial grant ? Any thoughts on this would help. The New claim has just moved from review to gathering of evidence and asking for a form from my last employer, i still have not got the SOC in the mail yet, Please respond. Thanks. 

  9. Gastone, thanks but I believe Nick2021 is the veteran that was denied, I'm currently at 100%p&t housebound on my ratings. Nick2021, Gastone brought up a great point, if they did not consider your IMO and you have proof that you submitted it, such as registered return receipt, that definitely sounds like a cue. I also apologize for being absent for so long, I've really been struggling with my health.
  10. His email hasn't changed to my knowledge, it's the same as the one I posted earlier in this post, they probably removed it from the site but it still works. Good luck to you
  11. I agree with Hamslice, when I completed the form for my daughter, she was still in HS as well and I did give the name of her high school, as well I submitted I believe the fall schedule for the college she was starting once completing hs and her beginning/ending term dates for both hs and college. You could also include a statement explaining that she is graduating her hs this year and will be enrolling in college after graduating high school. Like Hamslice said, you want to submit the form ASAP.
  12. Vlobo, I believe that the statement showing on your ebenefits might just be a standard response, as I was recently awarded 100%p&t on a NOD I submitted. I had the exact same statement show up and was very concerned because I felt the decision was fair and went back far enough on EED. When I called the 1-800 number I was told that although Ebennies said they received a form 9, they had not and I had 60 days to submit one if I wanted. So you definitely need to submit your appeal as soon as possible, with a new IMO if at all possible, good luck to you
  13. Page1006, congratulations again and it's terrific that you and your son have champva and chapter 35 benefits! I wish you and your family the very best, I'm not certain about the 10 point preference, I would recommend calling the 1-800-827-1000 number and asking, just not sure, again congratulations.
  14. Absolutely armorer and congratulations on your 100% rating as well
  15. RAN, when you are found to be p&t it will say no future examinations scheduled, the award letter will also say dependents eligible for education benefits from date xxxx. Also, when you log onto ebenefits and go to manage, then click on documents and records, then select VA letters, and click on benefit verification it will also tell you if you are considered p&t. Yes, there is a specific form you need to submit for IU, I called the 1-800-827-1000 number and asked for the IU package to be mailed to me to complete. Make sure if your requesting IU that you also get the prior employers form completed as well, it should be included in the packet mailed to you. When my prior employer told me they were not allowed to complete the form, I filled it out myself as accurately as possible, and I also included my last pay stub showing all of the sick hours I had used, as well I submitted a statement in support of claim explaining that I had to complete the form myself, and I made sure to state"Under penalty of perjury I declare all information to be true and accurate to the best of my knowledge." It also helps tremendously if you are found to be unemployable by Vocational Rehab, as well I had statements from my VA doctors stating that I am totally disabled. Good luck to you.
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