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MikeHunt last won the day on February 18 2017

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  1. I'm nor even sure what you're asking. I stopped reading when you brought up the fact soldiers wear combat boots. So would most VSRs. And i really wouldn't blame them. Write only the absolute, bare minimum. Also remember, anything you say, can and will be used against you.
  2. Date of claim, unless there's a whole lotta something missing. Are you saying they used C&P exam date as effective date???
  3. At our RO, they said again and again that a parachutists badge was "Almost a Presumptive" for lower extremity injuries. Thanks Berta, that's probably where their statement originated. They must consider buddy statements.
  4. eBenefits is more harm than good. The only thing it's really useful for is to see if they've uploaded a 'Development' letter, but not sent it. You can go to your VSO (Legion, VFW, DAV, etc) and see what she wrote.
  5. Doesn't matter. Claims are worked by date- Like so many other things, FDC has just become a bureaucratic term. The VSR gets in trouble if they don't exclude you for about a dozen reasons- there's also a little box that needs to be checked/unchecked, but it's just busywork. Maybe most all of its busywork, really
  6. Thanks, so the veteran can 'drive' this- Have a plan ready so it's EZ for the counselor to stamp approved. Thanks again, just what I needed to hear.
  7. Sorry- RFD is 'Ready For Decision' in the VAs system. The VSR marks your claim RFD when it's complete in the 'pre' decision stage- It then goes to the rater. IF everything is in order- You have a good DBQ, and a good IMO, and all the other items are in order- Service Treatment Records (STRs), your DD-214s, etc, then it can simply be rated. Sounds to me like it is- IF I followed correctly. IF so, just ask it to be rated directly. Write 'Please mark RFD'
  8. Evidently not a lot of voc-rehab experience?
  9. This- submit everything, but definitely do this. Make it so the VSR can instantly justify moving claim along- slam-dunk. If you have complete DBQs w medical opinion (IMO) be even more brief; "All documents complete for decision; please mark RFD" There's zero difference in FDC and non FDC claim processing. All claims use exactly same procedure. If something's left out, or they have to develop for STRs- in either case- it might take forever.
  10. Sounds like the fraternal post was closed, not the VSO.
  11. Yikes! I'd say you have nothing to lose by submitting ASAP! They'd have to refute your physician's, especially if the VA exam was mentioned in the IMO
  12. I was wondering if people had experience getting Voc-Rehab to pay for a masters. I'm interested in online, or mostly online programs. Any experience on your visit to Voc-Rehab office? And, I have CH33 at 50%. Would I get full BAH? Thanks in advance!!
  13. Well- actually they just need your word- I did dependency before they sent me to challenge- Tell them divorce date, and include date any stepchildren moved out- You can still get dependency for any you are supporting- you need to read the M21 as it's too complex to explain here. People hate working dependency, love to 'develop'so they can't get in trouble for making a decision, - look back to find inconsistencies- So: Be absolutely clear, accurate and succinct on anything you provide. Just the facts ma'am. we had one authorizer who literally denied every single claim.
  14. Persistence pays off.

    Wow! Good for you!