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BuddyLoveAK last won the day on February 25

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  1. You can submit a question with IRIS here: https://iris.custhelp.com/app/ask/session/L3RpbWUvMTMzNTM1NTAyOC9zaWQvdmE2Q0R3V2s%3D And you can check and see what month/year they're working on here: https://www.bva.va.gov/CustomerService.asp
  2. Here's the statement of the case. It says no nexus could be found, so I'm assuming that means I need a better IMO? Can any of you experienced people let me know if any of the stuff the RO said is BS? Scan 2018-3-2 14.04.49.pdf Scan 2018-3-2 14.05.46.pdf
  3. I'm sure others will be able to find better info, but here's a couple things I found with a quick search. Here's the form they'll be using to evaluate your ankle: https://www.benefits.va.gov/warms/bookc.asp
  4. My C file took 7 months total after mailing it in, from April to November. It was on a CD.
  5. quahn, It's impossible to say with any certainty, especially because of the new system they're putting in place. My form 9 was submitted in July 2017, so ours are pretty close. I've been estimating mine will take about another 3 years ballpark. Have you had your hearing yet?
  6. It depends on where you're located. Each place is different. Here in Anchorage, AK it took about 3 months for my initial application to get decided.
  7. My docket number is 1736197A. I was curious what the numbers meant too. I don't think the 3rd and 4th letters represent the month though since mine are 36. My form 9 was received by the BVA on July 31, 2017.
  8. Permanent and total means you don't have to have any reevaluations in the future and they can't lower your rating. Plus you get the ID, no property taxes, and some other stuff. Have you applied for SSDI?
  9. I'm going through a similar situation myself. I was intentionally misdiagnosed with borderline personality disorder instead of bipolar disorder in order to deny me benefits and now I'm trying to get that fixed. I contacted Eric Gang, he's based out of New Jersey but he helps vets nationwide. He has successfully represented vets in the past who were misdiagnosed with personality disorders so I decided to go with him. So far he and his team have been very helpful. They answer all my questions and are patient whenever I contact them. His website has a lot of good info on it too. I'd recommend giving him a call, just google his name and it'll pop right up. Good luck and hang in there!
  10. I just used IRIS earlier this month and it took about two weeks for a response.
  11. Probably another year or two. It's hard to say since they just passed the RAMP.
  12. I don't recommend being a truck driver. I tried that and it was high stress. I don't have PTSD, but I have severe bipolar with psychotic features and have panic attacks, so I share some of the same symptoms and limitations as PTSD. I'm trying to teach myself computer programming/web developer with the hopes of working from home one day. I don't know if I could handle any other type of job. If you're interested let me know and I'll tell you what websites I'm using. Good luck.
  13. I'm going to try to get an upgraded discharge as well from a general to an honorable. They discharged me with a personality disorder, but the VA docs now say it's bipolar and I was having a manic episode while in service and that was what was wrong with me all along. I never once got into any trouble, so I'm hoping I have a shot. I have an attorney working on my disability appeal, will I have to pay him separate to help me with the discharge upgrade? What's the difference between an administrative discharge and a medical discharge with regards to benefits?
  14. My attorney just got my 4k page c-file a month ago, so I think it'll be a while before he works his way through it all. But at our initial conversation he said he was going to get an IMO and possibly a voc evaluation. The IMOs I submitted weren't written by the recommended guidelines so none of the key words and phrases were in it. I was really depressed at the time and talked about suicide with him a few times, so I'm sure he can describe some of the depressive symptoms he saw. I don't have PTSD, just bipolar, depression, and anxiety diagnoses.