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BuddyLoveAK last won the day on February 25 2018

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  1. From my experience in the legacy appeals it looks like the BVA is prioritizing RAMP over legacy. So if you go legacy it's going to take longer than usual.
  2. BuddyLoveAK

    Worth filing?

    Thanks Buck! It's been more than a year, but it's a new claim with a different condition than the original claim. So I'm hoping it'll be ok. I was under the impression that the VA is supposed to "help" you with your claim if you get the diagnosis wrong, instead of denying you right away. Like if you file for depression but it turns out you have PTSD they don't deny you because you put depression they just "help" by switching it over to PTSD. Vetquest, I'm trying to get my bipolar service connected. They discharged me with a personality disorder and later on I was diagnosed bipolar.
  3. Hi all, and thanks in advance for any input and advice! I'm considering filing a new claim but am not sure if it's worthwhile. While I was in-service I had chronic bronchitis. I just went through my medical records and they circled acute bronchitis every time except one, where they circled chronic. It lasted for like 9 months. After discharge my primary care physician told me I had significant scarring form the bronchitis and it caused me to have a lower than expected PFT, so I should file a claim, which I did. However, I put pneumonia down instead of bronchitis and they denied me right away saying I didn't have pneumonia. And I left it at that. Now I am having a harder and harder time breathing and have asthma. I had asthma when I was in elementary school but it went away when I was in middle school, and it appears to have come back some years ago. Anyways, is it worth filing for some kind of respiratory condition? I'm not sure what pulmonary scarring is called or if that's the cause or my asthma, and if my asthma was aggravated by service. I was exposed to chemicals once for several hours. My Sgt made me and my roommate mix bleach and ammonia and scrub the floors with hand brushes, which got us pretty sick. I'm not familiar with pulmonary issues, my claim I'm fighting for right now is mental health related. Thanks again and sorry if I rambled a bit.
  4. I didn't notice that. It must be a typo, too much of a coincidence I think.
  5. Yeah I noticed that. I originally noticed it on 1/22 and then after midnight I checked again and it changed to 1/23. So tomorrow it'll probably change again to 1/24...
  6. There's a lengthy discussion of this under a different thread. Apparently it happened to a lot of people, including me. I think it's some sort of glitch in their system. I sent IRIS an email asking about it and this was the response: Your file has been uploaded to an electronic filing system that allows multiple offices to access your file and develop your claims at the same time. According to the Board's database, the Department of Veterans' Affairs Regional Office transferred jurisdiction of your appeal to the Board on 1/23/18. After reviewing your appeal for readiness, the Board will, if appropriate, consider the appeal according to its place on the docket as required by law.
  7. Here's what IRIS sent me: "Your file has been uploaded to an electronic filing system that allows multiple offices to access your file and develop your claims at the same time. According to the Board's database, the Department of Veterans' Affairs Regional Office transferred jurisdiction of your appeal to the Board on 1/23/18. After reviewing your appeal for readiness, the Board will, if appropriate, consider the appeal according to its place on the docket as required by law."
  8. Mine says my appeal was closed today too. I sent IRIS an email about it. But I agree with Kelly, I think it might've been a glitch. My eBenefits doesn't show any change.
  9. I would recommend Eric Gang. He's been doing my BVA appeal and his team has been extremely helpful and thorough. Anytime I have a question my case manager has always been more than happy to answer it and they don't make me feel like a nuisance or an idiot. They've been very professional, I can't recommend them highly enough. https://www.veteransdisabilityinfo.com/attorneys.php?name=eric-gang
  10. Hi all, I just received a letter from the VA stating my appeal is officially on the docket and that I have 90 days to submit any new evidence. Does this mean my appeal is close to a decision? The VA received my Form 9 in July 2017 and I did not opt into RAMP. Thanks for helping me figure this out!
  11. I got a "decision soon" box on mine as well and I have 119,000 people in front of me. My attorney contracted a specialist for an IMO and in the letter he wrote there's a time limit and he has to have it by December 30. So maybe it's soon?
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
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