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  1. I just read the article from the link you attached. Looks like the effective date will be the date I filed my claim. Thanks for the info.
  2. My doctor basically put me on part time in July 2020 because of my SC disability and gave me a Nexus letter in August of this year to support TDIU. Other than that, that's it.
  3. I last worked on Oct 5th of 2020 and signed my TDIU form on Sept 28th, 2021.
  4. Hello everyone, I have a quick question concerning TDIU. My last employer terminated me because of my service-connected disability. If approved for TDIU, will the VA back pay me to the date that I signed the TDIU form and submitted my claim, or will they back pay me to the date that I put on the TDIU form that I last worked? My VSO initially told me that I would be paid from the date I last worked. Then on another day he told me that I would be paid from the date I submitted the claim. So I just want to get the correct answer. Thanks for any replies.
  5. Thank you for posting the video. Very informative, especially starting at 13:10.
  6. I feel for that veteran. That's exactly why I want to wait until my 20 year award anniversary. I don't want to take any chances. Thank you for your reply.
  7. Many thanks to everyone that replied. I feel much better about filing now and will post an update when it's over.
  8. Thank you for taking the time to reply. I appreciate the information and feel better about filing now.
  9. Thank you for the reply, and encouragement. I definitely have the documentation that my condition is worse and have all the Nexus letters I need for the secondary conditions I'm filing for. I was also just approved for SSDI based on my service connected condition. My friend just me out a little bit.
  10. Hello everyone, I'm getting ready to file, after 20 years, for secondary claims. I have waited 20 years because I wanted my current service-connected rating to be protected. I have anxiety and trust Issues, amongst other things, and wanted to go through the process knowing that my current rating was protected. Now I do know that the VA can reduce a rating after twenty years if they can prove fraud. Which is definitely not the case here. Can they also possibly reduce your rating if they initially rated you under the wrong code? Anyway, a friend of mine, that is also a service-connected veteran, told me that I'm crazy for wanting to file again and open up that "can of worms." He told me that he has heard of a good number of veterans, that were past the 20-year rule mark, getting reduced by the VA. Now I know that he had a very difficult time with the VA when he was going through the system back in the late 90's or early 2000's. He is also pretty paranoid. Especially when it comes to the VA. And admittedly, I have to say that I'm untrusting of the process as well. Which is why I've waited 20 years. My biggest fear by far is getting reduced below 50% (I'm at 70% now). If that happens I'll lose my concurrent receipt, which would be financially devastating for me. My heart is already pounding! For my own peace of mind, has anyone ever heard of, or have first-hand knowledge of, the VA not adhering to the 20-year rule and reducing a rating? Thanks to all that respond. Much appreciated!
  11. Thank you for the info. The SSA did label my back condition as "severe" and said it is unlikely my condition would ever improve. So they disabled me on that, which is my main VA disability.
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