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  1. @lawbro my HLR just closed last Thursday (06FEB20). Got the BBE yesterday and to my surprise it called for a reduction in my overall combined rating. Just to give an update I was seeking EED for two different issues, one was resolved as I noted in my original post, the other they found a CUE and had to address it. So they did agree with me that I should have had an EED for the second issue. However the CUE was from the last C&P I had with that same issue I was asking for an EED, they had the C&P Nurse Practitioner go back in and change her findings and it wasn't good for me
  2. Yes, the early effective date was changed on one of my issues last week and Monday my back pay hit my bank account. I checked Ebenefits and it was changed from 1/30/2019 to 1/13/2016.
  3. Thanks, @Kuwaitin08 I will definitely be on the look out. Did you ever receive a letter explaining what the error was. I would think they would send that info out to keep us informed.
  4. Thanks @GeekySquid I felt like I was losing my mind for awhile just trying to get someone, anyone to look at the EED and see what I was seeing, so this was a big win for me. Looks like I may still be in for a uphill battle with the other EED but just to get one done made my day.
  5. I recently posted on here my confusion about appealing an EED to VBA or HLR. My VSO had me submit an appeal with a HLR. In case anyone is interested in how that process is going for me, here's where I'm at. Submitted HLR received August 7th HLR made decision September 19 (claim closed temporarily) VA identified an error September 19 Veterans Benefits Administration is correcting an error September 22 (New status) The HLR did make a change to one of my EED appeals (I have two that I'm claiming for a EED). HLR changed it from 1/30/2019 to 1/13/2016. Retro pay hit my account tod
  6. Thanks @MrPain7 and @GBArmy. MrPain7 yea also hope the 93 is right...the bilateral throws me off. I did the calculator that GBArmy suggestedand it was 91.8352%, so I'll just focus on this new claim see if I get rated for any of the conditions and go from there.
  7. I see I still have some work to do. @GeekySquid I have never been evaluated for TBI...not to bore you with the details but I was doing OPFOR exercise in Hohenfels Germany and hit my head on a deuce and half tailgate. The medic patched it up but being out there for over a month it didn't heal well. Once I got back to the rear and was able to see a doctor they said they needed to do surgery to clean it up, so I ended up with two scars. Side note: It wasn't easy walking about the Kaserne with a head gear profile. Usually I'd turn around and show them all the staples in my head an
  8. Thanks for all the answers, I appreciate all the advice. @GBArmy can you let me know how you got to 91.83%? I seem to confuse myself with doing the math especially with the bilateral ratings since I thought I was 93%.
  9. I need a little help with VA math, I'm trying to figure out what I need to get to 100%. I'm currently, I think 93%, rounded down and rated at 90%. Will the VA go off the 93% or will they go from the 90%? So my question is, what % will I need to get in order to get to 100%. I currently have a claim in for Cervical Spine with Radiculopathy, Dyspnea Shortness of Breath both secondary to Ankylosing Spondylitis and an increase for Eye Condition that's currenlty rated 0%. So I'm doing the what if scenario... Here is how I'm currently rated for the 90% 50% MH 50% Ankylosing S
  10. GeekySquid that is a scary statement "we work for the VA..." I think I'm going call and try to talk with the VSO at the VFW Monday to see if I can get a better feel for what their strategy is, at the same time I think I may need to take more control, just not sure how at this point.
  11. Thank you broncovet for your reply. My VSO does have VBMS access. I know this because after I brought up the issues with the first C&P exam compared to the second C&P exam, she pulled up that exam and found where the examiner marked: Ankylosis and check Favorable. Since they submitted a Higher Level Review and had me cancel the BVA claim I believe the evidence is in the file, other wise I don't understand why they would have choose that lane since it seems like that lane is not one that should be picked based on your answer. I believe I did see where I can still submit a
  12. Hello Vets. Long time reader, first time posting. I hope I can get some advice on my situation as many of you have helped me over the years without even knowing. Thank you! History - I submitted a claim January 19, 2016 for Increase to SC Ankylosing Spondylitis (Thoracolumbar) Rated at 20%, New Claim - Hip Pain secondary to Ankylosing Spondylitis and Leg Pain secondary ankylosing spondylitis. C&P March 11, 2016, Decision March 24, 2016. No increase for AS (20%) and denied for all secondary claims Filed NOD February 03, 2017 Opted in to RAMP July 27
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