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  1. Yes, once the retro comes in I will make a donation.
  2. I didn't get the letter yet. I forgot about the cola increase. Thanks that make sense now.
  3. I finally made it to the magic number. One question though. Why would the effective date of change to current award be December 01, 2019 and the effective date of P&T be October 10, 2019? My recent claims that put me over to the 100 P&T are dated effective October 10, 2019. I'm not understanding where December comes into the equation.
  4. So I agree with some of the advise of not checking ebenefits to often or trusting the information. However I will share my experience that seems very similar to others descriptions. My claim went to "preparing for notification" in the morning. By evening the pending claims and letters had updated. Hope this is helpful. Again not absolute so there might still be different experiences out there.
  5. broncovet, I am not the best at understanding(work in progress) effective dates. I thought it was when you put the application in or if there was a mistake. I put an request for SC or increase for April of this year and one of the supporting documents such as x-rays shows that the condition was present 1 year earlier than this date. Using the date of the x-ray for this example. Is this earlier date the possible effective date?
  6. Congrats! By maximum do you mean you are over the top to 100?
  7. I have a claim in for an increase to 4 already SC psoriatic arthritis conditions that was supposedly(still waiting for the letter) decided. Status changed on one of my pending new claims. 1. The claims were decided and I am waiting for a decision letter and can not get a strait answer when I call. I moved on for the moment on this problem. 2. I next put in for several new service connections for other joints. I submitted x-ray evidence for these. 3. My question here: Why would one of my new pending claims change from new to inc? This condition(left hand) is not currentl
  8. So after looking around still nothing on this guy. I have his name and google returned the court case which appears to be outside the VA court system. I think it was some sort of lawsuit that was dismissed. His name is listed in my C&P and the VA confirms he is a doctor over the phone but could not provide his specialty. It seems the VA will let you look up a doctor that provides treatment which I have found actually works. I forget the exact site but is a VA website and even tells you where they went to school. It seems C&P examiners are off limits to background research a
  9. I would actually be ok with them combining these claims. The reason being is that it seems they went back to the earlier date. I just can not believe they did this as it seems it would have taken a human to take some extra steps and I did not ask them to do this. I always thought the VA is just a bunch of drones going through a process. Kind of like the answers I have been getting when I call. They just keep telling me a decision has been made and a letter has been sent yet it has not arrived.
  10. I understand the feeling about ebenifits and to not trust what it says. This is a new issue I think bizarrely effected my claim. 1. 4/19/2019 I filed for an increase in current SC conditions. 2. 8/3/2019 I go to a C&P for this claim. I had to go back again 3 weeks later if forget the exact date because something was not done correctly at the first C&P. 3. 10/10/2019 I filled out an intent to file on ebenifits. I did not do anything with the application other than start the app with no other information filled out. It showed up in ebenifits. 4. 10/15/2019 my
  11. Going on 9 days now. I am wondering if there is a RO in the Pacific(my letter must be on a sailing ship)? I'm on the east coast. Unless the letter is stuck int he mail room somewhere a letter does not take more than a week to transit the US. Postal Service while a Government sponsored private company is sometimes not the best, they get letters to where they need to go in a timely fashion. There is no way a letter supposedly mailed on the 17th of October has not arrived anywhere on the country by now. There has to be a few days of delay before a decision letter leaves a VA RO.
  12. I hope you get compensated for what you have found. Perhaps breaking this down into the specific case law history would help. This seems like an "inferred" issue that I am currently researching. Inferred(additional finding) vs informal(you asking by means other than the appropriate form). Informal claims have seen a change and basic elimination. My take, and like I said I am still researching case law. An inferred issues which still exists and further has been explained(feb 2019) in more detail by the VA, also raise the situation of the VA developing the claim in a sympathetic
  13. Thanks for the tips. Its weird how I can staff from the treatment side of the VA but the C&P is like looking up a secret agent. I have the name of the doctor but I was trying to find their specialty and training which you can get from the VA site on treatment doctors. It tells their schooling. C&P staff is a blackhole. Probably go to have to try the request.
  14. I have had no success in looking up a C&P examiner. I used the VA site and nothing. I just had an exam a few weeks ago so I'm pretty sure he still works there. He has been there for at least 10 years that I know of. I'm not sure if he's a full-time employee. I have seen him in 2 different VA hospitals for C&P exams. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to look up this guy? To see his credentials or anything for that matter. He's a ghost. The only mention I have found of this guy is a court case outside of the VA system. Needless to say something seems not right abo
  15. Would it not be assumed the veteran is seeking benefits and not treatment if the exam is for a C&P? I had something like this happen and I'm still working on it. The exam in question for me was a VA requested future exam. Kinda like the "don't poke the bear" if you got something theory of which I don't believe in. Only this time for me it was the VA that poked themselves with identifying a new joint from an already SC arthritis condition. I'm not well versed in this area but I hope others are able to help you understand if there are open issues with this. I think some V
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