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LanceJoseph

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About LanceJoseph

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    E-4 Petty Officer 3rd Class

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  • Service Connected Disability
    90%
  • Branch of Service
    USMC
  • Hobby
    Long range shooting

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  1. Yup Matt, Seems to be finalized. You're in the same boat as me in regards to waiting for a decision letter. I'm assuming you are a retiree which can make a difference in timeline with any back pay you have coming. Congrats again!
  2. Matt, I agree with Berta that it could delay and also could not delay an award letter but depending on the rest of your disabilities you could be eligible for a statutory SMC rating, 100+60%. If you one disability is rated at 100% and the rest of the SC Disabilities reach a 60% you reach another tier which is an SMC rating. Not knowing the full range of what you are service connected for I cant say but stay strong and try to be patient.
  3. LanceJoseph

    TDIU vs Scheduler

    I would imagine at that point the TDIU would be considered MOOT and the Schedular rating would take its place, If your TDIU is considered P&T I would assume that your new rating would be as well ( this relies heavily on the possibility of improvment) . As for a simple transfer back to TDIU if conditions improve I can answer that. As we know how the VA works, nothing is ever smooth or fast.
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    A Win? still have questions

    Absolutely Allan, I tend to lurk around here and give my input whenever I feel it can be helpful. I will keep this thread updated with dates and any extra info I have.
  5. LanceJoseph

    A Win? still have questions

    Thanks for the reminder Allan, and I am considering going to the CAV with my lumbar and knees based on flare ups, I listened to the podcast on here that mentioned increases on the basis of multiple flare up, don't have the exact citation near me but i'm considering it.
  6. LanceJoseph

    A Win? still have questions

    Thanks so much Berta! I'm being patient and waiting for that final decision letter, Even now I refuse to get my hopes up, still skeptical to a point ha
  7. LanceJoseph

    A Win? still have questions

    I'm not sure if anyone is following this post anymore but I would like to give a huge shout out to all of you that have helped me along the way and the entire hadit team, Berta, Allan, Broncovet, Buck and many others. Also those that put up with my inability to understand how forums work. I woke up today and against my better judgement checked E-benefits and found this! SMC-S w/ TDIU with an EED that is a day after my date of discharge. Its been a 7 year uphill battle but I can finally focus on getting my life back together. Thank you all so very much for your support, kind words, and advice. This truly wouldn't have been possible without your support and I cant wait to be able to pay it forward!
  8. So I recently received a BVA award for TDIU and SMC S, I received the BVA letter on DEC 1st 2017, My ebenefits page updated yesterday Jan 31st 2018 , which is when the RO sent out the decision letter. So for me its been 2 months for them to send out a decision letter. I was told by many on here that I would likely see my retro before my letter but Im sure it doesn't always work out that way. Below is what you should keep an eye out for on ebenefits, I usually checked my "disabilities tab" or my AB8 Letter. Note that the below image is how I found my effective date. Hope this helps, make sure you have your direct deposit set up and also I set up my bank account to message me when any funds are added. Congrats!
  9. LanceJoseph

    100% P&T..... finally

    Congrats !!
  10. Hey Berta & Buck, I have checked my C-file and I don't see anything that resembles the letter & other papers I sent them regarding this issue. I really felt like I took the correct steps in this matter and I guess I simply didn't go far enough to cover myself. My VSO pretty much said they wont release my retro until the dependent claim is settled, and when it is they will most likely just take out what they feel I owe them and then I will be able to appeal to get it back. The retro from the BVA grant is in the realm of 120k but was told that I shouldn't expect any movement on it for at least the next 6 months due to this dependent claim. Feels like even when I win at the VA they are going to make it so painful that it wont feel like a win at all ha.
  11. Spoke to peggy today to inquire how my dependent overpayment claim was going to effect my BVA award, I was pretty much told no retro payments would likely be paid out until the dependent claim was settled, So in essence they are holding my award hostage? I do have copies of the letter and divorce papers I sent to my RO in 2011 but was told without a receipt of postage they won't amount to much. My question is how should I proceed? Is this legal? I keep reading about people calling the whitehouse number and getting results but I feel as though many other veterans have much more pressing matters than my situation. Any thoughts?
  12. Bronco was right on the money here, follow those four steps and you should have a decent chance.
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    A Win? still have questions

    Spoke to peggy today to inquire how my dependent overpayment claim was going to effect my BVA award, I was pretty much told no retro payments would likely be paid out until the dependent claim was settled, So in essence they are holding my award hostage? I do have copies of the letter and divorce papers I sent to my RO in 2011 but was told without a receipt of postage they won't amount to much. My question is how should I proceed? Is this legal? I keep reading about people calling the whitehouse number and getting results but I feel as though many other veterans have much more pressing matters than my situation. Any thoughts?
  14. LanceJoseph

    Hardship Case

    Hey Kevin, I have gone through this process and to be honest It started at a C&P exam when my examiner found out I was living in a storage unit, I was immediately sent to a counselor that had a roof over my head and my service pup within hours (a shelter). I was also sent to a DAV rep that filed for my hardship and also added information from my examiner to expedite the process. I hope you get things figured out, stay strong and hang in there
  15. Hey all, just wanted to share an email I received this morning, Still collecting some information on this program. Going to be making some calls throughout the day and see what I can find out. Hoping maybe this can give some other options for some people looking to file new claims. It seems that a claim that supposedly can be decided on in 30 days or less would need alot of preparation before hand such as an IMO, I don't see how they can schedule a C&P if they cant get me a dental appointment close than two months out. If you have any extra info on this feel free to share! thanks all and have a great day!
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