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  1. This will be a very informative show on the grimm subject of Diabetes. We may also have a special guest or two to assist. Basser View the full article
  2. This will be a very informative show on the grimm subject of Diabetes. We may also have a special guest or two to assist. Basser View the full article
  3. This will be a very informative show on the grimm subject of Diabetes. We may also have a special guest or two to assist. Basser View the full article
  4. Sorry, I couldn't post under j basser Hadti Blog talk radio show for Sunday Oct 9th at 7:00pm 6:00 PM Central time(for some unknown reason) so I made my own post here. This is a good Case Ms berta put up for the hadit blog talk radio show Sunday evening Oct 7:00 pm eastern 6:00 pm Central time about Diabetes II & A.O. Presumption claims. Veterans need to read this case/docket it has some good points and some 38 CFR's That could be very beneficial to them in the future...take read this and write those 38 CFR' Down you be glad you did. http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp14/Files3/1422344.txt I wanted to know this ? since it takes years for this diabetes II to manifest in some veterans that were exposed to the A.O. ...while in Vietnam years ago. My question is is it possible that the Vietnam Veteran can transmit this disease II to his children and later his children come down with Diabetes II or Peripheral Neuropathy. When in the family's blood line no other family members has this Disease
  5. Don't miss this special show. Diabetes is a debilitating disease as it is the worst disease a veteran can have. It causes blindness, loss of limbs, neurological issues, and eventually loss of life, usually from Kidney failure or insulin level drops too low to recover. Alex Graham, aka Asknod will deliver his findings on this issue. Do not miss this one. If you have questions, the all in number is 347 237 4819. Follow this link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2016/10/09/haditcom-blog-talk-radio-show-diabetes-special-with-john-jerrel-and-alex
  6. I have got to post that a recent C&P Exam at the Washington DC VA Medical Center was absolutely delightful ! Not what I was anticipating! Took my brother in for Diabetes Type II (presumptive for Vietnam / Agent Orange Exposure) C&P exam . First the doctor called at 8 am and said he wasn't busy - come on in anytime. Waited 2 minutes in the lobby and then he allowed me to accompany my brother back. Asked a few questions and even said, "if he gets any heart issues to be sure to file another claim". Wow. Now we had just had a physical performed by his VA primary care physician a few days earlier and blood tests were back for high A1C, and his primary had noted on his VA medical record that he had Diabetes 2 so I guess this was a no-brainer for the C&P examiner and non-debatable. The appointment was less than 10 minutes. So now we wait for the disability rating. But I can say that since he was enrolled at the DC Medical Center, all of the care he has received there has been quickly scheduled / handled smoothly / and extremely thorough. Everyone we've come into contact there has been very polite and accommodating. This includes a physical, blood work, two EKG's, cardio referral, and now this C&P exam. In light of the negative reputation for VA medical - thought I would share this pleasant experience. Hope it continues.
  7. I was adjudicated for 20 per cent lower leg neuropathy in may, 2016. Today I found out from my Dr following a painful EMG that I have both upper and lower leg neuropathy. How do i add this to my previous claim? Is it a new claim. I have a claim pending to address an earlier diabetes onset and an audit of benefits I feel were not addressed in the may decision
  8. My husband has had diabetes diagnosised in 2001. In 2008 he found out he had heart valve problems. He filed secondary service connected to diabetes. Boots on ground in Vietnam. They denied the claim. Said it was not related to diabetes. In 2013 he had to have that valve replaced and they found coronary artery disease. We filed that claim. Approved it 60%. But what should the date of benefit start. And we did not get the 100% for thr three months.
  9. Ok my husband has Ann appeal in since11/12 for chronic renal failure secondary to diabetes. There is a new claim in ebenifits, which we did not do. It is saying for cornary heart disease RFE. I'm assuming that means renal failur evaluation. So I'm assuming again they are going to try and approve it asso with the heart disease. We put in for the heart disease 7/14. He was diagnosed with diabetic nephropathy by his private nephrologist. What are they trying to do? The appeal is still up. We have not gotten anything from them. No docket no etc. but he would loose a lot of back pay is what I'm thinking. Any thoughts ? From anyone.
  10. I need a little help here. I was prescribed 600 mg Ibuprofen for back and knee pain, due to taking the prescription I now have a kidney problem that can be treated but not cured and while taking these medications for my kidney problem I now have diabetes. One doctor wrote that the kidney problem are likely due to the ibuprofen use and for the diabetes that islikely due to the steroids they have me on. My question is . Can I file a claim on these and if so. How due I do it? Secondary or something different?
  11. I had wrote a very long post previously but it did not send. To summarize I am a dependent and the son of two veterans my mother who is a disabled Veteran and my father who is a Veteran that had finished honorably. When I was 14 my father was diagnosed with kidney failure do to high blood pressure, and it quickly progressed to end stage kidney disease. I took care of my father the best I could given the circumstances He got a bit of disability and was put on government healthcare I was in charge for all his health related care and taking care of him which I did so I got some benefits from my mothers disability as a dependent which helped us scrape by throughout the years over and over again the insurance would request that he applied for VA health care because of his status income and inability to work originally he was told that he did not qualify when we went up to the office because he did not have a preexisting condition while enlisted we stated that he developed high blood pressure during which was the cause of his kidney failure now. He was even hospitalized when it was discovered despite this the man stated he did not qualify no matter how many times we told the insurance this they would stop his medical and state that he had to apply over and over again we took the form to the office throughout the years which they just pulled up the file from before we told them they said they had to sign something stating he didn't qualify this went on for a long time. When I turned 18 i decided to go to school via my education benefits on my mothers side. Everything was fine until my fathers health took another turn for the worst he was diagnosed with type two diabetes do to his home dialysis machine malfunctioning and pumping more of the l liquid that was highly glucose based into his body only draining half before pumping again while he slept. We found out the nurses were aware of this problem and even told the company but they did nothing. This was until people started to complain. I had to stop school to take care of him now that his health had gotten worst and the company not returning my calls and said they would not talk to us without an attorney. I had told both the school and the local VA office that I had to stop going the VA office told me I had to feel out a form and due to the fact that it was an emergency I would not be charged because of my failure to complete and or attend classes I filled out the form that same day they sent it to my local regional office and I focused all my time taking care of him and trying to get a pro Bono lawyer to handle the case. I had contacted every single pro Bono and non profit lawyer in Arizona none of them wanted to take on the case despite us having proof from a log we kept from the machine backing up our claims. I tried this up until my father got a transplant in 2015 in the mean time I started to receive letters from the VA stating that I owed them because I did not attend the classes and or failed. I contacted the VA who told me that had no such file I contacted the school who told me they did not work for the VA although they were a VA office and said that they sent it. I contacted the VA every chance I got while dealing with my fathers issues and his insurance constantly screwing things up. Until I got a letter stating if I did not repay or get on a payment plan I would be noted as an unpaid debt sent off into collections and I would lose all future educational benefits in the future. I tried again and again to get this resolved until I finally got to someone who knew who to send me to. They transferred me to some guy who I told him what had happened at first he told me I had to either get on a payment plan or lose my benefits at this point i was upset and I am a pretty calm guy. He than reluctantly said if I got a note from my fathers doctor and or his head dialysis nurse about his condition he would put it in the system and it would be as good as solved. He gave me a fax and said I had 7 days I got the letter from both within 3 and faxed it to him several times. I had contacted him afterwards letting him know that I had faxed it but didn't get a reply but having dealt with the via for so long in this case wasn't that strange I was told after I had sent him the letter to look out for something in the mail. He was also meant to email me a few weeks past and I no longer got any lettings from the VA about the bills but I started getting some from the school I told them the situation and they said they would contact the VA and get back to me never happened. I ended up getting one final letter stating that I failed to make a payment and my education benefits would be halted and the bill would be sent to collections this made me so angry not just the VA the system itself insurance and all I called the VA knowing very well it was to late simply to vent my frustrations of course there was nothing that could be done and I was told there was nothing they could do I took what my dad told me and the fact that there was nothing that could be done right now. He was positive and regretted me having to take care of him which I love my father for he stood tall no matter what happened. Moving on and not being able to get any lawyer because they figured despite what we had it wouldn't be worth fighting a giant medical firm pro bono and most who were interested didn't even read my inquiry and assumed it was concerning a recall for the same device and not a new malfunction. The nurses who knew about this told my father when he was reporting issues previously before getting diagnosed they were aware but the company would not allow the techs to alter it they even knew how to fix it. But they didn't say it was dangerous eventually my father had to be taken via ambulance to the hospital and they told him his blood sugar was almost at lethal rates this was the only time my father had gotten upset about a medical problem only because he had no control over this one and he knew it could have been prevented and that lasted for one day and he went back to accepting it. I continued looking for lawyers up until he got his transplant at the end of 2015 thanks to a great doctor on the transplant bored of mayo clinic who heard from a social worker about my father. He was put on the transplant list right away and at the top because of the length of time he was on the list. This was the best news in years aside from the insurance once again messing up as he was doing to testing that was required before than. It is only because of the great people on the mayo clinic transplant team that talked to the insurance to fix the problems we couldn't that it got approved of course they also requested that we go back to the VA again and once again they said he did not qualify. We got him approved for the transplant and despite some other hiccups with the insurance refusing to cover his crazy high kidney medication which he needed so his body wouldn't reject it. Once again thank you mayo clinic for footing that bill. He got the transplant and as soon as he could work he did Me and my brothers and sisters who were in California put what we had together to get my father a car which he used to start work. He is still disabled but is doing much better. Today was the first day I could get time to request info about getting my educational benefits back I had talked to someone about getting it back and along the line my father being a Veteran popped up and she asked if I got my benefits from him I stated no he did not have any benefits which we talked for a bit I stated that we had his dd214 with honorable discharge and he didn't qualify for any medical because he didn't have any preexisting conditions while he was in which I told her that I told them about the high blood pressure the cause of his kidneys shutting down and how he even got cancer on his kidneys. She mentioned that he should of been entitled if not they should have looked into it because of the high blood pressure instead the guy took the form signed it for the insurance marked are reason for visit in the system and said he got nothing. This made me think I am not after anything and I wont fight it if he wasn't entitled I will fight for my education given the circumstances but I would be so upset to think that he could of had VA medical or other benefits this whole time but was told no over and over again. Like I said personally I dont know but I wanted the opinion of others on the subject on what I should do I dont even care that my credit got ruined because of the VA and the school thing having my father healthy after beating so many things I am proud of my father regardless but the only reason I am fighting for my education is because my father told me that I should. Sorry, for the long read for anyone that managed to read all that I has not planned on it being that long but this was my first chance to vent having my father recover enough to do things on his own up until recently. I know there are tons of stories about falling through the system and injustice so on and so on my real question is should i fight for any possible benefits for my father. I dont want to go through another long battle if the lady was wrong and the people at the local office was right. But having filed to get a lawyer and not being able to help my father aside from taking care of him. I now have to fight Arizona and request my certificate of birth Abroad so Arizona will recognize me as a us citizen because of a immigration law that was passed and being born overseas in England because of a military family and despite having duel citizenship I am getting a bit tired of falling through the cracks and want my father to get what he deserves if he does deserve it. I had talked to my father recently and we do know that he qualify for a home loan from the VA potentially we need to provide some kind of point sheet requirement. If i have to request that stuff for him I might as well do the same for any possible benefits. Will the VA fight us on this despite him being hospitalized with high blood pressure while in service and tested before joining? If so and you think we wont win I dont want to drag my father through another battle for a slim chance he is working and rebuilding his credit to try and get a home regardless so he is fine but he said he doesn't know what the VA would do. Thanks for any and all feedback like i said this is mainly an inquire for if I Should fight for anything he should of have.
  12. going for a c & p exam for type 1 diabetes fully documented by VA what kind of questions will I encounter
  13. any ideas on where I would go to get some help submitting this claim? On the latest paperwork I got from my doc it does statethat the diabetes is likely caused by the steroid use.
  14. Please, welcome new VET2VET podcast episode: https://youtu.be/9paX1-FyCaI Today we’re talking about SERVICE CONNECTION. When we talk about service-connecting a medical condition, disease, injury or illness to military service, we are talking about proving the relationship between the two. 1) Direct Service Connection 2) Service Connection by Aggravation 3) Presumptive Service Connection 4) Secondary Service Connection 5) Service Connection due to Injury Caused by Treatment in the VA Healthcare System 6) Special Service Connection Rules for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ★ JOIN US IN OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU AND OUR FELLOW VETERANS ★ ▶ facebook.com/VETOVET2 ▶ itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/vet2vet/id1077206523?mt=2 ▶ twitter.com/VETOVET2 ▶ youtube.com/c/VETOVET2 ▶ plus.google.com/u/0/+VETOVET2 ▶ goo.gl/app/playmusic?ibi=com.google.PlayMusic&isi=691797987&ius=googleplaymusic&link=https://play.google.com/music/m/Iiqawbuzg7eviiyqm6xz7kju62m?t%3DVET2VET ▶ feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:198832065/sounds.rss ▶ soundcloud.com/vet2vet ▶ stitcher.com/s?fid=80842&refid=stpr ★ LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE ★ THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THE VET2VET MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. VET2VET MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES OF THE CONTENT AT ANY TIME. ADVICE RECEIVED VIA VET2VET SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON FOR PERSONAL, MEDICAL, LEGAL OR FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL FOR SPECIFIC ADVICE TAILORED TO YOUR SITUATION. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF VET2VET, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE CONSULTING VET2VET.
  15. Hello, I am starting a new topic, unfortunately I had hijacked another veterans. My apologies for that. I was discharged from the US Navy in August 1995 for having contracted Type I Diabetes. I was provided a severance check from the Navy. I submitted for VA education benefits and VA disability compensation in Charleston, SC. I was awarded the education benefits and enrolled in school. I lost my job, and we had to move to NC for another position. I went to the VA in Winston-Salem to apply for education benefits and disability compensation. I was denied the education benefits since I now had a job. Thanks VA! I never heard back from the VA on the compensation. I applied again later in Georgia, but never received any response from that either. Frankly, I gave up in disgust wondering how such an organization could do these things to our Veterans and get away with it for decades. in 2010, I decided to reapply for disability benefits. I had diabetes for 15 years, and was wanting to have this settled so my wife wouldn't have to deal with it after I was gone. I received a phone call for a Compensation hearing appointment on a Friday, stating the appointment was the following Monday. I informed the caller I was not able to make that appointment due to an overseas business trip, and requested the appointment be changed, which the caller stated she would. Several weeks later, I received a notice from the VA stating I had failed to appear for this hearing, so they had given me the default compensation rate of 20%. I requested another hearing in November 2013. In May 2014, my Insulin pump was failing, and I learned the VA was now issuing those. I went to the clinic to begin the process of getting a new pump. When i requested an appointment, (again, I was there on a Friday) I was told I had two appointments coming the following Monday, for guess what? My second compensation hearing. I never received notice of this. I asked the attendant to print the appointment letter for me. At the bottom of the letter it stated if I failed to appear, my request would be dismissed. I was beginning to understand now. I attended the hearing the following Monday, and the doctor was kind enough to mention she saw in my file the original request for disability compensation from August of 1996 when I had moved to North Carolina. I obtained a DAV representative, who helped me get my compensation to 40%, but I wont see any of that until something like 2017. Also she has filed a CUE asking VBA to retroactively change my compensation date to August 1996. I have attached the documentation requesting the change. I would like to know if this stands much of a chance. If it does, what chances are there they will consider my 40% rating to that date, or if they will default to the 20% rating? I wish I had not gotten so frustrated with the poor service, and at the time, the horrible medical treatment for vets. I was having seizures, wrecking cars, and my employment and family were threatened, but the VA wouldn't help me with an insulin pump. Ive broken bones, knocked out teeth twice and other things, but because they were not documented to the VA, they act like they never happened. I apologize for the long rant, but this has been a real source of aggravation for me for nearly 20 years. The doctors I now have at the VA and the treatment has improved, but the VBA still seems to hide behind a wall of deny, delay and die mentality.
  16. Hello fellow vets: Wording from the examiner was "Can do moderate physical labor with his diabetes, but "Would have difficulty using his fine motor skills, requiring light touch sensations. Also has bi-lateral hand weakness. (regarding my bilateral upper/lower neuropathy). Was a letter carrier for many years. I was denied TDIU. My NOD was carefully written out by a wonderful VSO; still waiting on final decision. Could there be a conflict on the decision? Thank you very much Make sure to call your mom if you can!
  17. I am brand new to this group and was surprised not to find any posts about claiming sleep apnea as secondary to diabetes type 2. Perhaps I'm just not looking hard enough. My claim for diabetes was approved as presumptive due to agent orange exposure My sleep apnea was disapproved as not being service connected. I submitted an NOD claiming my sleep apnea as secondary to my service connected disability. I did a lot of research in this area and found several articles which clearly stated that diabetes can cause sleep apnea. I submitted excerpts from these articles acknowledging that these articles address the general population and not my particular case. I also submitted a statement from my physician who has been my treating physician for over 20 years. In his statement he said that I was diagnosed with diabetes while under his care and subsequently diagnosed with severe sleep apnea requiring the wear of a CPAP machine. He clearly stated that he's in the best position to comment on my medical history and current situation. He concluded that based on well known studies and based on his personal knowledge if my medical situation, he can eliminate possible causes of sleep apnea such as obesity, neck and throat characteristics, smoking, and alcohol consumption and conclude that is more likely than not that there is a causal relationship between my service connected diabetes and my subsequent diagnosis of sleep apnea. I did a search on BVA decisions on this subject and was surprised to see so few and was even more surprised about the win loss ratio. Of 6 cases, only one was approved and that one was based on the veteran claiming that because he was diabetic, he was prescribed medication that caused him to become obese and because of his obesity, he developed sleep apnea. He also submitted doctors statements from several doctors supporting his contention. I believe two cases were remanded and all the remaining cases were quite weak on my opinion. The reason I'm posting this is because I'm trying to find that glimmer of hope while I await the decision of the DRO. Anyone out there have any advice or encouraging words for this guy.
  18. Please, welcome new VET2VET podcast episode: https://youtu.be/sTH3p-WwXn0 The way VA defines The word "permanent" slightly differently. For that matter, the word total doesn't mean total when discussing a disability. These are just terms to VA. There really isn't a protected rating. Any rating can be modified by VA at any time, depending on the circumstances. How do you know if your benefit is P & T? What is IU? What is substantially gainful employment? Are there any other eligibility requirements? How is the way VA decides total disability different from other agencies? TDIU awards may be permanent or they may be temporary. If I get a 100% rating, should I continue fighting the VA for benefits? SMC compensation Can you think of any other scenarios were a Veteran might want to keep filing to VA after they reach a 100% rating? ★ JOIN US IN OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU AND OUR FELLOW VETERANS ★ ▶ facebook.com/veterantoveteran/ ▶ itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/vet2vet/id1077206523?mt=2 ▶ twitter.com/veterantovetera/lists/vet2vet ▶ youtube.com/channel/UCebXFpogeJ9r4EqRyxHriYQ ▶ plus.google.com/u/0/+VETOVET2 ▶ goo.gl/app/playmusic?ibi=com.google.PlayMusic&isi=691797987&ius=googleplaymusic&link=https://play.google.com/music/m/Iiqawbuzg7eviiyqm6xz7kju62m?t%3DVET2VET ▶ feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:198832065/sounds.rss ▶ soundcloud.com/vet2vet ▶ stitcher.com/s?fid=80842&refid=stpr ★ LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE ★ THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THE VET2VET MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. VET2VET MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES OF THE CONTENT AT ANY TIME. ADVICE RECEIVED VIA VET2VET SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON FOR PERSONAL, MEDICAL, LEGAL OR FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL FOR SPECIFIC ADVICE TAILORED TO YOUR SITUATION. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF VET2VET, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE CONSULTING VET2VET.
  19. I am guessing this is the right place for this. So, I had to do lab work leading up to my first appointment with a VA primary care doc, scheduled for this afternoon. According to the labs, my GLOMERULAR FILTRATION RATE.PREDICTED is 73.5, which, according to what I can find, puts me firmly in Stage Two Kidney disease. At 44, with absolutely no family history of any kidney issues. Sweet, right? Also, even though I have been taking 1500iu daily of D3, my Calcium was just above the low threshold, as I have read others are dealing with, as was my potassium even though I eat bananas like I swing from a tree. Cholesterol is also very bad, will require medication. I am 6 ft 180, no diabetes in my family and Glucose is good, conscious of what I eat and all of that, etc. This was another big letdown. Has anyone else encountered kidney problems related to chemical exposure, burn pits, etc?
  20. Has anyone filed a claim regarding severe leg cramps.
  21. Hello, How would I find the diabetes rating criteria that were in effect in 2001? Is there an online source that I can lookup? Thanks,
  22. Has anyone had luck establishing diabetes with metabolic syndrome? I found a blood test / exam in my SMR that had 4 of the 5 criteria for metabolic syndrome: Waist greater than 40" Low HDL High Triglycerides High BP Would that be a good wedge to service connect diabetes?
  23. I was medically discharged from the army in 1997. I got SC 10% for Asthma & SC 0% for limitations of motion in left ankle. I never appealed or filed a NOD. In 1998 I was diagnosed with diabetes t2. A few years later friends mentioned I should go to the VA and see if my diabetes was service connected. I called the VA and they told me to send them a letter. I sent the following (which was part of my c-file in September). This is what I sent (Stamped received 5/7/01 in my file and they never replied to me: ((VA Waco Office Adress)) Hello, I would like to ask that my claim for service connected disability be re-opened. I have recently been diagnosed with diabetes. I would like to request that my service medical records be examined, specifically blood tests etc... that may show a high glucose level in my blood or other indications of diabetes. My intent is to see if perhaps I may have developed this condition while I was in the military and apply for the appropriate level of VA benefits. Here is my administrative info: XXXXXXXX xxxxxxxxxx My VA file number is XXX-XXX-XXXX My current Doctor is: ((Name address and contact info for doc with phone)) Thanks in advance for your help and consideration. Does this look like I have an adjudicated claim? I am filing for upgrades and other new stuff in an FDC. Do I just include this and summary declaring an adjudicated claim? THanks
  24. Just got through gathering up the Wife's receipts for the last three months to send in to CHAMPVA. Total is $2,233.00 that was NOT covered by her employer-provided health insurance. She has diabetes and some of her drugs are like $450 over and above her primary health insurance. YUP, I am most pleased with CHAMPVA. There will be a check in the mailbox for this, probably before the first of the year. Being 100% disabled is NOT FUN...........heck, if I was able to work my health insurance because of my work would take the place of the CHAMPVA, with HER work's health insurance being the "primary" payor. So, I guess that we are not getting anything that I would not have if I were "employable"...............but, it still makes my heart feel good about the CHAMPVA benefits. Thanks, VA!
  25. Hadit-teers, I submitted a FDC over 190 days ago. The claim was for secondary contentions related to my primary disability of diabetes type 1. This RO processes FDC's within 90 days on average. I received the following email from IRIS today and I just don't understand. The RO has requested archived medical records from Oregon (a State I haven't lived in since 1993). Any idea what may be going on here? As this was a FDC I don't understand why the RO would be requesting records from 22+ years ago. This claim was in prep for notification for over a month before it went back to gathering evidence. This is in response to your inquiry to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) dated December 22, 2015. (Actually sent in November) We are grateful for your service to our country. We apologize for the delay in providing a reply to your inquiry. We strive to respond to all inquiries within five business days; however, we have experienced an increase in the volume of inquiries received, which are being responded to in the order of receipt. We apologize for the incorrect status of your claim currently showing via eBenefits. Your claim is currently in the development phase of processing. During this phase, we will gather the evidence needed to decide your claim. We are currently waiting for archived medical reports from the Portland VA Medical Center. These were requested on December 12, 2015 (actually requested on November 9th), and can take up to 10 weeks for receipt. Your claim will be reviewed and we will contact you if additional information is needed. At this time, it is estimated that your claim should be completed by May 18, 2016. Please understand that this date is an estimate and that your claim may take longer based on the specifics of your claim and VA's pending workload. It is our privilege to assist you today. Thank you for contacting us. If you have questions or need additional help with the information in our reply, please respond to this message or see our other contact information below. Sincerely yours, A Name National IRIS Response Center Manager
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