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  1. im starting to see a lot of people are and have been in the same boat as me regarding retro and change of rating percentage. this question is to kinda find not a time frame but to solidify that something is really off with VA. obviously right im just starting to feel that maybe since this new Ramp program if the DROs or the processors told to drop some things and pick up on RAMP appeals. my past BVA decisions award came within 3 weeks and now its been over 6 weeks since judge grant. so please submit answers as a story and a time frame if you could. THANK YOU
  2. Hello, everyone! I've been on this site reading all the valuable information while I waited for my new claims to process. A local VSO initiated my intent to file, back in March of this year, and I brought in all of the requested documents for an appointment on July 11. This is when the file was formally submitted to the VA. I had two new claims. I was given two C&P appointments, for each issue...one in July, and the other in August. I called Peggy to find out the status, last Thursday, and I was told that my file had been updated that very day. It appeared there was a rating decision, but I would have to wait for the BBE to find out the details. I checked the site again, a few days later. I finally could see that I had been rated (at 70%) for one issue, but the second issue (bilateral pes planus) had been deferred. On Ebenefits, the entire claim, it appeared, went from "preparing for notification," back to the "gathering evidence" stage. When I called for an explanation, I was told that it possibly needed another signature, but Peggy wasn't for sure. Peggy also said that, according to the notes, there was nothing that the VA needed from me. Today, my Ebenefits account was updated, and it had new information. The new information was put under claim status as "Request 2: Award returned to local VSR for correction." (I inserted a link below to a screenshot of my claim status.) Is anyone familiar with this issue and can explain what it means? Screenshot of claim status
  3. kentorambo WON HIS APPEAL.. HOPE HE PUTS HERE ALL HE DID AND HOW... JUST GLAD TO SAY HURRAH!!!! WE NEED GOOD STORIES SO ASK THE GUY
  4. Hello everyone! First I want to introduce myself. I am a recent USN retiree, 6 years active duty, 14+ years reserve (with deployment), and a qualified submariner. I am a long time reader and first time poster. I want to give my sincere gratitude to everyone who posts here, the information in this forum is priceless! I will spare you all the medical details, the long and short is: I have a number of chronic service connected disabilities, chiefly IBS and Fibromyalgia, as well as chronic urticaria (hives), scaring secondary to hives, and chronic fissure due to IBS. Utilizing the knowledge I learned here and from shipmates, I worked with my private physicians and prepared a series of disability benefits questionnaires (DBQ) which the VFW submitted on my behalf. My claim process was unbelievably fast- it went from intent to file, to filing, to award in seven months. I was recently awarded the following: IBS 100%, Chronic Urticaria 60%, Fibromyalgia 40%, Facial Scars 30%, Anal Fissure 20%. I was awarded 100% total disability compensation with a Special Monthly Compensation (S-1). I have not yet received my letter, however I can see the benefits in benefits and my VFW rep called me to inform me of the award. I am very grateful for the award, and consider myself lucky based on the stories I have read here. I do have a couple of questions, and in advance, thank you for taking time to read this! 1. I have never heard of anyone being awarded 100% for IBS. I have chronic oscillating constipation and diarrhea, and constant abdominal pain, which is noted in the DBQ. I miss a few weeks of work over a year's time due to inability to eat, compounded with the aforementioned bowel issues. While I am grateful for the award, I do not understand how the VA awarded me 100%. I thought 30% was tops unless the veteran requested an extra-schedular award (which I did not). What do you make of this? Was I assigned a TDIU or something similar without applying for it? Will or can the VA provide an extra-schedular award without the veteran asking for it? 2. My award indicates that I was also awarded SMC S-1. What does this mean? I do not require a home health aid at this time, although my wife did leave her job to assist me with activities of daily living such as cleaning and cooking since at times, I am not able to complete those tasks due to either bowel issues or exhaustion from fibromyalgia. The SMC S-1 code indicates that the award was given due to having a 100% disability (IBS) and a second award of 60% (Urticaria). Is it just standard process to issue an SMC S-1 for someone suffering from two diseases that are over a certain percentage each? 3. Does any of the above legally impact my ability to seek and maintain employment? Again, I do not have my formal VA letter yet, however, the above mentioned awards seem to indicate that the VA issued a TDIU or something to that effect. While I am in constant moderate to severe pain, and the problems are chronic and debilitating, I strongly prefer to try to maintain employment because working and staying active as I can seems to help me, at least mentally. I am afraid that if I quit working and focus solely on my chronic illnesses, my overall life outlook would suffer. 4. Lastly, am I missing anything? Thank you so very much for you time. As I learn more, I will be glad to assist anyone here by sharing what I did (almost of it learned here). Thanks again everyone!
  5. So I received the DAV "official" letter last night in the mail ATTACHED. I am curious as to why the 100% temporary evaluation is June 3rd, 2015 to October 1, 2015???? Look at numbers 2 & 3. I also got SMC housebound for the same dates. What is puzzling me is I had my surgery to my right foot January 6th, 2016. I know my right foot is not yet S/C as it is under appeal but I was granted the 100% temporary evaluation for my left ankle b/c it caused my fracture to my right foot. Any idea why they went back to 2015???? The dates they awarded me the 100% temporary evaluation, does that mean I am getting 4 months at 100%? #7 and you will see the wording "not shown" for right foot. I am very happy they gave me the 100% temporary evaluation but puzzled about the dates. #5 - My left ankle stayed at 10% but they added additional contentions to it. Will I also get a re-evaluation for my left ankle you think? Will I get the back for the increase from 60% to 70% with my temporary 100% for the four months? I am still waiting for the BBE to come in the mail. DAV letter.pdf
  6. Just thought I would put this out there for everyone with regards to VA claims questions, etc. So far, this is how my timeline has went. Not sure if it helps anyone or not. My regional office is Nashville, TN. I am currently awaiting further information. My understanding from reading the prior post is the VA authorizer is the final step. Can anyone elaborate on this??? 10/16/2012 → New Claim Filed ↓ 4/12/2013 → C&P Exam ↓ Claim Closed 9/28/2013 Awarded 10% (Atypical Chest Pain / Palpitations) – Appeal Possible ↓ 10/4/2013 → Retroactive Pay Received ↓ Appeal Filed 2/11/2014 (Fibromyalgia, IBS, GERD) → Received by VA on 2/14/2014 ↓ VA Acknowledged 2/19/2014 enclosed (VA Form 21-4138 to choose DRO or Traditional Appeal) ↓ DRO Choice Submitted on 2/25/2014 ↓ Follow up C&P Exam on 5/14/2015 (Fibromyalgia, IBS, GERD) ↓ 6/9/2015 → Decision Made → 7/2/2015 Statement of Case Completed ↓ 7/13/2015 → Spoke with VA Rep. According to his computer screen, I have received the following: 40% Awarded for Fibromyalgia; 30% Awarded for IBS; 0% Awarded for GERD. Total Disability Awarded at 60% (inc. the 10% already received) – Retroactive to 10/16/2012 @ 50% since they have already been paying me 10%. Indicated it could be 6 – 8 weeks before retroactive pay hits bank. Should begin to receive 60% on 8/1/2015 ↓ 7/17/2015 → Spoke with VA Regional Office. Per support specialist: Your SOC is currently in the final stages waiting for approval by a VA authorizer. Your claim's status may change if additional information is required. At this time, it is estimated that your claim should be completed by 8/23/2015. 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. ↓ As of 7/27/2015 there is no changed on E-Benefits to disabilities and/or benefit letter.
  7. Gotta few questions: What does this mean? I have not received any compensation thus far...
  8. Just wanted to share some information given to me by the VA in San Diego regarding claims deferred. In Jan 2012 I was awarded 70% for Major Depression and deferred for Rotator Cuff. I quickly filed for tdiu and recently received an answer to the Rotator Cuff. On the award letter it stated that they are still working on and deferred tdiu and Major Depression. I was surprised to see Major Depression as deferred because they had just rated this in Jan. I went to the VA to get an explanation. This is what they said: Major Depression is showing deferred to notify you that your service connected disability of "Major Depression" is the sole condition being regarded in whether they approve or deny TDIU. All the other conditions already rated will not be considered, hence not showing up as deferred as well. I was concerned that maybe the VA was looking to lower my rating for Major Depression but appearently this is not the case. The rep I spoke with said the Rater would need to schedule a new C&P before they would lower my recently decided claim. I sure hope this information, as it was explained to me, is accurate. If anyone has additional information to share with me, I would really appreciate it. My wife and I are in the process of getting an apartment and would hate to commit to something I won't be able to afford if they lower my rating. I know what the VA told me, but for some reason I'm not 100% convinced with the explanation they gave. So, the worrying continues... Thanks in advance for your comments and advice. xpertshot
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