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  1. Okay, I am hoping someone can help, and that this all makes sense. I recently submitted a claim for left shoulder secondary to right shoulder (residuals). My right shoulder was at 0%. I did a C&P exam (they scheduled it for an outside facility and I am currently trying to get the notes from that exam)-the exam was for both shoulders, and they upped my right shoulder to 20%, deferred my left shoulder, and are requesting another C&P exam. So, my question is this: I received the decision letter and it states that for evidence, (they list numerous things), but one part says, "VAMC treatmen
  2. I filed for PTSD 9/2017 and battling the VA and today I received my 70% PTSD bringing my total to 80%! I have filed every appeal on time after being denied and for some reason they made my effective date for 9/2020 on the day that I had my C&P Exam. My rep is telling me that they rated me at 0% from 9/2017 til 9/2020 and 70% after 9/2020 and now we must appeal the date again. Is the appeals process last long as the regular appeal time and what are the odds that they actually correct the issue at the end of this? Thanks for your help in advance.
  3. Hello everyone, I just received an increase to 50% for my migraine headaches (Thank you Dr. Valette) in June 2020 and TDIU in July, effective date for both is March 11, 2014. My questions are: 1. Am I correct that the VA subtracts the amount I was rated at in 2014 from the total amount of my migraine/TDIU retroactive pay? 2. What do I do, if no matter how I calculate my retro (calculated using past VA Compensation charts and a few online back pay calculators) the VA past-due is amount is wrong?
  4. So I found out that I was increased from 80% to 90%, (aside from the fact that this should have been 100%), I have issues with the amount of back pay. They gave me my effective date all the way back to 11/2018, but miscalculated. From 11/2018 until 03/2020 I was 70%, from 3/2020 until now I was 80%. They are saying the owe 1/2 the back pay they should. My rough estimate says they used 80% for the calculation all the way back. How can I have them fix this?
  5. Has anyone ever challenged the rate of Backpay? I received back pay at 100% TDIU after living in poverty on my in-laws for almost 40 years. When the Fifth was ratified, the U S was on the Gold Standard. When Section 4 of the Fourteenth was ratified we were still on the gold standard. The argument would be that by paying veterans in cheaper prior year dollars the Government is taking property (gold equivalent or goods and services out of our shopping baskets) without just compensation, a right guaranteed under the Fifth and Fourteenth Sec. 4 (specifically to veterans) Amendments. M
  6. I’m currently waiting on 5 deferred claims all of which are now on Preparation for decision. If anyone of them are rated 10% but they don’t raise my overall rating. Do I still get backpay for that claim ? Or only if the overall rating is increase ? Thanks
  7. Hello fellow Vets! I recognize it’s a lot to read... It’s my first time making a blog post and I want to be clear and get solid and knowledgable responses from y’all. Thanks in advance!! History... Filed a claim for VA disability benefits April 2013. Hand delivered over 200 documents in support of my claim to the Houston VA office in January 2014 (prior to a decision letter on my claim). Decision letter received in March 2014. Failed to achieve a rating above zero percent on any of the disabilities claimed and no service connection for Major Depressive Disorder(MDD). The docume
  8. Hey all, I recieved news that my increase claim was granted and I went from 60% to 100% On my ab8 letters it says the date changed is may 20th, with an effective date of june 1st. Does this mean I'll receive the backpay for june and july?
  9. I just received a letter today dated 11/7 It states that the Claim with the Board that was granted back in 10/2018. It states an accredited attorney or agent properly filed a valid direct-pay fee agreement per the provisions, it goes on to say that the amount of Past-due benefits for so much has been computed from the effective date of the award through the date of the decisions, is so much. That of that amount so much is withheld for fees in the amount of said dollars, which is 20% of past due benefits. Since it is stating that they are paying my lawyer and what they or
  10. I appealed for an earlier date for PTSD and Individual Unemployability. I received my 100% December 10, 2010, and appealed to the date I originally applied for benefits (November 2007). I just received the Order approving both but the Order states "It is granted, subject to controlling regulations governing the payment of monetary awards". Does this mean that I get no back pay - as I didn't receive any back pay - just got the approval from Veterans Law Judge, Board of Appeals. Should I appeal the fact that I received no back pay? Any help would be appreciated!
  11. I am showing an increase in one of my SC conditions on E-Benefits as when I opened IU claim they also evaluate SC for increases before IU decision. Does anyone know how long it takes to receive retro back pay for this increase? I am owed 4 months at this point.
  12. ***EDITED TO ADD RATED DISABILITIES****** I hadn't checked Ebenefits in a while because I became frustrated with the change in open claim status from gathering evidence to awaiting documents are past due. I asked my VSO if there was anything I needed to do and he said that it wasn't at our end, but between C&P and VA. All medical records were uploaded by VSO and intent to file was sent within 12 months of retirement (20 years in Navy), so any backpay would be retro to NOV 2016. So I clicked on the Disabilities TAB, and to my surprise is says, "You have a 100% final degree o
  13. Hey folks new here I was Diagnosed with adjustment disorder with anxiety and depressed mood / occupational problem. I tried to file for benefits IDK if I did before I got out. Someone told me to go to the VA and I did they told me to go see a private doctor and then apply. I was broke within a month after I was discharged and never saw a doc for about 7 years. I finialy hit a rock bottom so I applied anyway with 17 different Ebenfits Problems. I also have not recieved a letter notifying me of the decision. I recieved a letter saying I qualified for disabled
  14. What's up Fellow Vets, I have a question about back pay. I was medically discharged from the Army in 2004. In my VA paperwork, prior to discharge, I claimed my asthma ( which I am 30% sc) and my left hamstring stains. I was approved sc for my asthma (30%) but my the claim for my leg was denied because they said it wasnt a chronic. Since my discharge, I have re-injured the same hamstring at least 2 times a year. I am currently receiving physical therapy for the same hamstring at the VA hospital. I noticed on Ebenefits that my claim for my leg was still there waiting to be reopened,
  15. Good Morning community- Earlier this month I recieved 100% service connection, a surprizing 2 1/2 months after submitting my claim on e-benefits. After living off of a few hundred bucks a month for the past 3 years I woke up to $6k in my bank account, so life feels great right now. A friend of mine is telling me to file my NOD anyways, for the other disabilities they didn't connect, and also to get my SC backdated to the onset of condition - which would be considered starting in the last 2 months of service before recieving my honorable discharge, 9 years ago. Wh
  16. Hello all, First, thank you all for your service! My claim was approved on some contentions and one deferred and two considered not service connected. I was increased from 60 to 70% while the other deferment is in development. My question deals with my award letter stating my increase from 60 to 70% is dated to Nov 1, 2015 and I received the letter today July 18, 2016. Will I receive a back payment for the difference of 60 to 70%(even though SOME of my claim is still in deferment) and if so when can I expect the retro to hit my account? Thank you for any
  17. Okay, I retired at the end of 2012 and was smart enough to have my disability paperwork submitted with my clearing. October of 2013 I received my first determination letter stating I qualified for 60%. Nice, but they completely 0'd me on three issues so I immediately filed an appeal with the findings at the end of November 2013. The VA claimed they received my appeal in March of 2014, according to the website. It took until Jul/Sept 2015 for my first appointments to occur to justify or dispute the findings. I received an extra bump in my account this month (ending June 2016) which caused
  18. Hello good people. I was just curious to know how retro pay would work in this situation? Of course this is something that could happen to me since I have a pending appeal, but I thought it would be a good question for those in a similar situation. Scenario: Awarded 30% in 11/2008 Initial appeal is dated back to 6/2009 Appeal was not worked on for years. Awarded for new claims in 2011 & 2014 that increased my rating to 40% If my appeal is awarded 10%(or so) higher and retro-pay is dated back to the 2009 date, do any of you know how they calculate retro
  19. Hello, I had three apeals for effective dates close on Jan 29, 2016. I received a letter from BVA on Feb 8, 2016 stating they were granting an earlier effective date for my 100% service connection. The original effective date was 2/03/2013 and now it's 2/04/2012. So my question is how long should I expect it to take for retroactive to hit my account? I've won one other appeal through BVA in 2010 for my 50% rating and retroactive hit within 3 weeks of the claim closing. My claim is flagged with hardship. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!
  20. Hi all, I got this letter from the VA today and I don't understand what it means. I am going to type it in and see if someone can help me out. We have implemented the decision form the board of veteran appeals of march 12 2016 This letter tells you about your entitlement amount and payment start date and what we decided. Your monthly entitlement amount is shown below: $541 sept 1 2009 $770. oct 1 2011 $797 dec 1 2011 $810 Dec 2012 $822 de 2013 $836 dec 2014 $917 nov 1 2015 $976 Jan 2016 $917 Mar 2020 You can expect payment t
  21. I recently finished a series of C&Ps for various conditions and I was hoping to get some input on just what exactly it all means - I was wondering what if any kind of rating might I be looking at? Is there a possibility for getting back pay? What can I do (possibly in an appeal) to do more to strengthen my case? At this point my case should be done with the gathering evidence phase (I can't check because ebenefits is being weird). All C&P's are done and everything that needed to be turned in is (I hope). The first C&P/DBQ I'd like assistance with is my claim for "Lower Back Co
  22. My husband, also a Vet, recently had a BVA appeal for increased major depressive disorder and TDIU. The BVA granted the MDD increase to 70% from the initial rating through the entire rating period and remanded the TDIU back to the RO for consideration with the new MDD rating. This increase to 70% for his MDD now puts him at 100% total rating and will be getting backpay to 2009. We know that it can take forever for the backpay to process, especially considering how large of a sum it will be so while we're hoping for it to be on the shorter side of time, we are not holding our breath. Our questi
  23. So after waiting an entire year, two of my four claimed disabilities went through, and they gave me a rating of 40%. The other two conditions went back to gathering of evidence, but I'm curious if I will get back-pay for the 40% as of now since I have already waited an entire year. Has anybody else gone through this or know anything about it? I've been reading very conflicting information.
  24. I have a question which may seem a bit out there. I've noticed, in some forums, that vets have filed claims with an effective date of (for example) February 2014. However, when claim is approved, somehow it gets dated back to (for example) October 2013. One vet even suggested this may have been because of some 'informal claim' the vet made to the VA. I filed a claim which was denied in 2008. I found supporting evidence just a few weeks ago and opened a new claim as suggested by a county VA rep. Is it a 'pipe-dream' to even think that, perhaps, my claim can be back-dated by the VA to 2008 w
  25. I got my first payment for VA disability a few days ago. I little over 14,000. While that is great an all, I searched around and I found my approval letter on ebennifits and I was approved for 50%(around $850 a month) starting December 1st, 2014. The math doesn't make any sense. Can someone please explain this to me? At first I was thinking it was the last installment of my enlistment bonus, but I'm pretty sure that money comes from a the Army, not the VA and I was discharged early so I wasn't expecting that anyway.
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