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Found 10 results

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  2. VA received my RAMP appeal on March 13 and still no answer after 142 days. Is this unusual? Any STATS out there on how long some of them go over? Peggy gives me different answers every time I call in beginning with very few go over the 125 to at 135 days if you don't get a letter in 30 days call us back. Nothing worthy on vets.gov My VSO is clueless and gives me only what I get myself. What is the point of RAMP if there is no real deadline at all, not even a few days over?
  3. I have an open door to Jeff Sessions ands Bradlely Bryne, I need some help getting the the info on how many Vets are experiencing bogus C&P exams. I need a count of all of you that have legimate false C&P exams and hopefully a a private doctor's staement to back it up, I am going to the mat on this one. I have 4 Vets that got Bad C&P exams and have private doctors statements that say the the C&P exams are wrong, when a VA PA exams over rides a MD. One Medical Doctor said "You need an attorney" Also I need help on how many vets are trying to get a DBQ's filled out only to be told by their VA doc, "I don't have time" Gee If the VA is the only health care I have and it's a VA form, Shouldn't the VA doc fill it out??? Need to know how many of you are having problems. Thanks Commando 234
  4. I tried to find the DBQ for TBI from the download list. It is missing in action. Is this because of the revision in process of 38 CFR? I need it to get an neuropsychological assessment done by protocol by a local source. The VA is insisting they cannot use a local contractor and that I must travel to Denver, 3.5 hours away for the assessment. The remand didn't specify it be done by a VA qualified psychologist. Only that it be done in protocol which the last one wasn't. Looks like I'll have to go to the CAVC with this.
  5. Hi everybody just received my TDIU C&P exams schedule for next week any suggestions. anything
  6. This is an important guide everyone should read. https://asknod.org/2016/11/02/how-to-ace-any-va-compensation-pension-exam/
  7. Folks: I've learned three important lessons from the VA Disabilities Claims System recently. One is that even with the best preparation, you can get tripped up by the complexities of the rules. Today, I looked at one of my deferred claims that I thought was solid for round 2 and realized that the APRN that did the CP Exam did a "guesstimate" on the Shoulder ROM Measurements and they were way off? I actually spoke to another Vet last week that had a similar problem and realized that it was that same APRN that I had? So despite talking to her boss and making a complaint, it made little difference to make a change? Secondly, is that I've started to learn better patience and that something will happen when and if it's going to happen...and worry does not change that one bit? Thirdly, that many of us have been down this road before and it's important to learn from each other so we don't repeat the same mistakes over and over again in pursuit of service connections for disabilities. My goal now is 100% but I realized that when you climb a mountain, the last 10 feet is the hardest part of the climb. So, going from 80% or 90% to 100% is going to be much harder than most of us originally would think? But in the end, I'm much better prepared than I was 3 years ago because I know, I can now come to this board for help and advice...and that was not the case originally....take care...and Godspeed....rootbeer22
  8. Hello all - The DOD and VA lost my records for 23 years, and with a slew of serious health problems, I've had to put together my own top notch medical team. They were all more than willing to complete the DBQ's (at least for the presumptives) for DS/DS. However yesterday, I had to go through C&P exams for everything. Can anyone give me any insight? Stefani Ceballos -Wake up every morning curious. And wake up determined to find the answer."
  9. So in my remand, the VLJ wanted a more recent C&P for arthritis. He also stated that this should be during a flare-up of the condition to see the full extent of the claimed disability. My question for my brothers and sisters out there is this: has anyone STOPPED taking medication for a condition so the C&P shows the extent of the condition? If not or if so, why?
  10. I know this has more then likely been discussed several times in the past, but I'm putting it out there because it's my current experience as I'm living it. Trying to keep it all in one place by adding to other threads that discuss this topic is somewhat frowned upon, which is why I'm starting this one. Synopsis of my process so far: Initial award: 50% in 2004 for a laundry list of things typical to a 25 year Army career of jumping, deploying, sleeping on rocks, not sleeping, not eating, stressing etc, etc, etc. I was in the middle of a bunch of life changes so didn't appeal anything. Bad decision on my part. I would recommend appealing if you feel you didn’t receive the outcome you deserve. Don’t wait and re-file or request increases like I did. Fast forward to 2010: As we age, our "100% more abused then the average citizen" bodies are on a fast deterioration...and it was becoming evident that my days are numbered to continue at the pace I am now, or was. So I filed for increases in several areas and added a couple. I'd like to believe that's why my claim sat idle for almost 2 years, but...my C&P's were done in July 2012. All paperwork/documentation was in and final in December 2010. So, what was happening (Other than collecting Houston VARO dust) from Oct 2010 to July 2012, is an unknown. Maybe it had to do with it being an election year?? Who knows... Anyway, a quick rundown: Second claim opened: 10/08/2010 - I received 3 notifications via mail (Other then the C&P notifications) between Oct 2010 and 1 February 2012 telling me that they were still working on my claim. After that, I received nothing until the C&P notifications. - eBenefits stayed in "Gathering Evidence" until August 2012. - April 2012: I said enough is enough. I contacted my Congressman. They said they were glad to take this on. They sent a letter to the VA inquiring into the status in early May. - Nothing changed. Early June, I contacted the Houston RO and got hung up on three times. - C&P exams (2) done in July 2012. - August 2012: eBenefits back and forth’s from "Gathering of Evidence" to "Review of Evidence".Second claim closed: 09/01/2012 - Found 100% P&T. - Received partial retro deposit before I got the brown envelope in the mail. - Packet received about 6 days after eBenefits showed closed. My AB8 and commissary letter showed 100% on 1 September 2012 with an effective date of 1 September 2012 but the retro amouont was in line with an effective date of 1 November 2010. - Partial retro paid: 09/06/2012 (~40% of total) (If you are a "For time" retiree and under CRSC/CRDP, the VA withholds a majority of the retrospective payment to allow DFAS (Defense Finance and Accounting Service) time to do an audit of your pay to make sure you don't owe them or they don't owe you. If you owe them, they get their cut straight out of the retro payment. If they owe you, they pay up and it's reflected in your Retiree Account Statement (RAS) in MyPay. - No contact from anyone, in any way, about anything, concerning the remainder of my retro. I did a lot of digging on the forums here and gleaned some good information, but it was scattered and none of it was consistent.Authorization Review Claim opened: 10/17/2012 - Asked questions here and had several different answers. Still not sure what this type of claim is. - Contacted DFAS on 20 September 2012 and they told me that the retro was under audit, call back for more info in a week or two. Called them back on 3 October and was told the DFAS audit was completed on the 29th. They then BATCH them and send them back to the VA once a month on the 15th. Some say it's the 19th but mine was back at the VA on the 15th of October. - DFAS paid out the CRSC difference in my current retired pay on 10/16/2012. (Too bad the VA can't process payments as fast as DFAS!) Authorization Review Claim closed: 11/16/2012 [*]Retired Pay Adjustment claim opened: 10/17/2012 (**Note: This didn't even show up on eBenefits until the 16th of November, after it was already closed!) - This can have to do with a couple of actions. 1. The DFAS audit and CRSC/CRDP difference (**But that was paid out the day before this claim was opened) or 2. The final retro payment after the audit by DFAS and the review by the VA (Signatures) due to the amount of the retro, which is >$25K. [*]Retired Pay Adjustment claim closed: 11/16/2012 Another thing: My AB8 (Benefit Verification) letter effective date also changed from 1 September 2012 to 1 December 2011, which of course has me curious. Is this the actual date of the most recent payment adjustment to 100%? Or, in other words, the last time COLA was adjusted? Remaining retro received 11/19/2012. Hope this timeline helps reduce someone else’s stress!
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