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  1. Yesterday my claim moved to Prep for decision, this was a week after my latest C&P, I was feeling optimistic that the estimated completion date of 9/4 was reasonable. Today it moved back to review of evidence and my date oushed to 9/14. This is a claim with 1 increase, 2 new, 2 secondary. I filed my claim 9/24/18 it seems like a long time for a claim. Anyway, my question is: have any of you had the claim move from "prep for Decision" only to regress to review of evidence? If so, what was the timeline like?
  2. Hello, I checked ebenefits and it said I received a GRANT from the CAVC for increased rating "anklyosis of the shoulder." I had appealed for depression and anxiety as well and they were not addressed on ebenefits so I am guessing it is still on remand at the BVA level. Ebenefits also stated that my remand would take 16-24 months. I am currently 60% with 10 for tinnitus, 20 for ankle, 20 for shoulder, 20 for shoulder radicupathy, 10 for knee. What does all this mean? if I am not providing the information needed for input I am happy to do that but at this time I dont know what else to provide you guys. Thank you.
  3. So on my threads about my first claim under AMA I stated I put this here to track time and the AMA process. My claim for Voiding Dysfunction was filed on May 8 2019 and closed June 16th 2019 (according to VA.GOV) so basically 36 days. I was denied, and will start writing my NOD. What is new besides the speed, is that on Ebenefits yesterday I noticed a new entry under my listed Disabilities. It will be good for others to start tracking this to see if this remains the standard. It was marked Pending Claims. Today after visiting VA.Gov and seeing my claim closed I went to Ebennies and looked under Disabilities and the DENIED claims are already showing. This is a change in process. It used to take some time to get Ebennies updated. usually at least 10 days. today however, the day after VA.gov says the claim closed, I see the following It will be good for others to start tracking this to see if this remains the standard I am tagging in a few people who I know are active here and may have recent claims under AMA. @paulstrgn @vetquest @shrekthetank1 @Buck52 @jamesriley1990 @richard1234 @Oceanbound @Richard1954 @Amazing Becky hopefully you all will help track this change. It can alleviate some of the "wait time" stress as we look for the BBE in the mail. If you all see someone asking about processing time for a claim please ask them to track for this notification under Ebenefits Disability link. Rated Disabilities Disability Rating Decision Related To Effective Date bilateral hearing loss 0% Service Connected 08/20/2018 tinnitus 10% Service Connected 11/30/2012 post traumatic stress disorder with bipolar II disorder (previously rated with major depressive disorder, psychotic features ) 100% Service Connected PTSD 08/16/2018 benign prostate hypertrophy Not Service Connected urinary incontinence Not Service Connected erectile dysfunction 0% Service Connected 08/20/2018 benign paroxysmal positional vertigo 30% Service Connected 08/20/2018
  4. my appeal status has changed to Prep for notification as of yesterday. With the change my dependents have also disappeared from my award and is now in the drop box of “ not on award". Has this happened to anyone else? Im hoping there’s been a change to my increase and this ebennies way of updating rating. Any positive stories? Thanks!
  5. The claim status and historical claims has moved from ebenefits to va.gov. I don't like the layout of vets.gov as it doesn't give you as many details as ebeneifts.
  6. First time post, long time viewer. Quick question. Is eBenefits typically up to date? For example, my TBI claim is in the prep for decision phase, and has been for some time. Will I see an update on eBenefits before I get something in the mail, or are the chances high that I will randomly receive an envelope in the mail with the VA's decision before the site even updates? Seems like i check at least five times a day for an update. Or, is this another "case by case" or "depends on the region" etc. Thanks. Btw, love this blog/forum. Waiting has made me nearly insane, but I have a little hope after reading some of the success stories and other vets' stories. Though, trying not to get my hopes up.
  7. Hey all just want to share what I think of is good news, even though I still have to sit and wait. On 8//16/2018 I had a C&P review for my PTSD which was 70% with 10% Tinnitus rating. I was initially rated in 2013 and I had made no requests for adjustments. VA just mandated this C&P. Today, 8/24/2018 ebenefits was up and down all day so I could not really read anything on my statuses until 6 pm PST. I went in and I am, according to ebenefits, at 100% and in the letters I see my rating is P&T. I am over the moon. This RO must be the rocket docket or the QTC doc really wrote a solid case for the bump. or both. Either way I am now in the "watch the mailbox" phase since I won't believe it until i either get paid or the packet arrives. Thanks for all the input from everyone on other posts and my rambling questions.
  8. My husband filed for reconsideration several weeks ago. This was through DAV and the Cleveland VA. We got notice from the DAV that it had been filed and sent to VA. Shouldn't the claim be listed on eBenefits by now or do reconsiderations not show up there? Thanks, Kate
  9. Hi, all. I searched high and low for an answer to this question, and I figured other veterans might be curious if anyone knows the answer, too. When the VA schedules you for a reevaluation of your already service-connected compensable disability, one of the possibilities is the VA could draw the conclusion that your condition has improved and propose a reduction. For that process, the VA is required to notify you of the proposal (this will be by mail, most likely) and afford you time to respond. However, my question is this: most of us use eBenefits to track the status of our claims. When our claim moves to "complete," we go to the "disabilities" tab to see the percentage or check out the VA Letters (i.e., VB8) to see percentages, compensation amounts, total and permanent status, etc. This is usually a week or two ahead of the letter arriving in the mail. Question: If your claim moves to "complete" in eBenefits, and the VA decision is a -proposed- rating reduction, will the percentages change in eBenefits? or the Letter Language? Will a new claim appear that says "proposal for reduction" or something similar? Just curious what eBenefits looks like when your claim moves to complete and the VA decision is a reduction. eBenefits is unofficial, of course. :) Thanks!
  10. Hey all. My claim seems to be going oddly and I was hoping to get some advice. I put together a fully developed claim for my conditions. I had tons of medical records, nexus letters, DBQs, buddy statements, and more. I decided to file the claim on the eBenefits website. When I went to upload the evidence, I uploaded my entire claim as a single PDF file (about 70 pages). When you upload evidence, they make you choose a category. I choose "correspondence" as the most general category for this file. In retrospect, I think this may have really screwed things up (more on this later). So two days (!!) after I submit the claim, I got a call from the VA medical center to schedule my C&P exams. I was disappointed because I hoped they would decide without needing the exams. In the back of my mind though, I'm thinking, how in the world could they have already reviewed all those records in that time and decided that I need exams. I went to the C&P exams and it was immediately apparent that the examiners did not have access to the records that I submitted. Fortunately, I brought all the records with me and tried to show the examiners as many as possible. At this point, I'm really concerned that the VA is not using the documents I uploaded in consideration of my claim. I went on the website and verified that I can actually see the file I uploaded. I found the document to be there and I can download it fine. I called the 1-800 number and asked about the document. After some looking around, the guy said "well I can see the document, but I don't know if the rater will use it". Not very encouraging. It's now just two days after my C&P exams, and eBenefits says my claim is preparing for decision with an estimated completion date of this week! If that's true, that means the claim would have been decided in less than 3 weeks. I'm really thinking that the rater somehow can't see or missed my records and thinks I submitted a FDC with no evidence. Probably really quick to process those...as an automatic denial. Not sure what I should do here. Maybe Fax them the records? Any suggestions are welcome and appreciated. Thank you!
  11. Ok so I checked my ebenefits today for my disability clam and it's at : Preparation for notification. This was really fast but my question: is there anywhere on ebenefits I can see how much they rated my disability ? or if I got denied ? I look at the pending disabilities and it just shows them as new clams still. Is there any way I can find out before they send out the package ?
  12. So I filed my claim May 22nd and am OCD about checking ebenefits. I checked every day and they needed nothing from me after I submitted all my info on the 21st of May and my DBQ from my VA psych on May 31st. Called DAV too check status and they said its passed the initial review and in the final hands of the person who goes over the rating before notification. Ebenefits still says preparation for decision. Should I watch it like a hawk all day and through the weekend to see if it changes to preparation for notification or does e benefits not update that fast? How will I know as soon as my rating is completed before I call my DAV back next week as he said to do. Will Ebenefits update any change immediately? Please advise.
  13. Hi All, Is there a specific forum for the VA's eBenefits site? Several issues with that site, but today I found one that takes the cake. I checked my personal information under the Manage tab at the top of the page Manage -> Compensation -> Update your direct deposit and contact information In the personal information, some person or program had filled in my secondary contact phone number with MY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER!!!!! I changed that immediately. But others should check that out. I suspect that it's an automatic form fill-in program that ran wild, but I am likely not the only one affected. If you see your SSN where a phone number should be, change it immediately and put in the primary contact number again if you don't have a secondary phone number. --QuietNow
  14. Good evening all. I can't seem to find a convincing answer on the topic. I receive my rating a few months ago and strongly disagree with some of the decisions. I was on Ebenifits and it appears that i could appeal the process on the site. However, i'm not sure if this is the same process as filing an NOD. Can someone please help clarify the difference..... Thank you
  15. Let me start by apologizing for the long post. I filed for an increase on my VA Ratings back in 2014. While I was out of the country I received letters for C&P exams around May or June of 2015 but didn't get them because I was in South America. When I came back I had a Denial letter from the VA waiting at home for me. In October 2015 I refiled the claim and received a letter telling me I should have appealed and not opened a New Claim. Now on the E-Benefits system it shows my 2015 claim as C&P type, with preparation for notification and the 2014 claim as administrative review also with preparation for notification. Both claims have been going back and froth from Preparation for notification to Pending decision approval about 3 or 4 times already. Every time it changes to a new completion date. When I call ebenefits number I get the same generic answer as if they were reading from a script. This is frustrating to me. After all this bouncing me back and forth I decided to contact IRIS and after almost a week I got an email with the following wording. " Your claim is complete. VA has made a decision on your claim and a packet of detailed information explaining your decision will be sent. Please allow at least 10 mailing days for your notification packet to arrive. We are sorry but we cannot discuss the decision with you until you receive your official notification letter in the mail. Once you receive that letter, please read it thoroughly and contact us if you have any questions. We are sorry but we are required to allow time for the initial notification package to be received through US Mail; however, if you have not received your notification letter after 10 mailing days has passed, please make a written request to the evidence intake center listed below and we will mail you another copy. Has any one had this happened before. I am currently rated at 80% combined which 30% is for PTSD I had a C&P appointment 2 months ago for PTSD and the Dr. Wrote on the report "Total Occupational and Social Impairment". I am just really worried about the outcome since I also applied for Unemployability. Anyone knows if this IRIS system is accurate at all? Thanks in advance.
  16. SO MY QUESTION IS,, IS ANYONE ELSE OUT THERE WAITING ON THE JUDGMENT OR DECISION FROM A JUDGE THAT HAS ALREADY HEARD YOUR CASE? THE REASON I ASK THIS IS BECAUSE,, MY CASE WAS HEARD IN MAY OF 2015 AND EBENNIES SAID AT THE TIME THAT MY APPEAL WAS WAITING FOR A JUDGE TO HEAR IT. FAST FORWARD ALMOST 2 YEARS AND EBENFITS STILL SAYS MY CASE IS WAITING FOR SCHEDULING TO BE HEARD. WHEN I CALL BVA THEY TELL ME THAT MY CASE HAS NOT GONE TO THE JUDGE YET FOR A DECISION... EBENES HAS ME STILL STUCK AT SCHEDULING FOR HEARING DATE. WHAT SHOULD IT SAY ON EBENNIES IF IVE ALREADY HAD MY CASE HEARD AND IM WAITING ON A DECISION?
  17. Hello. I'm totally new here, although I did a fair bit of reading on this site during my claim process (thanks very much for the info!). Anyhow, recently my claim finished up with an 80% combined rating. All in all it was very quick, just a few months. I only put in a claim for 2 conditions, a shoulder issue and depression. The depression came back for 70%, 20% on the shoulder. During the process, my claim bounced back and forth from pending approval to awaiting decision. During that time they also decided to add on surgery scars for my shoulder, which got a 0% rating. On Saturday, July 16th ebenefits updated with my decision and about a week later I got the actual letter in the mail. So there's the background. I left eBenefits alone after that and then decided randomly to take a look in there today. In doing so, I noticed something odd in the disabilities section. For some reason under Pending Disabilities, there is a listing of "Quality Review Correction", submitted 7/19, type of "REP", and nothing under Action. Does anyone happen to have an idea what this may mean? Am I at some risk for a sort of retroactive reduction in my rating? I just feel a bit tense as I had thought this was all over for a while but now this. If anyone has at least some idea of what it could mean, that would really help relieve my concerns. Thanks. :)
  18. Good day all, i know eBenefits is less credible than my 2yo girl, but mine at least has shown some consistency. Couple questions... mine is moved to PDA. How can I tell what I'm getting or how disappointed I will be, other than waiting for the official BWE/BBE? EBenefits, since updating this morning to PDA shows an appointment request was made but no details? Would this be related to closing out my claim or possible that only part of my claim is being worked on while the other is being deferred? any advice/guidance/insight would be appreciated. Thank you all!!
  19. Hello, This is my way of introducimg myself to the Hadit community as a whole. I only surf forums and give opinions and such to things that relate to me personally and my Battle with the VA I wanted to get not only all of these tags talked about, but i would hope to be able to at least get all of those abbrvs broken down for the people that come to this site in need I have noticed a lot of us old hats talk to each other in a comfortable, approachable, yet sometimes maybe even un-understandable to those who aren't in our War with the Rap-i um, mean Rating Officers Some of the people stopping by here for well deserved and needed help may not even be Vets, but their Spouses, their guardians, and most Unfittingly too often their Widows I hope to try to build a little list, where if someone came here, they would have, oh, lets say a nice rusty ass old anchor to grip on to, you know, to help them ride out this Hellacious Hurricane of a system we face Add any word, phrase, Article or Chaptet number of any Law, Rule, Regulation that you would like to help pass on, well, not only the cold logical definition, but tye way it helped you in YOUR Battle. i want this thread to be open and honest, but please, don't get lost and sidetracked trying to impress the community, if a discussion blooms from seeds planted here, take your conversation to the Mail system, and coax them to sproutlings on your own dime, and come back with your Harvest of Ideas. Only we have each other, as i have stood on my own for this last 2ish years, i have wanted something more Here, there be monsters, hide no truths, hedge no bets, the deaper we are able to cut on here, the finer and more powerful Claims we can make. Always remember, we should be advancing, and when i steped into Hadit, i started to feel something different on this Battlefield, ever so softly, in the muck, my arm tired from holding back the Tide of VA bullshit... I felt a small click on my shield, it was YOU! You and I, we began to share the load, gave us both second wind. And slowly, i realized what T-Bird has done, he has started a Cadence! my Shield-Brothers and ShieldSisters. Every one of you, whose words i read, eased my burden. The VA can only xxxx us as individuals. Remember, nearly a hundred years ago, when people REALLY figured out how democracy can work for the minority within the majority, Prohibition was passed, and that is because of Soldiers of Ideals. Our issue is, the VA makes us literally be the David to their Goliath. They demand that we beg for our scraps. Very few Vererans are in the position to demand their Just Compensation because first off, we are broken. Assailed by disabilitys they expect us to fight. Alone! They punish us horribly with Time, and indifference......they teach us to Hate the individuals in their system, Whistleblowers ignored except when it boosts Ratings yet never allowing us Veterans ourselves the ability or TOOLS to help OURSELVES. i dont want someone coddling me, i can repair my own engine given time and proper tools. No way in Hell am i gonna try to pull impacted lugnuts off with my teeth now am I? "that some small amount of moneys may be paid to the maimed, the crippled, his widow, his children...." -Abraham Lincoln (Maybe not exact words, but its from my xxxxxx up memory so go google for Knowledge)
  20. Hello, This is my way of introducimg myself to the Hadit community as a whole. I only surf forums and give opinions and such to things that relate to me personally and my Battle with the VA I wanted to get not only all of these tags talked about, but i would hope to be able to at least get all of those abbrvs broken down for the people that come to this site in need I have noticed a lot of us old hats talk to each other in a comfortable, approachable, yet sometimes maybe even un-understandable to those who aren't in our War with the Rap-i um, mean Rating Officers Some of the people stopping by here for well deserved and needed help may not even be Vets, but their Spouses, their guardians, and most Unfittingly too often their Widows I hope to try to build a little Pist, wher if someone came here, they would have, oh, lets say a nice rusty ass old anchor to grip on to, you know, to help them ride out this Hellacious Hurricane of a system we face Add any word, phrase, Article or Chaptet number of any Law, Rule, Regulation that you would like to help pass on, well, not only the cold logical definition, but tye way it helped you in YOUR Battle. i want this thread to be open and honest, but please, don't get lost and sidetracked trying to impress the community, if a discussion blooms from seeds planted here, take your conversation to the Mail system, and coax them to sproutlings on your own dime, and come back with your Harvest of Ideas. Only we have each other, as i have stood on my own for this last 2ish years, i have wanted something more Here, there be monsters, hide no truths, hedge no bets, the deaper we are able to cut on here, the finer and more powerful Claims we can make. Always remember, we should be advancing, and when i steped into Hadit, i started to feel something different on this Battlefield, ever so softly, in the muck, my arm tired from holding back the Tide of VA bullshit... I felt a small click on my shield, it was YOU! You and I, we began to share the load, gave us both second wind. And slowly, i realized what T-Bird has done, he has started a Cadence! my Shield-Brothers and ShieldSisters. Every one of you, whose words i read, eased my burden. The VA can only xxxx us as individuals. Remember, nearly a hundred years ago, when people REALLY figured out how democracy can work for the minority within the majority, Prohibition was passed, and that is because of Soldiers of Ideals. Our issue is, the VA makes us literally be the David to their Goliath. They demand that we beg for our scraps. Very few Vererans are in the position to demand their Just Compensation because first off, we are broken. Assailed by disabilitys they expect us to fight. Alone! They punish us horribly with Time, and indifference......they teach us to Hate the individuals in their system, Whistleblowers ignored except when it boosts Ratings yet never allowing us Veterans ourselves the ability or TOOLS to help OURSELVES. i dont want someone coddling me, i can repair my own engine given time and proper tools. No way in Hell am i gonna try to pull impacted lugnuts off with my teeth now am I? "that some small amount of moneys may be paid to the maimed, the crippled, his widow, his children...." -Abraham Lincoln (Maybe not exact words, but its from my xxxxxx up memory so go google for Knowledge)
  21. 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!
  22. OK, my claim was at "Preparation For Notification" and then flipped to "Pending Decision Approval" and then almost immediately it switched back to "Preparation For Notification". I know everyone's claim is unique but does anyone have any clue as to how long it might take for ebenefits to show the approval info?
  23. Does anyone else know where this would be heading? Or is it just for the VLJ to sign.
  24. I'm so grateful that I am involved with my dad's claim. He was pending decision on April 8 (all c and p exams completed and favorable) and then he receives a letter on April 15 that he never uploaded his 526 EZ to ebenefits. Has this ever happened to one of you? Unfortunately for them, I was able to find it in ebenefits myself with the date stamp of 12-15. This shell game they are playing with these vets is unacceptable. ?
  25. Hello! Excuse me if I posted this in the weong section but I have hit a hicup in my claim process. Yesterday my claim changed status to preperation for notification. Then today it changed again. It went to Review of Evidence but in the notes it says the notification letter was sent. Also under disabilities it now says I have a rated 90 percent. So my question is, do I just need to wait for it to update? Is it possible this is some famous ebenny glitch? Also my estimated completetion date changed from 3/29 to 6/06-10/20. Did it actually go back to review of evidence even though it says notification sent AND it now shows I have a rating on my profile? Any advice is appreciated! Thank you!
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