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  1. So I started my "Fully Developed Claim" 02/08/2019 had my VA Comp and Pen Exam 03/18/2019 . My original completion date was 08/05/2019. Then after my Exam 05/03/2019. This is my story I've injured both knees, both feet and back while serving In the Army in 2017. progressively my back gave out on me. Now I'm young 25 years, can't work and didn't know about my options until just recently. Lucky for me I was within my year of separation so I got a VSO to work with me and my claim. Still waiting if it's an approval or denial, however today Ebenefits updated status from "Pending of Decision" to "Pending Decision Approval. With a new estimated date 04/30/2019. What happens next. Will I know I'm approved before notification in the mail?
  2. My claim has been bounced around in a million directions (from what I read/hear is normal) but on 28 August, my claim moved to "pending decision approval" I had called the VA office about the status of it since eBenefits was not working. The guy was nice and told me that this is usually the quicker part of the claim that a decision was made but it was going to require 2 supervisor signatures and was usually a 1-2 day turn around UNLESS they find an error. For background purposes, my claim was started in February 2018, I had 23 different conditions claimed, by May 2018 I had completed 4 exams and it had been handed to the VA. My stuff went all the way to "preparation for decision" June 20th but then on July 19th it was kicked back to "initial review" and they wanted more exams. I never actually did the exams LHI essentially pulled the information out of my already completed exams and resent it to them. August my claim moved to "gathering evidence" and the VA said that LHI had still not provided them with my documents, I did call LHI multiple times where I was assured they had. I finally called the VA regional office directly where a person looked into everything and told me that LHI did submit them but the VA system did not "recognize" the files and a ticket with the IT department was submitted. On 7 August my claim moved to "preparation for decision" again. So fast forward today.... 30 August 2018. I suddenly show "documents past due" and decided to just call the office directly again because my gut was telling me it was not something due on my part. Apparently one of the supervisors put in a request for three more specialty exams, my soul was officially crushed. My question is, how normal is this and has anyone else similarly experienced this with the VA process? If so how far out were you "extended" when you had new exams? Also, I really really really need 3 of my medications and that is the thing that bothers me the most, one of them through my husbands insurance is still $200 a month.
  3. In July 2016, I filed for a disability claim. I have been out for over 20 years, it was not until I was refinancing my home last summer that I was told that I could still apply for disability compensation for my shoulder. So I waited over 20 years to make a claim. My military medical records show that I had a major shoulder surgery while on active duty. In October 2016, my claim was denied based on no service condition and not chronic. Prior to the denial, I was never offered an C&P exam. I timely appealed in January 2017. My appeal included a medical record to demonstrate the current disability and I requested a C&P exam. Today (June 2017 - about five months since my appeal was filed), ebenefits states that the status of my claim is "preparing for a decision." I know, that means I should get something in the mail soon enough, but the curiosity in me wants to know sooner versus later. Based on everything I have read on the boards, five months is too quick for any decision to be made by the VA appeals/DRO. (If it matters, I am in Phoenix). My question is a procedural question: If a C&P is ordered, would it be preparing for a decision before the actual exam? Does preparing for a decision automatically mean that the DRO/Appeal has been denied? Or does preparing for a decision reflect that a C&P is ordered? Follow up: If a C&P is ordered, does it stay in DRO or go back to regular claims track (which are supposed to be quicker?). Finally, how long after preparing for decision should I receive some notice from the VA? Can I call the VA and will they tell me what the status is?
  4. First off I apologize for any redundancy, I have been searching for answers for weeks on the blogs but just decided to post my own question instead. I retired on 1 Oct 2015 (21 and done) and my disability claim started that day. I had filed everything 180 days out from retirement with the VFW and finished all my C&P's by May 2015. With that being said I really didn't worry about it, I figured it would move through at the speed of maple syrup flowing uphill in Maine in winter and there wasn't much I could do about it. I casually checked Ebenefits and then in December noticed an estimated completion date of 29 Nov 2015-21 Jan 2016. Needless to say that day came and went and it still says Preparation for Decision. Early February I called the VFW who assisted me with my claim and they said it was still in Winston-Salem where all retiree claims go and to call back the end of February. So I called today and she said it was in Huntington, WV and was pending signatures, she said she couldn't give a completion time because she didn't know how long it would take to get signatures but to call back next week. Mind you, Ebenefits still says Prep for Decision. I know they don't keep Ebenefits up, but I was just looking to see what the consensus is on where I am in the process. Its been 5 months and all I hear is crickets I don't even really know what questions to ask the VFW or the VA hotline to see what is going on. Thanks for all your help Guardian 7
  5. It feels a little like success. Filed initial claim 1 Mar 11, checked e-bene today and the status changed from "review of evidence" to "preparation for decision. I'm just happy to see some movement, should I expect another long wait before things advance again? I really hadn't expected to see any movement or hear anything prior to the 1 year mark and I think perhaps I should stick with that premise, just wanted to get a few opinions. Shock
  6. Claim Type: Compensation Estimated Claim Completion Date: 02/12/2012 to 01/10/2013 Contentions: hypertension (New), tinnitus (New), Depression secondary to prostate and lymph node cancer (Secondary), And getting worst! Bowel dysfunction secondary to prostate and lymph node cancer (Secondary), has not change! Peripheral neuropathy, right lower extremity associated with diabetes mellitus, type II (Increase), peripheral neuropathy, left lower extremity associated with diabetes mellitus, type II (Increase), but much worst! Erectile dysfunction associated with prostate cancer with residual prostatectomy scar (Increase) I don't know why I should continue these Claim's, since I'm 100% P&T ? Only reason is to not let the VA or government to get away with the pain and suffering that they have bought to my life and specially to my wife!
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