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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. Hey all, As some of you know I am new here and posted a few questions trying to learn about this process. Won't go into deep detail but I have just had a couple oddly fast responses so I want to share them First off I had a C&P review of my 70% PTSD status on 16 August 2018. Doc said his company has been getting fast responses from the VA and that based on how he was writing the report and adding a diagnosis of "BiPolar likely caused by the PTSD" and that I "would get" (his words) a bump in rating even though they are not supposed to make that type of statement because they are not raters. Found this site, asked a bunch of questions about timing and next steps etc. had some very thorough answers and I thank you all for them. On Aug 20th Ebenefits showed claim as Gathering evidence Today Aug 23 Ebenefits shows Preparation for Notification, which seems really really fast for the VA so I started digging around to find out others experience with recent VA speed in processing. I assume my local VARO is a factor in that speed. I found a posting that referred to Vets.gov, so I went there and under Track my Claims I see a couple things not on Ebenefits. which is fairly fast and not on the ebenefits site. I read others getting to PFN then being sent back to Gathering of Evidence, so I am not jumping up and down yet. In the meantime with all the questions I asked it was suggested that other possible claims I was considering pursuing, including TDIU and for Ed and an increase on a couple of the secondaries to my PTSD and reopening a bilateral hearing loss, that the longer I waited the more money I would/might not be receiving. It was strongly suggested I apply asap, so I did. That was also on 8/20/2018 Tonight at 10 p.m. EST I got an email saying I had another C&P on 8/31/2018, but does not say for what, which is what started the hunt for info today. On Ebenefits it says one of my new claims is closed. nothing else, just closed. On Vets.Gov it says closed notification mailed. What is odd is that the path I show in the attached image for my C&P review that had such a fast turn around is not shown for that claim. That claim was for ED, which as a man rated 70% PTSD with Major Depressive disorder with psychotic features, should be a no brainer as I understand the online discussions. So in this case on the Ebenefits site, I chose to select the Request a Decision link after I submitted the Fully Qualified application. Overall on both situations the speed is kinda gnawing at me. On the ED claim, it will be interesting to see what they say and try and figure out if clicking that link for something that is well documented in my SMR and VA record actually makes things quicker. The SMC payment would be at least 105 bucks even if they rate as 0%, but they can rate as high as 20% for SC trauma causing the ED. Doing the VA math and assuming no bump in my PTSD rating, rating me at 10 or 20% would bump my overall combined rating to 80%, so as long as they don't deny the claim I will have an increase. On the other one, I really want to trust the doctors suggestion that I will get a bump but as PTSD comes in 30, 50, 70 & 100% blocks the only bump I see (now) is to 100% which would be great and would erase the need for TDIU which would be cool because being 100% Schedule has serious advantages over being 100% TDIU. The date of the new C&P, 8/31, also has me a bit worried only because I might not get any online notification of the outcome in PFN or for the ED. Anyway, I will post an update once I find out what each of these are. Thanks for reading
  4. 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.
  5. I have been a long time reader of the success stories on this site, I have never posted before. So here I go on my rant. I filed a DRO Appeal at the Muskogee Regional Office October 2013, I then had my DRO Hearing in May of 2014, at this hearing the DRO explained to me that it would be an informal non-recorded hearing simply because she seen the mistake that the VA Rating Officer made and that this would be a quick fix. "No later than end of July 2014." I had opened a dependency claim in January 2014 as well due to getting married. Now that I have an open dependency claim and a DRO appeal going on at the same time I'm pretty sure I screwed myself. That darn 1-800-no one knows a damn thing keeps reading me the same old paragraph about if we need anything we will contact you. My dependency claim went to Preparation for Notification on December 2, and now today December 18 it goes back to Pending Decision Approval, can someone explain what is so freak'en hard about approving a spouse that it had to get sent back a stage? Also can someone enlighten me on one more question. Could this be what is slowing down my DRO Appeal. The appeal is for PTSD increase, and IU. I'm already at 60% and the DRO officer explained to me that I should be at 90-100% for PTSD alone not to mention the other 8 items on my claim that all together gave me a 60% rating. Thank you in advance for any help or advice.
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