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  1. We just had a meeting over this today, and among other things veteran anxiety was brought up several times, as was how to define 'sustained improvement', usually in the context of cancers and other malignancies. That is still being addressed, but the short of this is that there is a National push for creating fewer RFE's, due mainly to statistical analysis that shows they are often unnecessary. I get one, I look at it, I document or obtain all the current medical from the last action on a condition, then send it to an RVSR that then looks it over to determine if an exam is truly warranted, etc etc. The dates for these things are set like 90% by computer based on previous regulations and estimations of medical conditions that are gotten from I have no idea where. No, really, im not kidding. I don't know what went into programming the dates for all the various conditions into the system for assigning RFE dates. It takes up a lot of time for me (us, VSRs) and Rvsrs to evaluate these only to have them not even be needed, meanwhile you have gotten a letter about it and are stewing and worrying about it. Well, this says that we (VA) are changing the policy effective date of this letter (7 OCT) forward. RFEs scheduled prior to are being weeded out and evaluated like normal.
  2. Hello everyone, I have not been able to find much information on routine future examinations (RFE). I did not apply for an increase or any new claims. I have a RFE scheduled for bilateral knee instability a little after 5 years of service connection. My understanding is that this is supposed to be an evaluation of the current severity of symptoms and if the disability continues to be a problem and to what extent. I asked the person on the phone making the appointment and she said to be prepared to discuss my event in service and why I think it is service connected. I don't understand why veterans would have to discuss the event in service again and why they think it is related to their current disability if the nexus has been established. My experience has always been that the C&P examiner will not look at any of my records during the examination and if I insist, the rest of the exam does not go very well. I had to appeal a denial due to a bad C&P the first time around and it took a while for them to service connected. My plan was to let him know from the start that this is a re-evaluation, but the moment you try to manage the situation, it can go very wrong for you. All I'm looking for is a fair chance to explain what is going on with me currently and fully comply with VA requirements. The problem is we barely have any time with the examiners and you must make every minute count. Does anyone know what happens during these re-evaluations? Is it appropriate to go back to event in service and how it is related to your disability? Should the C&P examiners at the VA know that this is a RFE and not a new claim? Should I bring anything with me since they almost never look at documents? I appreciate any feedback anyone may be able to provide on this.
  3. I’ve had an appeal on file since 2013 for Fibromyalgia and bilateral knee pain. The appeal went all the way to BVA. During the process they loss my appeal. When the VSO lawyer got involved I started to see traction. As of last week the BVA remanded back to the RO. I read the letter 4 times and it sounds like BVA is scolding the RO for “overlooking” pertinent information like my STRs. The judge gave specific instruction that RO must do assist with connecting my knees to my degenerative bank at 40%. I think I need an IMO and updated DBQ. But in addition to the above it would appear that the regional office turned around and opened 2 claims for RFE. These are unrelated to my appeal. I definitely feel being like this out of spite. What can I do.
  4. I just did an REF for MDD/GAD. VA.gov has a "IU (new)" claim and also a request for a TDUI application within 30 days. I'm a little miffed because I understood that the rating decision would have been made within weeks but now they estimate it to be in November. What are the ramifications of me not filing an application for TDIU now but possibly filing one down the road (months or years)? How can I tell the VA to forget about TDIU and hurry up with the rating? The anxiety is bothering me. I want to know if they will lower, keep the same, or increase my rating. I can't sleep.
  5. I just did my RFE for MDD/GAD and this change on the va.gov web site occurred. What does "IU (New)" mean and why did it appear right after an RFE?
  6. I was rated 50% for mental health and placed on the TDRL in 2014. In 2016, I was placed on the PDRL. Fast forward to 2020, the VA is reevaluating me. I heard that the VA shouldn't be doing this because they usually take a PEB's opinion on stability into consideration. Is that true? Should I upload the 2016 PEB decision as evidence in my favor or bring it to my C&P exam? Please advise. Thanks.
  7. I know we can't really rely on the status updates and such on VA.gov and Ebenefits. But, I was on VA.gov making sure my lay statement was uploaded, etc and noticed it said they closed request 3- which said Request 3- DBQ PSYCH- no longer needed What exactly does that mean? My husband is going in for his RFE Major Depressive Disorder C&P next Friday. Does that mean they already have a DBQ ready? Or they needed a blank one on file? I just never know.
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