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  1. I live in NY and was wondering if any other NYer has been waiting over 1 yr to complete their claims? Been told it is due to high population of veterans. Claim started in April 2020, and had to conduct all my exams with LHI, then had to conduct all my exams again, but with VES. First time I have ever had to redo exams, first time was due to DBS questionnaire changes, the other time was to redo psych eval since it was done over a year ago, it has been nothing but a long wait for cp exams to be setup and to finally be at the point now, of HOPEFULLY having done everything and waiting for a decision. I have also been waiting for my deceased Vietnam veterans claim as well to be completed, trying to get my mother the benefits she is possibly due. Sad when it even takes this long for a veteran who has past away. Understanding covid had something to do with all this with workers working from home, I'm just curious if anyone has been waiting as long as me or longer and if they too had to conduct all their exams twice under both contractors? From one veteran to another, THANK YOU ALL hope VA is treating you better.
  2. ******UPDATE---4-13-2021******* I received my decision letter for my duty to assist (although I never did receive a full explanation on why a duty to assist was flagged or what basis and I think I never will)...they note that from my C&P exam, my symptoms are: pyrosis (heatburn and/or reflux), regurgitation, substernal pain and vomiting, and the decision is to continue my GERD rating at 10%. I don't know what else to do here. Shouldn't I be rated at least 30%, if not 60%? I mean, there are times, (as I told the C&P examiner), that I have had to come home from work to take medicine or reschedule a meeting during a flare-up because, ya know, belching etc., isn't professional. My examiner wanted to hear none of it. Did not even look at my file when I tried to show him all the documentation that this has been going on for such a long time. Now, a week later, I get a decision letter that it is to be continued at 10%....Any suggestions? Should I do a CUE at this point?.... ***NEW UPDATE-April 3, 2021 Okay, so I received a letter about the duty to assist for my GERD claim, and scheduled a C&P. My file online for disability claims also updated to show the GERD claim. I went to my C&P exam this past Wednesday, where the claims guy went over the whole sheet about my symptoms and whatever for my GERD. Then, on Thursday, it updated on my disabilities page-except now it says PTSD claim? Same thing yesterday, it says, "what you've claimed-PSTD, claim received March 31st (when I had my C&P exam". Who do I contact about this error? OR do I wait for them to catch it? It still says it today (obviously, since the VA is closed). But, all the way up to this point, it HAD said GERD. It also has listed my GERD files stuff under the files section of the claim....... *****NEW EDIT AS OF FEB. 14th.... Okay, it says that the HLR review was completed on Jan. 28th. I STILL have not received a letter, and on Monday, the 15th, it will be three weeks. The rating looks to be the same on my e-file, but, when I called the VSO on Friday to see if he could see anything on his end of what the VA said about the HLR, he said that my file showed nothing-not the claim or my disability percent(s), or the HLR. Anyone else run into issues with HLR decisions and taking longer than the 10 days to receive your decision letter? I would like to know why I was denied (I am assuming I was, since the percent is the same)... Thanks everyone!! Good Afternoon, I know the time frame for a HLR is normally about 4 months (they state on their website 125 days), however, I am wondering if anyone has filed a HLR since they opened up the VA more in August? Just wondering if there is a huge backlog now. I have mine just sitting there since September, and no status change, even though I was thinking it would be until January, but, as most others have said, still checking often to see if there has been any updates! Thanks!!!
  3. I have submitted in writing a request for permanent and total due to my TBI residuals. I had submitted the letter in as evidence with my request for an increase for my headaches and TBI. I was just given IU and SMC S for my TBI so they know it makes me unemployable but what they didn't have for my TBI review was a recent MRI. Which I had gotten two weeks later from my primary VA doctor where he states that it shows no improvement from a 2006 MRI after my severe TBI. My claim is still technically open so in that letter I requested a new C&P for my headaches since they have tried at the VA 3 drugs and now they are given me a shot in the skull with pain killer to relieve my headaches since they rated me 0%. I also requested a new C&P which the doctor can tell the difference between my PTSD from my deployment and my TBI residuals. The doctor at the TBI said I had no mental issues related to my TBI but then 4 months prior a physc doctor said she couldn't speculate what caused my PTSD but I definitely have PTSD. I said in the letter one doctor says I have it another doctor says I don't have a PTSD related issue from my TBI but you all lumped it together, this should be a separate issue. I spoke with office of case management and they said I have a suspense date on the claim for the 24th of this month. What are my chances they will start working on my issues? I was told I could request all this myself in writing by the VA. I have an active appeal for service connection for one issue they denied and then they service connected me for another issues that is secondary to that issue I get so frustrated with this xxxxxxx wheel of death. I don't care how long the appeal takes it going to get connected my attorney is no longer working with my claim he says there nothing in it for him since I'm 100% now but he started the appeal. Will it no longer be pending if he decided he doesn't want to do it anymore? It a video hearing can I keep it going and just represent myself? I have all the evidence on my issue to prove service connection. Sorry my questions jump around I didn't really know if this was an appeal question until I started writing it.
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