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Sent an IRIS inquiry as the the status of an appeal I have in the mill. Got a response back witha vague answer about my appeal and to my surprise, something else.

"Our system indicates that we received your Agent Orange claim on May 24, 2010. This claim is still in the initial stages of processing. We'll be reviewing your claim to determine if additional information is needed. If so, we will inform you of what is needed by letter."

I didn't file a claim that would have an effective date of May 24, 2010. So I tried calling my VSO. He's out all week at a SO convention. Curiosity's got the cat by the throat by now and gasping for air I just called the dreaded 800 #. After punching all the numbers and listening to elevator music for 5 minutes, I was informed that the claim is for IHD and is a re-determination of an earlier denial. Also informed that I fall under the Nehmer Act.

Now the wait begins. AGAIN.

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Well that sounds like a good thing I guess! Many here have asked if they will be under Nehmer.

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John, Something is going on. I read another post recently that mentioned the May 24 date. I reapplied the day after the anouncement last October. I was denied service connection in 1995. The last response I got from the RO was my application was received on May 24 2010 was will be processed as soon as the rule procedure was completed. There must be something about the May 24th date. dan

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Thru the e-benefits site, I noticed a claim on my file for heart disease, dated Oct. 2009 that I have never filed for. Stillhere may have hit on the reason for these mysterious claims we are seeing.

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Just checked the Ebenefits site. Although IRIS confirmed the claim was filed and the 800 # told me what it was for, Ebenefits doesn't list it. Are they that far behind in updating the site?

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First, there is such a thing as an "inferred"claim. Next, the VA, by law, during the claim processing, supposedly is required to generate additional claims if they are made obvious by the veteran's records and or claim language.

It should be understood that the VA has done a very poor job in the past concerning this facet of the laws and regulations. Perhaps because without proper medical knowledge, review and scrutiny, claims are often not "fully developed" in accordance with the letter of the law. Vietnam Vets claims for A.O. related presumptives generally fall under Nehmer. This imposes a bunch of requirements on the VA that are not there for other claims.

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