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Hi, I am waiting on a claim for TDIU. I am SC, 40% Raynaud's Phenomenon, DDD C5&6, migrain headaches caused by DDD, Bipolar disorder with depression and anxiety assoc. w/ Raynaud's Phenomenon. It is my DDD and headaches that have seen significant changes. I have had a recent C&P where the doc wrote that my DDD would interfer with any physical jobs, or jobs where I needed to ben my neck. He also noted that my headaches would prevent any useful employment. What I am wondering about is the importance of the past employer forms. I have not worked since 2007, and my last 3 jobs were for small local businesses. One has changed ownership since my employment and nobody there would know who I am, the second position closed in my area but still has one location (that boss does not like me do to an argument we had while I was employed and I'm wondering how far he would go to put the screws to me), the last is still going strong, and I believe owner will fill out forms honestly and promptly. How important are these responses? Will it drag out my claim if they don't respond? I did have absences from each job due to migraines, and also had anger outbursts. How long will they wait before continuing without these forms returned?

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Put in writing an explanation as to why info they requested will probably not happen and request that they decide the rating using this and other info provided.

Good Luck

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On my IU claim I only had one employer. I called the 800# and told them he would not respond. They entered that in my file and went from there. So in my case the statement from a former employer meant nothing.

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In my IU claim they waited for a responce after sending out the request twice. It took an extra 6 weeks; but after I talked to them via the 800 number, The proceeded without one of my two employers. The only emplyer that did respond would only say that I worked there from stated times, and would not comment on any issues that I had such as being late, or not showing up due to depression and chronic pain. So I don't think it played that big a role in the decision. I did have an unfeasibility letter from voc rehab though that went I long way I believe. Good luck.

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the VAF 21-4192 does help your claim, but it won't prevent us from rating it if there's enough evidence of record to show you are unemployable. A claim won't be delyaed just for that, and if they entered a note stating that you don't expect them to reply or of the employment was more than 10 yrs ago, it won't count against claim if there;s no reply. What matters is how much medical evidence you have to show that you are not able to work due to your service connected disabilities.

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I had former employers that were like angry ex-lovers, and wouldn't expect any help from them.

From what I could tell, they just didn't respond to the VA's requests.

And I won.

So, don't worry about it. :smile:

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