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The VA still has not placed your POA throughout the system. I will try again on Monday to fix that. I saw your appeal is completed and they granted 2 items. Migraines and individual unemployability. I don't know what percentage for the migraines nor the dates. They did not give us a copy since our POA was not in the system. I will work on this Monday. I have a copy of the POA and will get it in the system.

Have a great holiday and you will get your letter probably next week.

I received this from my DAV rep. I called to check on it and the VA said decision was made, its pending authorization. What does this mean? How long does it usually take?

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I dont know about the retro, I filed for TDIU in Aug 08 got denied May09 filed NOD May09, how far will they go back? To the original file date or the NOD date?

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I dont know about the retro, I filed for TDIU in Aug 08 got denied May09 filed NOD May09, how far will they go back? To the original file date or the NOD date?

They'll go back to your original claim date. If that was Aug. 08, then they will owe you for 27 months retro-active pay. Now this is according to what the difference between what the TDIU payment should have been, minus the amount that you have been paid if you have been receiving any disability compensation during this 27 months. If not, if this is your first compensation award, then they will owe you (according to how many dependents you have listed) approximately 27 X $2,600.00 or about $70K, and, if this is so, then it will take a little extra time to get all three signatures okaying this disbursment.

NOW, listen up!

There are several additional benefits BESIDES the $2.5K a month that you need to be aware of, i.e., Chap. 35 bennys, free life insurance, etc., AND, according to which state you live in, various and differing state-supplied benefits (property tax reductions/elimination, vehicle tax/tag elimination, hunting/fishing licenses, state park admission, yada, yada, yada. And, don't forget, if this is your first award or the first time you have passed the "no co-pay" threshold, the elimination of your co-pays at the VAMC AND the refund of all your co-pays back to Aug. 2008.

BTW, congratulations!

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Nice post LarryJ. Many do not know about the other benefits other than the $. I know didn't when I got my award.

Isn't there something about eligibility for life insurance (SGLI or something like that) that comes with the award also?

Again, great news!

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Is there a site I can go to for a list of benefits? Will I get a MWR card or dependants eligible for champva?

Yes, yes and yes.

Actually you will have to apply for a WMR card (get your local VA Regional Office to send you the letter necessary to be presented to the visitors' center at you local military installation, at which time you will be issued the MWR card.......and don't forget to take your family) You can get the necessary letter by calling the 1-800#. And, yes, your dependents are eligible for CHAMPVA. Contact them via the CHAMPVA internet address which is on the VA website, or, again, call the 800# and tell them what you want ("I want CHAMPVA for my wife", etc.). And, do not forget the Chapter 35 education benefits (and these benefits can be retroactive back to when you first applied or became eligible for TDIU).

And, to answer the first question, you will find much information in the award letter. Then simply Google for the rest of the info, or you can find it here, on hadit.

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Larry is it possible for them to award TDIU without making it P&T? if they do then thier dependent may not be eligible yet for the CHAMPVA or Chapter 35 benefits or is TDIU automatically P&T I know that 100% is not always P&T and until the veteran gets the P&T award then they still have benefit issues

I have never dealt with TDIU so I don't know if P&T is automatic or not but since they find a way to mess with 100% vets I imagine they have a way to play games with TDIU vets also

I hope your award is P&T so the fun and games are over but I hate to see veterans get their sights set on all the benefits and then get told they have to wait for a few more years for a review

don't spend it all in one place there will be rainy days in the future

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I was just getting ready to ask the same about the P&T. Oh, by the way Larry, drop me a line, either pm me or email if you like. Let me know how things are!

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I got the email the day before thanksgiving and I called the VA the day after thanksgiving. I hope everything gets through the authorization process without any problems Naturually Im kinda worried about that. I tried the 1800# Monday and today to see If I could get any info but the call center is too busy. It says to try later.

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I talked on telephone with VA they said my NOD was decided 23nov10 and is at the final stages of authorization an estimated 10-40 days before I hear anything. Is this about right or does the left hand not know what the right hand is doing at the VA...again?

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That is the best sign in the world - it means P&T. But call to make sure...That's what I did.

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I called but they say they wont know anything for 10-30 days while the decision and retro(if any) is being authorized. Gonna be a long 10-30 days..

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