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Something caught my attention from another post earlier. Didn't want to butt in with my question cause I didn't want anyone thinking I was hi-jacking his post. They were talking about backpay for thier children from the day they were born. That brought my attention to my current claim adding my wife. The main reason I never put her in was the fact I didn't think our marriage would last. Would they backpay me from 08 since thats the year I was rated 30%,or from the date I submitted the claim?

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Cooter,

Due to lots of confusion about how to get divorce certificates form prior marriages, my wife did not get added when I was first awarded 30%, even though I had sent in the paperwork with dates. I was finally able to gather them for her and me about two years later, and they only paid me from the date that I send in the divorce certificates. I contested this on the fact that they were supposed to take the veterans word, unless they felt the veteran was lying. They never said they felt I was lying, but just stuck by their original claim of needing certified copies of the divorce degree from prior marriages. I NOD'ed the EED, but to no avail.

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Get her added Cooter. If she divorces you then just delete her.

No big deal as it is an earned benefit and it isnt a whole bunch of money.

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Cooter,

Due to lots of confusion about how to get divorce certificates form prior marriages, my wife did not get added when I was first awarded 30%, even though I had sent in the paperwork with dates. I was finally able to gather them for her and me about two years later, and they only paid me from the date that I send in the divorce certificates. I contested this on the fact that they were supposed to take the veterans word, unless they felt the veteran was lying. They never said they felt I was lying, but just stuck by their original claim of needing certified copies of the divorce degree from prior marriages. I NOD'ed the EED, but to no avail.

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So was your NOD for EED back when you filed your first claim, or the date of your award of 30% ?

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Cooter,

I filed a NOD for an EED for when I received my award for 30%. I originally sent in the Declaration of Dependents 21-686c then, but they said they needed the actual divorce decrees for both mine and my wife's previous marriages. I had no idea of how to get them, and finally learned how to get them from a NOVA lawyer I retained to help me with my NOD from an increase to only 50%. He told me that the County I was a resident of, when I was married would have a copy of the divorce decree, and he was right. I explained this to the VA, but they said I never responded in a timely manner, so they denied my request for an earlier EED for my wife as a dependent.

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Cooter,

I filed a NOD for an EED for when I received my award for 30%. I originally sent in the Declaration of Dependents 21-686c then, but they said they needed the actual divorce decrees for both mine and my wife's previous marriages. I had no idea of how to get them, and finally learned how to get them from a NOVA lawyer I retained to help me with my NOD from an increase to only 50%. He told me that the County I was a resident of, when I was married would have a copy of the divorce decree, and he was right. I explained this to the VA, but they said I never responded in a timely manner, so they denied my request for an earlier EED for my wife as a dependent.

OK that answeres my question then. Even tho when I was awaded 30% almost 3 years ago, my EED would start when I filed my claim. Thanks Bonzai

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