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Hi Everyone,

I filed for TDIU for my PTSD/Migraines/Neck/Back/Tinnitus problems. I am currently at 80% total. 70% PTSD, 10% Neck, 10% Back, and 10% Tinnitus. My claim as been going since June 28th of 2010. I have just found out from my American Legion rep that my claim is in the notification phase. I couldn't quite squeeze the answer out of them yet, so my anxiety is going through the roof. I called this morning and spoke to a gentleman, and he told me that "some of it looks really good" He let me know that my migraines were being deferred to being service connected, but he did say that it stated something about being eligible for Chapter 35 benefits. It sounds like they're going to grant me TDIU. I know I'm counting my chickens before they hatch, so I will keep calling them every day this week until I find out the Award Letter has been submitted.

It has been a long road (even though it's really not compared to some veterans) but I'm glad it's close to being over. I'm doing my best to keep positive until I find out the definite answer.

Another question I do have, is that I am recieving SSDI, which I submitted to the VA in support of my TDIU claim. I have read that it is possible to get a TDIU to backdate to your SSDI award date. Is this really possible? I asked the American Legion rep about this, and his response was, "The VA will not pay back to the SSDI date because the TDIU claim was not submitted before the SSDI award date, so it would only backdate to my TDIU claim date of June 28th. My SSDI award date backdated to July of 2009, so that's a big pay difference.

As I stated before, I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but my stomach is in knots, and I'm sure I won't be able to sleep even as good as I can with the pills until I find out my definite answer. I will keep all of you posted, and hopefully I'll be posting in the success stories area by the end of the week. Thank you all for your input, and for giving me a kick in the rear to get the paperwork going to the VA and SSDI. Without everyone's help, I'm sure I wouldn't have filed for SSDI yet, as I didn't know I really could. Thank you all, Hadit.com members!

-Sapper724-

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Hope you're close to receiving some happy news, Sapper.

My opinion is the VA won't date anything according to SSDI - but that's based on no real knowledge- totally an opinion.

Try not to drive yourself crazy waiting on mail/word - do more planning on how you'll spend some of the money. :smile:

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Thank you for the advice Kelly. I finally got a phone call from the American Legion today, and my paperwork as finally gotten entered in their system. They have backdated me until July 1st, 2010, and have awarded me 100% P&T with no future exams. I'm in disbelief. I read so much on here about people fighting for P&T, I can't believe I got it on the first go around. Actually, I'm still in disbelief that they rated me at 100% for PTSD, instead of giving me TDIU. I'll be posting on the Success Stories later on today. Thanks again for your reply!

Hope you're close to receiving some happy news, Sapper.

My opinion is the VA won't date anything according to SSDI - but that's based on no real knowledge- totally an opinion.

Try not to drive yourself crazy waiting on mail/word - do more planning on how you'll spend some of the money. :smile:

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Hopefully a week or so. I have my fingers crossed :)

Now how long will it take you to get the big brown envelope?

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