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Hey everyone,

I'm hearing and reading a lot of great things aboutHadit.

A little about me:

I'm a retired Army 1SG/E-8 (2004) and typical. I filed a claimwhen I retired for the issues that were significant at the end of my serviceand didn't give it a lot of thought when it came back at 50% total. I didn'tappeal on a couple of denials or 0% ratings and have since done a bunch ofresearch that has me kicking myself. I now have a claim for increase on almosteverything that I was initially rated for with some additional things that havebecome seriously debilitating over the last few years, which are all service connected or secondary to my current rated disabilities. I submitted with theassistance of the DAV in San Antonio (so I'm assuming it was donecorrectly) and it was received Oct2010. It's still showing in thedevelopment phase on Ebenefits. I've received several "We're still workingon it" letters to this point but no C&P's have been scheduled.

I'mlooking to gain some knowledge and assistance about the process and have a tonof questions relating to my original claim as well as the increases. It's already been a longroad and it's still pretty open out in front of me. I'm starting to get discouraged

One question up front: I'm seeing some stuff on requestingmy "C" file, i.e. I need to get a copy, and it's crazy not to have it beforeyou file etc. But, I've also seen that to request it while I have a claim inthe works is not a wise thing to do. Can someone give me some insight here? Ihave the request in a stamped envelope ready to go, so I'm glad I came here before I mailed it!

Appreciate any comments.

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Welcome to Hadit.

In response to your immediate question about requesting your "C" file while you have

claims in for increase or rating. I have read on Hadit that to do that, they have to get your

file from the stage it is in, copy it, and then it could get put into the bottom of the stack and

it may lose your place in line, so-to-speak. I'm sure someone who is more knowledgeable

will come along and give you a a better answer


IMHO, Holding your letter a day or two more may be well worth it, until you get a more

knowledgeable answer.I don't have my "C" file as yet, held off requesting it till my last

claim was decided. Am going to request it now, since my claim has been decided.

And don't get discouraged. You will find a lot of encouragement here on Hadit from it's


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Welcome to the club,

I mean forum

I never did get my c-file. But, the VARO did list everything they used to rate my claim on the decision, So, you could look at your last rating to see what they used in it, and file ROI for the c and ps on this one and add any evidence you submitted and that should give a pretty accurate amount of stuff in your c-file.

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My first "hadit" post, hi. I am over 60 with probably typical VA dealings. I have come to this forum 'well-recommended.' I have pursued Agent Orange since 1970 (discharge). Perplexity seems to be my feeling as to the VA and their views of the Orange/Blue/Red dust effects. From reading it seems cancer is the key- well, what if you don't have cancer BUT your blood system is screwed up? This is where I'm at. 100% over active thyroid within a year of discharge. VA hospitalized me and radiated the hell out of my throat. Also, I am service 10% for nerve damage from gunshot- needs to be more :) Along with "night-sweats" and some more I will peruse the forums for. Looks to be a great place. I will visit with you folks frequently

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