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Statement On Award Ltr - Has Anyone Seen This?



Hello All....

I received an Award Ltr for an initial claim...In the "INTRODUCTION" section, there is a statement as follows:

"Based on a review of the evidence listed below, we have made the following decision(s) on your claim. In respect to all SC disabilities, a review of the evidence does not show that your claim warrants submission for special consideration."

Has anyone received a stmt like this on their Award Ltr? Does anyone know it's meaning? Appreciate your thoughts......


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If you google M21-1MR Special Consideration, then links to M21 will pop up describing the different ways this term is used by the VA.

I dont know which parts of M21 would apply but you would be able to determine that when the links pop up in google .

Did they grant you the full benefits they sought in the award letter?

Thus- would special consideration have mattered?

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I suspect that is thier way of saying that an extra-schedular rating is not warrented/necessary. They either think that the rating schedule as written fully and fairly compensates you for your SC condition, or your condition does not warrent compensation. If they do not include lingo to this effect it creates an opportunity on appeal to indicate that the rating officer did not consider that your SC condition could not be properly rated within the existing schedule.

I think that something close to that has been on every one of my ratings.

Is this the new and improved decision letter?

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I'd NOD "a review of the evidence does not show that your claim warrants submission for special consideration."

Particuliarly if there is no further explanation as to why.

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Well, put it in context with the rest of the letter..as a suggestion. Did you get an award..is it what you wanted?

I think there are several "special considerations"

....special consideration for TDIU, if you dont meet scedular guidelines

....special consideration for hearing loss if yours is "unusual"

....special consideration for shredded evidence

and more that I cant think of now.

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Pete53, Berta, 71M10, Chuck75, broncovet & others……

Thank you all for the responses to my question……First off, I did not know that M21-1MR Special Considerations Docs even existed…thanks Berta, I’m going to have myself a good read tonight….

When I received this “initial” Award Letter, they awarded me 80% on my med issues, except for COPD & CAD (IHD), which they have deferred for more tests (PFT, METS, etc…) I cannot say if VA will consider these 2 diseases as SC, although they’ve been documented in my SMRs as SC…….so, to answer Berta’s question; I’ve been awarded 80% thus far……

71M10…..I’m not sure if this is the new and improved decision letter….How will I know?

Chuck75….There wasn’t any further explanation to the VA’s statement on my Award Letter, but I believe I thought it was because they (VA) hadn’t completed my initial claim……(2 deferred claims)……

As broncovet and the rest of you brought up, there are several special considerations & I just need to mosey on up to M21-1MR and do my D. D…….

Again, thank you all very much…….There are other questions that I cannot find answers to…..I promise not to over-inundate any of you…..promise!


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