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Moved Backwards From Preparation For Notification To Pending Decision Approval

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My VSO called me about 2 weeks ago and told me congrats and that my claim for an increase has been approved and I was awarded 100% PT (up from 60% combined)...it has been about 18 months since my claim for an increase was submitted, so I was very happy to hear this news. I was one of those guys who kept checking my Ebenefits status almost everyday especially after my C&P exams. my claimwas stuck in the "gathering of evidence" phase for about 16 months until I was finally called in for my C&P exams. After my C&P exams it seemed things were moving along, I kept checking my EBenefits status and it moved all the way from gathering of evidence to prep for decision, to pending decision approval, and then to prep for notification within a few weeks! and after the call from my VSO 2 weeks ago I thought the wait was definitley over! but a week ago I checked my Ebenefits and it has moved backwards from prpe for notification back to "pending decision approval" and my AB8 letter and everything else such as my payment history is still showing me at the 60% rate which will be coming in tomarrow on 5/1/2013. Im kind of freaking out as to why it would move backwards from prep for notification to pending decision approval and I still havent recieved anything by mail. Im going to give it another few weeks and call my VSO I guess. When she called me she told me that one item was deferred but that my increase for my PTSD and my Back Injury were approved and that I was bumped up to 100% PT and that I should be seeing my first check on 5/1/2013 (which I checked and I am not)..has this happened t anyone else? Am i freaking out over nothing? has anyones VSO ever told them they were approved for an increase or an award but later found out/something happened where it wasnt true or it was denied? I hope someone can calm my nerves! Thanks brothers- Earl

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It could be that the deffered issue is the one that went to Pending Decision. Your other item could still be processing, you will probably need three signatures due to the amount of retro. On one of my claims it took them 104 days from decision date ot actually send the decision and the retro to me.

Just try not to tourture yourself over the unknown.

Best regards,

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its so frustrating especially when you think youre about to cross the finish line. I just really hope its true that I was approved for 100% P&T (like my VSO told me over the phone)...if it takes a few more months for me to get a letter and actually see the money in the bank then so be it...i just really hope she wasnt jumping the gun by telling me it was approved only to later find out bad news that it wasnt for some reason or another! Im hanging in there biting my nails up here in Buffalo NY!

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I went through the same crap. I thought I was a ping pong ball, but it finally came through after over 1100 days. I was told by a friend that works at the VA, the reason for this was it was going through different levels at the VA. He said mine went through 6 levels of managers prior to my 100% + SMCs. It will come.

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have eithr of you been called by your VSO and told that a decision has been made for 100% and that you should be paid within a few weeks? (this is what my VSO told me over the phone 3 weeks ago) and then you actually waited MONTHS? what does teh VSO know or what can they see that we cant see on E benefits? she said I was approved for 100%...should I believe her??

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I wish I had access to see what she sees, so that I can calm my nerves...i just want that big brown envelope and to see it in writing so that i know FOR SURE

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