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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Well I dont know where to start. Its hard for me not to use irrational words as its so freaking hard to contain myself. Today I logged in to ebenefits and the "Open Claims" was unavailable. I then looked down in the completed section and saw that my claim which I started June 2012 was closed out as of today 9/30/13 and I couldnt beleive my eyes. I immediately went over to create my benefits summary and said a little prayer before it loaded and sure enough there it was !!!! 100% !!!! My head felt like it was going to explode, its really hard to describe. 16 months !!! I then saw the link for commisary letter and Deers enrollment and that gave me the hint of the P&T.

I originally filed my claim in JUNE 2012 out of Manhattan RO for IU for Bipolar Disorder II & Increase for Cervical Strain (Neck) and Bilateral Shoulder Tears. I was rated at 80% at the time.

I hope Im not jumping the gun because Im basing all of this excitement out of my results from ebenifits as I have not received my Big Brown Envelope yet.

I moved from New York to Ca in August 2012 but my claim wasnt transferred to the Los Angeles RO until July 2013. From the time I submitted everything back in June 2012 things moved very fast but came to a halt around Nov.2012 then got stuck at "Preparing for Decision". In August 2013 it jumped back to Collecting Dust, and I was called in for 2 More C&P Exams, one of which resulted in my car being towed !!! which I wont get into.

As far as I know, I will now be eligible for base/commisary priveleges.

Still waiting for the results of my PDBR (Physical Disability Board of Review) Results which was filed around the same time as my increase.

This is my first post on this site but I have literally been on here 3-5 times a week the past year and I although none of you know me, I feel like I know alot of you.

Thank you all for the knowlege and support I owe you all a round of drinks ! ! !

Now Im just crossing my fingers that this government shutdown doesnt interfere with my first payment as Im tapped out from borrowing funds from family and friends.

God Bless

100% P&T - 9/30/13

SSDI 2006

PDBR - pending

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Well I dont know where to start. Its hard for me not to use irrational words as its so freaking hard to contain myself. Today I logged in to ebenefits and the "Open Claims" was unavailable. I then looked down in the completed section and saw that my claim which I started June 2012 was closed out as of today 9/30/13 and I couldnt beleive my eyes. I immediately went over to create my benefits summary and said a little prayer before it loaded and sure enough there it was !!!! 100% !!!! My head felt like it was going to explode, its really hard to describe. 16 months !!! I then saw the link for commisary letter and Deers enrollment and that gave me the hint of the P&T.

I originally filed my claim in JUNE 2012 out of Manhattan RO for IU for Bipolar Disorder II & Increase for Cervical Strain (Neck) and Bilateral Shoulder Tears. I was rated at 80% at the time.

I hope Im not jumping the gun because Im basing all of this excitement out of my results from ebenifits as I have not received my Big Brown Envelope yet.

I moved from New York to Ca in August 2012 but my claim wasnt transferred to the Los Angeles RO until July 2013. From the time I submitted everything back in June 2012 things moved very fast but came to a halt around Nov.2012 then got stuck at "Preparing for Decision". In August 2013 it jumped back to Collecting Dust, and I was called in for 2 More C&P Exams, one of which resulted in my car being towed !!! which I wont get into.

As far as I know, I will now be eligible for base/commisary priveleges.

Still waiting for the results of my PDBR (Physical Disability Board of Review) Results which was filed around the same time as my increase.

This is my first post on this site but I have literally been on here 3-5 times a week the past year and I although none of you know me, I feel like I know alot of you.

Thank you all for the knowlege and support I owe you all a round of drinks ! ! !

Now Im just crossing my fingers that this government shutdown doesnt interfere with my first payment as Im tapped out from borrowing funds from family and friends.

God Bless

100% P&T - 9/30/13

SSDI 2006

PDBR - pending

Gza,

Looking pretty good so far.

Any chance I can get a nice cold - dirty grey goose martini - up ?

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Hey, good on you, bro!!! I'm soooooo happy for ya!!! I'll have one of those martinis also. Now stay well, live long and make 'em pay. jmo

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Congrats Gza, I would definitely call this a win.

Good luck and enjoy.

Semper Fi.

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      VA Benefit InformationSummary of benefit informationYou have one or more service-connected disabilities:Yes         Your combined service-connected evaluation is:100%               You are considered to be totally and permanently disabled due solely to your service-connected disabilities:Yes           The effective date of when you became totally and permanently disabled due to your service-connected disabilities:July 01, 2019

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