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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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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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This simplifies the claim and appeals process its easy to understand. I put it on my desktop for future reference .


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validates my comments earlier when I stated that the VA is doing away with the "reconsideration" route. A veteran receives a rating decision and is not satisfied, the NOD is the next route.....

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A reconsideration (or re-opening of a claim before the year is up to submit a NOD) has been a useful tool for me (ONCE). IT is not an appeal perse but a statement to the effect that the VA should have more evidence that will influence the original decision. It is a process that I feel deviates from the norm and should be used only under special circumstances. However, it can be useful and get some bucks sooner than later. Worked for me anyway, When I started my other claim; I actually fired my VSO because he submitted a recon which I knew would go nowhere and just eat up appeal time that would delay my benefits. Been on my own since then with a little help from my friends. :smile:

On one of the denials I actually submitted some "new and material" evidence that would have made it very difficult for the VARO to keep denying the issues. However, I filed the reconsideration within a month after I received the original denied decision with the new and material evidence. I ended up SCing a secondary and bumping up the total from 40% to 80% in about six months time. Since then I have filed a NOD and after the SOC; filed the form-9 and now awaiting a BVA hearing :biggrin:


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well what happened to me I filed the NOD, thinking it would signal an appeal. I wait a few months, check ebennies, no appeal on status. I call DAV rep, and ask what is going on and why they dont have my case on appeal. DAV rep informs me that the requested a REOPEN of several denied claims, but not all. He seemed quite confident in his plan. that was MAY of last year. So what im going to do is hold tight, until around march of this year, im watching the calender. If they dont make a descision on the reopen, by march, im likely going to first request a Appelate review, by asking for a soc and file a form 9 at the same time, (ive requested the codes they used to initially deny my case and theyve ignored my request),, and write a nastygram telling them they have molested my case long enough, the love is gone, and we are parting ways. then I will get in line, to go see the wizard.

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