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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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My claim info was updated today on the ebenefits website and would like your opinion please.

As of this morning it shows the following:

Type of Claim: Compensation

Date Closed: 01/30/2014 (Today)

Updates: Appeal is Possible

Decision Notification Sent

Development Letter Sent

Action: View Board of Veterans' Appeals Status (Link)

I know from reading this website for quite some time, and the wonderful post several helpful people have made, that this doesn't tell me anything other than watch the mail.

My question is this; when I check the benefits letter, it still says "One or more service connected disabilities: No". Would you expect this information to have an actual % listed if the decision were favorable at this time? Would your best guess be that I was turned down again? Does it sometimes take a day or two for this info to update, or would you expect this to be accurate information?

I keep running it through my head, and just don't know how quickly that letter would be updated if I were awarded something, so I can't help but think I have been denied again, and thought I would see what others with more experience had to say.

Thank you in advance for your answer, and thank you for taking the time to read this (what turned out to be a rather long) post.

Forgot to mention that the date of the letter, when I generate one, is 01/30/2014. I saw in another post where that question was asked, so I want to give all the info I can. Thanks again!

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I am guilty of checking Ebennies way too much. Actually I'll admit here as of late it has been daily. I try to stay away from it but curiosity gets the best of me. Like today, I checked earlier and it was on review of evidence

Wow, really? Once a day??!! :)

When mine went to "Pending Notification", I was refreshing that damn page every 10min!! It was difficult to leave my computer long enough to even eat. Yes, I did stop short of needing a bed pan. I now know how a junkie must feel waiting for a "fix".

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well I also look into e bennies offend, maybe daily. My claim has moved to decision review. My completion date has moved also, 2-14 to 5-14 So I am looking to see if anything moves this month, if maybe the next month till it c.ompleted. It has only been a year in the system

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Wow, really? Once a day??!! :)

When mine went to "Pending Notification", I was refreshing that damn page every 10min!! It was difficult to leave my computer long enough to even eat. Yes, I did stop short of needong a bed pan. I now know how a junkie must feel waiting for a "fix".

Honestly sometimes it's more than once, maybe 10. Like today. It's hard not to check the darn thing though. As some have commented sometimes you get better results watching the grass grow. It's all a wait and see, react and maneuver, and adjust fire type of a game. Eventually I will get tired and send the nuke.

I've conversed with a few attorneys and they believe I have a good case, all informally, but all have said to come sit and talk with them once I receive a decision from an NOD. 33% is kind of steep but you get what you pay for I guess.

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33%? The VA limits the attorney cut to 20% for veteran disability claims to the VA, not counting their fees that may be granted under the Equal Access to Justice Act (which the vet does not pay) if your claim is appealed to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. I would be careful to choose someone certified to argue on your behalf before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, because that is where your claim may eventually end up. I would not take veterans law issues to a local WC attorney. This is a very specialized area.

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its never over, until the veteran says its over. its up to you to quit, but chances are the va is on the ropes. you just dont know it.

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