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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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Hello everybody, I have asked for an increase on one of my disabilities that was rated a 0% in 2006. The VA received my claim for increase on 3/18/2013 with medical evidence. The original claim completion date was 1/13/2014 to 7/9/2014. I now have an updated claim completion date of 9/28/14 to 3/30/2015. The VA further states that they never received my 5103 waiver. I contacted the VA at the 1-800 number in July 2013, the day I received the notification about the 5103 waiver. They basically said it is just a form to see if I had anymore evidence to send in. I stated that I have already sent in everything. The lady at the VA 1-800 number stated to me that she could take my statement over the phone saying I have no further evidence to submit, and to go ahead and process my claim. This took place in July of 2013. Now, e-benefits is stating that they have never received a reply from me in regards to the 5103 waiver...which is posted below. I contacted the VA today at the 1-800 number and the person states that they have in the computer my statement from July 2013 stating I have no further evidence to submit and to process my claim. So, now e-benefits has backed up my claim completion date, and saying that my claim needs further review. I received a letter from the regional office (RO) today saying the average processing time is 9 months, and they apologize for the delay . I am now over 12 months and counting, with my claim showing gathering evidence. I don't see how the VA is going to meet their processing goal by 2015 with this kind of lackadaisical work ethic. Any ideas/thoughts in regards to all this. P.S. I am sort of new here and this is my first post.

Claim Received: 03/18/2013
Claim Type: Compensation
Estimated Claim Completion Date: 09/28/2014 to 03/30/2015

Contentions: hype

hypertension (New)

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Change of Status: We determined that your claim needed additional review. If additional evidence is needed from you, you will receive a letter from us explaining what is needed.

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We will review all available evidence and make a decision on your claim upon receipt of all requested information as outlined in the headings, "What Do We Still Need from You?" and "What Have We Done?".

Several factors will determine the duration of the "Development" phase, including:

  • type of claim filed
  • number of disabilities you claim
  • complexity of your disability(ies), and
  • availability of evidence needed to decide your claim.
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Items Date Requested Date Closed 5103 Waiver Review 07/01/2013 03/17/2014

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Sometimes I think EBENEFITS AND Peggy (the 800#) are in cahoots.

You might get a more reasonable response with an IRIS request.

Go to www.va.gov and click on the Contact Us Button,then on the Ask a Question button.

You will be redirected to IRIS.and then find pop down menus for the type of question you are asking.

I always prepare my question in Word or OOO program and copy and paste it into the IRIS area.

I suggest getting an email response and not a phone call reply.

By phone VA can say anything. Email gives you documentation of their reply..

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Im with Berta, a while back I could not get a straight answer. So I submitted an IRIS weekly for a month, finally my C&Ps were scheduled and my case started to move.

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Thanks for the advice Berta. I did submit an IRIS inquiry which I received a reply back stating that they have contacted my regional office for verification of my claim status. They further state that once they receive a reply to their request , they will contact me via US mail to advise me of their findings. The weird part of this process was that I wanted them to contact me by email, and when I put my email into IRIS it said that this email already exists...because it is mine from a previous inquiry. So, I had to submit my home address for correspondence reply's...ugh!

Navy04...that is hilarious! I just might have to start sending an IRIS weekly myself. I Thank you both for responding with such good advice. I will respond again when I hear more back.

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Update: I received my C&P exam on 4/9/2014. I'm currently taking medication for hypertension and the VA took three readings which the doctor averaged to be 146/102. I was serviced connected with a 0% rating for hypertension in Aug/2006 with readings of 122/98, 126/96/132/94, 138/100, 130/96/, and 124/92. I was not on blood pressure medications at that time. I checked ebenefits today and my claim showed complete on 4/17/2014. I checked my Ab8 letter and it is the same. I guess this could mean several things, (1.) they denied my increase, or (2.) they have not updated ebenefits. I know I will be getting the brown envelope within 10 days which will give me my answer. With my AB8 letter not showing an increase, it makes me think they possibly denied my increase. I'm also thinking with Easter this weekend and my claim showing closed on 4/17/14, maybe a lot of VA folks took Good Friday off and they did not have time to update my AB8 letter.Does anybody have any clues or thoughts...oh, and Happy Easter to everybody!!!

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