Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery”instead of ‘I have a question.
Knowledgeable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title.
I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story.
Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.
Post straightforward questions and then post background information.
Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
Adding Background information in your post will help members understand what information you are looking for so they can assist you in finding it.
Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
Question B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
See how the details below give us a better understanding of what you’re claiming.
Rephrase the question: I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?
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Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:
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
I filed a claim back on June 4, 2014 for scar on my chin dating from 1973. It was listed as received on June 4, 2014. Simple claim, had LOD, medical treatment records and my 21-526. sent back the 5103 stating no further info on this claim. I filed another claim for heart issues on June 30, 2014, VA received it on July 3, 2014. It never made it to eBenefits until today, when saw change. Leave it to Va to screw everything up! I have included the printout of their notice. I have two open claims, plus a FOIA "claim" and they have managed to screw this up. I did call Peggy, and left message as wait time was almost one hour.
Details of Your Claim
Claim Received: 06/04/2014 (note: this is date of another claim, did not even mail this claim until June 30, 2014 and VA received it on July 3, 2014)
Claim Type: Compensation
Estimated Claim Completion Date: 03/08/2015 to 09/01/2015 (note: the other claim had completion date of 2014, seems that they have moved it forward one year!)
Contentions: VBMS (New), structural heart disease (New), cardiomegaly/cardiomyopathy (New), carotid artery disease (New) Note: (these are the contentions in my new claim; my old claim was for scar on chin)
Claims Status Process
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1. Claim Received
2. Under Review
3. Gathering of Evidence
4. Review of Evidence
5. Preparation for Decision
6. Pending Decision Approval
7. Preparation for Notification
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.
• Regional Office of Jurisdiction:
• Send Documentation To
Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office
PO Box 1437
St. Petersburg, FL 33731
What Do We Still Need From You? Your Attention is Needed
• Automated 5103 Notice Response
Date Requested: 06/26/2014
Due Date: 07/26/2014
Note: never received a 5103 for new claim on heart, etc. I did complete a 5103 for the chin claim and sent it back on July 7, 2014.
Prior to today all the info on eBenefits pertained to the old claim. Glad I printged this and saved it. More delays because of VA mix-ups:)
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