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I opened a disability back in 2010, and in 2012 i was rated 90% and was told that I had to resubmit dependency documents because they were missing in my file, and so I did. In 2013 I was rated 100% P&T, but my dependency claim remained open with a received date of 2012, and not 2010 which was the original claim date. so on July 2014 I opened another dependency claim under the Pilot program in which I was told by the VA that it would be completed within 30 days or so.I live in California so my Regional Office is LA, but today E-Benefits is showing both dependencies claim closed as of today, the one dated 2012, and the dated 2014. But now it is also showing the 2012 as being received today, and is being reviewed by Reginal Office in Washington. Could someone out there help me understand this, and has this ever happen to anyone else? Another thing, there hasnt been any changes on E-Benefits as far as letters or any notices.

I'm confused!

Thank you guys for taking the time to read this post.

Aggie....

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I do not know, but maybe the pilot program farms dependency out to other VARO's. I had one of my regular claims farmed out to a different VARO, so I assume they probably do it with other types of claims.

Someone might have "accidentally" changed the ebenefits status to closed, but realized their error and corrected it. I don't trust the ebenefits status because it was never correct for my claims. Six months after I received my BBE, my claim finally showed closed on ebenefits.

However, keep an eye on your bank account. If you suddenly receive an unscheduled deposit from Uncle Sammy, it could be the dependency retro.

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Alison Hickey, about a year or so ago, said that dependents claims were taking too long and she would shorten this time so that dependents are processed immediately. She said that a decision was not necessary...that its black or white...you have dependents or you dont, and you are either 30 percent or more or you are not. She promised faster decisions on dependents and even said they could be done on the phone and approved right away.

Asknod says that Alison Hickey has a very long pinocchio nose, here:

http://asknod.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/a-legend-in-her-own-mind/

I agree with Asknod, and yours is a prime example.

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