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Claim Is Almost Complete!



Here's my timeline for IU so far:

Claim Received
Under Review
Prep For Decision
Under Review
(claim no longer considered an FDC. Don't know why since I never sent in anything else after I started the claim)
Gathering of Evidence
Prep For Decision
Pending Decision Approval
Prep for Notification

It seems to have hit a snag at Prep for Notification for some reason but at least it's almost complete! Hopefully it will be done by sometime next week. I will keep you all posted.
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Also keep checking your direct deposit account for your retro. I received my retro in my account before I received my official notification.

Good luck to you.

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January 2004.

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Yeah, I hope so as well. I know they were trying to figure out if I get the bilateral factor because I'm 20% for right femur (labeled as right knee) and 10% for my left knee and 50% for MDD. I get either a yes or no depending on who I talk to. But it's the difference between my current rating being 60% and 70%.

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I went to eBenefits again today. Over the last month it keeps saying that there is no information available on open claims. Has anyone else seen this? I still haven't heard anything else on my claim and when I call the number they are equally clueless.

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I know how you feel. The last few days my claim went from Prep for Decision, to Pending Decision Approval, back to Prep for Decision last night, WTH! What a roller coaster that's for sure.

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The system is ridiculously slow and unmerciful to veterans waiting to receive answers on claims.

You have to be diligent during this down time and try to "perfect" your claim with good medical evidence.

The claims fight aint fair, but we do have a hand in the outcome by sending any medical information which might help.


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