Jump to content
Using an Ad Blocker? Consider adding HadIt.com as an exception. Hadit.com is funded through advertising, ad free memberships, contributions and out of pocket. ×
  • 0

Fully Developed Claim

This thread is over 365 days old and has been closed.

Please post your question as a New Topic by clicking this link and choosing which forum to post in.

For almost everything you are going to want to post in VA Claims Research.

If this is your first time posting. Take a moment and read our Guidelines. It will inform you of what is and isn't acceptable and tips on getting your questions answered. 


Remember, everyone who comes here is a volunteer. At one point, they went to the forums looking for information. They liked it here and decided to stay and help other veterans. They share their personal experience, providing links to the law and reference materials and support because working on your claim can be exhausting and beyond frustrating. 


This thread may still provide value to you and is worth at least skimming through the responses to see if any of them answer your question. Knowledge Is Power, and there is a lot of knowledge in older threads.




Fully Developed Claim

This is more of a rant than a question as the answer really is: that it will be done when it is done.

In September 2014, I submitted a simple single item Fully Developed Claim (FDC) for an increase of benefits immediately upon discharge (2 days) from my hospital care at the Las Vegas VAMC and VA approved follow-on treatment. This claim was for (1) Secondary Service Connection for a single new contention of my SC Diabetes and (2) Temporary 100% Total Disability for this hospital stay. All my paperwork, including admission and discharge dates, was submitted at once and all treatment was under the VA.

Now 4 months later, the VARO is finally looking at my claim. There was movement on eBenefits where my claim jumped from Under Review to Gathering of Evidence with notes that they will be sending a Development Letter and a request for additional evidence which is the reason for me being here today.

The additional evidence they want is and I quote:

  • In support of your claim for a temporary 100% evaluation, we need medical evidence showing you had surgery and/or received medical treatment for a service connected disability which required a convalescence period of at least one month, or hospitalization of at least 21 days.

So after a delay of 4 months where my claim sat with no movement, the VARO is now asking me to send in the same information they already have. The medical side of the VA was involved 100% of the way from the ER to my actual stay at the VA Hospital to the transfer to the VA approved outside care facility.

This makes absolutely no sense to me why this kind of a delay happens on a simple single item claim, in which all of their investigative work and research has been done, submitted and available at the Rater’s fingertips.

THEY have to approve the Service Connection first before I can submit this “additional evidence”; so two hours after seeing the notice on eBenefits, I resubmitted to them the admission and discharge documents along with a letter showing the dates equaling 31 days. I felt like singing the Arlo Guthry song Alice’s Restaurant by submitting “8 by 10 glossy photos along with circles and arrows”….

One additional thing the snail mail letter did say was that they would be scheduling me for a C&P exam which was expected.

The good news is that there is movement in my claim, but the length of time to get here is ridiculous when everything was done already

Of course I leave for the Philippines in 2 weeks, so the hoop jumping will probably start all over again but then again maybe changing VAROs might actually be good…who knows.

Thanks for listening.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Recommended Posts

  • 0

Sorry to hear of your troubles bud, and we all certainly feel your pain. Good luck and keep us posted. God Bless and be safe on your coming journey

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0


Just a suggestion. Send an e-mail to Robert.A.McDonald@va.gov or Allison.Hickey@va.gov and tell them what you told us in you post.

Based on positive posts I have read on this website, I think there is a fairly good chance you might get a reply before you leave for the Phillipines.

I wish you good luck and thank you for your service.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

I think one of the potential problems, Chief, is that eBenefits shows what the RO thinks it needs rather than what it actually holds. It's not supposed to work like that, but does due to internal procedure within the RO. Your best bet is to either invest a part of your day on hold with the 800# or send an IRIS email asking if the the RO has the records they requested.

I've had this problem in the past. I've provided the RO with a pile of documents, forms, records, etc. Then eBenefits shows up with a list of what they say they need that includes those exact same documents, forms, and records. It seems pretty common. This is one portion of eBenefits that no one can trust, right next to the "expected completion date" which is completely spurious.

There was a rater on here at one time that explained that within the RO's electronic systems, the rater creates a list of required documents. But because the rater can see within the file what is there and not there, it is very common to not check off those documents as present. It seems that this internal procedure is the root of the problem. If they would check off those documents on the checklist, eBenefits wouldn't display that they are required and missing.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

Thanks for listening and the responses.

georgiapapa...Yes, I have heard the same, so I did as you suggested in sending a copy of my posting to the Secretary and Under Secretary.

I'm not asking for anything special, but if this kind of stupidity is causing delays for me, then it is happening to most if not all the vets. When the RO keeps asking for information they have (this is not the first time this has happened to me) it not only creates this obvious delay in the claim process but also creates anxiety and sometimes a major financial impact with the vet.

This is one area that really needs fixing.

Sure am glad there are forums like this for both to rant and get some great information.

Thanks again


Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

I understand your frustration OSC. Same thing happened to me where the RO kept asking for information and documents I had already sent to them certified mail return receipt requested. I actually hand delivered another set of the same documents to the RO and had them date stamp my file copies of the documents. We can only hope the new VA Secretary eventually addresses this problem and the many more being experienced by veterans.

Hang in there. Good luck on your claims and thank you for your service.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • veterans-crisis-line.jpg
    The Veterans Crisis Line can help even if you’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care.


  • Advertisemnt

  • question-001.jpegLooking for Answers? Here are tips for finding the answers you seek.


    All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. To post, you must register. Registration is free. You can register for a free account here.


    You can read the forums without registering.


    Tips on posting on the forums.

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.


    Leading to:


    Post straightforward questions and then post background information.


    • 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.
    • I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
    • 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.
        • 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?


    This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial from your claim?” etc.




    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed.
    • This process does not take long.
    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed. The review requirement will usually be removed by the 6th post. However, we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.
    • This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before hitting the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims, and this helps us do that.
  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   


  • Advertisemnt

  • VA Watchdog

  • Advertisemnt

  • Ads

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    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

  • Create New...

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines