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Bva Closed My Appeal - That I Just Filed?


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At this point, I'm hoping that there must be some mistake within the 'tron factory that operates eBenefits. At least I'm hoping beyond hope that's the case but have a bad feeling about this. Anyone else have this kind of scare?

My C-file and appeal have been sitting at our local RO waiting to transfer to the BVA. So I've been patiently watching it do nothing for the last couple of months, even after getting a phone call from the RO telling me that they were about to transfer it maybe a month ago.

This morning, eBenefits showed no motion, like usual.

Tonight, when I logged on to check, I found that the appeal has been closed by the BVA, jumping straight to the "Decision & Claims File Dispatch" phase (over stuff like "With the VLJ") with the following note:

Your case has been received at BVA, and BVA has mailed your decision to you (and your representative, if any) and will be returning your claims file to the VA Medical Center. Please note that transit times vary, and there may be some lag time between when BVA forwards your claims file to its appropriate location and when that location receives it.

Huh? My Form 9 was submitted in mid-November 2014. This ISN'T the years of waiting everyone else is talking about. There must be a problem.

AB8 shows no change to my combined rating.

I've emailed the BVA Ombudsman asking for their assistance (thanks, Berta, for keeping that contact info in the forefront).

Is this some sort of mistake? Why would the BVA return my claim file to the VAMC, not the RO? Could the BVA have decided that not enough information had been gathered by the RO to make a decision either way? But why close the appeal, if that's the case?

Could it be that the RO's mistake was so blaringly obvious that it was remanded immediately upon opening? Or is my appeal that screwed up? Or is this just another eBenefit's hiccup?

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Maybe the BVA ordered another pension exam, but then they should have returned it to your VARO I think. This is weird and makes no sense to me. Maybe ombudsman can shed light on this. I never heard of

Coastie: As always, I could be wrong, FDI! The VA just doesn't move that fast or at least they never have. I think 1 of the worst things you can do, for your own mental health, is to rely on E-Ben or

The VA is required to send out a letter letting the veteran know they got their claim letter or evidence letter within 2 -3 weeks what ever you send them! Although most of us do get a sign ret

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Congratulations!!! We all know that it's been a long time coming! But perseverance and due diligence always pay off in the end!!!

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