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How Accurate Is The Ab8 Benefit Verification On Ebenefits?


Jaymega

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Hi. I'll try and keep this short. I was curious about my claim status so I called the VA the other day. I was told that my claim is in the final verification phase and I can expect a letter in roughly 30 days or so.

So I am off today and I decide to take another crack at Ebenefits. Got access to my account and did what the VA rep suggested to upgrade. Worked great. I notice that I have two claims for the same date. One is closed, the other still open. I assume an error. My claim is still in the "Gathering evidence" phase. I notice the following.

Decision Notification Sent

Development Letter Sent

Okay. Not sure what that means, but after some exploring I check out the Benefit Verification in documents. It states I am rated at 10%.

My question is this. Is that accurate? It's better than nothing, but with the doctors reviewing me stating I suffer from Anxiety, depression, Poor memory/Other TBI symptoms,Migranes and Tinitus...I kind of expected more. Plus I just had a hearing test (the third one) last month and this letter seems like it was decided late last year.

I dunno. Should I hope for more or should I just prepare for a permanent 10%?

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Jaymega,

It is usually accurate but mistakes are made by the VA. Hopefully, you will find out in the near future.

Good luck to you and thank you for your service.

GP

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Jay mega,

Don't get discouraged until you receive official notice. Also, a lot of people currently at 100% started at 10%, including myself. Do not give up.

Good luck.

GP

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look at it like a win my friend. the big door that has a ton of gate keepers and pad locks has just been slightly opened up for you... trust me its a win.

i received just 10% at first as well, 2 years later im at 50% and got about two years in retro.... your still on a long road but its A WIN... Congrats !!!!!!!!

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It seems like you should get more then 10% from what you suffer from.Yes,be happy for the win,as it cracked the door open for you.Goodluck bud.

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No need to worry until you get the official Document Letter. It could be that the VA awarded 10% and deferred other conditions for review or possible SC. Really just hard to know what the VA is thinking without the letter. I too was 80% VA in Feb 14, when I was medically retired from the Navy. Less than a year later I was awarded 100% SC VA, and SSDI, when my dang local VSO said that I would never get either. Good Luck and God Bless!!!

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Thanks for the words of encouragement everyone. I see now that I made a huge mistake my first time around that i will not make again. You see, I sugar coated my problems. I was so worried about making myself seem worse than I actually am rather than being 100% honest. So I guess I screwed myself.

I am making another claim. I would appeal, but since this one is still being processed I can't appeal it yet. Plus I am making more claims. For instance, I had no idea depression was claimable. So whenever this one gets rolling I am going to let it all out. Instead of telling them "how well I deal with my issues" I am just going to flat out tell them about the nightmares, anxiety, how I have no friends outside what I made in the Army, and how my family is even sick of how I choose to stay in my room 24/7 and not even communicate.

I'll get a better rating. It's crazy to even think that my friend could get 100% for PTSD after seeing someone die and I can't a break, even though I was good friends with the person who died, was right their with him when it happened, and had to help collect/carry what was left of him to the body bag.

Side note: I just realized that the only reason the VA exists is to help veterans. Yet I know for a fact that their main priority is to protect the government and save them money. It boggles my mind how much of a contradiction that is.

Any tips moving on would be most appreciated. I don't want to go in there and make them think I am fine when I am anything but again.

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Good news folks. I am now at 60%. However, my PTSD is still rated as "not combat related" and my Tinitus is only for one ear. Not sure the logic in that but I'm just glad I am not sitting at 10% anymore. I filed another claim for PTSD and the ringing in my left ear. It's not as bad as my right ear, but it's definitely there. Plus I now realize that I can't sleep without sleep aids and that has caused some major issues with work and school.

Thank you all for the help and advice. I see now why people have said to leave Ebennies alone and wait for the envelope. That crap is stressful man.

Good luck everyone.

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Jaymega,

As far as the rating for tinnitus, it doesn't matter if the tinnitus is only in one ear because the maximum rating for tinnitus is 10% whether in one ear or both ears.

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Jaymega,

As far as the rating for tinnitus, it doesn't matter if the tinnitus is only in one ear because the maximum rating for tinnitus is 10% whether in one ear or both ears.

GP

How does that effect hearing aids? I would hate to go there with hearing loss in both ears and only get approved for one hearing aid.

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