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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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    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

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      Five Year Rule) If you have had the same rating for five or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless your condition has improved on a sustained basis. All the medical evidence, not just the reexamination report, must support the conclusion that your improvement is more than temporary.



      Ten Year Rule) The 10 year rule is after 10 years, the service connection is protected from being dropped.



      Twenty Year Rule) If your disability has been continuously rated at or above a certain rating level for 20 or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless it finds the rating was based on fraud. This is a very high standard and it's unlikely the rating would get reduced.



      If you are 100% for 20 years (Either 100% schedular or 100% TDIU - Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability or IU), you are automatically Permanent & Total (P&T). And, that after 20 years the total disability (100% or IU) is protected from reduction for the remainder of the person's life. "M-21-1-IX.ii.2.1.j. When a P&T Disability Exists"



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      1998 - Initially Service Connected @ 10%



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      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’.


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Changed To Prep For Decision:

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I checked Ebenefits and it just changed to Prep for Decision. I know it can still be kicked back to gather more info but do not think I have any more info to give.

The estimated completion date was 11/2015 to 5/2016 before and after update it changed to 05/2015 to 11/2015.

A little time-frame on my claim so far.

First Claim:

Entered December 2014

First C & P: 4/06/2015

Prep for Decision: 4/13/2015

When it changes I will update the above for the good or bad. It all depends on how my C & P went.

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mademike1:

Same is happening to me now and my timeline is a little bit different than yours but not too much. I submitted 13 DBQ's and then had 4 regular C&P exams about 6 months later. I submitted a couple of FOIAs which later put my claims into a "holding pattern" until I cancelled them? I have been very concerned that all of my hand written SMRs did not get fully digitised, loaded and reviewed in VBMS? When the new ebenefits format for the website was posted, it said that my informal claim "intent to file" was missing? So, I sent copies of my "intent to file", Dependents Declaration and the 5103 waiver and finally got a change in status from "gathering evidence". The "intent to file" missing did not suprise me because, originally I used a VSO to help me with my claim but they were not much more help than an input device for my claim -and gave very little substantive advice. So, I cancelled their services (POA) and involvement and things seems to be moving faster right now. Just keep in mind that there's a real big push going on now to get the claims backlog down. Just remember that faster is not always better and we are going to find out fairly soon when some of these updated claims stats start hitting the street what kind of outcomes we can expect..Hopefully, we will see a surge in "success stories" at Hadit.com rather than complaints about having to do more NODs, CUE's. DRO Reviews and/or the dreaded Appeals Process that will take years? As I continue to say, I personnaly think that it's the "Luck of the Draw" in terms of who drives our claims to completion which has a major impact on the final outcomes of the ratings... Anyway...good luck to you and I hope you get the ratings that you deserve....

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Congrats on the movement. I filed in Nov 14, and my claim is at the Prep for Decision for the second time, this time it has been at this stage for 2 months. Good luck and keep us posted

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Navy04:

Thanks..

I just hope that it gets done right the "first time" without having to go thru the "prep for decision" a couple of times? Frankly, I just hope that all of my evidence is considered...even the large amount of handwritten documents that I have in my SMRs? Overall, I'm concerned that this "big push or rush" may result in some problems with accuracy and completeness of the claims? That said, I know that other folks will look at my claim as well....so extra eyes..is usually a good thing in the end. However, it's not going to be the rater's supervisors best interests to slow anything down as "train flys down the proverbial track"? I'm expecting to see something with my claim just before the end of the FY 15...when there will be an extra "Push of the usual Push" to get claims out the door by the end of the Fiscal Year? I've been ewatching this for two years now and think this year's "push' to get claims done will be one of the biggest ever....on record.

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With 4 FDCs filed over the last 2 years, I think that I have submitted thousands of pages of documents, and to be honest the VA probably did not look at a portion of the Evidence. With every claim since I was retired in 2014, I have submitted every piece of evidence needed, yet RO ordered over 30 C&Ps. Really never know what is going on bud.

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Obviously at 100% you must have done the right things to get where you are at 100%? For me, I'm just hoping that I don't have to go thru years of NODs, DRO Reviews and Appeals to get my ratings sraight? I have 22 contentions but turned in 13 good DBQ's which should help? So far, I've had 4 C&P's completed on this first FDC and it looks like I'm still on track with the FDC? I'd just like to know in terms of disability claims workload if it's more workload for a rater to either approve or deny a claim? I know to deny, they will argue/make the case a vet does not have the evidence and/or nexus to show the service connection? But to approve and establish a service connection, the rater would have to list all of the evidence-I think? But, I don't have enough claims experience at this point to fully understand what a rater does completely? I know VBMS now is suppossed to have more drop down menu's to make it easier to arrive at final ratings decisions? I also know that they make their ratings case, then someone else reviews it to ensure that they have considered eveything? But, interms of evidence, how would someone know that "all" of their evidence was ever reviewed? Im sure if a vets get ths outcome they desire in terms of a rating percentage, it would seem probable that all of the evidence was reviewed? I'm concerned beause a lot of my evidence are handwritten SMR's and they are not easy for raters to read and review? But like you said, you've had to provide evidence over and over again to ensure all of it gets reviewed at some point? I submitted the same evidence again with some of my CP but it was clear from the right ups that the Docs did not review all of the evidence that was provided? I figured at some point, if the CP Doc misses it that the secondary claims review would show that the evidence was there and had to at least be considered at the "final review".

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    • The 5, 10, 20 year rules...



      Five Year Rule) If you have had the same rating for five or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless your condition has improved on a sustained basis. All the medical evidence, not just the reexamination report, must support the conclusion that your improvement is more than temporary.



      Ten Year Rule) The 10 year rule is after 10 years, the service connection is protected from being dropped.



      Twenty Year Rule) If your disability has been continuously rated at or above a certain rating level for 20 or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless it finds the rating was based on fraud. This is a very high standard and it's unlikely the rating would get reduced.



      If you are 100% for 20 years (Either 100% schedular or 100% TDIU - Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability or IU), you are automatically Permanent & Total (P&T). And, that after 20 years the total disability (100% or IU) is protected from reduction for the remainder of the person's life. "M-21-1-IX.ii.2.1.j. When a P&T Disability Exists"



      At 55, P&T (Permanent & Total) or a few other reasons the VBA will not initiate a review. Here is the graphic below for that. However if the Veteran files a new compensation claim or files for an increase, then it is YOU that initiated to possible review.



      NOTE: Until a percentage is in place for 10 years, the service connection can be removed. After that, the service connection is protected.



      ------



      Example for 2020 using the same disability rating



      1998 - Initially Service Connected @ 10%



      RESULT: Service Connection Protected in 2008



      RESULT: 10% Protected from reduction in 2018 (20 years)



      2020 - Service Connection Increased @ 30%



      RESULT: 30% is Protected from reduction in 2040 (20 years)
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    • If HadIt.com has helped you or you believe in it’s mission then please donate even $1 helps. I hope HadIt.com has provided $1’s worth of help to you. Imagine waking up and there is no HadIt.com it could happen and that is why I’m asking for your help now.



       



      Our traffic is going up and so are our expenses, however revenues have gone down and so I am reaching out to you to see if you can help me keep Hadit.com up and running.
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    • https://community.hadit.com/searching-for-va-claims-information-on-hadit.com/

       

      Your question has probably been asked before so the fastest way to find the information you need is to search for it.
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    • How to get your questions answered...


      All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

      Tips on posting on the forums.

      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’.


      Knowledgable 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.


      Use paragraphs instead of one huge, 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 clear questions and then give background info on them.

      Examples:

      A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?


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



      B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?

      I was involved in 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.

      Note:

      Your firsts posts on the board may be delayed before they show up, as they are reviewed, this process does not take long and the review requirement will be removed usually by the 6th post, though we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.

      This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before they hit the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims and this helps us do that.
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