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Should I Appeal My P&t Effective Date

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I was recently revaluated and the VA said there is no change and awarded me P&T with Dependent Education Assistance (Chapter 35). Not one of my 18 conditions changed in percentage and are all exactly the same as my original claim upon retirement in late 2007. The effective date of being Permanent and Total is July 15. My question is since all my conditions are exactly the same as when I retired is it possible I could win an appeal to get the P&T established in 2007 vs 2015. For obvious reasons I'm asking as I have children who have a total of 7 college years behind them starting in 2010 to current. My children still have 6 years of college ahead between them so I'm very grateful, but if I won an appeal that would mean one of children who graduated would get 4 years worth of benefits. My reasoning is the fact I was in the same condition today that I was in 2007 and should have been P&T then. Any guidance is much appreciated.

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Based on what I posted above, my son and I elected NOT to appeal the effective date of his chapter 35. There really is no guarntee that your son would get more money in retro, than what would be "taken back" from the dependent compensation from you. When you start figuring out the "gaps", the difference between what he gets and what you get for him dependent compensation for a "college AGE" child, that gap narrows. Remember, this is "college age" dependent compensation, not just while he or she is attending classes. You would have to figure it out for you/your kids circumstances to know if it this appeal, if successful would result in more money or not.

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Good luck. I won a CUE w/P&T and my daughter tried to get about $10k, in retro chap 35 bennies. They gave her such a hard time that she elected to forget the $10k. Just sayin . . .

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Well everything I have read makes me think I should feel blessed that I still have 2 kids left with 6 years of college left between them. Wasn't sure and figured it was at least worth asking the questions and hearing from folks who have been through it. :)

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Well everything I have read makes me think I should feel blessed that I still have 2 kids left with 6 years of college left between them. Wasn't sure and figured it was at least worth asking the questions and hearing from folks who have been through it. :)

Please bear in mind that they probably won't pay for 6yrs. They usually pay for 48 months(9mos each yr, for 4yrs) and it's just the monthly stipend, while they're in school.

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