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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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so my claim was submitted on 12/12/2016.

I submitted for bipolar/depression (reopen) and tinnitus (new). I sent it in as an FDC with all my evidence.

I checked ebenefits on 12/21/2016 and the status is already showing preparation for decision.

Is this normal? I haven't even gone to a c&p exam, I haven't recieved any correspondences or anything.

For the bipolar depression it is a reopen because when i first filed in 2011, I missed my appointment.

After I missed my appointment, the VA sent me papers (back in 2011) saying that they see that i was treated for depression during active duty. but since i failed to show up to the appointment, it was denied.

So now i've sent a ton of new evidence that supports my claim and they've reopened the case. But does the speed with which this is progressing means that i am being denied?

As noted below, ebennies is showing that the va rep has already made a decision, in less than two weeks. With no exams or anything... What does this mean... Is this normal? have i been denied? Is there a phone number i can call?? im freaking out.

Here's what ebenefits show:

Estimated Completion: 01/24/2017 - 03/04/2017

 

STATUS: Preparation For Decision

The Veterans Service Representative has recommended a decision, and is preparing required documents detailing that decision. If more evidence is required, the claim will be sent back in the process for more information or evidence

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No C and P exam is requred if, in the judgement of the AOJ, there is sufficient evidence to award (or deny).  Not everyone who gets benefits got a c and p exam.  

Have you ever had a VA Forensic PTSD C & P Exam? MH Records, Private Pscyc or Psychologist PhD or VMC MH Dr, are insufficient to make a  current PTSD Decision & Rating. Look forward to th

Broken VA changed the whole PTSD SC Deal a few years ago, about the same time the DSM V replaced the DSM IV. PTSD is the only MH condition that requires a VA Forensic C & P Exam by a VA or QT

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They did not require anything from me (no C&P) when I filed fdc for reopen my PTSD. It got approved in like a month to a month and half. Just depends on your evidence really. 

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Patience is definatel needed when it come to VA Claims. FDC submitted 12/12/16, way too early to be getting nervous about no contact or Award or Denial.

Could you elaborate as to why it's taken you this long to file the FDC? Most Vets, myself included, tend to procrastinate.  2011 to 12-2016 is way past procrastination, whats up with that?

If more Evidence, ends up being needed, your FDC will become a Reg A$$ Claim. If that's happens, Pack a Lunch. How long did it take to get your 80% SC, no FDC's back in 11?

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