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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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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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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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cwaggie2003

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Hi all.  I have been reading posts for awhile but this my first post.  I am xurrently 50% service connected for thrombophlebitis right calf with venous stasis disease and lymphedema.

I filed to reopen my claim for an increase in March and for service connection of arthritis in both knees.

Ebennies says:

Status of Your Claim

  • Submitted: 06/01/2017 (Compensation)
  • Estimated Completion: 06/30/2017 - 07/07/2017
  • Disabilities Claimed: Routine Future Exam- right postphlebitic syndrome with chronic lymphedema with recurrent episodes of cellulitis (previously rated as (thrombophlebitis, right calf with venous stasis disease and lymphedema (New)
  • Representative for VA Claims: DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS
  • Current Status: Preparation for Decision

My question is what does the Routine Future Exam mean?  I had my C and P exam a month ago and the doctor said my claim looks perfect.  

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I have said this before:  Dont count on ebenefits.  Especially dont beleive that completion date.  This assumes your claim is "glitch free".  VA loves to find glitches, or make them if they cant find them.  

This said, you may have a future exam, that is, your disabilities are not considered permanent.   That means if you go to the exam and your conditions have improved, you may be reduced if you got better.  Dont skip the exam, tho, that is worse.   The exam could also state your condition is worse or permanent.  

Right now, there is probably nothing needed from you until/unless you get another letter from VA.  

You need to simply wait for the letter.  Lots of Vets get a hobby, rather than watch their mailbox.  Its more productive.  

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Also, never take a doctor's word that your "claim looks perfect".  They are not the rater just the doctor doing the exam.  As far as your claim, is there any update?

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Navy4life,

First as a fellow sailor thank you for your service!  My Dad was a CTRC USN retired after 24 years.  I was a DK and OTASN before being medically retired.

So I inquired of Peggy last night.  My 6/1/17 claim is due to complete 7/14/17 but we know....hurry up and wait!  My 3/1/17 claim is due to complete 8/24/17 and is in gathering evidence phase.

I inquired of IRIS and this is the response I received this morning:

Dear Ms. Wagner;

This is in response to your inquiry to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) dated July 12, 2017.

Thank you for your service to our country. 

Your supplemental compensation claim is currently in the development phase of processing. During this phase, we gather the evidence needed to decide your claim. We have received all requested evidence. Your claim will be reviewed and we will contact you if additional information is needed.

At this time, it is estimated that your claim should be completed by August 24, 2017. Please understand that this date is an estimate and that your claim may take longer based on the specifics of your claim and VA's pending workload.
 

So still playing the waiting game ATM.

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Ebenefits says a portion of my claim closed today but there is a part still gathering evidence.  Now we wait for the BBE....

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My claim completed today 1/10/18.  AB8 shows increase to 60%.  Now awaiting the big brown envelope.

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