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Rhodesia

Still 40% why?

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They closed one of my claims today and ebenefits still says I have 40% but for my disability list says I have 10% for hearing, 10% High Blood Pressure, 20% for Scars and 30% for my left knee replacement as of 08/21/2018, but it's saying I only get 40% the VA rep did the math and I should have at least been awarded 60% so does anyone know why the VA still has me at 40%. I have not received my letter yet explaining why I'm still at 40% rating. I think I found why because when you have a knee replacement scars are covered in the 30% so I think thats why they took the 20% away for scars on my knee. 

Also I called and the VA to ask the question since I had another knee replacement on the same knee I should have been awarded the temp 100% the VA says no you don't get that it's a one time deal no matter how many times you have surgery's on that same knee through the years, so they canceled my total knee replacement claim and told me I could file an appeal but she said don't waste my time on it. so I have no choice but to get another VSO to help me again.

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Ask us again after you get the official letter.  Many of us just dont want to speculate on just what the unreliable, and highly inaccurate ebenefits means, when they misreport stuff.  However, if someone would like to speculate on what ebenefits means, then they can feel free to do just that.  

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I agree with @broncovet.

When I had claims in the hopper, ebenefits was never 100% accurate until a couple of weeks after I received the letter in the mail.

Ebenefits is made up of a number of separate parts, but presented through the single web page. If they just closed the claim today, there is a chance that it might be tomorrow or another day before the inner workings of ebenefits get around to re-calculating your percentage. I am speculating, but maybe when the VARO agent closed the claim, it updated the individual claim status. However, there are likely more steps which follow which can trigger the combined rating to re-calculate.

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23 minutes ago, broncovet said:

Ask us again after you get the official letter.  Many of us just dont want to speculate on just what the unreliable, and highly inaccurate ebenefits means, when they misreport stuff.  However, if someone would like to speculate on what ebenefits means, then they can feel free to do just that.  

Thank you very much I'm, seeing a new VSO tomorrow after talking with her on the phone she never heard that you only get a 1 time 100% temp for a service connected injury and why my second total knee replacement was denied even through the VA paid for it go figure. Well I will keep everyone posted it's funny I retired from working in the VA system with Combat vets such as my self, and I also but when you are on the other side of the fence I can see why the VA is not user friendly to us Combat Veterans. 

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10 minutes ago, Vync said:

I agree with @broncovet.

When I had claims in the hopper, ebenefits was never 100% accurate until a couple of weeks after I received the letter in the mail.

Ebenefits is made up of a number of separate parts, but presented through the single web page. If they just closed the claim today, there is a chance that it might be tomorrow or another day before the inner workings of ebenefits get around to re-calculating your percentage. I am speculating, but maybe when the VARO agent closed the claim, it updated the individual claim status. However, there are likely more steps which follow which can trigger the combined rating to re-calculate.

Thank you for the feedback greatly appreciated, sometimes I think my 5 year enlistment in the French Foreign Legion might have some negative effects but I doubt that since I was never injured during that time. I will keep everyone posted and let you all know what my new VSO I will see what she will have to say tomorrow, and again you might be right it might take a couple of days for everything to catch up on ebenifits, but I'm just frustrated why this system fails to work . Again thank you for your input.

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3 hours ago, Rhodesia said:

Thank you for the feedback greatly appreciated, sometimes I think my 5 year enlistment in the French Foreign Legion might have some negative effects but I doubt that since I was never injured during that time. I will keep everyone posted and let you all know what my new VSO I will see what she will have to say tomorrow, and again you might be right it might take a couple of days for everything to catch up on ebenifits, but I'm just frustrated why this system fails to work . Again thank you for your input.

Join the rest of us.  We are all frustrated in how this system works and does not work.  You will find vets who have medical problems usually stress related due to working with the VA.  They need a new code to define VASD or VA stress disorder.  

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