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Hey brother & sisters, 

I am grateful for these types of forums. I have been monitoring my ebennes claim status, and have read a few forum posts here. My claim status we from Preparation of Notification backward 2 steps to Preparation for Decision. I NEVER did see a step labeled Pending Decision Approval. Is it common to see Preparation for Notification and not to see the Pending approval part?  VA claims seem to have increased in speed over the last 5 or so years, but I have not seen the crazy movement as I have on this claim. 

Could this be any sort of sign....I am currently at 90% and am making the push for 100% for the first time. Could there be any correlation there. Are there extra approvals or anything else that I may not have witnessed in the past?

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Mike SS

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@GeekySquid @vetquest   Guys thank you for your response, it is much appreciated.  I cannot explain the obsession, other than it being a side effect of PTSD.....  My obsession told me that I

My lawyer asked me to drop my claim after I won TDIU because it took up time and resources other veterans needed to fight their case.  I won 100% without his help.  It took me ten years to get TD

I am obsessive so I have to revisit this topic.  I thought that things were in the home stretch regarding my claim. It went from Preparation for Notification to Preparation for  Decision, then back to

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7 minutes ago, Kihr said:

I may not have been clear,

You were clear, I was just expanding on my reasoning. I am glad you have evolved in your thinking. You must be your own best advocate. We can support you but we don't know your situation, and as I wrote the VA is damn sure not set up to proactively assist any of us.

we each have to learn how to speak VA, how to read VA, and how to make VA process work for us.

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1 minute ago, GeekySquid said:

We each have to learn how to speak VA, how to read VA, and how to make VA process work for us.

This is the biggest tragedy of all to me.  There are several big VA help forums, reddit VA forums, youtube channels, etc.  I consider myself a fairly smart guy and after all the reading and research I did after putting in my claim last year I can see where I made my claim take longer by using imprecise "non-VA" language.  The people who are writing the procedures etc are writing it as if to explain to someone who is well versed in the technical jargon (though the BBE's are usually pretty straightforward from what I gather, though confusingly organized).

Sometimes I regret ever putting in an increase or a claim because it causes me a headache, it has been nearly a year for an increase claim and I am still waiting.  Had I known then what I know now I would have been much more specific, I would have organized my claim better etc.  VSO's are hit or miss, it is difficult to have national standards for VSO's as they are all different types of organizations...but the VA itself should put out a template that is easy to use and understand for the layman.  In fact, they should investigate which claims were the quickest to approval and see how they were laid out, provide a template based on a "Very good" claim and then instruct VSO's and Veterans to follow it exactly.  

It may never help, but the current process requires something like 62 decision points, which is an absolutely crazy amount of decision points which increases the length.  They seem to have been getting better time for claim completion appears to be reduced (not in my case I put in my claim for increase 9/24/18 and it is still unresolved) but in general this is the vibe I get. 

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Its not always speaking VA...it also depends on the VA person who does the rating...do they even understand VA speak. do they know how to properly rate the veteran. I believe that the reason for the bad/low ratings is partly because the VA rater has not been properly trained. As a veteran we should not be expected to write VA and the VA should not expect it. 

6 hours ago, GeekySquid said:

we each have to learn how to speak VA, how to read VA, and how to make VA process work for us.

With that said Geeky is correct, it really does behoove us to learn VA speak, read VA and learn how the VA thinks. I have found that when my case goes slow it is because I did not clearly read the decision I am trying to get over turned.  

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Its always beneficial to know how the claims process works and how the VA likes us to word it

The more we know about the claims process the Better off we will be better prepared  ect,,ect,,

Knowledge is Power.

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''it may never help, but the current process requires something like 62 decision points, which is an absolutely crazy amount of decision points which increases the length.  They seem to have been getting better time for claim completion appears to be reduced (not in my case I put in my claim for increase 9/24/18 and it is still unresolved) but in general this is the vibe I get.''

Not all veterans claims are alike all are different, and how we prepare for our claims makes a big big difference .

a well prepared claim will usually take a lot less time for a decision vs a sloppy unprepared claim.

With this new AMA in place the claims are promised not to take so damn long as they use to, (That's beginning to go out the window) So unless your in the Legacy Claims  it will take longer for a decision  usually no matter what you do.

Most important part about either choice you make using the new AMA System or stay in the Legacy system  you need to have a well prepared claim with all your evidence in tact and laid out for the rater to read easy and all medical records to help substantiate your claim.

This goes for first time clams or claims for increase! also if your trying to get your EED.

If your in the Legacy claims  you may want to opt into this New AMA  System , its suppose to be a lot faster .

After Fed 19th 2019 all claims submitted will be in the New AMA System   so if you submitted your claim for increase back in 9/24/18 Your claim for increase is in the old Legacy system.

JMO but  I'd say the new system is some what faster from what I heard from other veterans that went that rout . but some are stalled just like your claim..so there's not really any guarantees that our claims will be adjudicated any faster in this new AMA System.

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