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So 11/7 I recurved a letter stating about lawyer fees. What total amount granted was and of that what lawyer is getting out of it.

Now I can do basic math so I k ow what I'm getting. Simple right...no nothing from VA on this since 11/7 almost 30 days ago and when I call they will not answer a question directly instead you get a run around and then they say anything else I can help with when they didn't help at all.

 

So can anyone help me.

How long after BVA grants does it take to get retro pay?

Why is it they they can't just give an answer in plain English?

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Retro payments can be affected by many factors.  The first is the grant amount, if it is above a certain amount it requires additional signatures. We cannot be sure how long it takes.

That said, if you got your letter stating total amount granted and lawyers fees your payment may be in the next couple of weeks or months.  Check your bank account periodically.

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Retro payments are first translated to Chinese, then VAola, back to Chinese, into VSOla, and interpreted back into English by your VSO.  (If your VSO speaks English.)  

Seriously, dont expect any retro until the VARO has "implemented" the board decision.  That means you will get a VARO decsion.  Of course, like every thing else Veteran related, there is a backlog for VARO's implementing board decisions.  The BVA has sped up their decisions by about 25 percent, meaning the VARO's have not sped up anything, so the result is you wait, as usual.  

If you have an attorney, he/she should be able to track this for you, and you should avail his advice, since you are obviously paying for it.  The attorney should have access to VBMS, which we do not.  (That is, if your attorney jumped through the hoops necessary for VA to allow access to VBMS for you)  

My advice:  Ask your attorney.  With a November BVA decision, I guesstimate you will get retro in 2 to 6 months later, probably more like 3 or 4 months in most cases.  Again, your attorney should know more, but Im thinking about Feb or March.  I hate to spoil your Christmas, and you may get it earlier.  

 

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