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Partial bva grant implementation

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Has anyone had a bva partial grant implemented yet within the last year. May 1st I had a partial grant for my left shoulder and my PTSD remanded. September I was told I was rated at 20 percent for shoulder with retro going back to Jan 2012 by my rep. Peggy even slipped up once and told me my rating, just pending authorization. That was in Oct. Anyone else in the same boat? I haven't had any implementation st all. Nov 28 I received a letter stating my RO has started on my remand. I'm hoping they aren't going to finish my remand before paying me anything.

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One more thing.  This is the 2nd time we have been through this.  The first was from a denied claim back in July, 2005.  In this one, the BVA granted SC for Migraines and PTSD.  The BVA granted both in March 2010.  Then the VBA did not complete it's part (had to do the actual rating) until May 2011.  14 months went by before the grant was implemented and we received the retro.  Now, mind you, in the first case the VBA had to do it's own review to determine the rating.  In the CURRENT grant, the judge increased his migraine rating to 50%, so the VBA only has to implement that order.....no review necessary..... and we are at almost 11 months.

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BVA granted me TDIU and SMC (s) on 8/7/18.  I did receive a letter from BVA the next week, but that's it.  They remanded two minor issues that will have no effect on what I will be paid.  Even if they deny those two things, I'll still be 100% TDIU and SMC (s). 

I did receive a letter from BVA the next week, but that's it.  Once they sent it back to the VARO or ARC, it's been crickets.

Peggy told me that they're supposed to complete the remands, then send everything back to the BVA.  I told her that actually, they're supposed to begin paying the new ratings while they deal with the remand separately.

She just said "Okay, thank you for sharing that information with me.  Is there anything else I can help you with today?"

I must be getting better, instead of chewing her out, I just said "No" and ended the call.

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What aggravates me more than anything is at this point there is no way to keep up with the stages of your claim. Peggy will give different answers depending on who you talk too. Some will try to be helpful and answer more than their supposed too. Why are they not allowed to say Hey, a rater is making a decision or has made a decision and waiting for authorization. Instead it's being worked on with no timeline. Obviously they have the information in front of them, or some wouldn't be able to volunteer more info than others. 

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I also sent in an Iris, about two weeks ago.  Never got an answer.  Perhaps because they could not find it.  When you call Peggy push for answers if it does not sound right.  How long do I wait to check on inquiry #.  Sent to Ro Electronically.  I think hubbys iu and ckd claims were lost at the intake center.    I’m going to call next week again,  if I do not get answers I’m calling the hot line and our congressman.  I’ve come to the conclusion they are just jacking with all of us.

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VA's favorite tactic Deny, delay, delay.  Are you working on this claim with a lawyer?  Mine threatened to file a writ of mandamus that stated that my BVA remand was supposed to be worked expeditiously and low and behold it was finished within a month.  If you are not working with a lawyer Bertha I believe has some information about a writ of mandamus if I am correct.  

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