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For that served, sincere thanks for your service to the greatest Nation, America.

I recently applied for Disability, using the DAV back in August 2017, which I applied for several service related injuries, after a few months of being denied on some injuries once said and done I was given a 40% rating. I was also collecting military retirement and of course not meeting the 50% rating my retirement was subject to be given a taxfree percentage.  After the VA acknowledged my request for VA disability in August 2017, they sent me a letter stipulating I would be entitled to retro pay from the day my VA claim was submitted,  if I calculate the time it would be about 20 months before finally receiving a rating but I was told I would receive no retro pay because I was collecting retirement.  So I went to a VA representative stationed in the Pentagon who told me that in February 2019 my case was adjudicated and that I would be entitled to no retro pay and I had to submit paperwork because the VA did not acknowledge me being married for 18 years. 

I submitted for additional VA disability in April and received an additional 20% increase giving me a total of 60%.  The VA rep I spoke to also informed me that the VA denied a claim because my personal doctor wrote a side note on a medical examination in reference to my injury ( my doctor wrote a false report because I  wasn’t even there for an examination on what he wrote a false report on) that I was fine and there was nothing wrong with me which caused me being denied.  So here it is now the middle of September and I’m trying to figure out what I’d be entitled to any retro pay at this point?  If anybody can provide me with a bit of insight or a point of contact that would be really really appreciated. I did receive a $2400 from the Treasury but when I called I was told that the VA was conducting an audit and that was in August.  

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36 minutes ago, PassThrough said:

When I called DFAS, the rep said there was an audit, but that was two months ago

I do not know the effective date for your 60%, so depending on when it was it might take a little longer. Plus if it crosses different tax years that might slow it down.. Call DFAS again and ask.

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