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Is a Letter Forthcoming ?????

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A member of our local VA group has a claim for  his right knee secondary to his service connected right thigh (rod in femur bone).

He submitted medical records (MRI, X-RAYS, treatment notes) and a well written Nexus connecting the knee issue to his thigh issue.

The claim has gone to the Evidence Gathering, Review, and Decision Phase.

Does this mean they need additional information and a letter is forthcoming?

We searched VA.GOV and ebenefits but it stated no files are requested.

We also called Peggy and they couldn't see a letter requesting additional information, but it did state they are waiting on a secondary action.


All comments are welcome.........

Especially Cruiser.

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Neither ebenefits nor VA.gov are reliable.  

You may or may not have a decision forthcoming.  Mine has been "waiting for decision" since July.  

Cruiser is not on this board, so he wont be answering. 

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I realized the mistake when I sent it.

I also read another site and that's Cruisers site.


The veteran will continue therapy and get his orthopedic doctor to fill out a DBQ.

He is playing the anticipation game on the premise they will ask for more treatment notes and a DBQ regarding the effects of the knee issue.

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The status available online is not always perfect. It can bounce around or go back and forth. I sent in a CUE recently and had it go from pending decision back to initial review. I called 1-800 and found the VARO requested medical records from the VAMC and they have 20 business days to turn them around. If you don't get a clear response from Peggy, consider calling again the next day and he'll probably get a different agent. Some appear to me more helpful than others. Might be worth asking what they mean by "secondary action".

If your veteran friend has a VSO, perhaps they might have access to VBMS and can look into the system to see if they can gleam any additional information.

I'm not going to offer my opinion on other sites, but it never hurts to research thoroughly to get varying viewpoints. I really like hadit though, especially the blogs, articles, and the SC calculator. The members really make the site feel like you have someone to help get through the red tape.

It is possible the VA will come back asking for more details. I found it is best to spoon feed the VA exactly what they need.

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