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Intent to File / Backpay / Separation Date

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Hi Community,

I ETS'd from the Army in July 2017 and filed my Intent to File in June 2018 (1 year from separation). 

Once my VA disability claim becomes approved, will the pay be backtracked to my ETS date or my Intent to File date?

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If your claim is approved the effective date will more than likely be your ITF date. 

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We dont know.  Your effective date is the LATER of the facts found, or the date of application.  There is an exception if you file within a year of service:  It goes back to the date you got out of service.  

However, Im not sure if an ITF is the same as filing or not, some decsion maker  will have to interpret that.  (ITF was a bad idea, IMHO.  Who suggested that? It may not hurt you that much, tho, its better to remove all doubt and just file within a year of exit from service).  

Of course, I dont know the "facts found".  What date did the doc say you became disabled?  You would need your c and p exam and medical records to determine that, and I dont have them.  Therefore, I can not answer what your effective date should be.  

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Thanks everyone. I called the VA and they said it all depends which is what broncovet said. 

They said it is up to the rater and the representative said he has seen it go both ways. Shouldn't there be some kind of regulation/guideline on this instead of letting the rater pick and choose at their own will? Doesn't make sense. 

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Bronc brought up a good point. How does the ITF figure into it. If you don't get the day after your separation date, you can always submit an appeal for the EED. My guess, the VA has something in the m21-1 manual that give the rater to do whatever he/she wants. You're just going to have wait and see what is in the decision letter. Get a hobby and keep occupied.

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