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Question about my 100 percent rating


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I used to recieve 70 percent and have individual employability. Went to a Exam in 2012 and was Raised to 100 percent. Had another exam a couple years ago and stayed the same. Had my last exam in October. Recieved a letter saying I was 100 percent and I was entitled to chapter 35 benefits. The award letter didn't say I was permanent and total. I went to ebenifits recently to print out a letter for a summary of benefits. On the letter it says that I am considered totally and permanently disabled solely to my service connected disabilities. It also has a line that says You are being paid 100 percent because you are unemployable due to your service connected disabilities. So I'm I 100 percent Permanent and total or have they somehow put me back on Individual Unemployablity? It doesn't say I am anywhere on it. Also can my wife and kids Get ChampVA since they rated me at 100 percent total and permanent? Thanks in advance for anyone that can help me understand. It also says there are no future exams

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1stfastmarine22 I believe you are P&T; your letter said your dependents have chapter 35 education benefits. I would call Peggy 1-800-827-1000 and ask them to clarify. You can also initiate an IRIS request on ebenifits under "contact us" tab. It is puzzling you didn't get anything on VAChamp but you did get Chapter 35? Get your response in writing.

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I'm still quite surprised that the VA has not fixed this. It would be so much clearer if they would just tell veterans outright in the decision letter instead of using some vague status.

 

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Vync I am not surprised at all. It is such a easy fix that if they wanted to they could have fixed this misinformation years ago. So why don't they fix it, you may ask? Benjamin's! $$$ The only reason. If veterans who have earned significant benefits are not informed of what they  have coming, or, if not telling them it will delay or eliminate a financial benefit, the VA saves money. It should be standard boiler plate for veterans earing 100%. IMO

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@GBArmy I don't doubt it. Once I got P&T, I went over to the county tax assessor's office and requested a homestead tax exemption. I had to bring the original decision plus the letter from the online form generator. The VA often does not realize that their poor decisions have ramifications outside of the VA system.

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Your P&T go to tax assessors office with the letter that says Chapter 35 benefits and go to the base and get your military card.

Congrats!  The letter should also indicate no further exams.

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These terms are VAspeak for P and T:

"No Future exams are scheduled."

"Chapter 35 eligibility for dependents is established".  

As explained, VA loves to complicate and confuse in order to get out of paying more benefits.  

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As I recall ( have had CHAMPVA for 2 decades) a separate letter came from the VA when they awarded the Chapter 35 educational benefits ( They enclosed 2 Chap 35 apps with the decision) and the separate letter said I had to formally apply for CHAMPVA:

https://www.va.gov/health-care/family-caregiver-benefits/champva/

Both CHAMPVA and Chap 35 are wonderful.I finished my degree under Chap 35.

Not all tax offices have veteran's exceptions for property taxes.

Your County Veterans Service Agency should have the forms you need, or your locale tax office.

Long ago 3 vets and me ( widow of vet) went to some town hall meetings to pursue obtaining these exceptions to our Town property taxes.

This is a farm community , but also has many veterans in it .

Much to my surprise, (the Town voted for the exemption - you can be eligible to  have 3 possible but can only get 2 of the three)   they also voted in the exceptions for widows of deceased 100%  SC veterans, which I get.

 

 

 

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