Jump to content
Using an Ad Blocker? Consider adding HadIt.com as an exception. Hadit.com is funded through advertising, ad free memberships, contributions and out of pocket. ×
  • 0


This thread is over 365 days old and has been closed.

Please post your question as a New Topic by clicking this link and choosing which forum to post in.

For almost everything you are going to want to post in VA Claims Research.

If this is your first time posting. Take a moment and read our Guidelines. It will inform you of what is and isn't acceptable and tips on getting your questions answered. 


Remember, everyone who comes here is a volunteer. At one point, they went to the forums looking for information. They liked it here and decided to stay and help other veterans. They share their personal experience, providing links to the law and reference materials and support because working on your claim can be exhausting and beyond frustrating. 


This thread may still provide value to you and is worth at least skimming through the responses to see if any of them answer your question. Knowledge Is Power, and there is a lot of knowledge in older threads.




Hey, I am really no one here but felt a need to suggest one more time that all posters try to understand that we are here to try to help.  We don't have a magic crystal ball we can look in, we are going by our experiences and our understandings.  It has been said over and over again not to rely on ebenefits and or VA.gov. The clerks who update these sites are not adjudicators/rating specialists.  They are there just to post updates and we all know that they can be confusing.  Once a decision is made the veteran will get a rating decision soon after. Positive or negative the rating decision will explain what VA did or didn't do. Thanks to everyone these post are a great help and really we don't know how one post could help another person out. It is very said but keep up the fight. We are all in the same boat. 

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 1

Pete992, you and Many others here are a Very valuable part of of this site, willing to take your time to help others, and it is often not easy at all.....

Your " crystal ball" reference is so true, because we often do not get enough info to even begin to try to tackle many of the questions here about VA decisions, or what the next step for the claimant should be.

A widow joined here years ago , denied for DIC, and  did not tell us why she was denied ,( of when) and never came back and then she went to the VBN site to complain that I had asked her too many questions, because I don't have a crystal ball.

Of course no one at VBN could help her .They didn't even know what questions to ask her.

They were the same questions any good vet rep, VSO, or claims lawyer would ask.

One of the most important facets of this site is that vets or widow/widowers can scan and attach a redacted VA decision  here.

When a poster tells us what the VA "said", or scans, as happened here recently, 2 sentences of a VA denial, with no other info , we cannot really help them at all,

because we lack "crystal balls."


Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0
  • Moderator

Just to add to what Pete said, we should also be aware that not only we are answering a particular veteran's question, but many, many others search here to see if there has been comments posted on their  own similar situation. So we really are trying to help answer the current question, but it can be of benefit to many others at the same time, or, even in the future. You don't have to be an expert; no one here is a "professional." But we all have the same motivation, just to help others. It is based on our experiences and what we have learned. The beauty of it is that there is an awful lot of experiences that vary some what and that can offer a different way to attack an individual's problem. And, if someone happens to make a post that isn't accurate or things have changes, someone else jumps on to politely  correct the record. I learn from others every day; if you don't learn here, man, you just ain't trying.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0
  • Moderator

I agree.   When you ask a question, you need provide specifics..if you want a specific answer.  Berta often suggests covering their name and posting the VARO "reasons for denial".  Its a great idea.  It saves time "speculating" on a reasons for denial.  

This said, VA is not always upfront on the reasons for denial.  Most "legitimate" VA denials are because one or more Caluza elements are missing.  But I have never read a single denial where the decision stated, "there was no nexus", even when that was the real reason for denial.  

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0
  • Moderator

I think you do a great job posting and helping these veterans pete!!!

I have to admit I don't post as much as I use too  just get burned out some times  and I get frustrated on some post    I need to have more patients I guess.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0
  • Community Admin/Founder

It's the community that makes HadIt.com successful.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • veterans-crisis-line.jpg
    The Veterans Crisis Line can help even if you’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care.


  • question-001.jpeg

    Have Questions? Get Answers.

    Tips on posting on the forums.

    1. Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery instead of ‘I have a question.
    2. Knowledgeable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title.
      I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
    3. Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story.
      Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.
    Leading too:

    exclamation-point.pngPost straightforward questions and then post background information.
    • Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
      • Adding Background information in your post will help members understand what information you are looking for so they can assist you in finding it.
    Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
    • Question B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
      • See how the details below give us a better understanding of what you’re claiming.
    Rephrase the question: I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?
    This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial of your claim?”
    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed. This process does not take long.
    • Your first posts on the board may be delayed before they appear as they are reviewed. The review requirement will usually be removed by the 6th post. However, we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.
    • This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before hitting the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims, and this helps us do that.
  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   


  • VA Watchdog

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

  • Create New...

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines