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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. 

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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."

 

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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