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I need a sanity check...  I filed my first VA claim after being out of the service for over 20 years and was awarded 80% from the day I filed.  I then followed up with another claim that moved me to 90%.  In the mean time I appealed the denials from the first claim.  I am now 100% P&T (I am 63).  I have my good days and bad days but I am not going to complain.  This is my issue - I submitted an intent to file on the second claim and submitted it by overnight mail and can prove that it arrived and was ready for pickup on the morning of May 29th of last year.  That is the day my Intent to File expired.  My package sat in the box until it was picked up on the 30th and was then recorded as arriving on the 30th and the intent to file null and void.  I can prove this from the U.S. Post Office documentation.  I should not have waited to the last minute however that is another story.  I want to submit an appeal for the date of receipt.  Am I opening myself up for another set of evaluations and is this type of appeal even considered.  I have poured through the instructions and can nothing about date of receipt.  Does anyone have any experience on this?     

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CapnHaddock I'm a little confused on the sequence of events. You appealed and got approval to 100% P&T on the first claim right? Before it was approved you submitted an ITF on the second claim? If

if the date of appeal receipt the date they got the INT Thats the date the VA goes by  when they first get it...if it arrived at the post office the 1 day before the expiration date and the VA picked

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GB and Buck - Thank you - that one comment "is the juice worth the squeeze" is what was bothering me all along.  It is not.  I am fairly well beat up however I do not think it is worth the effort and COVID exposure to go back through exams again if they force the issue.  I needed a sounding board and this helped.  I am going to let sleeping dogs lie.  As for secondary submissions on already granted disabilities - I will just keep them in ready reserve if ever needed or until I cannot physically work anymore.

My experience with the VA (other than my own problem with the ITF and date) has been very positive to date.

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You should at least try to get the ITF Back pay , the reason for the ITF To expire is a good reason (waiting at the claims center post office )so it actually was there  they just didn't get it and read it  before the date expired and only one day   they more than likely will  approve your ITF Back pay. ...>go for it.

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Good Morning - I have reviewed the appeals process and it appears that the only way I can go about this is through an appeal to higher authority.  I submitted a letter with documentation as a supplemental to my claim last May addressing the delay at the Post Office.  They did not address the Post Office issue in the award letter which resulted in my moving from 80 to 90%.  However - they had the information.  By submitting the appeal to higher authority am I opening up the entire claim or just the issue of the award date?  In my request to higher authority I am going to only address the award date.  

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CapnHaddock There is usually more than one way to approach the VA claims process. We way the different options carefully and then, hopefully, we make a decision that is the best for us personally. That is the strength of Hadit; to provide insight so you can make the best choices that will work for you. You have done that. And there is nothing that says you can't revisit the situation latter if things change. Good for you, and good luck going forward.

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