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    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


My Attorney was successful in getting a BVA grant. It had been remanded back from the Veteran's Court. A CUE reversal. I'm over the moon, but don't know what to expect next. I also had a successful C&P exam for Hypothyroidism. (The newly added disease to the list of Presumptive conditions related to AO.) The Schedule of Ratings calls for a minimum of 30% there. I had asked the BVA for 100% from my present 60% for the tongue cancer, because anything less will not get me needed crucial dental work. I am hoping the combined rating will get me there. Do I now just wait for a RO rating decision? Anybody know how long the wait is? When I was Service Connected for PTSD, it seems it was pretty quick. My VSO says the VA has still not decided what the effective date will be for Hypothyroidism, but I have a claim going back to 2014.

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Since you already had a C & P exam, the only thing left is to wait for the VARO rating decision. If your claim has been open and pending since 2014, that should be your effective date. Keep in mind that you had to have filed a timely appeal (Disagreement).

Unfortunately, the time frame is unknown and can be three to six months and maybe even closer to a year before you get your VARO rating decision. The VARO will set your rating percentage and your effective date and if you disagree with them, you will have to file a new appeal.   

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They sent me a letter stating because of my age, they would be speeding it up. Of course, nobody really knows what that means. When I was service-connected for PTSD, the money came quickly. Mine is an unusual case, and my VSO says she "can't wait" to learn the decision. I had requested "service connection, plus residuals" and one of the residuals was Hypothyroidism. Then they passed the new law providing SC for that disease, hence my C&P exam. So they have 2 claims for that. I hope you're wrong about another long wait. Happy Easter

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Congratulations on your bva win.  It sounds like va is wasting time sending you a letter that they are hurrying. 

Imagine if you call the fire department, and tell them to hurry. They respond by sending you a letter that they are hurrying as fast as they can.  

Does anyone else think this is crazy?  Please hurry your answer.  Or, respond you are going as fast as you can, and mail it so that I may quickly get it and email you a response. 

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Oliver- I remember your AO claim !!!!!This is GREAT News!!!!!!

I am an AO widow and have lots of info here on how Nehmer EEDs are determined.

Also, in my case and for many here, when AO IHD claims were filed, upon a request from the claimant, NVLSP ( who won Nehmer Class Action), will review, for free, your EED to make sure it is correct.

But we also can review the decision when you get it, here.

Unless you had filed for this in he past and was denied before it became presumptive, the EED will be the date of the claim.

Pacman said "If your claim has been open and pending since 2014, that should be your effective date. Keep in mind that you had to have filed a timely appeal (Disagreement)."

BUT If you filed and were denied on the 2014 claim for hypothyroidism, then re opened it- I certainly feel that , per Nehmer, your EED for the hypothyroidism should be 2014.

That is called "Footnote One" Nehmer.

But we will know more when you get the decision.

I was a Footnote One Nehmer claimant.

AO had been the most important veterans issue of my life- but if I am not here to respond to your decision, others will-as I have putt everything I know about Nehmer here, for 2 decades.



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