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TDIU Decision???



I'm took anxious to wait for the decision letter which was mailed today (5.24), so I'm looking for feedback on what I do know.

  1. The decision was mailed today, 7 days after the evidence gathering was completed.
  2. A D&C exam was scheduled but the decision was made with the exam.
  3. My e-benefits page has not changed from my previous 70%. Should the e-benefits site change if awarded TDIU?

Any ideas on what this MAY indicate?



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Aggravating-C Your e-benefits, or other stuff on va.gov, like payments made or "letters" will not change for a couple weeks usually. It has to be 10 "mail" days before you can request a duplicate letter also. You just have to wait until you get the decision. Get a hobby for a week or two!

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Great advice.  Its sort of like predicting the winner of the Super Bowl.  You will find out when the game is over.  

Here is what you can do while waiting, however.  Go through your cfile, especially this c and p exam.  You can likely get a copy of it at your VAMC "records" department if you ask.  But not always.  

See if the examiner states, or its other wise in your file that a doc said, "its at least as likely as not that this Veteran is unemployable due to sc conditions, or something close.  

If you have that statement, you will likely win eventually, if you persist, but maybe or maybe not this month.  But, you ALSO may need a voc rehab assessment, because a doctor can opine you cant do your present job, but it is possible you could do another job.  So VA likes to deny if they think you may be able to do another job.  

An example is if you have a fractured and arthritic knee, and you work in a warehouse.  Ok, so you cant do that anymore, but you could be retrained, say, as a computer programmer where you dont need great knees.  

A voc rehab specialist can do an assessment and a report if he feels you are a good candidate for retraining into a new field.  

Dont worry about what ebenefits says.  Instead its more reliable to ask your next door neighbor's 5 year old son what he thinks.  Or flip a coin.  But its a big deal if you have all the evidence I described above.  You will more likely be awarded now if you have that evidence, and, even if denied, you can likely win an appeal.  But, if you are lacking that evidence, you can begin working on it to get it.  

VA likes to grant TDIU about as much as we want another bubonic plague, especially, on the first go around.  

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I filed for TDIU and it took me a couple of shots to get it.  I was awarded 70% but denied TDIU.  I got me a couple of IMO's and I got my TDIU, but was denied P&T.  This pissed me off so I appealed that denial and asked for an EED.  I got both of those things.  It took me about 18 months to get it all.  This was way back in 2001 and I got all the bennies in 2002.

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