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#1 justrluk

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:07 PM

I just wanted to thank Pete53 for some simple yet effective advice. I was frustrated that my claim hadn't moved even though I was sure all evidence was in. I sent Pete a note, and he made a simple suggestion: send the VARO a note that they should have all the evidence they need and to rate on what they had as soon as possible. Here are the results:

Sent the request to rate in Feb (12) that all evidence should be in and to please rate on the evidence received as soon as possible. My claim (dated 6/10/10) moved to Preparation for Decision on 3/8/12, Pending Decision Approval 3/26/12, Preparation for Notification 3/27/12.

I'm stunned that it actually moved, let alone this quickly. The cynic in me thinks they denied everything and that's why it moved so fast, but I'm hopeful that positive results will come my way. Hopefully, I didn't ditch a positive result for need for immediacy.

I'll post the actual results when I'm notified. Keep your fingers crossed!!!

Also, I can't of course guarantee the same results in time and wouldn't recommend this for anyone not sure if all evidence is actually collected.

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#2 Pete53

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:33 PM

You have to work your claim and be sure that VA has the evidence that it needs. Many times claims gather dust while the VA waits for evidence it already has. When filling out a claim think about who to put down for treatment. For instance a childhood Doc that never really treated you for anything except to give shots you might not list. The reason is many Docs do not keep records indefinitely and if the VA is waiting for something they can't get your claim will languish.

Good Luck I have a feeling you will get a positive result this time.

#3 justrluk

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 10:58 AM

Same claim just closed today out of notification (3/28/12). Now, I'm wondering if anything will come from it. If not, it was almost two years of waiting for nothing but delay in my appeal; fingers are crossed, though!

UPDATE: Noticed that my monthly comp dollar amount increased by $99.00, so I guess I'm now getting SMC K? Can't wait until I get the envelope - this is a real nail-biter!

Edited by justrluk, 30 March 2012 - 12:33 PM.


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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:40 AM

Well, all I can say is "WHAT A WEEKEND"! I received the brown envelope and several $K in retro. I managed to prove Asthma secondary to Humira use. I was thinking all they would grant was 10%, but they granted 30%. I'm still in shock that a claim dated 6/10/10 is finally over, however I'm concerned that the rep that called said they needed one of my son's SSAN. There's also a new claim on eBenefits for dependency, along with another new claim that has no contentions???

Now, all that's left are my appeals, and as I was told they wouldn't progress until the other claims were closed.

Thanks SO much for suggesting using the simple request to rate the claim on the evidence on hand. I am (again) still stunned.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:56 AM

Wow! Congratulations to you! Such wonderful news!!! What RO are you in? Two years is a LONG wait, but so glad it worked out in your favor. :)

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 11:05 AM

Just

Wonderful news I am glad that it worked for you.

#7 justrluk

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 12:35 PM

Believe it or not, I'm in the Atlanta VARO. They're not the speediest, but I can't complain about the outcome.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:48 AM

Yes, Pete is a good egg and we're glad he's here.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 12:55 PM

Congradulations!

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:48 AM

You have to work your claim and be sure that VA has the evidence that it needs. Many times claims gather dust while the VA waits for evidence it already has. When filling out a claim think about who to put down for treatment. For instance a childhood Doc that never really treated you for anything except to give shots you might not list. The reason is many Docs do not keep records indefinitely and if the VA is waiting for something they can't get your claim will languish.

Good Luck I have a feeling you will get a positive result this time.


How can i ask VA to rate my claim? It has been in Pending for Decision phase since Sep 2011.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:49 AM

Congratulations...........

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:22 PM

@ Rover: I used this form, with this language (enclosed). Good luck!

[attachment=5302:Ready to_rate_redacted.pdf]

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:37 PM

Pete is a steady hand and a real brain, but he would never admit it. He is the kind of guy who would have been a platoon leader in Vietnam and waited to crack up until after he got home and his men were safe. I have been telling him for years he knows the "inner mind" of the VA better than anyone.
Now he is probably embarassed.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 06:31 PM

Congrats!

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 07:35 PM

John

You are way to kind to me. The fact is it takes everyone on Hadit making contributions to knowledge. The leader on Hadit is Tbird if not for her we would not have this wonderful web site.

I never was much of a leader but I will admit that I do take interest in trying to decipher just what makes the VA tick.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:44 PM

Great news! Pete is a gem no doubt about it. Perhaps they made you IU, the only reason I can see for the dependents information is if you have made permanent, but others can chime in.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 06:25 AM

Great news! Pete is a gem no doubt about it. Perhaps they made you IU, the only reason I can see for the dependents information is if you have made permanent, but others can chime in.


IU would be a stretch - I'm still working and am able to function relatively well (medicated heavily, of course!). I can only hope that they see the light, finish my appeals (now with a DRO - trying to combine them into one hearing???); getting the first restored to 40% and the second to at least 10% would put me over 100% schedular.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:52 AM

IU would be a stretch - I'm still working and am able to function relatively well (medicated heavily, of course!). I can only hope that they see the light, finish my appeals (now with a DRO - trying to combine them into one hearing???); getting the first restored to 40% and the second to at least 10% would put me over 100% schedular.


They may have rated you 100% scheduler.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:53 AM

WOW!!! I just caught this!!!!

Great news !

I have known Pete since the late 1980s when we were at the Prodigy Veterans BBS.

He has always consistently been supportive of our Nation's veterans and is beyond measurable Value at hadit.

I admire him considerably for his long years of relentless dedication and help.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:44 PM

All: Many, many thanks for all support and help. To all (Berta, Pete, Carlie, T-Bird and many, many more members) I am forever grateful. I just noticed on eBenefits they've posted next month's benefits payments: another bump in monthly. Not 100%, but it looks like they've stopped recouping the severance! Finally, things look like they're closing out with this whole retirement/severance thing.

It's hard to believe just over a year ago, I didn't know if I would even be approved for retirement from medical separation. Now, they've stopped taking severance from VA comp, SMC is working and both appeals are now on the DRO's desk (I was told by my VSO that he's a great guy and that he's trying to combine the review/hearing to get them both closed out at the same time). I don't know how much longer things will take, but I'm opting for optimism.

Now, on to tilt windmills with TRICARE reimbursement!!

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 01:02 PM

This is looking good.
Pete has some great ideas in dealing with roadblocks !

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 06:21 PM

I appreciate the kind words especially from Berta but Hadit has a lot of area's that Members can find to help. I have had my share of battles with the VA but in my opinion winning a claim takes a good medical opinion that can link a current condition to your service.

New Members are the life blood and the more we help each other the stronger we become. Over the years Tbird has fine tuned Hadit making t the best place on the Internet to go for help in dealing with the VA.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:19 PM

John

You are way to kind to me. The fact is it takes everyone on Hadit making contributions to knowledge. The leader on Hadit is Tbird if not for her we would not have this wonderful web site.

I never was much of a leader but I will admit that I do take interest in trying to decipher just what makes the VA tick.

 

I just love myself some PETE!!!! he has always made me feel that know matter what is going on I will be ok, just never give up the fight. John also knows he's on point as well. U - GUYS - ROCK!!!biggrin.png



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Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:27 AM

Glad you finally got some good news. 

 

I'm going to follow what you were told to do with my claim as I'm closing in on two years. 

 

 



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 07:22 PM

Any way to read that attachment link for pdf?  It is10-12 responses up. The format to tell the VA to "move along".






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