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Service Entrance Exam

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#1 billygoat21


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Posted 30 July 2012 - 08:00 PM

I spoke with the VSR at the Regional Office he told me that the rater requested my Service entrance exam from ST. Louis 5 times since Nov 2010, Question why so many times and nothing sent why not just move on?

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:09 AM

Noticed no one has responded to your question yet, so I'll give my opinion. I'm guessing the reason why the entrance exam was asked for so many times is because it is not in your C-File that they might have. Because of the VA's "duty to assist" 38 USC 5103 VA must make every possible effort to obtain relevant records held by any Federal department or agency, unless and until it is reasonably certain that the records do not exist (I doubt very much anyone could say that a Service entrance exam never existed) or that continuing efforts to obtain them would be futile. This will generally require a statement from the custodian that the records no longer exist, or that they have been transferred elsewhere.

So I'm guessing, as you probably already have, that the Service Entrance Exam might be lost. Heck with all the threads I've read here, with people stating that they are finding other vet's records in their C-File - it's not surprising at all. Eventually, for better or worse as far as the vet's claim goes, the VA does move on they have to cover their butts though (38 USC 5103).

#3 Chuck75


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Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:18 AM

It's a box to be checked. Without it, the RO can basically let the claim languish. Even though the exam may not have anything that might bear on your claim. Just another excuse to delay, and cover the RO's tail.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 08:56 PM

Yes i am begining to think it's congress person time. You see in June 2012 The RO sent a letter stating they had all the evidence needed to proceed and not to contact them they will contact you (lol) Then July 24th 2012 the VSR says they are waiting on Service entrance exam that was submitted 5 times sounds alot like smoke screens only thing that visit did was get my claim out of gathering dust to Pending decision approval on 7/24/12 avg time in this phase according to Iris is 57 days as of 7/31/12 Thank you for sharing your insight with me.


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Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:00 PM

Thanks Chuck and USMC5811- Your advice helped me a great deal i was tetering on deep depression about this i am calmer now thank you 2 again :)Posted Image

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 05:01 AM

Many times contacting a congress critter
can slow things down.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:38 PM

Now i am totally confused again i spoke with the records management division today they told me they sent my medical records to the RO MARCH 1,2010, JUST HERE ON 7/23/12 the VSR at the RO said they have requested the Service Entrance exam 5 times since 11/29/10 and that was what was holding my claim up so somebody is not being forthcoming there is a big F-150 Engine stall now on the va freeway not sure if a another trip to the RO is in order. :(

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 06:47 PM

I'm afraid that Carlie is right. I pretty much started all this without a VSO, and made the mistake of contacting my Senator not once, but twice. Now once a month I get a friendly letter from the Senate office saying delays of this nature are unordinary, but that they are continuing to monitor the status of my claim.

I started June 19, 2010, multiple conditions, and finally scheduled for 2 C&P's later this month on two conditions.

And of course my ePeggy account now says estimated completion of January 28, 2013. (Can't trust that though.)

Might not be a good idea, unless you know for sure there's an error that they made. It'll still delay the claim, because they pull the file out of the crazy system and when it goes back, it's at the end of a line again.


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Posted 03 August 2012 - 11:24 PM

Thanks for the info i decided against the senator issue even though i have a strong one in Patty Murray I did visit the RO Today and found out my claim is on the raters desk I decided to visit my VSO Also in the same Bldg i left feeling alot more positive than i did a week ago i am going to give ebennies a break this weekend and enjoy the rare sun here in seattle and the Blue Angels i do hope by the end of this month things will be better claim wise. Thanks everyone