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Does Anyone Have Any Idea What Development Letter Sent Means?


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#1 Inthewind

 
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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:11 AM

My claim was closed yesterday and in eBenefits in updates it says:
Appeal is Possible
Decision Notification Sent
Development Letter Sent <------ Does anyone know what this letter is included for? What it may say, or it's purpose?

I've done some searching on HADIT but every mention is just text copy pasted into a paragraph not Germaine to asking what the letter means/says.

So, if anyone has one, or has recently seen one I'd be greatful if you could post a small brief explanation.

I went from 50% to 100% P&T.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:34 AM

Yep, the development letter explains in detail what evidence they considered to arive at the decisions. It's like a long version of the Decision Letter (which somes it all up and gives you disability percentages, payment start dates, ect.). If already a 50% look at your first award package and you can see the difference.

#3 Chuck75

 
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Posted 02 September 2012 - 10:10 AM

Strange that E Benefits thing!
Anyway, the development letters sent to me were not much more than acknowledgement of the claim(s),
and a generic "we need all the evidence", even when they already had it.
There was no way to know if they really wanted/needed a specific piece of evidence from the letter.
There also may be a clause that says you may elect to tell them to adjucate the claim with the evidence on hand.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 04:04 PM

So basically, I went from 50 to 100% and they didn't use everything in my claim to get there and there's still issues they haven't completely adjudicated yet? So they may be asking for additional information to complete them?

Weird.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 11:19 AM

Actually, what it may mean is that when they were rating your claim they noticed a development letter had not been sent (did you receive one?). They send it out so that they can say a development letter had been sent as part of processing your claim. My guess is it is a checklist item that they discovered they had not done, and they didn't hold your claim up waiting for a response since your decision was clearly favorable.

Just my guess as to what is going on.

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#6 Chuck75

 
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Posted 04 September 2012 - 11:24 AM

So basically, I went from 50 to 100% and they didn't use everything in my claim to get there and there's still issues they haven't completely adjudicated yet? So they may be asking for additional information to complete them?

Weird.


It's really hard to tell. Once they award 100%, any sense of urgency seems to be lost. I've heard remarks that were basically
Well, you were awarded 100%, what else do you want? (Ignoring the possibility that SMC, A&A, etc. might also be appropriate.
The famous one is the VA's reluctance to award or even consider TDIU, unless a veteran specifically claims it.

#7 Inthewind

 
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Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:08 PM

Yeah, I'm not really interested in TDIU because I'm working, it's keeping me busy, and it hasn't become an issue yet. I'll go down that road if/when the need arises. Thanks to all for the comments.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 11:17 PM

hey how did you find out you got upgraded? Do you have to wait for a letter?

#9 Inthewind

 
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Posted 19 September 2012 - 08:01 PM

It came in the form of a rating decision.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 07:46 AM

markass530
I first learned of the rating via ebenefits the development letters and such as for the actual decision I had to wait for the brown packet

#11 MarkInTexas

 
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:07 PM

It came in the form of a rating decision.


Inthewind, this is completely off topic, but........omg......what kind of cat is that in your profile pic? It stares through my soul!

Mark


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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:17 PM

Inthewind, this is completely off topic, but........omg......what kind of cat is that in your profile pic? It stares through my soul!

Mark


She's a Sphynx and she is the most loving living thing in the world!

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 03:41 AM

My claim was closed yesterday and in eBenefits in updates it says:
Appeal is Possible
Decision Notification Sent
Development Letter Sent <------ Does anyone know what this letter is included for? What it may say, or it's purpose?

I've done some searching on HADIT but every mention is just text copy pasted into a paragraph not Germaine to asking what the letter means/says.

So, if anyone has one, or has recently seen one I'd be greatful if you could post a small brief explanation.

I went from 50% to 100% P&T.

Thanks!


Just a quick 20 bucks worth, on the "Appeal is Possible" part.
Many things can be appealed, evaluation for a given disability, effective dates, etc...

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 03:17 PM

Actually, what it may mean is that when they were rating your claim they noticed a development letter had not been sent (did you receive one?). They send it out so that they can say a development letter had been sent as part of processing your claim. My guess is it is a checklist item that they discovered they had not done, and they didn't hold your claim up waiting for a response since your decision was clearly favorable.

Just my guess as to what is going on.

Best regards,

Yes this is my thing my claim was at the rater pending decision approval and I did not receive a development letter as of yet is this is what you are saying?



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Posted 26 January 2014 - 12:21 PM

Congrats! Inthewind!!!!!!

 

And Carlie made a GOOD point.  Appeals can be made on award letters as to EED, ratings etc etc....as well as on denials.



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Posted 15 July 2014 - 02:45 PM

Yeah, I just posted my letter a few minutes ago. It said the same thing as yours, but it could be different. 



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Posted 27 July 2014 - 08:12 AM

Each time a claim moves through the eight steps on ebeni you are mailed a development letter . It is a form letter stating your case is being worked on.




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