Posted 15 February 2007 - 11:00 PM
Generally, dependency issues are resolved with the Post-Determination Team at the regional offices. The dependency issues are worked together with the promuligation of the decsion from the rating activities and the actual C-file is needed to do this. So if a veteran has numerous issues pending at once and their C-file is bouncing from one team to another trying to get the other claims resolved, then it may take longer to get any dependents added to an award. For example, if a veteran has one claim that just finished with an award and was promuligated by the Post-Determination Team, but has an appeal pending, then more than likely before the dependents are added the C-file will go back to the Appeals Team to resolve the issue(s) on appeal first before any dependents may be added. Having said that, in the senario I just mentioned, sometimes the dependents are added before the C-file is sent back to the Appeals Team. Alot of it just depends on the individual claim and how complex the matters are. Sometimes the Post-Determination Teams do miss the dependency issues altogther, especially if a veteran had a 10% rating and then received an increase to say 50%.