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eBenefits Development Letter Sent

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What does it mean? eBenefits development letter Sent.

An eBenefits development letter is generated and sent in the early stages of your claim. It acknowledges your claim and asks for additional evidence if you have any. The VA is legally required to send this letter to you. see 38CFR3.159

(a) Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply: (1) Competent medical evidence means evidence provided by a person who is qualified through education, training, or experience to offer medical diagnoses, statements, or opinions. Competent medical evidence may also mean statements conveying sound medical principles found in medical treatises. It would also include statements contained in authoritative writings such as medical and scientific articles and research reports or analyses. (2) Competent lay evidence means any evidence not requiring that the proponent have specialized education, training, or experience. Lay evidence is competent if it is provided by a person who has knowledge of facts or circumstances and conveys matters that can be observed and described by a layperson. 38CFR3.159

The letter may ask for things that don’t apply to your case, like buddy statements, or it may ask for items you’ve already submitted, like medical records. The development letter will also contain blank forms. Most likely, you filled out all the required forms already. The blank forms are only attached if you have additional evidence you want to submit. You do not have to send in everything the VA asks for; you only have to send anything you haven’t already submitted.
NOTE: VA.gov and eBenefits describe the claims process differently, but the status and other details are correct in both places.

What do the “3 Phases of Claim Status” mean in eBenefits?

  • Development – This is the initial part of the claims process. The claimant is provided information as to what information is needed for the claim and an opportunity to provide or identify any additional evidence to support the claim. All appropriate evidence is gathered and reviewed.
  • Decision – All information and evidence are carefully reviewed to ensure we have everything we need to make an informed decision on the claim. If something is missing, the claim returns to the development phase to obtain that missing information. A proposed decision will be made if all the needed evidence is received.
  • Notification – Once the decision is reviewed carefully and approved, a notification letter is sent to the claimant.

You may go from Pending Decision to Gathering Evidence and back to Pending Decision in a day or a week. Know that it is crazy-making, that it is normal, and that you are not alone.

Claims Process

Your claim can go from any step to back a step depending on the specifics of the claim, so you may go from Pending Decision Approval back to Review of Evidence. Ebenefits status is helpful but not definitive.

Stages of a Claim

There are eight distinct steps that most claims for disability compensation follow. These phases may vary in time depending on the complexity of the claim, the amount of evidence that must be gathered to support the claims, and the type of evidence. You are strongly encouraged to submit your claim with as much evidence as possible to help minimize processing time. The eight steps of claims processing are as follows:

Steps

  1. Claim Received 
    Your claim has been received by Veterans Affairs. If you applied online with VONAPP Direct Connect, you should see a receipt in your list of Open Claims within one hour. If you applied through U.S. mail, please allow mailing time plus one week for us to process and record the receipt of your claim.
  2. Under Review 
    Your claim has been assigned to a Veterans Service Representative and is being reviewed to determine if additional evidence is needed. If we do not need any additional information, your claim will move directly to the Preparation for Decision phase. Read More about Under Review from the VA Disability Claims Forum
  3. Gathering of Evidence
    The Veterans Service Representative will request evidence from the required sources. Requests for evidence may be made of you, a medical professional, a government agency, or another authority. It is common for claims to return to this phase should additional evidence be required. Preparation for Decision phaseRead More about Gathering of Evidence from the VA Disability Claims Forum
  4. Review of Evidence
    We have received all the needed evidence. If, upon review, it is determined that more evidence is required, the claim will be sent back to the review of Evidence phaseRead More about Review of Evidence from the VA Disability Claims Forum
  5. Preparation for Decision 
    The Veterans Service Representative has recommended a decision and is preparing the required documents detailing that decision. If more evidence is required, the claim will be sent back in the process for more information or evidence. Read More about Preparation for Decision from the VA Disability Claims Forum
  6. Pending Decision Approval 
    The recommended decision is reviewed, and a final award approval is made. If it is determined that more evidence or information is required, the claim will be sent back in the process for more information or evidence. Read More About Pending Decision Approval from the VA Disability Claims Forum.
  7. Preparation for Notification
    Your entire claim decision packet is prepared for mailing. Preparation for the Decision phaseRead More about Preparation for Notification from the VA Disability Claims Forum
  8. Complete
    The VA has sent a decision packet to you by U.S. mail. The packet includes details of the decision or award. Please allow standard mailing time for your packet to arrive before contacting a VA call center. Preparation for the Decision phaseRead More about Complete from the VA Disability Claims Forum

Status Messages a Final Note

Your claim can go from any step to back a step depending on the specifics of the claim, so you may go from Pending Decision Approval back to Review of Evidence. eBenefits status is helpful but not definitive.

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What does it mean? eBenefits development letter Sent.

An eBenefits development letter is generated and sent in the early stages of your claim. It acknowledges your claim and asks for additional evidence if you have any. The VA is legally required to send this letter to you. see 38CFR3.159

(a) Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply: (1) Competent medical evidence means evidence provided by a person who is qualified through education, training, or experience to offer medical diagnoses, statements, or opinions. Competent medical evidence may also mean statements conveying sound medical principles found in medical treatises. It would also include statements contained in authoritative writings such as medical and scientific articles and research reports or analyses. (2) Competent lay evidence means any evidence not requiring that the proponent have specialized education, training, or experience. Lay evidence is competent if it is provided by a person who has knowledge of facts or circumstances and conveys matters that can be observed and described by a layperson. 38CFR3.159

The letter may ask for things that don’t apply to your case, like buddy statements, or it may ask for items you’ve already submitted, like medical records. The development letter will also contain blank forms. Most likely, you filled out all the required forms already. The blank forms are only attached if you have additional evidence you want to submit. You do not have to send in everything the VA asks for; you only have to send anything you haven’t already submitted.
NOTE: VA.gov and eBenefits describe the claims process differently, but the status and other details are correct in both places.

What do the “3 Phases of Claim Status” mean in eBenefits?

  • Development – This is the initial part of the claims process. The claimant is provided information as to what information is needed for the claim and an opportunity to provide or identify any additional evidence to support the claim. All appropriate evidence is gathered and reviewed.
  • Decision – All information and evidence are carefully reviewed to ensure we have everything we need to make an informed decision on the claim. If something is missing, the claim returns to the development phase to obtain that missing information. A proposed decision will be made if all the needed evidence is received.
  • Notification – Once the decision is reviewed carefully and approved, a notification letter is sent to the claimant.

You may go from Pending Decision to Gathering Evidence and back to Pending Decision in a day or a week. Know that it is crazy-making, that it is normal, and that you are not alone.

Claims Process

Your claim can go from any step to back a step depending on the specifics of the claim, so you may go from Pending Decision Approval back to Review of Evidence. Ebenefits status is helpful but not definitive.

Stages of a Claim

There are eight distinct steps that most claims for disability compensation follow. These phases may vary in time depending on the complexity of the claim, the amount of evidence that must be gathered to support the claims, and the type of evidence. You are strongly encouraged to submit your claim with as much evidence as possible to help minimize processing time. The eight steps of claims processing are as follows:

Steps

  1. Claim Received 
    Your claim has been received by Veterans Affairs. If you applied online with VONAPP Direct Connect, you should see a receipt in your list of Open Claims within one hour. If you applied through U.S. mail, please allow mailing time plus one week for us to process and record the receipt of your claim.
  2. Under Review 
    Your claim has been assigned to a Veterans Service Representative and is being reviewed to determine if additional evidence is needed. If we do not need any additional information, your claim will move directly to the Preparation for Decision phase. Read More about Under Review from the VA Disability Claims Forum
  3. Gathering of Evidence
    The Veterans Service Representative will request evidence from the required sources. Requests for evidence may be made of you, a medical professional, a government agency, or another authority. It is common for claims to return to this phase should additional evidence be required. Preparation for Decision phaseRead More about Gathering of Evidence from the VA Disability Claims Forum
  4. Review of Evidence
    We have received all the needed evidence. If, upon review, it is determined that more evidence is required, the claim will be sent back to the review of Evidence phaseRead More about Review of Evidence from the VA Disability Claims Forum
  5. Preparation for Decision 
    The Veterans Service Representative has recommended a decision and is preparing the required documents detailing that decision. If more evidence is required, the claim will be sent back in the process for more information or evidence. Read More about Preparation for Decision from the VA Disability Claims Forum
  6. Pending Decision Approval 
    The recommended decision is reviewed, and a final award approval is made. If it is determined that more evidence or information is required, the claim will be sent back in the process for more information or evidence. Read More About Pending Decision Approval from the VA Disability Claims Forum.
  7. Preparation for Notification
    Your entire claim decision packet is prepared for mailing. Preparation for the Decision phaseRead More about Preparation for Notification from the VA Disability Claims Forum
  8. Complete
    The VA has sent a decision packet to you by U.S. mail. The packet includes details of the decision or award. Please allow standard mailing time for your packet to arrive before contacting a VA call center. Preparation for the Decision phaseRead More about Complete from the VA Disability Claims Forum

Status Messages a Final Note

Your claim can go from any step to back a step depending on the specifics of the claim, so you may go from Pending Decision Approval back to Review of Evidence. eBenefits status is helpful but not definitive.

What do eBenefits Claim Status Messages Mean

What do eBenefits Claim Status Messages Mean

eBenefits Claim Status Messages

Claim Status can go back and forth, you can go from Pending Decision Approval back to Review of Evidence. eBenefits status is helpful but not definitive.

Your Claim Status can go from any step to back a step, depending on the specifics of the claim. eBenefits status messages are helpful but not definitive. You can check the status of your VA claim, appeal, or decision review online at any time. The amount of time it takes to review your claim will depend on several factors, including the type of claim you filed, the number and complexity of injuries or disabilities you claimed, and how long it takes us to collect the necessary evidence.

VA Claim Status Messages

Claim received – VA has received your claim, but it hasn’t been assigned to a reviewer yet.
 
Initial review – VA has assigned your claim to a reviewer, who will determine if VA needs any more information from you.
 
Evidence gathering, review, and decision – VA is getting evidence from you, your health care providers, governmental agencies, and other sources. We’ll review the evidence and make a decision.
 
Preparation for notification – VA has made a decision on your claim, and they are getting your decision letter ready to mail.
 
Complete – VA has sent you a decision letter by U.S. mail with details about how they made the decision on your claim.
 

Supplemental Claim Status

A reviewer is examining your new evidence – VA has received your Supplemental Claim and assigned it to a reviewer. They will determine if VA needs any more information from you.

We made a decision – VA has sent you their decision on your Supplemental Claim.

Your Supplemental Claim was closed – VA has closed your Supplemental Claim. This may be because you didn’t take the action VA requested.

Higher-Level Review Claim Status

A senior reviewer is taking a new look at your case – VA has received your request for a Higher-Level Review and assigned it to a senior reviewer. They will determine if VA needs any more information from you.

We are correcting an error – The senior reviewer found an error that must be corrected before they can make a decision on your case. VA will contact you if they need more information.

We made a decision – VA has sent you their decision on your Higher-Level Review.

Your Higher-Level Review was closed – VA closed your Higher-Level Review. This may be because you didn’t take the action VA requested.

Board Appeal Claim Status

You’re waiting for your hearing to be scheduled – VA received your request for a hearing but hasn’t scheduled it yet.

Your hearing has been scheduled – VA has scheduled your hearing. You’ll receive the hearing information by mail. You can also find information about your hearing in the claim status tool. Check your VA claim status.

Your appeal is waiting to be sent to a judge – Your appeal is at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. VA has not assigned it to a Veterans Law Judge yet.

Your appeal is with your Veterans Service Organization – Your Veterans Service Organization (VSO) is reviewing your appeal to prepare additional arguments to support your case.

A judge is reviewing your appeal – A Veterans Law Judge at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals is reviewing your appeal.

The judge is seeking more information before making a decision – The judge is getting more evidence or an outside opinion from a legal, medical, or other professional. This additional information will help them make a decision about your appeal.

The Board is waiting until a higher court makes a decision – A higher court is reviewing a group of appeals. The Board of Veterans’ Appeals is waiting for their decision because it may affect your appeal.

The Board made a decision on your appeal – The Board of Veterans’ Appeals sent you a decision letter about your appeal.

Your appeal was merged – The Board of Veterans’ Appeals merged your appeal with one of your older appeals that was closer to receiving a Board decision. The Board merges appeals so that you can receive a single decision on as many appeals as possible.

Your appeals file is open for new evidence – The Board of Veterans’ Appeals is holding your case open for new evidence for 90 days.

We corrected an error – A judge at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals either:

  • Found an error and had it corrected, or
  • Made a decision that changes your disability rating or eligibility for benefits

VA has sent you a corrected decision.

The Board made a decision on your appeal – The Board of Veterans’ Appeals sent you a decision letter about your appeal.

We granted your appeal – VA has decided to overturn the original decision.

You withdrew your appeal – You told VA not to continue your appeal.

Your Motion for Reconsideration was denied – The Board of Veterans’ Appeals decided not to reopen your appeal.

The appeal was closed – VA records show that the Veteran filing the appeal is deceased, so they closed this appeal.

Your appeal was closed – VA dismissed or closed your appeal. Please contact your Veterans Service Organization (VSO) or representative for more information.

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