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1. How would you file a first time ever claim, today? Knowing everything that ‘you’ know today. Why?
I have a good idea of what I want to do, right now, today. And I have a good idea of what I want to continue to do, and a good idea now that I have no clue of how much I will change that idea as each day goes forward. So, I know I have to get this ball in motion and pick a plan an go with it.
I have decided to go it without a VSO. I wish I could get a partial power of attorney accepted (maybe I can, maybe someone can clarify that). NO ONE except me should decide my fate, unless their agenda is 100% one of doing what is in my best interest (or as close as money will buy), I don’t want anyone bargaining for me unless I can contractually limit them to specifics. I know this could be/may have been my toughest non adversary to date that I have ever had to bargain with, but I have never shied away from trying when I study it and apply what others have done before me, in a lot of endeavors.
So, some of the choices I see:
File on all items that I have all the required pieces for to develop a FDC.
File on a subset of the items to hope for a desired rating level to achieve a desired level of benefit.
File on even a smaller subset to just feet in the door and get a rating, then come back with the rest.
Then, as far as Intent to File, or Just starting a Claim, my initial thoughts open for clarification.
The Intent to File you hold the rest of everything to your chest until you pull the filed trigger, but you keep the effective date? Actual results?
With Starting the Claim today, and not completing it for some length of time, are you uploading partial bits and pieces or do you still wait to enter specifics all at one time? does this give the VA a heads up of what you are up to, so as to allow a faster shootdown if that was in the cards? Since I have not been into the online claim system, I have no idea how that works, except what I read, and without seeing it, that doesn’t mean much to me.
I have read, based on the past, that some believe, the only way to deal with the VA is US Mail Certified. I believe that may have been very true….my question? Is it still that way?
I saw there was a tinnitus claim recently awarded in 35 days. I believe that was FDC and online submitted?
In navigating the different VA websites, I have 3 different signons, a premium account, and was sent to DEERs….but can’t accomplish that yet….as I really don’t know what its for, its probably an okay thing.
Would anyone here avoid filing online? Why?
Trying to make up my mind, looking for more ways to look at it.
Now, my actual experience with the VA in the last week.
1). I filed a 10-10ez one early am.
2). The next day, in the late afternoon when I signed on the VA website to look around again, instead of whatever it said initially, like pending or working, or somethin, I don’t remember as it wasn’t displayed long enough…..it said: Enrolled, with big check mark? Now I wasn’t sure exactly that it meant what it said.
3). The next day: I was called to schedule my first appointment, which I had checked that box. Which I did, 12 days out.
That same day, which was yesterday, I checked online for more things to discover, and I discovered ‘my’ handbook. I was given Priority 5, which I think will work for me.
So? Which VA am I working with? Has something changed? I have been called 3 times now by the VA welcoming me to the system, and it has been very pleasant experience. Is this a trick? a Jedi mind trick? or is this something that I haven’t been reading about? Is this what you are experiencing?
I am trying to decide how to start the claim and how fast. I am still waiting on my STR’s.
I have two pretty straightforward claims direct SC either up or down. After that it gets really complicated, these are not really my concern right now, I do know I want to save these for a later day. I may be able to pull one or two out of these to develop with the first two. This would put me theoretically over 30%, which I see would be something worth getting. I believe it has value to ask this question without specifics as to the claims (I will do that later in the process).
I am really trying to weigh all the reasons and ways for getting an effective date now, instead of later. But, I don’t want to sabotage my claim.
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1. How would you file a first time ever claim, today? Knowing everything that you know today. Why? I have a good idea of what I want to do, right now, today. And I have a good idea of what I want to continue to do, and a good idea now that I have no clue of how much I will change that idea as eac...