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My rating came out to 70%. Several 0% and a couple “no’s”. 1 item is deferred. I did not see a letter on eBenefits. She said it was dated at the beginning of the week. eBen said “pending decision approval” with an estimate date of April-June. I guess that is due to the deferred item? She said to check the mail… nothing received. She said check my bank account because they pay out on the 1st… nothing. I have some issues that were not on this claim (1 major item that I recently ended up in the ER for and off work a couple days). Their advice was to wait until this deferred item was done. So, here is a couple questions and some advice to others:
1. The VA accepted my claim in October. Will I get paid November-March all at once?
2. Does the deferment mean another C&P or just additional time for them to decide?
As prior military we are taught to complete the mission, fight to the end, never give up. Do exactly that! I tried to put a claim in right after I got out 10 years ago. The county VA where I lived at the time told me it was impossible because I did not receive a rating when I got out and needed to see civilian Dr’s etc (even though I was only out 1 month…) I couldn’t see Dr’s because I had no insurance and was a full time student. She said get a job, get insurance and come back. Long story short she and the county director were eventually removed from their positions. Eight years later new county and new VSO. I stopped by and inquired. She said sit down we are starting a claim right now! Be patient with them and the VA. CHeck the websites 100 times if it makes you feel better, but it will only drive you Crazy! Get on this site and read others stories. Have faith and wait for the light to show at the end of the tunnel. At your C&P’s, be genuine and honest. Whether its the VA or a contractor… They know the story. Help them help you! I had 1 C&P with the VA and the rest were with QTC. I walked in to my last C&P’s (with QTC) armed and dangerous. I had every document organized and separated for each condition. They really commented on how organized I was. I even took official photographs with me from different time periods to show various condition at different stages. It helps! Again, help them help you! First impression is a lasting one correct? Make sure what they are writing down is an accurate picture!I was really irritated at my first C&P when the VA only saw me for one condition. I went in there with no ammo in hand per se. I thought i was going to be seen for everything. That issue was secondary in my opinion to my major issues. SHe kept saying we’re not here to talk about those issues, only about this one… I walked out of there saying that was only practice for the next one… Take my advice. Read other peoples stories and ask questions. It will only make things easier. Relax, there is no magic button that anyone can press to hurry the process. Its like being in boot camp sometimes. HUrry up and wait. Do they really need me to treat me like this? Will it ever end? At this point, you know those answers.
Thanks so much for sharing, answering and supporting. My story isn’t done, but I hope this helps someone.
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