Opinion on IU-- Review of Evidence

Opinion on IU-- Review of Evidence

usafguy
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13 Sep 2017, 22:20 #1

Hello to all! I have been helped several times throughout my claim through this site and have to say thank you to all who have served and thank you to all who have posted to help others. 

I am writing to see what opinions were on my case getting granted IU. I am beyond nervous and am having a hard time sleep at night and function knowing a decision could be coming shortly. It moved to preparation for decision then back to review of evidence last night. 

I have a 90% total rating at the moment. I applied for IU in June as I have been unemployed for some time now and bills are quite tight as my wife doesn't have the highest paying of jobs. I have had 8 different jobs since separating in 2010 and all have lasted around 2 months before leaving. I am 70% PTSD, 30% for back, 20% for shoulder, and 10% for a knee. I guess I am just writing to hear anyone's opinion as to what they might think a probable outcome based off of past claims. 

Again, Thank you all in advance for all the help you do and continue to do. 
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usmc1987
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14 Sep 2017, 01:32 #2

So many variables to consider.
I do wish you luck on your claim.
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usafguy
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14 Sep 2017, 20:49 #3

usmc1987 wrote: So many variables to consider.
I do wish you luck on your claim.


Thank you USMC! I'm hoping for the best!
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Spunky
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16 Sep 2017, 14:28 #4

usmc1987 wrote: So many variables to consider.
I do wish you luck on your claim.
+1

You do meet the numbers requirement of 38 cfr 4.16.

If I was you, I'd write up a 4138 and briefly detail why you left every job since separation, or the past 5 years.

Good luck.
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usafguy
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17 Sep 2017, 23:57 #5

I believe I will have to do just that @Spunky. My claim went back to gathering of evidence in the last couple of days when it was in review of evidence 12 September after being moved back from Prep for Decision. This would be the VA's third attempt for some request from prior employers. 
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Cavmedic
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18 Sep 2017, 00:39 #6

Did you ever get fired or just bailed?
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usafguy
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18 Sep 2017, 02:23 #7

Cavmedic wrote: Did you ever get fired or just bailed?
I was fired once.. the rest I was usually written up with attendance issues and then would just bail once I felt too deep and try and figure out the next step. 
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OiCu812
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19 Sep 2017, 18:31 #8

usafguy, hope it works out and the backpay will get you back in shape. 
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OiCu812
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19 Sep 2017, 18:40 #9

I'm in the "Gathering of Evidence" mode now since June. 
  • Disability retirement filed April 2016, approved May 2017. 
  • C&P June 13, 2017
  • <VA Medical Facility> {Awaiting Others} 
  • VA-21-4192 submitted with C&P exam request (reused the one I used for OPM)
The dates in eBenefits for completion have adjusted so many times.
  • Submitted: 09/03/2017 (Compensation)
  • Estimated Completion: 11/29/2017 - 02/16/2018
The November date was Oct 17, 2017. Then it went to March 2018 and now it's back to November 29th 2017.

Is this normal? 
 
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triman8654
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19 Sep 2017, 19:37 #10

The last few claims I've had have had the bouncing around prior to completion. And completion came sooner rather than later. One time I remember % jumping around. It may not be totally accurate but you can definitely tell when there is movement on your claim.
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OiCu812
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19 Sep 2017, 20:35 #11

triman8654 wrote: The last few claims I've had have had the bouncing around prior to completion. And completion came sooner rather than later. One time I remember % jumping around. It may not be totally accurate but you can definitely tell when there is movement on your claim.
Got a call to schedule another C&P exam so, I told the lady I would give the VA a call and see if this is accurate. VA says, "Go to the appointment. Question, "Will this afftect my current claim"? 
  • Dates
  • Change timeline for completion
Cheers,
B
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triman8654
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20 Sep 2017, 01:58 #12

My strong guess is it's directly related to your current claim.. schedule it for as soon as possible..if you went back to gathering of evidence that's it..
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OiCu812
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20 Sep 2017, 02:28 #13

Rgr that! Thx
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OiCu812
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21 Sep 2017, 03:19 #14

Scheduled the appointment with medical support Los Angeles (MLSA) however, after reading some online reviews, I came across this; "This company was a quick and easy fix to the VA backlog. The only problem is now the appeal portion of the VA is backlogged out to five years to to the high denial rate for initial claims. The VA fixed nothing and this company make millions, at the expense of tax payers and veteran's. Do not get your C&P done by them say you want a VA C&P, not a third party. 

Should I request a VA doctor complete the appointment?

Cheers,
Bryan
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fallonboy
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22 Sep 2017, 03:36 #15

usafguy-  have you been called in for a C&P exam yet?

One of my PTSD problems is   Inadequate sleep .
United States Army 1962 thru 1970
   
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usafguy
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26 Sep 2017, 22:06 #16

fallonboy wrote: usafguy-  have you been called in for a C&P exam yet?

One of my PTSD problems is   Inadequate sleep .
yes. I was called in for a c and p in july and in the past had quick decisions after the exams. 

 The claim has now moved back to "gathering of evidence" phase and received a letter stating that my claim is now on hold essentially since there is an appeal for the same condition. I appealed the original decision which was 30% for PTSD, and while the form 9 was received for the appeal, was increased to 70% for PTSD. I then filed for IU, as I have been unemployed for a while due to some issues. 

I now have to withdraw the appeal or wait out till the appeal is finalized to get an answer.. head scratcher. 
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OiCu812
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26 Sep 2017, 22:17 #17

usafguy wrote:
fallonboy wrote: usafguy-  have you been called in for a C&P exam yet?

One of my PTSD problems is   Inadequate sleep .
yes. I was called in for a c and p in july and in the past had quick decisions after the exams. 

 The claim has now moved back to "gathering of evidence" phase and received a letter stating that my claim is now on hold essentially since there is an appeal for the same condition. I appealed the original decision which was 30% for PTSD, and while the form 9 was received for the appeal, was increased to 70% for PTSD. I then filed for IU, as I have been unemployed for a while due to some issues. 

I now have to withdraw the appeal or wait out till the appeal is finalized to get an answer.. head scratcher. 
Appeal for the 30% to 70%? Or the IU?
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usafguy
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27 Sep 2017, 01:46 #18

OiCu812 wrote:
usafguy wrote:
fallonboy wrote: usafguy-  have you been called in for a C&P exam yet?

One of my PTSD problems is   Inadequate sleep .
yes. I was called in for a c and p in july and in the past had quick decisions after the exams. 

 The claim has now moved back to "gathering of evidence" phase and received a letter stating that my claim is now on hold essentially since there is an appeal for the same condition. I appealed the original decision which was 30% for PTSD, and while the form 9 was received for the appeal, was increased to 70% for PTSD. I then filed for IU, as I have been unemployed for a while due to some issues. 

I now have to withdraw the appeal or wait out till the appeal is finalized to get an answer.. head scratcher. 
Appeal for the 30% to 70%? Or the IU?
I appealed the original decision rating of 30% rating as I believe the rating of 70% is more accurate. 
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usafguy
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06 Nov 2017, 01:38 #19

I thought I'd give a little update on my claim as it has been a little bit. The claim was moved back to gathering of evidence for some reason as more medical records were needed from the VA. I did decide to withdraw my appeal as I would have to have to the appeal finalize to get a decision on the current claim for IU. It stinks, but I wasn't about to wait a few years while I have been unemployed for nearly a year and trying to stay afloat. 

The claim has now moved forward to the preparation for decision phase. I will try and wait patiently as I know the implications of this decision. Thank you all for your time and am hoping for the best. 
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usafguy
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07 Nov 2017, 03:53 #20

And another update.. Today the claim moved forward a step to the "pending decision approval" phase of claim. estimated completion date has been moved forward to 11/9-11/13. I will keep the forum update on what is happening. 
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usafguy
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14 Nov 2017, 14:23 #21

Hello and happy Tuesday to everyone. I thought I would post as to what is going on. My claim is still pending decision approval, but I decided to speak to my representative and he advised to me that IU had been granted to me. I am in shock and still want to see the official benefits screen or letter in the mail. I just wanted to again thank this forum and anyone (especially administrators) out there who helps people like me in this process. God is good regardless of this outcome, but am feeling a bit more relaxed as of right now. 
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SGT PAPA SMURF
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14 Nov 2017, 15:25 #22

CONGRATS USAFGUY!!!!!!!

Way to hang in there!!!   Hopefully they did you right and the dates go back for your retro that you would have received from the appeal.

I remember that shocked/relieved/numb...is it real moment.
19D, SGT, E-5, ARMY100% IU P&T
SSDI--Appeal in the works


some days I believe it and see it...some days I can't find it through the levels of the pains physically and mentally




I am long-winded...but do try to put substance in it!!!
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