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laabstract 10-29-2012 7:46 PM

VA Disability claims
 
How long did it take you to reach a final decision?

rero360 10-29-2012 8:38 PM

14 months and still going, haven't even been seen by a doc yet or anything, stuck in limbo that is L.A.

steelrain82 10-29-2012 9:09 PM

7-8 months. But this was 05 and 09 I believe. So not as bad as now

laabstract 10-30-2012 6:35 AM

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Originally Posted by rero360 (Post 9617125)
14 months and still going, haven't even been seen by a doc yet or anything, stuck in limbo that is L.A.

Yea same here 13 months, still in the same position as it was 6 months ago.
At least they have not lost my paper work like they did the past 2 times I have filed got to love the L.A. VA. (knocks on wood)

epilepticninja 10-30-2012 11:59 AM

1 year, then approx. 1 more year for my appeal.

justjeff 10-30-2012 12:03 PM

14 months (back pay was nice) Started last June got a letter in mid Aug
Starting appeals next week for a couple issues.
VA medical was great to me though and very accommodating.

ir0nclash86 10-30-2012 8:03 PM

Damn I hope it doesnt take that long to just add a dependant.

91 whiskey 209 10-30-2012 8:05 PM

Mine took about 8 months. I guess I'm pretty lucky.

Scuba Steve33 10-30-2012 9:48 PM

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Originally Posted by rero360 (Post 9617125)
14 months and still going, haven't even been seen by a doc yet or anything, stuck in limbo that is L.A.

I'm at 13 months and still waiting.

Some lady from the VA randomly called me last week asking if there was anything I needed and I told her I was curious on the status of my claims and she got back to me the next day and said it's in the second phase and that if I don't hear anything in 4 weeks to give her a call and she'll begin an inquiry. I asked her about the ~12 month average wait time and she said that isn't even the average anymore, that's pretty much the guaranteed wait time at the least before something happens. I'm not worried about it because I'll get a ton of back pay but it would be nice to get it now and the payments started.

downdiver2 10-30-2012 10:27 PM

In 07 it took 8 or so months, my appeals in 09 took only 6 months. I thought things would get better, tried to add a dependent in March of this year and no contact what so ever to date.

VetteRacer 10-30-2012 11:09 PM

Did mine at beginning of the year, got Drs appts (3 total, 2 at VA and 1 outside referral) within first 2 months, rating decision made in July/Aug. Haven't done my appeal yet (still waiting on documentation from military).
Dads been waiting for a good 18 months for one of his claims...
He is through LA, I am through San Diego, wondering if location is a big player in time it takes? Can someone file outside of local area?

Matt

llamatrnr 10-31-2012 4:55 AM

14 months for me, also, but expect longer now . . .

metalliman545 10-31-2012 1:03 PM

6 months for the doctors appointments and 3 months later I received my backpay n rating

metalliman545 10-31-2012 1:09 PM

Mine was from october 2011 to august 2012

MustangSteveGT 10-31-2012 2:08 PM

Got out May 2011. I claimed like 8 different things. Got my first check April 2012.

I did the exams as part of the 'pre-seperation' comp and pen exams before date i left my last duty station (last one February 2011).

So from the time of the last comp and pen exam at North Chicago VA and coming home to CA and getting my first check, it was at least 15 months.

..and I still have 2 conditions left over that arent settled but I dont really care because I probably wont get paid for those last items regardless, because of missing records and VA typically not paying for the kind of conditions.

I'm sitting at 60%. Not bad at all IMO.

Been working with local VET CENTER to increase that. I suggest using the vet center if at all possible. Most convenient place to build up comp and pen cases especially for mental health related items.

Still waiting on dependent data to integrate into my diability pay rate. They somehow didnt add my wife but added my kid. Filed to have my wife added via local CA vet service officer. Also submitted for wifes dependent data to be added via the E-BENEFITS WEBSITE which I also suggest anyone who has any sort of comp and pen going on to keep up on. Submitting for my increased married dependent rate via Ebenefits got that expected date of completion bumped up faster than it was when I just submitted the paper version through local county vet service officer.

MustangSteveGT 10-31-2012 2:30 PM

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Originally Posted by downdiver2 (Post 9624985)
In 07 it took 8 or so months, my appeals in 09 took only 6 months. I thought things would get better, tried to add a dependent in March of this year and no contact what so ever to date.

eBenefits is great for adding dependents to your disability rate. and the website gives you some sort of status updates when they happen by logging in and checking as well as an estimated date of completion. The eBenefits premium account (which doesnt require you to travel to a VA regional office, medical center or military base in order to activate anymore) is a great source for all kinds of stuff. Also good place to see what contact info the VA has for you, to ensure the contact data they have is truely correct. You can also update addresses/phone numbers if you move or whatever through the site.
My request to add dependents to my rate got expedited after I submitted for it again through eBeneits (like 4 months faster). Thats long after my original request via Vet Service Officer was done by paper method.

Also activated my post 9/11 gi bill through the eBenefits portal that links you with VONAPP which contains the eletronic internet benefit request forms.

91 whiskey 209 11-01-2012 6:42 AM

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Originally Posted by MustangSteveGT (Post 9628478)
eBenefits is great for adding dependents to your disability rate. and the website gives you some sort of status updates when they happen by logging in and checking as well as an estimated date of completion. The eBenefits premium account (which doesnt require you to travel to a VA regional office, medical center or military base in order to activate anymore) is a great source for all kinds of stuff. Also good place to see what contact info the VA has for you, to ensure the contact data they have is truely correct. You can also update addresses/phone numbers if you move or whatever through the site.
My request to add dependents to my rate got expedited after I submitted for it again through eBeneits (like 4 months faster). Thats long after my original request via Vet Service Officer was done by paper method.

Also activated my post 9/11 gi bill through the eBenefits portal that links you with VONAPP which contains the eletronic internet benefit request forms.

Very helpful. Thank you.

laabstract 11-01-2012 5:36 PM

Looks like I am in for a 14+ Month wait with the Los Angeles VA. I am already at 13 months with no status change.

91 whiskey 209 11-01-2012 7:17 PM

I created a Premium account with eBenefits today. My mailing address was incorrect and I had zero dependants accounted for. I called the number provided and they were only able to help me with the address change.... The website itself does not allow me to edit any of my personal information. I'll have to call tomorrow and see if I can get that squared away.

SoCal_Sapper 11-02-2012 7:37 AM

After two years I finally got mine approved. I got the letter in the mail on Wednesday and I found the 2 years of back pay in my bank account this morning. I guess the letters I've been sending once a week for the past year have finally worked their magic.

BajaJames83 11-02-2012 7:56 AM

Is there a way to check the status of a claim?
Number?
Web site?

SoCal_Sapper 11-02-2012 7:58 AM

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Originally Posted by BajaJames83 (Post 9639603)
Is there a way to check the status of a claim?
Number?
Web site?

You can call the national number (good luck) 1-800-827-1000 or you can get the number to your regional VA office and call them. I find the best way to check on the status is to go to the VA and ask the person working on the case directly.

BajaJames83 11-02-2012 8:58 AM

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Originally Posted by SoCal_Sapper (Post 9639610)
You can call the national number (good luck) 1-800-827-1000 or you can get the number to your regional VA office and call them. I find the best way to check on the status is to go to the VA and ask the person working on the case directly.

great thanks, I have a VA medical appointment next week I will inquire then.

NastyNate 11-02-2012 10:27 PM

ebenefits is a great tool for may reasons. Mostly, because it provides an alternative to calling the 800 number which I suspect adds to the backlog. I think we are all guilty of hounding the VA about claims but imagine if everyone used ebenefits and all those VA employees weren't tied up with fielding calls, how much effort they could redirect to processing claims. Just sayin'.

NastyNate 11-02-2012 10:29 PM

and to answer the original question, I filed a claim 10/29/2010 that was just resolved on 09/01/2012. Damn near 2 years, but well worth the wait. I got a fat backpay check. Cha-Ching!

MustangSteveGT 11-04-2012 2:42 PM

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Originally Posted by NastyNate (Post 9644771)
ebenefits is a great tool for may reasons. Mostly, because it provides an alternative to calling the 800 number which I suspect adds to the backlog. I think we are all guilty of hounding the VA about claims but imagine if everyone used ebenefits and all those VA employees weren't tied up with fielding calls, how much effort they could redirect to processing claims. Just sayin'.

That's why I really got interested in it. Tired of calling the 800 number.
Plus I imagine, as a younger guy seeing all of these elderly Korean and Vietnam vets who have never touched a computer in their life, I can at least attempt to use the website to cut down the waiting lines for everyone. eBenefits has actually proven to contain the same, if not more relevant information than the phone line has had for me in the past.

MustangSteveGT 11-05-2012 1:48 PM

I just want to put out there, if you have been waiting way too long, have heard nothing about your claim for months or are just lost, please contact your local CA County Veterans Service Officer for your county. Some places have more than one.

http://www.cacvso.org/page/2011-1-22-13-52-31/

If you plan to start a new claim or need an 'insider' to get an inquiry a little better than what the 1 800 number can give you, they are very useful people to talk to. With services at the county and state level being cut everywhere, do not be afraid to use the service they provide. We certainly dont want to lose it.
I know the one in Humboldt County here resides at our court house and I need to take off work to get in during their hours but it is absolutely nessesary to use them to get results sometimes. Ours is 100% walk in with no appointments, so be ready to wait. But like I said it is important. If I hadnt of consulted with my local VSO 4 months after getting out, I wouldnt have known my claim was completely derailed and needed to use them to get that message to the proper people to prevent my claim from getting delayed further. The VSO's have access to the system that the regular joe does not have and can light fires under peoples asses to get stuff done, as was nessesary in my situation.

PyroFox79 11-05-2012 8:51 PM

I got out in august 09 and received my first payment in october 09. But I had the DAV or the VFW (cant remember) do my claim. They make it go much faster.

todd2968 11-07-2012 5:55 PM

Just got one of those little love notes from the Va claim apologizing for it taking so long and that my claim will be handled as soon as possible. Today I went online to ebenefits and they pushed the expected date back a month, from jan to feb. makes me wonder if that's what the love not proceedures dictate.

m1a1driver 11-07-2012 6:00 PM

I've been waiting over 2 years, since september 2010.... I recently gave the DAV power of attorney to figure out what is going on. Still havent got any appt's yet either.

USMCiscom77 11-07-2012 6:16 PM

My wife's claim took 9 - 10 months from start to finish. I've been waiting over 16 months. They supposedly closed my case due to insufficient evidence around the 10th month into my case. Just before the year was up I added to my case along with sufficient evidence and testimony. I've only been seen by the VA hospital. I'm using their records to support my case. My wife had to go see a 3rd party workers comp facility to support her case. She made out. I'm still assed out!

For some reason I have not seen my medical records nor can I locate them. My active duty / exit medical records are MIA. I've requested them and only got my MEPS records. Has this happened to anyone else? If so, what is the best way to track these records down?

91 whiskey 209 11-07-2012 7:34 PM

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Originally Posted by USMCiscom77 (Post 9678951)
My wife's claim took 9 - 10 months from start to finish. I've been waiting over 16 months. They supposedly closed my case due to insufficient evidence around the 10th month into my case. Just before the year was up I added to my case along with sufficient evidence and testimony. I've only been seen by the VA hospital. I'm using their records to support my case. My wife had to go see a 3rd party workers comp facility to support her case. She made out. I'm still assed out!

For some reason I have not seen my medical records nor can I locate them. My active duty / exit medical records are MIA. I've requested them and only got my MEPS records. Has this happened to anyone else? If so, what is the best way to track these records down?

Naw man, I keep all of my military records in my safe. Got copies of everything before getting out. That stuff is extremely important to keep close because the gov. Has a bad habit of either losing records or taking forever to get you copies of any paperwork you are missing. Good luck...

MustangSteveGT 11-08-2012 3:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by m1a1driver (Post 9678838)
I've been waiting over 2 years, since september 2010.... I recently gave the DAV power of attorney to figure out what is going on. Still havent got any appt's yet either.

Had DAV "started" mine, it had NO EFFECT on the process and still had to hand feed the VA every scrap of evidense on my own to the regional office through my local CA Vet Service Officer. The DAV also did not notice that my entire claim was completely derailed after the comp and pen appointments, months after the fact. I could have submitted the claim myself through my own VONAPP application myself and been no worst off.
I learned it's not enough to rely on anyone else but yourself in the process, and learn your own way through it, because nobody cares about you getting that check more than yourself.

I guess it depends how recently you started the process. If I were you and DAV coouldnt tell me something reassuring, I'd make sure you get set up with your local CA County Veteran Service Officer and have them do an inside inquiry to tell you whats going on/not going on, and ensure everything gets back on track if you have been waiting too long (a few months).

m1a1driver 11-09-2012 3:09 PM

I filed the claim myself back in 2010, and I keep in touch with the VA directly, they just keep saying "its still pending" the next phase is for the appointments. I just had the DAV look into it as an extra step, I dont totally rely on them of course;) I trust noone but myself so I try and keep on top of whats going on. The VA just says that there is a backlog of claims, and all my paperwork is in order so far.

downdiver2 12-01-2012 3:14 PM

At first I thought that. I have yet to be given 'premium' or ?? status. It says (Or did say 3 months ago when I last logged in) I have to show evidence of I.D at my VA location. too much hassle :mad:

I should try logging on again and see if I can do premium now.

Quote:

Originally Posted by MustangSteveGT (Post 9628478)
eBenefits is great for adding dependents to your disability rate. and the website gives you some sort of status updates when they happen by logging in and checking as well as an estimated date of completion. The eBenefits premium account (which doesnt require you to travel to a VA regional office, medical center or military base in order to activate anymore) is a great source for all kinds of stuff. Also good place to see what contact info the VA has for you, to ensure the contact data they have is truely correct. You can also update addresses/phone numbers if you move or whatever through the site.
My request to add dependents to my rate got expedited after I submitted for it again through eBeneits (like 4 months faster). Thats long after my original request via Vet Service Officer was done by paper method.

Also activated my post 9/11 gi bill through the eBenefits portal that links you with VONAPP which contains the eletronic internet benefit request forms.


themailman 12-02-2012 3:53 PM

I started mine a few months ago....VA still says they are waiting on my physical which was done in Sep.............

TMcGuff 12-09-2012 4:56 PM

haha soon i will be in the same boat.

cycle61 12-09-2012 8:31 PM

Got out in '02. No problems or delays back then. Last year they sent me a letter, the regular verification of dependents. Apparently it's a procedure they do every ten years. But I didn't get the letter, since I had moved.

So they drop my kids off the claim, re-process everything for the last decade, and decide that they have now OVERPAID me by something like $22,000 and will be witholding all of my disability check until it's paid off.

That was 14 months ago and counting. I filed all the paperwork to re-add my SAME DEPENDENTS THAT HAVE BEEN IN THEIR SYSTEM SINCE 2002, and I've heard nothing. Calls have been made, an inquiry resulted in a nice letter telling me there's a 14 month average wait and to just sit here with my thumb up my *** for another year or so.

Fortunately, my disability does not prevent me from working, and I'm not dependent on it to pay my bills. But this is how we treat our veterans? The men and women who put their lives on the line for our nation?

Thank you very much, America. :mad:

winnre 12-09-2012 8:37 PM

7 months initial, 12 months with secondary follow up.

ir0nclash86 12-09-2012 8:42 PM

dude dont tell me theres a 14 month wait to just simply add dependants. I just sent in the electronic form on ebenefits to add my daughter onto my disability. I can't believe the crazy wait. I'm glad my initial claim only took me 6 months or so to do and I thought that was ridiculous in 2009. Might as well try and add my tinnitus while I'm at it.


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