Post your timelines - Spinal IPEB/FPEB

OllieT

PEB Forum Veteran
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@RonG Thanks for that information. So there is really no tracking system. I get it though, a RVSR officer can make a decision and process from step1 - step 8 in twenty minutes and the persons claim is done. others however, more complicated cases require more indepth review and can take longer to process. I would like to know what systems ebenefits pulls data from to come up with the steps? Also why does VA even give a step tracking for people if there really is no such thing? I guess its just another government agency making things more complicated than they need to be.
 

RonG

Staff Member
PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
Each of the tasks must be accomplished; however, some appear to be done simultaneously .

One of the systems you asked about is Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS).

I think they receive so many telephone calls that they needed to provide a guide of sorts.

I once mentioned that on a much smaller scale, years ago in a travel section we lost one “person day” every day to providing answers to questions like, “When will I receive my travel pay?” The VA receives hundreds of more inquires than that relatively small travel section which had a staff of ~19.

From another veterans’ site:
How To Check Claims Status

There are several ways for a claimant to accurately and directly get the status of a claim:

  1. VSO Contact: You can call your VSO, Veteran Service Organization, who filed your claim with the VA. Veteran Service Organizations have access to the same VA computer tracking systems as the VAROs and the call centers and can also provide their clients with the status as shown in those systems.
  2. VA National Claim and Benefit Information Call Center: You can call #800-827-1000 and receive a status update from the VA, after providing identifying information.
  3. VA Regional Office: You can physically go to the public service desk of your local VA Regional Office. Provide photo ID and your social security number or VA file number and the service desk representative can answer your questions.
  4. eBenefits: You can go online to ebenfits and register. However, eBenfits is not always reliable. The VA contracts the eBenefits service from another company. Vets have often expressed frustration with the service for not uploading documents correctly, complaints that documents in ebenefits are not in the VA system, complaints that the information is not accurate and updates are not current.
Good luck,
Ron
 

OllieT

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
@RonG this is so informative, thanks for taking the time out to answer and explain the VA process a little more. I appreciate it.
I used to work in immigration and process visa applications so I know all about the calls, we had 26 people on phones all day tending to the masses. I would imagine that the VA processing is similar in that complex cases with very little evidence to make an educated determination for benefits take a little more time and get held up at certain points.
Thankfully we have the IDES process so we can process both DOD and VA simultaneously.

Thanks again @RonG, Ilsome great insight for other users to get a better understanding and to be able to stop stalking ebenefits website
 

OllieT

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
27 Sep 2018 - Referred MEB
27 Sep 2018 - Meeting with PEBLO & MSC
28 Sep 2018 - Phone meeting with JAG
05 Oct 2018 - NMA submitted by command
10 Oct 2018 - C&P Exams Completed
16 Oct 2018 - NARSUM submitted
23 Oct 2018 - MEB Completed
29 Oct 2018 - Signed Statement of Patient
31 Oct 2018 - Case sent to PEB
21 Nov 2018 - UNFIT finding case being forwarded to VA for ratings
27 Dec 2018 - Ebennefits changes from "review of evidence" to "preparation for decision"
02 Jan 2019 - Ebennefits changes from "preparation for decision" to "pending decision approval"
05 Jan 2019 - Ebennefits new claim opened and closed, decision letter sent. Old claim still "pending decision approval" Request for marriage and birth certificates.
16 Jan 2019 - VA percentage 80% - package sent to IPEB for DOD rating. Should hear something by next week.
 

CMANN

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
27 Sep 2018 - Referred MEB
27 Sep 2018 - Meeting with PEBLO & MSC
28 Sep 2018 - Phone meeting with JAG
05 Oct 2018 - NMA submitted by command
10 Oct 2018 - C&P Exams Completed
16 Oct 2018 - NARSUM submitted
23 Oct 2018 - MEB Completed
29 Oct 2018 - Signed Statement of Patient
31 Oct 2018 - Case sent to PEB
21 Nov 2018 - UNFIT finding case being forwarded to VA for ratings
27 Dec 2018 - Ebennefits changes from "review of evidence" to "preparation for decision"
02 Jan 2019 - Ebennefits changes from "preparation for decision" to "pending decision approval"
05 Jan 2019 - Ebennefits new claim opened and closed, decision letter sent. Old claim still "pending decision approval" Request for marriage and birth certificates.
16 Jan 2019 - VA percentage 80% - package sent to IPEB for DOD rating. Should hear something by next week.
How did you get your VA %? No one seems to want to tell me mine.
 

OllieT

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
@CMANN I got mine from my PEBLO, he said that some don't give it out and he isn't meant to but that it won't change as the VA is done with it's side of the processing so why not give me that seen as we wait so long in the dark.
 

OllieT

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
27 Sep 2018 - Referred MEB
27 Sep 2018 - Meeting with PEBLO & MSC
28 Sep 2018 - Phone meeting with JAG
05 Oct 2018 - NMA submitted by command
10 Oct 2018 - C&P Exams Completed
16 Oct 2018 - NARSUM submitted
23 Oct 2018 - MEB Completed
29 Oct 2018 - Signed Statement of Patient
31 Oct 2018 - Case sent to PEB
21 Nov 2018 - UNFIT finding case being forwarded to VA for ratings
27 Dec 2018 - Ebennefits changes from "review of evidence" to "preparation for decision"
02 Jan 2019 - Ebennefits changes from "preparation for decision" to "pending decision approval"
05 Jan 2019 - Ebennefits new claim opened and closed, decision letter sent. Old claim still "pending decision approval" Request for marriage and birth certificates.
07 Jan 2019 - Package received by PEB for DOD rating. VA 80%.
 

OllieT

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
So guys.... I got my findings in and they offered me 20% with severance pay. My referred conditions are broken down as follows:
Neck pain with spinal stenosis: 20%
Left upper radiculopathy: 20%
Right upper radiculopathy: 20%

They found the radiculopathy as a category 2 condition and therefore it isn’t added into the percentage finding but adds to the finding of the neck pain with spinal stenosis as unfitting condition.

I am going to a formal board. I am not sure where it went wrong but neck pain was never in my original claims. It’s always been spinal fusions with spinal stenosis.
I have neck pain, however it is much more serious than that, I have nerve pain and have a spinal epidural every month and am on 1800MG of gabapentin just to get through my days.

I am speechless that they are able to do this in the Navy.
@Jason Perry is there any instruction or legal guidelines where it says they can combine and not rate conditions?

Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.
 
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