Ratings are in.....

Jrunyon22

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Hello to all, let me introduce my self, I'm Jeremy, have 13 years AD,I'm currently med boarding, just received my ratings from the Army and the VA. The army found one unfit, which was PTSD at 50%. The Va had me at proposed 90%. They are several conditions that was found 0%. I guess what I'm asking is should I request a rating review in order to try to get up to 100%? I'm really not in a rush to be discharged, does anyone have experience with a rating review? Any in put would be appreciated, thank you in advance
 

Naughim

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You can file ratings review for only the unfitting conditions while being in IDES, it's called VARR. You should also calculate if the increase in rating for the unfit conditions makes an overall ratings change in the VA. For rest of the conditions that are found fit by the army, you will have to do NOD after you get out and receive your finalized ratings. Mind you, the ratings that you have received are proposed ones.
So, if you think you have other conditions that you think should be unfit by the army then you should appeal for formal board.
 

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Hello to all, let me introduce my self, I'm Jeremy, have 13 years AD,I'm currently med boarding, just received my ratings from the Army and the VA. The army found one unfit, which was PTSD at 50%. The Va had me at proposed 90%. They are several conditions that was found 0%. I guess what I'm asking is should I request a rating review in order to try to get up to 100%? I'm really not in a rush to be discharged, does anyone have experience with a rating review? Any in put would be appreciated, thank you in advance
You and apply for TDIU with the VA and if approved, get paid at the 100% schedular rate.
 

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Hello to all, let me introduce my self, I'm Jeremy, have 13 years AD,I'm currently med boarding, just received my ratings from the Army and the VA. The army found one unfit, which was PTSD at 50%. The Va had me at proposed 90%. They are several conditions that was found 0%. I guess what I'm asking is should I request a rating review in order to try to get up to 100%? I'm really not in a rush to be discharged, does anyone have experience with a rating review? Any in put would be appreciated, thank you in advance
Welcome to the PEB Forum! :)

In addition to @Naughim's and @gsfowler's feedback, upon your placement onto the DoD military TDRL for PTSD (my assumption; is that correct?) then I would tend to agree that completion of an increase to a VA rating percentage by the DoVA rating agency is a lot shorter in time duration versus the completion of a VA Form 21-0958 - Notice of Disagreement (NOD). Per the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), NODs are averaging about 291 calendar days for completion.

As such, upon receipt of your DoVA official rating decision documentation, your one-year response requirement to officially disagree with any DoVA official rating(s) shall start as of the date on the VA notification/decision letter in order to annotate the specific issues of disagreement via the DoVA NOD appeal.

Initially, at the very least via eBenefits, you could submit a DoVA claim for an increased benefit evaluation for any/all of the VA 0% ratings and/or any other VA rated disabilities if the symptomology of those medical disabilities are met in accordance with the criteria as annotated in the 38 CFR VASRD.

To that extent, under the eBenefits Disability Compensation module, you can complete an application for disability compensation benefits. While navigating thru the aforementioned application, complete each section with applicable information:
  • When you reach the Disability Records section's "Disability Claims" module on "Your Disabilities" page, it shall show all of your military service-connected disabilities. At this point, you can submit a Request Increase for any of your VA rated disabilities in order to file a claim for an increased benefit evaluation.
  • When you reach the Supporting Documents section's "Documents to Upload" page, you can upload your documents up to 25 MB maximum acceptable file size. To upload a file that is larger than 25 MB, split the file into separate files, then upload all of the files.
  • When you reach the Final Review & Submission section's "Evidence Certification" page, you can select the Fully Developed Claim (FDC) option. If you upload all of your supporting documents and select FDC, then your DoVA claim shall be processed faster while giving the VA permission to process your claim without waiting for additional evidence. If you mail or fax additional documents after submission, or if you request that the DoVA obtain records, your claim will be processed as a standard DoVA claim, even if you indicate that it is fully developed.
Secondly, it's of the utmost importance to closely monitor the tracking of the calendar time during the DoVA rating agency's processing of your FDC or defaulted to be processed as a standard DoVA claim (if warranted). Why? Because, you absolutely don't want to miss your opportunity to submit a DoVA NOD appeal via the VA Form 21-0958 for any military service-connected disabilities if the FDC or standard DoVA claim (if applicable) doesn't successfully increase your DoVA disability official ratings.

By the way, you could also submit an Individual Unemployability (e.g., TDIU) request within the same DoVA claim (as mentioned above) via eBenefits if that's applicable to your personal desires. Take care! :cool:

Thus, I quite often comment that "possessing well-informed knowledge is truly a powerful equalizer!"

Best Wishes!
 
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Jrunyon22

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Thank you all for you wealth of knowledge, somewhat overwhelmed at this point, after looking at my qtc evaluation for the PTSd 50% tdrl, I noticed they a majority of them fall under the 70% rating, word for word. I will meet with legal on Thursday morning. As for TDIU and scheduler disabled are they 2 different things? Do you apply for it once you are discharged? Would I need more/different medical documentation for this? What's the chances of approval forTDIU? Anyways I do appreciate y'all helping me out, just feeling somewhat overwhelmed
 

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Thank you all for you wealth of knowledge, somewhat overwhelmed at this point, after looking at my qtc evaluation for the PTSd 50% tdrl, I noticed they a majority of them fall under the 70% rating, word for word. I will meet with legal on Thursday morning. As for TDIU and scheduler disabled are they 2 different things? Do you apply for it once you are discharged? Would I need more/different medical documentation for this? What's the chances of approval forTDIU? Anyways I do appreciate y'all helping me out, just feeling somewhat overwhelmed
Indeed, you are quite welcome! :)

No worries, you are definitely being "positively proactive" at this point and self-educating about the opportunities to receive any well-earned military veteran disability compensation and benefits...good job! :D

In reference to the basic difference in DoVA compensation benefits of a VA 100% Schedular disabled veteran versus a VA 100% TDIU military disabled veteran is that there are many military veterans who are unemployable because of their military service connected disabilities and don't have a VA 100% total combined disability or a "100% final degree of disability."

As such, the military disabled veteran who is rated 100% by the 38 CFR VASRD is allowed to work. Many military disabled veterans who are rated as 100% Schedular are working and earning salaries. But, the TDIU rated military disabled veteran isn't allowed to maintain substantially gainful employment because his/her VA 100% rating is contingent upon his/her inability to hold substantially gainful employment.

To that extent, please review the following URL from the DoVA website for detailed information about TDIU:
Thus, I quite often comment that "possessing well-informed knowledge is truly a powerful equalizer!"

Best Wishes!
 
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