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Oct. 31, 2018

Thought I'd add some very important links provided by Mike at

US Department of Veteran Affairs Crisis Hotline

Planning for Life after Discharge

Transition to Civilian Life

Mesothelioma Resources

Surviving Spouses Resources

Best Jobs for Returning Servicemembers

Mar. 3, 2016

Well it took a while but finally some service connection.  Only 10% but it’s a start.  Found this out when we checked the eBeneifit website, so we’re still waiting on the actual documents to come in.  There were a few other conditions denied, so we’ll have to wait and see what the final claim letter says.

But like I said it’s a start.  My question now is how I get that 10% increased.  How do they decide it’s only 10%?

If anyone has any suggestions regarding our next step to increase that percentage, please give me your thoughts.

Feb. 28, 2016

Update to followers ...

Just a reminder that new claim was filed 10/15.  Here’s what happened since.

  1. eBenfits website has Estimated Completion:  3/2/2016-1015/2016, which would be a year.  That I figured was normal according to VA rules.  
  2. C&P exam on 2/22/2016 (less than a week ago).
  3. Now I go back to the ebenifit website and the Estimated Completion date changed to 3/28/16-5/28/16.  They also changed Status to "preparation for decision” and Updates changed to “Development Letter Sent”.  Now that’s moving a bit fast right?  Is this good or bad?
  4. But get this… 1 day later the completion date changed again.  Now it reads Estimated Completion: 4/1/16-5/14/16.  Now this is all a bit interesting.

First of all, would they really complete a claim in a 6 month period?  I think that is unheard of, don’t you?

Feb. 28, 2016

Just thought I'd update all who have been keeping up on our blog that I received a letter from regarding our DRO.  

Claim filed 7/2014, since denied, filed DRO 10/2015, just received letter dated 2/15/16 stating "We have certified your appeal and are transferring your VA records to the Board of Veterans'Appeals (BVA) in Washington, DC. BVA will notifiy you when they have received your records."

So I thought that was fast, but from what I"ve been told, this process will still take another 2-3 years!