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snowman
01-06-2014, 03:06 AM
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Cerberus
01-21-2014, 12:54 PM
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BISSBOSS
01-21-2014, 02:35 PM
I did find this at the VA website:

http://www.benefits.va.gov/predischarge/index.asp

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Chief_KO
01-21-2014, 03:16 PM
No.
First depending on where you retire the VA could process a disability claim in a few months or a few years. I did start my application 6 months prior to retirement and received my rating & payment one month after retirement here in SD. I had all my $hit together and had a detailed claim form & all my records sent in. I went with the DAV for my representative at the VA boards.
Now, having said that your county VSO may give you his "best guess" on what your rating "might be", as will your representative service organization. I used the quotes as this is not a requirement by either function and some may not do this since it could result in misunderstandings and later complaints if the VA rating is lower than their "guess".
There are a few claimable issues, such as Sleep Apnea that have a set disability rating, but most are based upon your compensation & pension examination.

You can come up with an estimate, but there is no guarantee that number will be same as the VA's.

VFFTSGT
01-21-2014, 04:46 PM
Good luck getting someone from the VA compensation office on the phone at all. You often cannot even get through to the call center representatives; the few times I needed to call I had to call after hours so I could leave my number for a scheduled call back. And then the call center representatives are not very useful.

If you want an idea on what you might get, review the e-CFR. It list most medical conditions with symptoms and ratings.

SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES
http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&rgn=div5&view=text&node=38:1.0.1.1.5&idno=38

Note there are medical conditions not listed. Those not listed are rated analogously with a listed medical condition. An example would be GERD. If you have GERD but no Esophageal Stricture or Hiatal Hernia, the GERD is rated under the Hiatal Hernia code based off the symptoms listed for that code. You can find the code and ratings in the e-CFR.

Don't let the medical terminology in the e-CFR scare you off. Just google the terms you do not understand. An example might be subluxation which is dislocation and pyrosis which is heartburn.

Also, you can check out vets yuku and haddit forums to see what other people have been rated for like conditions.

You can also post here what you have and some of us could point you to what you MIGHT get, but disability ratings from the VA can vary drastically for a vast many of reasons.

http://vets.yuku.com

http://www.hadit.com/forums/

There is a backlog and where you claim and how you claim can affect your timeline for getting processed. Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) claims (filed up to 6 months prior to discharge) use to be the way, but now they are touting Fully Developed Claims (FDC), which are filed after you get out. Either way make sure you file with all your records. Don't leave anything out for the VA to chase down; this WILL slow down your claim.

Also note, BDD claims go to a regional office based on where you file from and it's likely out of state; these are often the offices that also have the largest backlogs. FDC claims are filed after you get out and moved to your new residence. This type of claim will stay in the state you are filing in.

I did a BDD claim last year. Filed about 4 months pre-discharge; and completed about 3 months post-discharge. But any particular claim can vary from a few months to a couple years.

I posted more details about the process here:
http://forums.militarytimes.com/showthread.php?1597643-A-running-report-on-WxJumper%92s-experience-on-applying-for-Early-Retirement-(TERA)&p=666626#post666626