VSO’s (Veterans Service Officer) are typically those who work for a Service organization such as Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and so on. CVSO, also known as County Veteran Service Officer are employed by the State and your tax dollars with your State Department of Veterans Affairs (don’t confuse this with VA).
An Accredited Represntative is someone who has gone through formal training and has applied with the Department of Veterans Affiars. They must pass a test administered by VA in order to be recognized by VA to become Accredited. By doing this, they can represent you (the veteran or family of a veteran) with the claim process.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uses many acronyms and abbreviations for VA terms. An accredited Veteran's disability attorney, VSO or Claims Agent will be very familiar with “VA speak.” We have compiled the following list of VA abbreviations to help you read VA records and understand VA shorthand.
The date given on eBenefits is just an estimate. It will often change and is subject to go back and forth between steps, even back to gathering evidence.
There is no easy answer to that one. It all depends on your individual conditions and whether or not they can be service connected. Getting from 80 or 90 % to that 100% mark is even harder, since there is so little to work with.
Again, that is an individual answer and depends on a lot of different factors. If you are retired from the military than DFAS has to do an audit before backpay can be received and that process can take over 6 months. Most of the time backpay is payed within a few weeks after you receive your letter.
NO. The actual award letter can only be obtained from the regional office or from the VSO that you have been working with. However, you can log on to eBenefits and generate a letter in the 'VA Letters' section that will tell you what your current % and monthly payment is. This is often how people find out about their claim before a letter is ever received.
Very, Very common.
Ebenefits goes down a lot for maintenance. It is nothing to be concerned about. It seems to be most often on weekends. If you continue to have a problem logging in than it is an individual account issue and you need to contact technical support for eBenefits at:
Again, individual answer. I know I keep saying that. Truth is, there is no way of knowing how long your appeal may take. An average appeal is around 2-3 years and in many cases up to 5-7 years; and that’s just average. Many, many people have waited much, much longer. If you do not have a Board date consider filing using new evidence under RAMP->'Supplemental Claim'.
If you’ve filed a claim with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for disability compensation or pension benefits, VA may ask you to go to an examination as part of the claim process.