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They are not reducing your rating. You have appealed the appointment of a fiduciary prematurely. VA says that you can't appeal a "proposal" because they haven't taken any action to appeal. I recommend that veterans appeal even though VA says you can't. They have to consider it...just as they tell you.
What's happening now is only about whether or not to appoint a fidu. I'll guess you'll get another C & P exam and that they will ask you directly about your ability to manage your finances. Then all this will go away.
VA Disability Compensation and SSDI
Veterans may receive VA disability compensation and the SSDI benefit simultaneously. There is no financial offset. This is one of the few benefits where concurrent receipt is acceptable. Every year politicians discuss removing this duplicate sort of benefit saying that it's "double dipping" and shouldn't be allowed. Every year the debate goes nowhere.
SSDI assumes the beneficiary is totally disabled and unable to work at gainful employment. SSDI is either off or on (0% or 100%) whereas VA creates divisions of degrees of disability and rates them in percentages stepped from 0% disabled to 100% disabled.
Each benefit allows a small amount of income producing work if the beneficiary wants to try to return to the workforce. The beneficiary is allowed to try to return to full time work for as much as a year before he/she will lose the benefits.
For more about SSDI and VA compensation benefits, click here.
Where's Your Claim?
Va Promises To Cut Claims Backlog June 2009 The VA plans to hire 1,100 new processors to more swiftly handle claims. The agency also plans to spend $3.3 billion to enhance its technology next fiscal year, partly to help process claims.
Veterans Affairs works to reduce claims backlog August 2010 "We intend to break the back of the backlog this year," Shinseki said.
Remarks by Secretary Eric K. Shinseki August 2011 You asked me to fix the backlog in disability claims, and I have committed to ending it in 2015, by putting in place a system that processes all claims within 125 days at a 98 percent accuracy level.
VA Leadership: An Absurd Vision for Ailing Veterans July 2012 “Shinseki: Backlog means VA reaching more vets.” My first reaction was, this can’t be real; he can’t be standing up before the oldest veterans organization in America and telling them that a dismal failure is actually a smashing success.
Veterans Affairs chief aims to clear VA claims backlog by 2015 August 2013 During a visit to Seattle, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki said Thursday he is committed to clearing the backlog of approximately 480,000 veterans’ disability claims by 2015. A paperless system designed to expedite the process was installed in Seattle in June.
Eyeing disability backlog, GOP Rep. pushes VA accountability March 2014 Citing a backlog of disability claims that leaves many disabled veterans waiting months to receive their benefits, Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., slammed the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement Saturday, saying the VA has "become the epitome of bureaucracy run amok."
The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to
wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.