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. In most cases, many people will see backpay hit before they ever even see their award letter.
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. If you are unable to work (maintain gainful employment at over $12,060/year), look at filing for TDIU (Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability)
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. The claims process is very complex and often will not follow a strict timeline, even though you are given one.
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.
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.
There are several accredited individuals, organizations and Attorney/Agents out there.
They are refered to by various abbrivations;
VSO = Veteran Service Officer
NSO = National Service Officer