Brandon first thing, don't believe anything the VA tells you!
It will take about a year from the date first filed and your first claim won't be what you want. You ALWAYS appeal. The appeal process is about 1-2 years.
The GI Bill/9-11 program takes about 3-9 months to start, you will get back pay from the 1st day of school. Once enrolled and its starts, you won't have a problem, you just recertify. Now you get no break pay so expect the amount to be less while on break.
PM with specifics with your wife's claim. There's a lot of injury/illness that is related to a specific claim that people don't realize. And LOD has a lot to do with it.
Example: if you got blisters while on active duty and now you have reoccurring bunions/blisters on your feet and now you have athlete foot and shin splints and ingrown toenails. All these diagnosis can be related to the diagnosis of your VA claim.
And don't forget to keep complaining and seek medical attention, just because you got out doesn't mean you stop hurting or complaining.
The biggest thing with VA is it still a reoccurring problem or just while on active duty.
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