Hi, I am newbie and although over the years have also sought advice from the forum but have never posted until today. I feel I should share this with others. I have been in receipt of a war pension since 1994. (20%) and in 1998 was increased to 40% on appeal. I put in a deterioration claim in May 2010 and was increased to 50%. I appealed and my case was heard yesterday in London. I have now been given a 100% war pension and this will be reviewed in 2013. I am writing this in order to encourage others who are in doubt to press ahead and appeal. The SPVA were dumbstruck at medical evidence but could not present an argument and it appears to me (being twice to a tribunal for my war pension) that the tribunal service is more "in tune" to ex servicemen and reinforced the my suspicion that the VA dont really read the med evidence to start with. I must say that the RBL were fantastic and very good at representation. Now that I am at 100% I have been informed that there are supplementary benefits that I can claim, such as unemployability, comfort allowance etc. I have been long term sick since last year but in receipt of my full salary, so I am unsure of how this will work but the RBL have stated that they will help. If any of you are aware of how long this procedure takes etc, I would appreciate it. I just hope that I do not have to fight and wait for these, or experience what I did for treatment allowance (I waited 8 weeks and had not been processed that I went back to work and arranged for evening treatment at the RNOH) I also discovered yesterday that the VA have Welfare Managers that can visit at home and assist where necessary with entitlements and form filling. How has it taken 18 years for this info to reach me? How many others are not aware of this service? I just thought that this info may encourage others to appeal, it was interesting to note that 4 war pension appeals were scheduled for yesterday in London and 3 withdrew their appeals. Mine was the only one heard and the RBL rep said that many ex servicemen get anxious and withdraw.