Hi, Jim. Is there a VA regulation that says when a veteran must file a convalescent claim? Is it 6 months after the convalescent event took place, or is there no time limit such as 10 or more years later? If there is a regulation, can you give me the regulation number? Thanks!
A convalescent or recuperative rating must be filed at the time of discharge from surgery or other treatment modality that necessitates a period of convalescence. Periods of convalescence are covered at each diagnostic code here https://www.benefits.va.gov/WARMS/bookc.asp Once the need for convalescence or recuperation has passed you are no longer eligible for the benefit. There is no retro pay like you mention.
The specific topic of convalescence ratings can be found at: 4.30 Convalescent Ratings.