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Draggin'

Nod Letter - Need Help!

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OK here is my sample Notice of Disagreement letter.

______________________________________________________________________________________________

Part 1

NOTICE OF DISAGREEMENT

I am sending to inform you that I disagree with the decision made October 1, 2009 for the below mentioned issues. I wish to appeal this decision and request a DRO denovo review for all below mentioned issues.

Part 2

Issue #1 - Denied Knee Pain, left knee

Issue #2- Awarded Ankle Pain, right ankle

(etc...here I am just listing the decisions I disagree with that they either denied me on or awarded and the award is too low)

Part 3

REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION

I would also like to ask for reconsideration on the following issues

Issue #1 - Denied Knee Pain, left knee

(etc...here will be a repeat of the issues of Part 1)

Part 4

Also attached is an application for TDIU.

Sincerely

Signature

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

My questions...

#1 What do you think?

#2 I do not have specific information to send in with this yet. I do not have my medical records yet. Although it can be seen in my recent VA medical records that I have been , and am currently being seen for these issues. In all "issues" I am only stating the claim that was made and whether it was denied or awarded - no other details, no reason why I disagree, etc. Is this sufficient-just for now?

#3 Is it OK to send in an application for TDIU with this?

My deadline is the 30th, and I will be personally taking this to my RO to insure it gets there! We have tried to compile more information but it has taken everything to get the PTSD and marriage proof in...along with numerous trips to outpatient and VA Dallas to get my medical issues worked on. Is this good enough to get it started?!! How will I send in additional information later?

Thanks so much

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OK here is my sample Notice of Disagreement letter.

______________________________________________________________________________________________

Part 1

NOTICE OF DISAGREEMENT

I am sending to inform you that I disagree with the decision made October 1, 2009 for the below mentioned issues. I wish to appeal this decision and request a DRO denovo review for all below mentioned issues.

Draggin,

Looks like you've been "Draggin" your feet almost too long on filing a NOD and I don't see

why you would feel you have time to now submit a request for Reconsideration on any issue

that relates to something from a Rating Decision dated October 1, 2009.

Keep the NOD fairly simple, all you need do at this time is state what you disagree with.

There is a NOD example at Hadit - I believe you can find it on our homepage.

I suggest you do not break a NOD down to:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

You will just muddy the waters that way.

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Tis why they call me Draggin'!

And this helped, it's exactly what I needed to know!

Thanks

Draggin'

Draggin,

Looks like you've been "Draggin" your feet almost too long on filing a NOD and I don't see

why you would feel you have time to now submit a request for Reconsideration on any issue

that relates to something from a Rating Decision dated October 1, 2009.

Keep the NOD fairly simple, all you need do at this time is state what you disagree with.

There is a NOD example at Hadit - I believe you can find it on our homepage.

I suggest you do not break a NOD down to:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

You will just muddy the waters that way.

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Here is a link to the sample NOD letter http://goo.gl/Uinv

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Thank you TBird

I found it on the home page and quickly dove in!

It was exactly what I needed to see to get me started on my new "job" for the week.

Thanks

Here is a link to the sample NOD letter http://goo.gl/Uinv

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Draggin,

You don't even have a whole week left.

If you are ONE day late on your NOD the VA will say you

did not file your NOD in a timely manner and if you would like to

re-open the claim issue you must provide New and Material evidence.

When you provide N&M evidence you loose the effective date

you had before and get a new effective date for the start date of compensation

when it gets granted.

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