I agree, Berta. But for a NOD I may have gotten a 100% rating as early as 1973. It is confusing now that you must use a standard NOD form etc. Back a few years ago vets were being told to file generic NOD so that nothing could be left out of your disagreement with the VA. The reliance on formal claims and more formal methods to file claims for increase clash with my idea of EED for a claim. Just like with PTSD diagnosis the VA is making it harder to get the DX while pretending to make it easier. New language regarding NOD's and Claims and Appeals is just making it harder for vets. I don't like the concept of the FDC. I don't believe many vets start with a FDC, but must build the claim as they go and learn. If I can use new evidence along with a NOD to bolster my argument then that is ideal. I have always found the C&P exam to be the thing to attack with an IME/IMO right off the bat. Since most C&P exams I have had at the VA were of very poor quality with the bias towards low balling and denial dripping off the exam doctors lips I have usually resorted to an IME at some point. If you can add it with your NOD then you are giving the VA something to look at that might sway their feeble minds. In the last few NOD's I filed I included a request for a DRO Hearing as a matter of course. This is philosophy of getting a second bite at the apple before you go to the BVA. I hate trips to the BVA because I do not trust those jokers. Last time I went to BVA I had a lawyer and I still got shafted. The judge did not read my lawyers brief. He just accepted all our facts and evidence and a year later we got a denial.
Yea, sounds like bs to me also. If they were investigating, she wouldn't know. I did read an interesting article yesterday though:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/08/25/how-this-iraq-war-veteran-lied-his-way-to-a-purple-heart-and-750000-in-disability-benefits/?utm_campaign=Early Bird 8.26.16&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Sailthru
im not surprised that Uncle Sam is hiring more investigators. There is a significant upswing in fraudulent claims.
Hi- My claim was only reevaluated at the 6 year mark when I added a Secondary claim.
I am 59, and only had my rating since 2012 ( I retired in 1997) did not file till 2010.
So I am still a newbie, others may have different experiences.