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  1. The stumpy579 administration usually takes between 16 and 29 months to complete surveys.
  2. My appeal was recently remanded by the BVA for a "new medical opinion". I proved to the BVA that the C&P exam i received at a VAMC was inadequate and so they ruled. If i had a proper IMO in my file they would have granted my appeal. I wanted one but could not afford one. So what will i do now? I must find a way to get one now that i have a second chance. Maybe the new medical opinion ordered in the remand will turn the tide in my favor. Maybe it will result in denial. Maybe it will be remanded once again. However,if i get my own proper IMO i am certain i will prevail. Your situation is not the same as mine but while you are finding out why those clowns didn't consider the LHI doctors opinion you should be looking into getting your own IMO. You have lots of time. I am personally convinced,after reading many posts and forums,that a proper IMO is essential in most cases. I'm just a clueless numb nuts handling my own claim without an attorney or VSO but thats my two cents.
  3. Thank you for the responses. I looked at that directory and there are some good options within a couple hours drive. The problem of course is cost. I haven't called any yet but i have read to expect to pay at least $1500 for a good IMO. I may look into a lawyer who will set me up with an IMO and take the $$(44 months and building) from any retro if my appeal is granted. My problem with the remand is BVA giving the examiner the option of rendering an opinion without an exam. If there is no exam i will not know who is giving the opinion and when. It could happen a couple months from now or a couple years. If i knew the RO was just going to give the same P.A. another chance to fix his original opinion i would get a lawyer now. If i were to truly get a new opinion i believe it will be favorable. If they send me for a new C&P exam i know that will be in my health record a few days later and i will know where i stand. If a new medical opinion is given without an exam will that be put in my health record so i can see it? I really don't want to retain a lawyer unless i am forced to appeal to CAVC but it may be the only way to get an IMO that i may or may not need. VA.Gov says 17 to 29 months for remands. Thats a long time to sit in the dark.
  4. My appeal was remanded for the following "Obtain a new medical opinion regarding the etiology of Veteran's spine disorders. Whether to conduct a new examination is left to the discretion of the examiner". It goes on to list four specific issues they want addressed. Basically i pointed out errors on the C&P exam the R.O. used to deny my claim. The board ruled the exam inadequate. The exam was performed in 2015 by a physicians assistant who still works at VA. Can the RO get a "new" opinion from this same P.A. or does new mean the opinion must come from a different examiner? Also if the examiner decides to issue an opinion without a new C&P exam how can i get a copy of that opinion? I feel it is imperative that i know the results of the new opinion and even who is rendering it as soon as possible in order to obtain a lawyer who will front me an IMO if i must counter this new opinion. I tried to get an IMO on my own but most doctors won't touch the onerous VA medical opinion standards. My SMR's and lay evidence is strong. If the new opinion is done by an honest examiner it will be favorable for me. I have very little faith in getting that honest opinion from the same P.A. who did the original C&P.
  5. Its a roulette wheel. It will soon stop on Grant Remand or Deny. Good luck.
  6. My appeal status on Ebenefits went to "With Veterans Law Judge" dated today. On VETS.GOV it says the same as yours "recently closed" with todays date. I called BVA and the guy told me its not closed they are still working on it. I told him what it says on VETS.GOV and he repeated its not closed they are working on it. I said it don't make sense and he repeated it again. When i click on view status i just get a circle that spins and never shows status.
  7. I received the same letter. It was dated 12/12/2018. My form 9 was received in May 2017. I requested Board review with no hearing. The letter states that you have 90 days OR until the board issues a decision to submit additional evidence. I read on another site where a guy was complaining because they issued a decision well before 90 days and he was upset because he didn't get his additional evidence in before the decision. I recently submitted evidence so i called BVA to make sure it was not too late and the lady assured me it wasn't. She said they are currently working Docket numbers from March 2017. That information is also on the BVA website. I figure i got at least another month or 3 to wait.
  8. Of course you are right and i will submit the evidence. I just don't understand why they put that" decision soon" box on the vets.gov status. They have a graph showing 113,000 appeals in front of me. I assumed i had close to 2 years before they get to it. I called the BVA number and the lady said they had my file but it has not been uploaded in their system yet. She told me i had time to submit evidence but she could not explain the" decision soon" box and said it made no sense. The vets.gov tracking system is much better than ebenefits but nonsense like this only serves to create confusion. Maybe in the eyes of VA a decision 2 years away is "soon". I am curious if anyone else got a "decision soon" notice on vets.gov and at what point in the appeal did it show up?
  9. I have a claim on appeal and i am considering sending in some new evidence to BVA. According to VETS.GOV my appeal was certified to the board in December 2017 and there is more than 113,00 appeals ahead of mine so i know i have a long wait. I have been checking the status of this appeal on VETS.GOV the past few months and last week a box appeared stating " Decision soon. Submitting new evidence now could delay review of your claim. I don't understand how there could be a decision soon but i am now reluctant to submit anything for fear of causing a delay. Did anyone else see a decision soon message on VETS.GOV? It just showed up for me last week..
  10. I want to opt in to Ramp but they never sent me a form. The form is not available on the VA website. I called them twice and they told me i would eventually receive the form with my invitation and it would have a bar code on it. They told me they don't have the form available on their website and i looked and could not find it. If i can get a form i will try to opt in to Ramp but if everyone can just send in the form why don't they have it available? I'm not sure the VA wants this program to succeed.
  11. I called VA today and asked if i could move my appeal to RAMP and was told it is by invitation only until 2/19. I referred the lady to the press release on the VA website which states all are eligible with no invitation needed. She read the press release and put me on hold and came back and told me all will be eligible with no invite after 2/19. Until then they are sending out invitations once per month and they are going by NOD date oldest to newest. She said invites for this month have been sent out. My NOD is 8/16 and i have not received one. Has anyone been able to opt in without an invitation? Anyone recently received an invitation care to share NOD date? I asked her if they are using date of current status instead of NOD date(which i suspect) and she said no. I remember someone saying they got an invite with NOD date of 11/16 which is later than mine.
  12. How did you opt in without invitation? Is there a form available online or did you call VA? I would like to opt in but don't know how. Over 153,000 ahead of me in legacy appeal so i'm willing to roll the dice.
  13. Will they be sending letters to everyone now or must it be requested? My appeal was just certified in December so i am bottom of the pile. I want to try the RAMP option but i never received an invite.
  14. This section shows status updates for your Open Appeals. 12/28/2017 Administrative Case Processing Your appeal is at the Board. While preparing to decide your appeal, various administrative actions may be required, and your appeal may fall into this category more than once. Your appeal will proceed towards decision upon completion of any of the administrative tasks required. 12/28/2017 I requested a DRO review and received an soc basically repeating the same language in the original denial. I then sent in a timely Form 9 appealing to the board. E-ben went from pending appeal to intake processing but the dates never changed. Then today i see this in E-bens with a new date. Someone told me they might have sent it back to VARO due to some errors but who knows. I thought E-bens would not show anything when it is at the board but there it is. I am under the assumption that my appeal at the board is just beginning and i have been putting off working on getting some new evidence because i have lots of time. I don't have a VSO and opted for no hearing. I'm just going to send in what i can find that think will help and try to forget about for awhile. Only thing i know for sure is certified to BVA 28 sept17 and Administrative Case Processing 12/28/2017.
  15. RO received my Form 9 on 25 May 2017. I received a notice from RO that my Form 9 was received shortly thereafter. I have not received anything from the VA since then. In early October Ebenefits show status of Intake Processing location the Board but i received no mail from VA about this and no docket number. On 28 December 2017 ebenefits status changed to administrative case processing location the board. On Vets.gov the status says The RO has certified your appeal on 28 September 2017 again i no received notification or docket number. I am wondering what Administrative Case Processing means at this stage and if i will receive a 90 day notice to submit new evidence at some point? I elected to have a review by VLJ but i did not request a hearing. I am assuming they cannot make a decision without sending a 90 new evidence letter and i am working on getting some additional evidence in.
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