I originally filed the claim in June 2014, then in July 2016 got a partial denial which i filed a NOD with, so I'm pretty sure I was legacy. I got those letters to opt in to RAMP during the period I was appeal and took it to the VSO to look at and they advised against it since I was already in the appeal phase for awhile for a hearing, and that opting in wouldn't really make a difference or delay my case further.
The problem with mine was that the 2 C&P examiners that saw me were trying to argue that my SC depression didn't get worse.....it was the non-SC part of the depression that did (what?), even though they clearly stated I WAS NOT employable and clearly listed how I severely deficient in most areas....but it was non-SC part's fault. My VA doctors, psychiatrists, LCSW, and VSOs were stupified by this, and apparently the judge was too and very sympathetic that I had to go through all this suffering dealing with this.
Another factor was that I have never worked a job and had neither friends or family in these last 15 years since I left the service. Should have been a pretty open and shut case.