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I was initially awarded 30% for ptsd July 2008. I filed a nod and requested a dro hearing in person. I have had the hearing and finally received what I assume is a soc. And was awarded an increase from 30% to 50% retro to july 2008. My dav rep who has been no help what so ever to this point still hasn't returned my call? I wasn't sure how it works from here? I thought I would be changed to 50% and get the retro owed start being paid at the new rating and then continue my appeal to the bva if I disagreed with the dro decision. But after talking with several people from the 1 800 number that is not how it works. It was explained to me that the appeal is not completed that the va has made there move now it's my move. I either further the appeal to the bva and wait yet longer for there decision. Or I can accept there rating and case is closed. Can someone confirm wether I'm understanding this right. My question is this. I want to continue my appeal because I believe that my current condition, medical treatment records, and an imo I had done warrant a 70% rating. I have contacted several lawyers and am awaiting wether they will accept my case. Would it be safe to assume if the lawyers are interested in taking my case that I have a good shot at getting the 70%? And if the lawyers aren't interested I should accept the dro decision? If I hire a lawyer and the bva denies the 70%.do I owe the lawyer 20% of my 50% dro rating? Any input and advice would be greatly appreciated. Sorry this is sooo long. Thanks