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  1. Hello again----- Just more of a question/input than anything, but would love to hear anyone's personal experience if you have dealt with Pittsburgh Appeal process. Try to make this short.... I developed an anxiety disorder while I was on active duty. I didn't apply for it on my initial claim in 2009 cause of the "stigma" (I know, silly on my part) However my generalized anxiety disorder got worse and worse, by this time I was on 3 times a day benzos, FMLA, seeing a psych at the VAMC as well as weekly sessions at the Women's Clinic... I applied for the anxiety claim in 2013, over a year later I was granted 10%. Due to moves and life changes, I put in my NOD (asking for a DRO De novo) I believed that having FMLA (missing more than a day or two of work a week due to panic attacks would constitute a higher rating??) My Appeal has been in since June 2015 (so just at a year...) Has anyone dealt with Pittsburgh in regards to appeals, especially a DRO De Novo? What was your wait time? What was your outcome? Someone told me they were working on 2012 and EARLIER appeals?!!! Thanks again for any input!!!
  2. Please, welcome new VET2VET podcast episode: https://youtu.be/9paX1-FyCaI Today we’re talking about SERVICE CONNECTION. When we talk about service-connecting a medical condition, disease, injury or illness to military service, we are talking about proving the relationship between the two. 1) Direct Service Connection 2) Service Connection by Aggravation 3) Presumptive Service Connection 4) Secondary Service Connection 5) Service Connection due to Injury Caused by Treatment in the VA Healthcare System 6) Special Service Connection Rules for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ★ JOIN US IN OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU AND OUR FELLOW VETERANS ★ ▶ facebook.com/VETOVET2 ▶ itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/vet2vet/id1077206523?mt=2 ▶ twitter.com/VETOVET2 ▶ youtube.com/c/VETOVET2 ▶ plus.google.com/u/0/+VETOVET2 ▶ goo.gl/app/playmusic?ibi=com.google.PlayMusic&isi=691797987&ius=googleplaymusic&link=https://play.google.com/music/m/Iiqawbuzg7eviiyqm6xz7kju62m?t%3DVET2VET ▶ feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:198832065/sounds.rss ▶ soundcloud.com/vet2vet ▶ stitcher.com/s?fid=80842&refid=stpr ★ LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE ★ THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THE VET2VET MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. VET2VET MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES OF THE CONTENT AT ANY TIME. ADVICE RECEIVED VIA VET2VET SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON FOR PERSONAL, MEDICAL, LEGAL OR FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL FOR SPECIFIC ADVICE TAILORED TO YOUR SITUATION. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF VET2VET, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE CONSULTING VET2VET.
  3. I know some of you have had your NOD reviews through WACO, TX. What are your thoughts as I sit here anxiously waiting the DRO hearing officer to finalize his review. I had my hearing on February 26th, 2014 and so far nothing..... Buck, I know you were pretty quick on you getting a response but any others here????
  4. Please, welcome new VET2VET podcast episode: https://youtu.be/sTH3p-WwXn0 The way VA defines The word "permanent" slightly differently. For that matter, the word total doesn't mean total when discussing a disability. These are just terms to VA. There really isn't a protected rating. Any rating can be modified by VA at any time, depending on the circumstances. How do you know if your benefit is P & T? What is IU? What is substantially gainful employment? Are there any other eligibility requirements? How is the way VA decides total disability different from other agencies? TDIU awards may be permanent or they may be temporary. If I get a 100% rating, should I continue fighting the VA for benefits? SMC compensation Can you think of any other scenarios were a Veteran might want to keep filing to VA after they reach a 100% rating? ★ JOIN US IN OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU AND OUR FELLOW VETERANS ★ ▶ facebook.com/veterantoveteran/ ▶ itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/vet2vet/id1077206523?mt=2 ▶ twitter.com/veterantovetera/lists/vet2vet ▶ youtube.com/channel/UCebXFpogeJ9r4EqRyxHriYQ ▶ plus.google.com/u/0/+VETOVET2 ▶ goo.gl/app/playmusic?ibi=com.google.PlayMusic&isi=691797987&ius=googleplaymusic&link=https://play.google.com/music/m/Iiqawbuzg7eviiyqm6xz7kju62m?t%3DVET2VET ▶ feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:198832065/sounds.rss ▶ soundcloud.com/vet2vet ▶ stitcher.com/s?fid=80842&refid=stpr ★ LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE ★ THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THE VET2VET MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. VET2VET MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES OF THE CONTENT AT ANY TIME. ADVICE RECEIVED VIA VET2VET SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON FOR PERSONAL, MEDICAL, LEGAL OR FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL FOR SPECIFIC ADVICE TAILORED TO YOUR SITUATION. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF VET2VET, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE CONSULTING VET2VET.
  5. Well most here know my situation.....It's now going on two months since I had my DRO review hearing. I talked to my DAV rep today and she said "this rater" takes his time and not to expect anything for at least 90 days if not more. There is a "completion" date in the system of 9/28/16 so it's just the waiting game at this point.... Hope everyone has a great weekend!
  6. When I filed my NOD in 2014, I specifically asked for a DRO review hearing on the NOD VA21-0958 form. I never received anything in the mail. After searching this site in January and the internet I found the following: "After the VA receives a NOD from a veteran, it will prepare the Statement of the Case (SOC) for all issues that were not granted service connection or the maximum rating. The SOC is an explanation of the decision, including a cover letter that gives instructions about the appeal process. Also included in the SOC is a list of the issues being decided in the claim, a summary of evidence, the pertinent laws and VA regulations that relate to the claim, and the decision and reasoning behind each issue. The SOC may include helpful information in order for the veteran to prepare his or her appeal, but the most important thing to remember about the SOC is that the veteran has 60 days from the date of the SOC cover letter to send in VA Form 9, which is the substantive appeal. Failure to respond to the SOC within 60 days by filing VA Form 9 may result in the appeal being closed and the decision becoming final." Fast forward to January 2016 when I inquired about my NOD, I found out that it sat "dormant" and that it "missed a step" in the processing of the NOD. I wound up having my DRO review hearing in February. My questions are: 1. Wasn't I supposed to receive the SOC? 2. Will I receive an SOC regardless of the outcome of my DRO hearing? 3. When I filed out the VA21-0958 one of the questions specifically asks the Veteran to list the service connection and % the Veteran feels warrants the service connection. Obvisously this is what I feel I deserve but is this actually something the DRO reviews and considers? 4. Since I never received the SOC is that any violation of my rights? Thank you
  7. Well most know my DRO hearing was in February and now I am in the decision phase with a due date of 9/28/16. I sure hope they decide it before then!!! But at least I am making progress! I sure hope I get the decision soon!!!
  8. So most know on here my situation. I filed an FDC back in January for several issues to include 100% temporary convalescence for right foot due to left ankle. Right foot is NOT S/C so since my left ankle caused the fracture I put in the FDC. After filing the FDC, my NOD finally processed and I had my DRO review hearing last month. I noticed after receiving my C-file my FDC was "RTR" ready to rate but I assumed that it was going to wait until AFTER my DRO hearing and all those issues were resolved. My NOD included all my feet issues. Ebennies showed Preparation for Decision back in February and so it sat. Well today I checked Ebennies regarding my FDC claim and I notice that the date has now changed to 4/4/16-4/9/16 from an out date of August 2016. I am wondering if this means they are working on both my FDC and my NOD? Wouldn't that be nice???? I know I know I know that Ebennies timeline is UNRELIABLE but I find it interesting it bumped up to next week. Wish me good luck please!!!!
  9. Well yesterday marked one month since my DRO review hearing. I was told that it could be months. So I am prepared to sit this out. I do have a question though, is it true that they have to wait at least 60 days to ensure I do not submit any other evidence? If that is the case, can I let them know by submitting a VA21-4138 stating I have nothing further to submit? My DRO hearing went well and I provided everything at the hearing that I need to provide.
  10. I received a letter dated February 19, 2016 informing me that my NOD had been received. Included with the letter was a generic “Appeal Process Election” form which they want me to fill out and return within 60 days. This seems odd since the new NOD VA FORM 21-0958, which I used, asks that very same question in Part III Sec. 9 entitled: “Appeal Process Election.” My election of Traditional Appellate Review Process was clearly marked. Also, there is a third option on this attached “Appeal Process Election” form which does not appear on the VA FORM 21-0958: “[] I have reconsidered and wish to withdraw my appeal.” This just seems like another crude attempt at getting veterans to abandon their appeals. The letter also included this statement verbatim: “An agent or attorney may also represent you. However, an agent or attorney can charge you only for service performed on or after the date of a final decision by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.” It has been my understanding that since June 20, 2007, a veteran can be represented by a paid attorney anytime after filing a NOD an initial RO denial. Has my RO gone completely off the rails or is this the way it is done now?
  11. Hello:) Pretty new to this site, but have read some great advice, and support, so I will ask for some input for my appeal. Back story... I filed for anxiety in 2013 (I should've claimed it in my separation exam in 2009-- but didn't want that "stigma"...silly I know) Claim closed in mid 2014. They rated me 10%... Mind you, I had anxiety in service (due to a traumatic event) and was on medication for many years. I filed my NOD in the summer of 2015 ( I know.. it took me a while to file it, but I was going through other family events, either way I got my appeal in within the year mark) When I did my initial C&P with the mental health DR... I had told them I was missing some work due to this, but wasn't on FMLA yet cause I hadn't been at my job for a year, and that was a requirement... Still.. 10% I sent in my NOD requesting a DRO De Novo Review, cause by this time I had been approved FMLA and had already lost over 150 hours of unpaid leave due to panic attacks.... also since then another VA Dr. diagnosed me with a Panic Disorder and other mental health issues, not just the Generalized Anxiety Attacks first stated to me. I know appeals can take forever.... but I submitted all new paperwork, my new exams are in the system, ..... Just hoping that they can see my issue is more than a 10% rating.. it has literally taken over my life. Do you think of what I just typed would at least warrant a 30% eval? It would be great to hear any stories of success, or not such good news on your appeal with similar background.... Thank you all, and God Bless :)
  12. I have a couple of appeals since 2013 that date back to my honorable discharge date 1993. Recently, I sent email to Secretary of VA and had reply. I checked ebenefits and saw some new items. Can you all help with meaning? Left Knee/leg Condition-completed Dro Dor 03/16/16-full Grant Back Condition-completed Dro Dor 03/16/16-full Grant Smc A/a- lou Iliotibial Band Syndrome With Tendonitis (instability) Iliotibial Band Syndrome With Tendonitis Left Knee Radiculopathy Lle L-strain Ddd What do ask theses mean? Especially the "full grant" dro dor complete Thank you all. Currently, I'm 70% PTSD
  13. I have a couple of appeals since 2013 that date back to my honorable discharge date 1993. Recently, I sent email to Secretary of VA and had reply. I checked ebenefits and saw some new items. Can you all help? Left Knee/leg Condition-completed Dro Dor 03/16/16-full Grant Back Condition-completed Dro Dor 03/16/16-full Grant Smc A/a- lou Iliotibial Band Syndrome With Tendonitis (instability) Iliotibial Band Syndrome With Tendonitis Left Knee Radiculopathy Lle L-strain Ddd What do ask theses mean? Especially the "full grant" dro dor complete Thank you all. Currently, I'm 70% PTSD
  14. Okay so I think I have a great additional letter from my podiatrist for my upcoming DRO Review Hearing. Please let me know your thoughts! NOD doctor letter_Redacted.pdf
  15. Okay so most here know I am preparing for my DRO review hearing coming up at the end of the month. I decided to 're-read' my decision letter from 11/2014 and I noticed under "Evidence Considered" there was medical records that were not mine listed. "VA medical opinion provided by Salem VA medical center dated November 6, 2014". I have never been to Salem??? I would like to give you all some further background. In early 2013 I submitted my claim. In June 2014 I got my first rating letter with some contentions approved and other contentions deferred. In this letter, it stated L/R Ear Conditions denied. I never applied for that, but I did apply for tinnitus and was approved for that. I was also denied for toe condition on RIGHT foot when it should have been left foot. I filed an NOD, citing CUE but realized that was incorrect, so I filed out a VA21-4138 stating I wanted to retract my prior NOD and asked that they reconsider the decision based on the fact that they adjudicated the wrong body part. The morton's neuroma was noted on the wrong foot. Then in November 2014 I got final award letter with a few other contentions approved and the others denied to include the ones that were on the June 14 letter that were inaccurate. What puzzled me, is the fact that there were contentions I DID not apply for, denied. L/R Ear condition and then they put my toe condition as denied too, and they noted it on the right foot not the left. Now I am beginning to wonder if they had someone else's medical files???? Like I sated, I have never been to Salem so why would y records be there let alone reviewed as evidence for my claim(s)? Should I bring this up to the DRO hearing officer????
  16. Okay I need everyone's help. I have all my p/w spread out on the bed and I have been tabbing, organizing, and filing my p/w to prepare for my DRO Review Hearing next month. Here is where I really need some help/advice! The denial letterDenial Letter.pdf (please read!) I have attached for your review. These are the three contentions I am going to the NOD Review Hearing for. 1. Status post avulsion fracture, 5th Metatarsal, right foot - read why it was denied. Here is my ISSUES and CONCERNS. This fracture occurred when I was 8 months pregnant in 1996. I was taken to Ft. Belvoir and they put me in a cast. I gave birth to my daughter while in the cast. MY PROBLEM....No SMR's to back this up! I have requested them since 2014 to no avail. I have the documentation where I requested the records but so far no luck...AM I SOL? 2. Left Foot strain with Morton's neuroma - Read why it was denied. This I believe I have a good leg to stand on LOL - I went through my SMR's submitted and there are several pieces of evidence to support this claim. When I fractured my L ankle (Talus Hawkins I) back in 1991/92 there are notations on my medical records AD that I had numbness at the base of my L foot/toe. I previously provided this, along with my outside podiatrist DBQ's citing I had this condition and it had been since the 90's that I was suffering from it. What do I do here to prove this contention should be S/C? 3. Right Ankle Sprain - read why they denied it. I have SMR's that were submitted to back this up yet it was denied. I am not sure what "new" evidence" I can supply? Should I reiterate the already existing evidence? The denial indicates I had issues but I don't constitute a S/C. I also have DBQ's from my outside Podiatrist stating that my L/R ankles have synovitis. I was S/C 10% for my L ankle so why not my right???? thanks for the help!
  17. Hi there! So I just got another call from the VA. This time it was from the WACO Appeals department indicating that they are "expediting" my hearing with the DRO officer due to my NOD has been sitting since last November. She indicated I would be getting a letter within the week for the time and date of the hearing.I am in a bit of a situation b/c right now my NOD was to have both my L/R feet ankles S/C along with my L/Toe. I initially received 10% for L/Ankle but everything else denied. I have all my SMR's to indicate that my contentions should have been S/C. Since waiting for this NOD to be processed I broke my right foot, fracturing it and requiring surgery. I was given a letter by my Podiatrist to show that the L/ankle was a direct result of this R/foot fracture. My NOD 11.18.14_Redacted.pdf is for a review of the denied S/C of my right foot from a previous fracture to my right foot, right ankle sprain, and left foot strain with morton's neuroma (toe condition). I have all the evidence I believe I need in order to win this....NOD_Redacted.pdf - please take a look at this evidence. It clearly shows what I am trying to prove that I had foot/ankle injuries while on AD, had DBQ's filled out by private podiatrist when I originally filed in 2013, MRI's done in 2013/2014 clearly indicating I had the fracture as well. Now I need advice from others that have gone to a DRO hearing. What should I expect? How does this process go?
  18. Since a lot of us are on this topic, I came across this article that I am sure has circulated out there but it is really informative! Most Vet's, including myself do not really know what to do when they receive that BBE with denials. I was fortunate enough to have good people on this site to guide me. http://www.veteranslawblog.org/dro-review-2/ When you file an NOD, you should ALWAYS state in the NOD NOD 11.18.14_Redacted.pdf (mine is attached here) that you SPECIFICALLY request a DRO Hearing! The misconception with most Veteran's is that they think they can request a "reconsideration". A lot of VSO's trick Vet's into thinking so but no there aren't any and if you don't request the DRO hearing in your NOD, you will wait even longer. When preparing for the NOD, as I have learned from many here, I need to be WELL prepared! I have to ensure I have what I need in order to make my point! One good question to ask at the DRO Review Hearing: 1) Ask the DRO to suggest to you the evidence that may have been overlooked that you should submit to support my claim? The attached article is some sound advice.
  19. Okay I think I have a solid letter for my upcoming NOD Review Hearing. NOD Letter Redacted.pdf Does this look good enough for my upcoming NOD? NOD 11.18.14_Redacted.pdf I think he connected the dots for the following contentions: 1. Status post avulsion fracture, 5th Metatarsal, right foot - read why it was denied. Here is my ISSUES and CONCERNS. This fracture occurred when I was 8 months pregnant in 1996. I was taken to Ft. Belvoir and they put me in a cast. I gave birth to my daughter while in the cast. MY PROBLEM....No SMR's to back this up! I have requested them since 2014 to no avail. I have the documentation where I requested the records but so far no luck. My podiatrist in my IMO letter attached indicates the fracture is old and s/c it to my AD injuries...Is this good? 2. Left Foot strain with Morton's neuroma - Read why it was denied. This I believe I have a good leg to stand on LOL - I went through my SMR's submitted and there are several pieces of evidence to support this claim. When I fractured my L ankle (Talus Hawkins I) back in 1991/92 there are notations on my medical records AD that I had numbness at the base of my L foot/toe. I previously provided this, along with my outside podiatrist DBQ's citing I had this condition and it had been since the 90's that I was suffering from it. What do I do here to prove this contention should be S/C? 3. Right Ankle Sprain - read why they denied it. I have SMR's that were submitted to back this up yet it was denied. I am not sure what "new" evidence" I can supply? Should I reiterate the already existing evidence? The denial indicates I had issues but I don't constitute a S/C. I also have DBQ's from my outside Podiatrist stating that my L/R ankles have synovitis. I was S/C 10% for my L ankle so why not my right???? Here is the Denial Letter .pdf Thanks!
  20. Well, some weirdness happened on eBenefits the past couple of days. Two days ago, all of my conditions under appeal on a NOD DRO review disappeared completely on my "Pending Disabilities" list on my eBenefits "Dashboard". They were replaced by one "new" claim of "back pain condition" with a filed date of 09/09/2015, and it showed "Pending Decision Notification". It sat like that until today when it also was gone, and eBenefits gave an error message that it was unable to retrieve my information on pending disabilities. The interesting thing was that it shows that I got a bump up to a total of 20% (was sitting at 10% for tinnitus and 0% for hearing loss, left ear). The condition awarded at the additional 10% was for degenerative arthritis in my back, with an EED of 06/10/2010, which is good because that is when I filed the initial claim. I checked my AB8 and yep, shows 20%, then called "Peggy" on the VA's 1-800 lie line just to extra-super-duper-confirm, and after a 30 minute wait, I confirmed the award. I quizzed the guy about my remaining multiple conditions still under NOD, and he said that it looked to him like they were still pending, then he said something interesting. He said that it looked to him that the VA decided this one outside the others because it looked easily ratable. I pressed a little more on things, and he of course became nervous, and then said that he couldn't give me additional information until I received my letter on that rated condition. What this one was a new claim that I filed in 2014 based on military medical records that I received from the NPRC. I had filed for back pain in 2010, and had simply assumed that the VA had my military records. I was wrong. After they denied me, I did a couple of requests for NPRC records (I know I've mentioned this time and time again.), and after receiving the magic records and noting that they were not in my C-File, I shot them off as part of a new claim, which the VA then "consolidated" into my pending NOD claim. Crazy, huh? So I have moved the football another 10 yards, thanks to a couple of free NPRC records requests, and retroed back to June 10, 2010 on that increased rating amount. I don't have retro yet, but Peggy (before he turned back into a VA phone drone) told me I should be seeing the retro hit my account soon, and that I'll be getting my SOC in the mail soon as well on this condition. Lord only knows that eBenefits and Peggy may lie, or just not know what is what, so we'll see when I get a paper document or a deposit. Just an update. Thanks again for all of you and the help you have provided me. I could not have gone even this far without your help, knowledge and support....and AskNod's book. Now the mission continues on the conditions still on appeal. Just don't forget: Check the NPRC for records too.....you never know what treasure may be hiding in one of their envelopes. My gold nugget in one of their envelopes helped greatly on this one particular condition. Half a league onward! Mark
  21. So good afternoon. I've spent some time lurking in the shadows learning what I could from all the great posts on here, and figured maybe I can get some more info concerning my scenario. I was med boarded out of the Army through the (at the time) experimental joint MEB/VA process. In that process the MEB found me unfit for service for my Ankle (lod and SC 20%) and for my "degenerative disc disease" which they determined to be permanently aggravated by service. Well the VA came back in March of 2013 and said that there was no evidence to support a service connected determination for my Degenerative dis disease. Once again on my MEB determination (first page) the army clearly checked the box "permanently aggravated by service" and in its write up states it again. In Dec 2013 I filed a NOD for the claim. At the time I was unaware of what a CUE was so I just stated in the NOD "I disagree with your rating". My NOD status as of Feb 2014 was appeal pending. My appeal was registered in the Roanoke VA office but was transferred to the Baltimore RO. Since then I have received nothing from the VA and quite frankly am not sure if the claim has been lost or not. The supposed average days for a DRO appeal in Baltimore is at 503 days, I'm sitting at 527 days and simply want to know when I should "start shaking trees"? Also how the heck in the case of the VA do I even shake the trees? Timeline: Sep 2012 Initial Claim March 2013 Notification of Decision Dec 2013 Notice of Disagreement (DRO Selected) Feb 2014 Appeal pending Thanks in advance for any help.
  22. My husband, a Marine combat vet, was awarded 40% service connected. We appealed and requested a DRO review last September 2014. We hired a lawyer, had an extensive independent medical exam done proving he deserves a higher rating, and got all our evidence documented. We have heard nothing from the VA in a year's time until this past week when my husband's lawyer was faxed an I-9 form and nothing else. His lawyer was under the impression that this means we have lost our appeal at the DRO level as they are sending us the I-9 form to fill out to send us on to the BVA. My husband called the 1-800 number on two separate occasions this past Friday and asked two different reps why they sent us the I-9 form. One stated they needed it before the DRO review is done and the other said his review was complete but couldn't talk about it for 10 business days. So two entirely different answers. Gee thanks for the assistance. We are so confused at this point and so very discouraged as my husband is in pain daily and we have waited and waited with no correspondence at all. If anyone knows why they would fax our lawyer an I-9 form and can help us out it would be greatly appreciated. Does this mean we lost at the DRO level or do they just need this form before they complete the review for some reason? After all this with the VA I really feel for veterans. It's so unethical how our vets are treated.
  23. I bet this one hasn't been answered yet.... Lets say I want to have a DRO Hearing. I heard that these hearings can be done over computer web-chat. There are a few regional offices out of the USA, and I wonder if the VA will have your video hearing scheduled at one of those overseas offices. For example Manila Philippines. Anyone know? Would you have to somehow let the VA know you have moved so they can transfer your stuff?
  24. Ok, here we go again. Got a call a few days back from a DRO at the Houston VARO. They are doing a de novo review of my case, and scheduled me for a series of C&P examinations, which will be my second round from the VA. Sure enough, got a call from Veterans Evaluation Service, who advised that the VA had contracted them to do my C&P examinations and to do bloodwork. Looks I'll be heading to Houston for the examinations and Beaumont for a blood draw and CBC. (They used VES on me last time too.) Keep in mind, I've been through a prior round of C&P examinations, but this is the first time with a CBC blood draw, and I have on file an independent medical examination and opinion report from the Ellis Clinic and an IMO from my oncologist of 17 years, along with a ton of medical records and SMRs. We'll see how this goes. I'll keep y'all posted on what went on. Looks like I have the examination on July 18 (Saturday) and the blood draw on the 21st. Mark
  25. Just have a quick question. Gulf War Veteran. Awarded only 10% disability in Oct 2013. Appealed with DRO choice in Feb. 2014. Just had my exam for the 3 denied claims in May 2015 (this is about 450 days from when I appealed the decision). I see now where the ebenefits website for appeals status is down until September. Can't get anyone on the phone. Most the time, can't chat with anyone online. Does anyone know the best way to find out a status? Also, does anyone know (since it's been about 450 days) when I might actually get a decision on the 3 denied claims. My claim would be in Nashville, TN Thanks
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