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  1. In July of '15, I appealed a denial of service connection for a R shoulder condition. I submitted actual copies of a shoulder injury from my Navy medical record, along with evidence of surgeries in 200 and 2015 done by non-VA doctors. At the same time, I filed for an increase in my cervical spine condition. Of course, nothing has happened yet, but it appears that the VA has lumped the two together as one "appeal." I submitted the paperwork under the direction of my NSO. I'm sure this question has been addressed here periodically, but I'd like a fresh opinion: As time goes by, I continue to be treated, tested, injected, etc. for both of these conditions; they are getting worse and worse and the NSO is encouraging me to go for and IU claim, but I still want to try to work. Also recently lost my wife to cancer so i'm the only income anymore. I've been told that submitting additional evidence causes your claim or appeal to go back to the beginning of the process. Is this true? Also, does the VA, when they do get around to looking at my appeal, automatically go through my record and look for information pertaining to my claim? I began using the VA system exclusively last fall, so the new information should be readily at hand. Do I have to go through and pick it out and submit it to them as supporting documentation, or will they find it on their own? If I need to submit, then it goes back to my question above; am I just moving my appeal father away from being considered? Aside from that, I recently got a favorable 10% for tinnitus. I was already at 90% and the new award doesn't push me to 100, but i guess it always helps to document it. Considering a subscription - these ads are a killer and make using the site a lot more confusing to me. Thanks for all the work you do, all of you! Jim
  2. I posted this in my other ongoing thread but I want this brought to the forefront. I was recently denied by WACO DRO Steve Wilbur and I believe I was retaliated because I simply asked Robert McDonald in an email to step in after 6 months of waiting for a decision when the DRO told me in the informal hearing to give him 60 days. My hearing was 45 minutes long and I was well prepared. The DRO Steve Wilbur has a very bad reputation at WACO for denials. I received a call from DRO Wilbur on August 18th, 2016 stating he received my request for a decision. He told me he would be deciding it within the week but in fact he had already decided it that day! Now I have yet to received the SOC but I have a Women's Outreach Coordinator in St. Petersburg VBA who is a very close friend of mine and happened to see the denial in my records. This idiot DRO failed to put a cover letter with my SOC and no date on my SOC. He simply submitted it to Evidence Intake and never mailed it to me! If it wasn't for my connection I would still not know and would not be within the 60 days to file the Form 9. I emailed Robert McDonald earlier this week, firing off my distaste for this DRO and my local congressman. I plan to further put him on front street when I do file the Form 9. As for my NOD, I filed it back in 2014 for right foot (5th metatarsal fracture), right ankle condition, and left toe condition. I am attaching a lot of documents and I know we all have busy lives and I have helped a lot on here and now I need help please! I need your opinions on this situation. Original denial for toe condition was on decision letter in June 2014. They put the denial of the toe condition on the wrong foot! It was noted on the right foot when it should have been the left foot. I pointed this out since my right ankle and right fracture had yet to be decided on. November 2014 received denial for right foot/right ankle and toe condition noted on left toe continued to be denied. This was after I had a C&P exam July 2013 where I provided TWO DBQ's from my current outside podiatrist stating my injuries to my feet/ankles/toe was all in-service injuries and I was still affected by them to this day. That was 2013. I was s/c in June 2014 and was able to start getting treatment by the VA. My primary had X-rays completed and in 2014 it showed an old fracture to my right foot, the 5th metatarsal. The C&P examiner made a rationale that stated he noted diagnoses in the C&P exam. He felt comfortable with the DBQ's from what I gathered. November 2014, a medical opinion by some doctor I never saw but supposedly reviewed my records determined either I was healed and no further treatment or that I had in-service injuries but no loner had issues. So I filed NOD November 2014 citing the errors and why I felt the denial was incorrect. Fast forward to February 2016, I had my informal hearing with DRO Wilbur. I had submitted a Nexus letter dated February 12th, 2016 from my podiatrist indicating he reviewed all my SMR's and my current conditions were all related to in-service injuries. During the hearing, DRO Wilbur even stated that a fracture in s/c with no further residuals is at least 0%. He further went on to review the Nexus letter noting that my Podiatrist stated all three contentions were in fact in-service, continuity continued. DRO Wilbur told me 60 days to decided. DAV rep was present. I felt good......WELL, then I was denied last week. Here is the evidence I submitted to the DRO for review. I am just lost for words on this! DBQ ankle conditions_Redacted.pdf DBQ foot conditions_Redacted.pdf medical opinion w-o exam_Redacted.pdf Timeline for NOD hearing.pdf Nexus letter-redacted .pdf NOD - Denial Letter .pdf NOD evidence notes.pdf
  3. Well good afternoon my fellow Vet's!!! I am really deflated right now....It's going on 3 months since I had my DRO review hearing with no end in sight. I was told that it could be weeks to months to up to a year for the decision. What erk's me is the fact that I had my hearing why can't the DRO take the time to review and come to a ruling? It's so frustrating! I am going on 3 years since my initial claim and almost 2 years since I filed my NOD. I understand there are others in the same boat or worse boat and I do sympathize with all my fellow Vet's! Now on top of this, most of you know my story.....I broke my right foot in two places on Christmas Eve. I had surgery on January 6th, 2016 and I filed an FDC January 12th, 2016. I filed that my left ankle was the cause of my right foot injury. I was granted 100% temporary convalescence for 4 months due to my left ankle giving out on me and causing my right foot injury. Now if you all remember, I have my NOD since 2014 trying to get my right foot/ankle and left toe S/C which was denied in 2014. My medical records back up my s/c as well as my doctor's letters (IMO) that state my injuries are directly related to my active duty. But here I sit awaiting the NOD decision. Well yesterday I took a bad tumble and fell down the stairs causing sever bruising and swelling to my left ankle and left leg. I am sitting here at the West Palm VA as we speak awaiting to see my Podiatrist for the results of the X-rays BUT while I had my visit with him today, he had another doctor come in and look at my X-rays for my right foot and both of the doctor's state I need revision surgery to my right foot because the bone graft is not "uniting" the bone together. The Podiatrist I had do my surgery in January put pins/screws/plate in the one fracture but only bone graft in the other. Since then the bone is separating and the doctor feels the surgery is necessary and will require me to be out about 2-3 months once again! It's my right foot so I can't drive and it's frustrating! On top of this, my left foot/2nd metatarsal toe has two screws in it that are "coming up to the skin" and they feel that at the same time they do the right foot surgery they need to look into that! I literally just got back on my feet and was feeling okay! My feet/ankles SUCK! I feel so depressed! I just want to cry! I will update you with my X-ray findings but I needed to VENT!!!
  4. I came across this blog and it really helped me understand my NOD process.... http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/25738/the-appeals-process-appeals-at-the-regional-office-level/
  5. I sent in my NOD application asking for a DRO HEARING but attached no new evidence (have plenty). My question is will RO ask me to send in my new evidence at some time prior to my actual scheduled-to-be DRO HEARING? I have read you should send new evidence immediately, then some say wait and show it to them in person. Do I even have either of these options, or not? Hope someone can offer their experiences ........(1) sent new evidence with NOD form.....and (2) anyone who waited till the Hearing to provide all new evidence. Wayne
  6. Vets: I submitted and am processing an NOD for my first claim. Also, can I file a new claim for a new contention while I have an NOD Pending or does everything stop while the NOD is being processed for the DRO that I asked for ? I know that the DRO review is going to take one to two years? Also. If I file multiple NODs, for multiple claims will the VA consolidate the NODs into one single NOD? Thanks in Advance, Rootbeer22
  7. QUESTION 1 - Is there normally a point in time after I send in my NOD that RO will ask me to send in my new evidence prior to my actual DRO HEARING. QUESTION 2 - Am I legally required to submit any "new" evidence prior to my DRO HEARING as standard protocol. I'd rather do all my "new evidence" in person than send ahead of DRO Hearing to be able explain in more detail and point out every nook and cranny? I'd like to build additional evidence and get additional IMO's done to make my Appeal even stronger while waiting to hear back on RO's next move before DRO HEARING gives a date. QUESTION 3 -- Can I hold back ALL "New" evidence until my actual DRO HEARING interview? Thanks, Wayne
  8. I have a rating for Scheuermann's Kyphosis, which is basically curvature of my spine. My total ROM is very close to the next highest rating. I have a C-shapped spine, meaning I already lean forward xyz degrees. So of course, it already looks like my Flexion when I bend forward is more than it really is, because of my C-shapped spine. My question is this. How does one get around the Total ROM testing, when the shape of one's back is already curved forward? Has anyone else had experience with alternative measurements in the ROM test? Below is similar to how my current curvature looks, which increases how my forward flexion looks on the goniometer. Basically my back is screwing me out of a higher rating. LOL Thanks in advance... P.S. No physicians have made any reference to already having a forward stance, so that may be an approach?
  9. Vets: Recently, I read where someone filed an NOD and their TBI was reduced from 10% to 0% but they got an increase in their PTSD? So, I'm wondering if this happens a lot where a Vet's claims contentions are actually reduced after their NOD/DRO reviews? I worked very hard to get to 90% that I'm at now. I'm trying to get pushed over to 100% but am concerned about it actually being cut? However, maybe that was just a rare occasion....and I should not be concerned? Does anyone know if this happens very often where a reduction occurs or not? Godspeed Rootbeer22
  10. Hello I am new here. The question I have is Last year I finally got my V.A. rating of 90% 70% PTSD/TBI SC Sleep apnea secondary 0% not service connected 50% migraines SC 30% for total knee replacement SC Midline scar patella SC 0% 20% neck SC 10% Arthritis SC So I filed a NOD with a DRO to review it has been 10 months since I filed, last month the va called a set up a c&p for the following items Knee , sleep apnea, and the ptsd/TBI. the exams where done so what I was wondering will I have to meet with the dro or will they just make a decision. I am rated at 90% now and also should I file for IU.
  11. 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????
  12. Vets: Well, I'm running out of time to finish my NOD, was unable to get the IMO/IME's from Dr. Ellis. after arguing with my wife (who is already spending my retro) about the money to go which is short-sighted, I ran out of time and my C-File never showed up? The good news is that my earlier exhaustive efforts got me to 90% but the push to 100% has been difficult -at best. Now, I'm going to have to take what I already have SC for and work to get a change or increase to 20% more. Several of my contentions are at the 0% and 10% SC range and there may be room to move up to the next level on several. So, now, I need to pull everything out again to review what it takes to get to some of these or at least 2 contentions moved up to the next level. The good news is that although I don't have IMOs/IMEs, I do have some new evidence that would help me. Unfortunately, I have a lot of contentions that were low-balled and think, I can support an increase with new evidence. At this point, I was lowballed on my TBI at 10% because the TBI examiner said that there was not enough evidence beyond my own descriptions or indications that my work has suffered due to my TBI? So, I was thinking that I would go back and get statements from my former and current supervisor about my work memory and concentration issues that they have noted? I had several incidents at work over the years where it was difficult for me to complete projects on time due to my cognitive and memory issues. Also, although I was SC for Hypertensive Heart Disease, again they only gave me 10% because they said that I did not have chest pain, angina, and shortness of breath. Although, I reported this all during my CP exam, the clerk put just the opposite in the report anyway, even though I wrote those conditions plainly on the pre-exam form, it was not entered into the system...properly... So in terms of overall advice ...should I just ask for a DRO review or just submit a NOD package...? Godspeed ..Rootbeer22
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  15. 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!!!
  16. 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!!!!
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. My prior topic, "Seeking Advice on my CUE," brought me a wealth of information from some very informed people. I remain grateful. But I have been doing more and more research based on what I learned from them and just ran across this: j. Approval of Ratings Prepared Under 38 CFR 3.105(a) All rating decisions prepared by RVSRs under 38 CFR 3.105(a) require the approval of the VSCM or designee at the Coach level or higher. Ratings prepared by DROs would require the approval of the VSCM or Assistant VSCM if they would effect · severance of service connection, or · a reduction in evaluation of an SC disability(ies). Exception: Approval of the VSCM or designee is not necessary if the rating is the result of a Board of Veterans’ Appeals or U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims decision. Important: A rating decision must be reviewed and approved by the Compensation and Pension (C&P) Service prior to promulgation if the decision · initially grants service connection with an effective date retroactive eight or more years, and/or · results in a lump-sum payment of $250,000 or more. (See M21-1MR, Part III, Subpart vi, 1.A.5 (TBD) or Fast Letter 07-19.) Reference: For more information on CUEs involving rating issues, see M21-1MR, Part I, 5.C.13.f. The CUE in my case is obvious. It took the help of an attorney who does medical insurance claims to help me read my Service Medical Record, but the denial based upon "no evidence of complaint, treatment or diagnosis" is just plain wrong. So is the conclusion that there is no service connection, as it is also in the record. Problem is, VA repoened my 2002 claim, denied it based upon "no new evidence" and that led to the NOD. Anyway, as I read this, even if the DRO acknowledges the CUE, my claim then has to go to this C&P Service. Who are these people and how many more years can I anticipate waiting? Anyone have any experience with the C&P Service? Thank you. Vinsky
  20. Okay so most of you know my situation... I have my NOD this Friday and I got my C-File in the mail today! Nothing like getting it at the last minute but I am sure glad I did!!!! Here is my issues and I need help please for my hearing on Friday! My NOD hearing is for right ankle sprain DENIED; right 5th metatarsal fracture DENIED; and left foot/toe condition. The issues surrounding this are the following: June 2014 Award Letter stated Morton's Neuroma w/status post avulsion fracture, 5th metatarsal, right foot - THAT WAS WRONG - it was actually for my left foot/2nd toe My November 2014 Award Letter - stated my status post avulsion fracture, 5th metatarsal, right foot as DENIED; right ankle sprain DENIED; left toe condition DENIED. Now fast forward to this mess on my floor - my C-File! I see this in my C-File which pertains to my current FDC claim that is in Preparation For Decision. Notice the "temporary convalescence for right broken foot secondary to left ankle comment. What does "Issue is RTR"????rater letter 1_Redacted.pdf - Do you think they are holding off on my FDC until after the NOD???? Next is the Ankle DBQ from July 2013.ankle _Redacted.pdf - I uploaded the two pages of concern. Look at question #1 Diagnosis and tell me if you see the error for Diagnosis #2 - This the issue I am stressing about! The doctor notes ICD code for right 5th metatarsal with date of 1993. He notes it affects left side? Is this not a direct diagnosis for me? I also have right ankle sprain diagnosis and left ankle synovitis diagnosis yet I was only S/C for Left ankle synovitis????? Is this not sufficient enough to have had me S/C for right ankle sprain and right foot fracture? Next is the Foot DBQ from July 2013.foot 1_Redacted.pdf - Again look at #1 Diagnosis - Morton's Neuroma ICD 355.6 as of 1992. Look at the foot injury and see the date of diagnosis for fracture of 6/23/13. That is wrong! That is the date of an MRI I had of that foot but the fracture was already noted on Ankle DBQ How did I not get rated? So many screw ups with this! This is already evidence but should I bring it and POINT out the CUE's???????? Here is the picture of my entire C-File!!!! Gotta love it! It still doesn't have my medical records from the 90's but I think I have enough ammo just need advice!!!
  21. Hi brothers and sisters, I'm new to this blog I have been reading a lot of information. But I have a specific question about my situation. When I was rated last time I had 10% for my back, 10% for my knees so I was at 30%. Fast forward till now, in December I filed for an increase of my back issues because I have a sciatica and its really hindering my way of life and that of my family. In January I was given a C&P Exam. The doctor that did it, did ask me question on how was I feeling and then he proceeded to do the tests. When he did the forward flexion he asked me is that the farthest you can bent and I said yes (he was asking like not believing me of course). I thought he had actually used his Brom Tool and also when I did the side lateral flexion he didn't even measure my left side because the exam table was on his way. Well I thought nothing of it when he was filling out the DBQ for my back he didn't ask me that many questions and he was like don't worry I'm going to help you (sure buddy). So in February a month later I got my ratings and I was like OK that was pretty fast. When I received it they only raised it to 20% I went to my Benefits website and I saw that the doctor had put that I was able to flex to 40% which is a lie of course and he said I don't loose any power without repetition, but he never did any repetition test either. And other mistakes and answers that I didn't even give him. So my question is, I did Physical Therapy for the VA in April 2015, for 3 months and it was at an outside location not the VA. So I asked for the records that were sent to the VA and it didn't have all the notes from the Physical Therapist. So after I received my ratings and the letter, on the letter it said that they had seen all my medical records from the VA and my new MRI and all this info that I gave them. But the notes of the PT aren't in there, so I went and requested a copy from the PT that I went to and to my amazement I saw that when I went there the first time he did my measurements and he put it at 20% and when I left after 3 months he was able to help me to get it 22% according to the CFR if I have forward flexion of 30% or less I should be at 40%. Is this good enough evidence to send in a NOD? And can I just tell them on the NOD the information that I found from the PT, and how the test was conducted by the doctor that did the Exam? I believe a review by a DRO of the whole case and paperwork would grant me my 40% correct or what do you guy/gals think? I mean my back is getting worse by the years not better so how can the VA think that from 20% flex it can go to 40% when I haven't even had a permanent doctor with the VA for 2 years. Thank You, Oscar
  22. So I am freaking out because a lot is going on right now and on top of it my NOD review hearing is Friday!!! I am nervous but I think I have my timeline laid out and what I want to discuss with the hearing officer. I still have yet to receive my missing medical records even though I have tried unsuccessfully over the past 1-1/2 to get them. I requested them several times and most recently had my congressman assist me. I see a FOIA request as of today but that won't help me with my hearing coming up Friday. Without them I am up the creek without a paddle for my right foot fracture (NOD). It sucks but all I can do is go in there and try to show that I requested them several times along with my other evidence I have. This NOD is for my right ankle sprain (DENIED); right fracture 5th metatarsal (DENIED); and my left foot w/toe condition (DENEID) back in November 2014. Original claim date was May 2013. Since filing this NOD as some of you know, I do have a pending FDC claim that I filed on 1/12/16, and as we speak it's in Preparation for Decision. Ironically it is for my right foot (fracture of the 5th metatarsal again) due to the left ankle giving out; left ankle increase; and 100% temporary convalescence for the surgery to the right foot. I am not sure if I will WIN this FDC b/c the right foot has yet to be S/C since I have been waiting on this NOD, however, the left ankle is a direct result as to why I broke my right foot on 12/24/15....so we will see! I even have a great IME from my VA Podiatrist for this FDC Regarding the NOD, I have SMR's reflecting the fracture to my left ankle in service, and the SMR's show toe/nerve damage when I did fracture the left ankle, yet I was denied left foot/toe condition and only awarded 10% Left ankle synovitis. When I received the first Award letter with the denial to my toe condition they had it on the wrong foot! They noted it on the right foot. At that time my right ankle sprain and right foot fracture were deferred. I filed a CUE citing they adjudicated the wrong body part and requested they fix the error. My right foot/ankle was sprained in service and the right foot/leg was injured in service HOWEVER I can't find any medical records to s/c the right foot 5th metatarsal fracture in service! It sucks because I know I fractured it. I have good letter from my VA Podiatrist Doctor for this NOD (New Evidence) (SEE ATTACHED), I have a picture of me holding my daughter with my left foot in a cast (circa 96), which was my second fracture to the left ankle/foot (new evidence), I have two additional SMR's I found pertaining to my left/right feet/ankles (NEW EVIDENCE), and I want to go over the previous submitted paperwork that was used for the basis of the denial. The evidence already submitted is what I really want to focus on b/c I had two DBQ's provided by my podiatrist from the outside before I was able to see medical treatment from the VA stating BOTH my ankles had synovitis, as well as the toe condition (morton's neuroma); and feet issues. All of this was stated by my private doctor back in 2013 that he reviewed my SMR's and that he agreed that my feet/ankle issues were related to my in service injuries yet the ONLY thing I was s/c for was 10% Left Ankle Synovitis!!! Since this is an NOD and it is considered "De Novo" (latin for "from the beginning") I want to discuss everything with the review hearing officer and see if he/she actually reviewed the original evidence or not. I created a timeline for the NOD as well to discuss everything in order from the day I filed to present. I have to convince the reviewing officer that it was in service and s/c and that I should be granted the award. I feel good about my left toe condition but my right foot not so much... It's kind of confusing b/c even though I have the NOD in, I also have the FDC in for the same right foot/left ankle crap LOL....
  23. A few weeks ago I contacted my local congressman trying to get my C-File. Well I got a call today from his office and they indicated the RO sent my c-file to me yesterday in the mail. Nothing like waiting until the last minute! I have my DRO Hearing this Friday and I have been trying for over a year and half to get my c-file. It just goes to show you that persistence pays off!
  24. I have 3 claims in right now; compensation (PTSD, back, hearing, knees and ankles), freedom of information act (requesting service records) and NOD for GI Bill. I've read numerous NOD posts and they all deal strictly with compensation. I was wondering if anyone knows if a NOD on the GI Bill is any different. As in, the time it'll take or any information that may help me. Thanks in advance!
  25. 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
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