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  1. I am not sure if I am on the right area, if not, please direct me. I have followed you guys for almost a year, and really appreciate your help. You guys have a wealth of knowledge, and I appreciate it. My situation is, back in June 2015, I e-mailed a letter to Alison Hickey, because I felt the V.A. was "stonewalling" me on my claim for a paralyzed left lung and my lower back. Two days later I received a call from a RO, who said she was handling my claim. I fax to her exactly what she requested. I had a "nexus" letter from three board certified Pulmonologists for my left lung, had one fill out a DBQ, also a medical opinion DBQ, also medical journal articles supporting my claim. I had one board certified orthopedic surgeon do the same for my back. I was told by the RO that I did NOT need a C & P exam. ( I have e-mail to verify this). She told me she received everything, and was working on my file. Two weeks later, I received a phone call, and a letter for a scheduled C & P exam. I tried to contact the RO but to no avail. ( Later found out she was transferred from Phoenix, Az., to San Diego, Ca.). I went to the C & P exam, and the doctor said within five minutes, it looks like I am going to deny your claim. He said hover "file a appeal, because you do have a strong case, and you should win on appeal". (His exact words. He also indicate that the V.A likes him because "I am very picky, every has to be dotted and t crossed". My evidence supported a service connected disability. I feel I was blindsided by the RO, and the doctor. How should I appeal? Contact "Bob"? I also have contacted Senator McCain (I live in Arizona) and was told he has a big hearing on the VA next month and they would like to hear more from me. Also I have just been contacted about IU, which I mailed the forms in. I am 80% disability, one 60% one 50%. Will any kind of appeal hold up the IU? I know why they are stonewalling the lung, because that one is the biggie. Sorry for the length, but any help is very much appreciated.
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