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I have recieved and answered 3 SSOC's to my ongoing claim that has been awaiting a travel board hearing since sept.2003.On friday I recived another SSOC and I'm wondering if this is just another delaying tactic since they all are repeats of the first one.Is there a requirement to answer the SSOC or is it even wise to just ignore it and wait.What are the regs regarding this?

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The regs say you have 60 days to respond to an SSOC-

I got so many years ago I could have wallpapered my bathroom with them-

at every turn however-each time the RO sent me one it drew them out a little further and offered me more plans of attack- I eventually succeed in those claim- one took 3 years, one a little over 3 years with awards from the RO.

There is a proposed reg I mentioned here before-

there might still be time for public comment- I sure

sent the Fed Register site a comment against this reg-

they want to give us only 30 days and not the traditional 60 days to respond to an SSOC.

They dont even read the responses anyhow- in many cases.

If the vet never got a legal VCAA letter they dont have to read the responses.

DID you get a VCAA letter? Did it tell you specifically what evidence the VA needed?

Were you able to send them what they asked for?

Did you get an election notice , checked Box one or boxc two and then sent it to them?

The VCAA letter tells exactly what is needed for an award.

It is the most important document a claimant can get.

I have only gotten one SSOC so far in 4 1/2 years- and it was deficient.

I got an additional IMO to knock down some VA expert who only looked at 3 or 4 med recs and opined against my claim.

My husbands file was sent to the local VAMC and stayed here for 3 months- while the VA expert opined on his clinical record (3-4 faxed medical records )and this VA doc about 85 miles away from the clinical files.

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