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Rater Requested Dro Hearing

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I called the phone center (still local) and got an update on my appeal. I was told the "rater requested a DRO hearing." ;) I knew I could do that but didn't know a rater could?! :( Is this 'normal?'

What kind of preparations do I need to be making, please? Witnesses I know. What else?

What can I expect? adversarial?

The hearing doesn't appear to have been scheduled yet.

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Is it possible that somewhere along the line either you or a VSO you have appointed has requested a Dro Hearing- this is not done by a VA rater.


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Carlie is right. Did you tell your VSO you wanted a hearing? You, the vet request a hearing. That is not a raters job or responsibility to do this. It is an avenue a vet can take to present further evidence in front of a DRO.

You need to gather all evidence that is new that you can present. Anything that is related to your claim. Documents, exam reports, dr statements, IMO, sworn statements,etc that can verify the validity of your claim.

It took the VA over 6 months before they scheduled me for my personal hearing I had requested.

The notice was for 1 hour and I called them back and got 2 hours to present my evidence. I even found a clergy from 1969, and brought forth some notorized statements and other evidence from people to the current date.

You have to make every effort to gather this new and material evidence. If you have buddy statements, it doesn't help to bring in more unless they can add a new spectrum to your claim.

You present upon any reasonable doubt your disability did indeed occur, and face to face the suffering you have endured all of these years. They tape the hearing and you can request a copy of the transcript but don't hold your breath because that took another 6 months.

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Maybe the DRO messed up and that is why the rater requested a hearing-

It is very unusual when anyone at the RO takes a step like this- but as I mentioned before some adjudicator or rater in 2006 tried to re-open an old CUE claim I had -by a Motion at the BVA.

And the Regional COunsel -when I re-opened for AO death in 2003- awarded another CUE I had.

Sometimes people at the ROs do the right thing when they see that claims have to be clarified or developed more.

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