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DRO review or formal appeal. Which should be done. Should one skip the DRO review to save time and go straight for the appeal? :rolleyes:

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No, you should file a Notice of Disagreement and keep the claim at the local level.



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DRO review or formal appeal. Which should be done. Should one skip the DRO review to save time and go straight for the appeal? :rolleyes:

Already did a NOD. They local VA office wants to know how I want to handle my Disagreement through a DRO or Traditional appeals process.

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This is a face to face sit-down hearing with the DRO.

It provides an opportunity to go over your argument and all evidence

to include if you have some additional evidence to support your claim.

If you select the Traditional way - then you don't meet with anyone.



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NOTHING can be counted on to save time veteran-

It is taking the BVA about two years to work on each appeal there- it can take about one-two years to even get a DRO review- but you have to understand a DRO review is one more shot you get before the BVA route-

Do you have a vet rep?

Did you get a legal VCAA letter telling you exactly what evidence you needed to send to them?

I got a vet an award in 4 months ( a NSC vet-awarded TDIU at 100% SC rate)

at the very same VARO who has had my AO claim for over 5 1/2 years, 2 DRO reviews, set for another DRO review and this RO was just ordered by the BVA to follow up on what they should have done years ago-

Buffalo VARO-

The vet I mentioned had a PTSD diagnosis and years of psychiatrict treatment records from a private doctor and also got SSA for PTSD- I sent him the 8940 and told him how to fill it out and to sign and attach the authorization forms for his SSA and private med recs-then I think we decided to send them the private records right away-

This vet gave them all they needed right from the git go- 4 months beginning to end.

My neighbor also- 6 or 8 months- same VARO- he sent them his SMRs himself and his VA treatment records in which the VA doc had already stated his present disability was m,ost likely due to his documented inservice injury.

The evidence they ask for-can-in some cases not all-

render a faster decision-if it is sent ASAP on compliance with what the VCAA letter calls for.

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Were these 2 cases you worked with newby vets?(I & A ) Or old timers like us?( Viet Nam era).

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