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Hubby has a claim that was remanded back in March 09 for further development. Further development is done. AMC now has the claim and we are told it went to rating/decision on 9/10/09. Is there any reason why we can't call AMC to inquire as to the status of the claim? Don't want to step on toes, irritate anyone there and definetly want to keep a sharp eye on this. I received conflicting information elsewhere that AMC makes the decision then sends it on to BVA for final approval. Then, from another source, I'm advised that AMC will either approve or deny and should they approve, they will be the division that rates the claim. These were both from

1-800, who I know don't have the up-to-date info in their systems. I'd like to call the AMC directly - ideas?

Thank-you....

VetsLady

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No reason you can't call but what about an Iris Inquiry?

If the AMC approves they send it to the RO to finish. Almost all claims are finished at RO

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No reason you can't call but what about an Iris Inquiry?

If the AMC approves they send it to the RO to finish. Almost all claims are finished at RO

This is the last IRIS we received.....

Since your file is not in our office we are unable to provide you with that information.

Sent an inquiry to the BVAOmbudsman....they gave me a phone number to call for info. I called. They took a message.

Don't want to be a pest, but I would like to know what is going on.

His SC% hasn't changed in the 1-800 dept so that tells me nothing is done yet, it's still in the process. I'm sure it takes some time for the systems

to catch up with each other.

We dropped AmLeg a couple of months ago. Too many staff changes to even count.

I think we'll give it another couple of days and then call. Perhaps by then some additional claims movement will have been done.

BTW, I was told that "decision" and "rating" are one and the same at the AMC. Seemed odd but I left it alone.

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May I ask for clarification, Pete53?

I understand what 'most' means...

so you are saying in your experience and observation, that after a "positive for the veteran" rating, or decision, has been made on a claim at AMC, that it goes to the RO for 'I' dotting and 'T' crossing? That means in my case, that my claim will go to Anchorage VARO for completion, as I and my late husband are and were Alaskans, and it is our originating RO?

What does AMC generally do in regard to processing on a negative decision for the veteran?

Thanks for your time,

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Most of the time, when the AMC tells you your claim is in rating or ready to rate status, it means it's put at the bottom of the pile that a team of raters pull their case's from. It could sit there up to two yrs before a rater is free to pick it up & start sifting through it.

If you sent in favorable evidence to the BVA, they will often just remand it back to the AMC where it collects dust for a good while. Then the AMC passes it back down to a VARO, not nessarilly to the original one you filed at.

It could go to any VARO contractors to process. St Petes takes many of them from the AMC. They can go through claims like water because they seldom read the evidence.

Once you recieve the denial/approval, the claim is sent back to the BVA for action. This could be ordering another IMO to shoot down your favorable one, approval, or denying and issuing a SOC or sending it back to the AMC where it will wait & wait before it's remanded back to a VARO to repete the same error's.

I don't believe it has to go back to your state nessarily. I've had mine sent to two different state VARO's other than mine so far.

There are raters at the AMC that can decide your claim & rate it without sending it elsewhere. But theres hundreds of thousands of claims in backlogs, so they get to very few. Most claims are sent out to contractors, who get bonuses for slam dunking as many claims as they can in as short of time as they can.

A signed waiver requesting the BVA to review & decide your evidence/claim instead of being remanded back to the AOJ level, gets the claim out of the hands of VARO level evaluations & their repeated errors.

Once you recieve a final SOC from the BVA, than your claim may be heard before the CAVC. Keep it in the hands of the BVA & out of VARO's if at all possible.

Once granted by the BVA, than the VARO's will decide how much your rating is & how much the award & retro pay you will recieve.

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VetsLady,

you can call the AMC 1-800# 10 times & get 10 different answers to the same questions.

Once a decision is reached, a SOC(statement of the case) is issued. A copy goes to you & your NSO or attorney.

If the claim is denied, you can file a NOD(notice of disagreement.

You will need to send in new evidence to rebut the BVA's denial or it will just get denied again.

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