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Iu Supposedly Granted. How Long For Soc?

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I had a DRO hearing on June 17, which was only six weeks after I filed my NOD. The DRO said that she was granting IU and that her decision would be submitted the following week. It's been 2 1/2 months and still no word. I received a copy of the hearing transcript on August 5 and it shows where the DRO stated that I meet the criteria for IU. There is no additional development required on my claim. The only outstanding issue is the effective date of the award, which, either way, I will receive a large retroactive payment (at least 20K). Does anyone know what is taking so long for the SOC? Should I be worried? I wouldn't be so frustrated had the DRO not heightened my expectations by telling me I should have a decision the week after the hearing. Thanks for the input!

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Should not be to long but no guarantees with the VA either.

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I think if the DRO is granting the issue then you should be getting

a DRO Rating decision.

Maybe a couple of months at the longest.

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I just called the 800 number and, once again, I am told that the DRO still is still reviewing the decision. I was also given the standard "appeals-are-processed-in-the-order-received" notice. I understand that it typically takes a long time to get a DRO hearing, but my hearing was three months ago. And, the DRO said she was awarding IU. Shouldn't decisions move along after the hearing phase--especially when the DRO knows what the decision is going to be? She wasn't very friendly when we met, and was disappointed that I wanted a formal hearing on record instead of an informal conference. (We disagreed about the effective date of the award.) Could she be sitting on the decision on purpose?

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You won't get an SOC until after the DRO issues her decision and then only if denied.

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I had a DRO hearing on June 17, which was only six weeks after I filed my NOD. The DRO said that she was granting IU and that her decision would be submitted the following week. It's been 2 1/2 months and still no word. I received a copy of the hearing transcript on August 5 and it shows where the DRO stated that I meet the criteria for IU. There is no additional development required on my claim. The only outstanding issue is the effective date of the award, which, either way, I will receive a large retroactive payment (at least 20K). Does anyone know what is taking so long for the SOC? Should I be worried? I wouldn't be so frustrated had the DRO not heightened my expectations by telling me I should have a decision the week after the hearing. Thanks for the input!

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You won't get an SOC until after the DRO issues her decision and then only if denied.

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What does SOC mean ? I don't understand a lot of adbrevations that are posted on a lot of these threads. just wondering,,I'm not trying to be noisey.

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