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I have a DRO review tomorrow but a service officer just called me and said the DRO said we should postpone the hearing because he is gonna order up a exam for me to go to. the appeal is for Depression secondary to chronic pain. what do i do not go to the hearing or go. here is the message i recived from the service officer

"This message is for Joshua Hill. My name is Joe Buck service officer with the New Jersey Department of Veterans Affairs. Calling in reference to your schedule. DRO hearing schedule for tomorrow afternoon. Please give me a call at your earliest convenience. My number here is 973-297-3230. The gentleman who were scheduled to have the hearing with Asked me to contact you and explain you that he is going to set you up for an exam at that we should postpone the hearing tomorrow and till we get the results of that exam. He said he may be able to go ahead and service connect you based on the results of the exam to be setting up. Please give me a call. My number is 973-297-3230. Take care. Bye "

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It seems like an attempt to get anopinion. You may not be going to a hearing.

My biggest question is why wait til this late in the process to do this?

Hang in there, It may be happening.


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I have a letter that says i a have a DRO hearing nov 17th at 2 oclock in newark nj. should i go or ditch it and do what the service officer said and wait for the letter for the exam?

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Yeah- this doesn't sound right but maybe it is-

I am surprised the VA itself didn't contact you.

"He said he may be able to go ahead and service connect you based on the results of the exam to be setting up." meaning they never gave you a C & P for the claim yet????

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The obvious answer is to call this guy and ask him what is going on, and decide from there..you can post what he says.

If you delay the hearing, it may be a long, long time before you get another one scheduled. Also, I have never heard of a VSO "scheduling an exam"..this is done by the RO.

If a C and P exam is necessary to grant benefits, then you should most certainly tell the DRO that one has been scheduled.

I am reluctant to suggest you reschedule your hearing..but you decide.

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No i havent haid a C&P of any sort i just sent in all my medical evidence from the psych drs and a imo from my pcp saying my depression is due to chronic pain from lowerback which is caused by service connected injury. from what i take the RO wants me to get a exam and told the VSO to tell me that it would be a waste of a trip for me to go tommorow because all he is going to do is set up a exam, But this all sounds shady to me

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