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At the end of January I will be retiring and moving to Japan, where my wife and I have a home. My question is if the VA decides its time for a new CnP exam, would I have report to the nearest VAMC which I believe is in Guam? Somehow I dont think there travel allowance would quite cover the cost of reporting in just to play the same old games with them. It would be great if I could go to the Yokosuka navy base, but I know the VA doesnt care about convenience. The Embassy website gave me an obscure link, that wasn't helpful at all. Also I have two pending claims one for a rate increase and one at the DRO's desk, these claims are waiting for a decision. Would it be safe to leave without a final decision or should I wait in case, something is lost or a new exam is requested out of the blue?

Thank you for your guidance

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The VA in all likely hood would contracr it out to some one near you. However that is an opinion. You might contact the VA you are dealing with and ask them.

Good Luck

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If you wait for a final decision you could be waiting for a long time. Someone here probably knows the exact answer to your question so keep asking. I live just 25 miles from my VARO and, yet, they have failed to send me C&P notices.

If the disability rating is not going to make or break you then I would just go ahead with the move while finding out all the facts.

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VA Foreign Medical Program (FMP) http://www.va.gov/ha...ies/fmp/fmp.asp

Assistance. With the exception of services obtained in the Philippines (see above section), any other assistance you may need from the Foreign Medical Program (FMP) can be obtained by writing to the following address. You can also use this address when submitting claims.

VA Health Administration Center

Foreign Medical Program (FMP)

PO Box 469061

Denver CO 80246-9061


Contact Method Detail

Telephone Inquiries 1-303-331-7590

Facsimile (FAX) Service1-303-331-7807

E-mail hac.fmp@med.va.gov

Assistance with Other VA Issues. While we at the FMP Office are responsible for paying claims for medical services obtained for the treatment of VA-rated service-connected conditions, please note that your servicing VA regional office is responsible for establishing service-connected conditions. They are also responsible for administering educational benefits, vocational rehabilitation and other benefit programs. Inquiries related to any of these regional office matters should be directed to your servicing VA regional office.

Veterans in Mexico, South & Central America, and the Caribbean Veterans in all other Countries

Department of Veterans Affairs

Regional Office (362/21)

6900 Almeda Road

Houston TX 77030-4200


FAX 1-713-794-3818

email houstonfsi@vba.va.gov

VA Regional Office

Foreign Claims

1000 Liberty Avenue

Pittsburgh PA 15222-4004


FAX 1-412-395-6057

Contact via the Internet: https://iris.va.gov

TOLL FREE Phone Service

USA and Canada (877) 345-8179

Germany 0800-1800-011

Australia 1 800 354 965

Italy 800 782-655

UK 0800-032-7425

Mexico 001-877-345-8179

Japan 00531-13-0871

Costa Rica 0800-013-0759

Spain 900-981-776

You can call the FMP Office Monday through Friday, 8:05 AM to 6:45 PM Eastern.

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Hello I can advise you what the VARO told me that at about 2 weeks prior to your move contact the VARO and give them your forwarding address if you have someone there to check your mail and a way to contact you in case you get a letter. I am moving for the winter to the Philippines myself this fall. I am only staying the winter. I know they have a VARO in Quam and a clinic in Manilia but waiting on the VA is something I would never do. Try to get a hard copy of everything you need as well as scanning stuff onto a hard drive that you can take with you. Not having made the move that is all I can tell you other than wish you luck and hope you enjoy your trip.

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