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Well I finally am going to have my video hearing on the 12th of Sep....It says to report at noon....kind of surprised there is not a set time.  I guess you check in and wait your turn?  Any tips I need to know about?  I am kind of nervous, but it will be nice to finally get an answer and move on.  Would love to get my claim awarded but will be nice to get some closure.  LOL

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Well I finally am going to have my video hearing on the 12th of Sep....It says to report at noon....kind of surprised there is not a set time. I guess you check in and wait your turn? Any tips I need to know about? I am kind of nervous, but it will be nice to finally get an answer and move on. Would love to get my claim awarded but will be nice to get some closure. LOL

Good Luck, 'joeyjoeyb'. Please let us know how it goes.

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Do you have a VSO representing you? Unless you have witnesses it should go pretty quick. I had a personal BVA hearing with a judge and my lawyer and I just presented the evidence and a brief and that was it. No decision because you have to wait for that. If you are by yourself just answer the questions and present your evidence and arguments. How do you plan to present the case? I think I would write a brief if you can type.

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Yes I have a vso and he will be with me. I am bringing my wife as well. Not sure how to Present. I have no Other evidence. Basically I was diagnosed with sleep apnea 89 days after I retired. Nothing in smr and denied whole way. They have buddy statements dr letter and statement from wife. I cited three cases from the BVA website that mirrored mine which I hope helps. Not sure how to type up a brief. I really hope my wife's testimony will be the key to winning.

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I had two of these a few years ago. I took my lap top. It was just my wife and I. I used up about 1 1/2 hrs. You don't really need that long. All I can say is to use an outline of what you want to discuss. Just be yourself.

There were only a few of us then and we were scheduled in line although there were three rooms for the hearing available. Judge will swere you in and explain the process. Basically the judge just listens and usually does not ask any questions. You are going to have to do the talking and make your claim. I am glad I did not take a VSO. You may be alkward getting started, but things will pan out.

Hopefully you have someone, who knows you, that can keep you on track with your outline. Good luck

Mine video hearings were sucessful.

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Thanks stretch.

@john. Yes I did file a claim for sleep apnea within 1 year of retirement. I believe at 7 months when I had my initial c&p exams.

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Well I finally am going to have my video hearing on the 12th of Sep....It says to report at noon....kind of surprised there is not a set time. I guess you check in and wait your turn? Any tips I need to know about? I am kind of nervous, but it will be nice to finally get an answer and move on. Would love to get my claim awarded but will be nice to get some closure. LOL

My most positive thoughts are with you, 'joeyjoeyb'.

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j - Great to hear you have your hearing scheduled. What is your date of appeal? I've been waiting for the ATL VARO to schedule mine from 2/09. Best of luck to you!

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They might be more nervous than you are! They are possibly vets themselves and there is nothing to fear about this at all.

Plan to relax somehow after this is over ,maybe a nice meal or a large chocolate Sundae, or a movie rental, and focus on that instead of the hearing as I assume you are already well prepared.

A video hearing can be a great help when a vet has a disability that can be seen by the hearing officer.

You can give them visual proof, on camera, say of a serious skin condition or scars that you are trying to SC at a ratable level that VA says are not large enough to rate.

A vet I know who unfortunately died, wanted to use the video hearing to show the HO the excessive scar tissue and healing problems he had from a 1151 botched up surgery procedure from VA.He said he would take his shirt off and show them the mess VA did.

I dont think video hearings would appropriately help hemorrhoid claims or one certain type of 'loss of use' of "K" award claims ( huh.png )

but in other situations they can be very valuable. Good luck on this and I don't mean to say hemorrhoids aren't serious because they are.

But you all know what I mean.

Some vets even hold up documented evidence to the camera and I am sure they are advised if the stuff can be read via the video feed.

You will get through it and your experience with this will help others here to find out how it went.

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Had hearing on the 12th. I thought it was a video hearing the whole time, but it was actually face to face with the judge. I was nervous as a cat, but got through it. My VSO and my wife (who came with me and gave testimony) thinks I have a real good shot of winning. So back to the waiting mode. Just a timeline for the ones that want to know. I submitted my appeal in July 2010 and hearing Sept 2012 so a little over 2 years. Not sure if that is fast or not, but it is what it is. Wish me luck!!

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