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Nod Claim Dro Versus Traditional Appeal Process?

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Hello Gurus,

I received a letter from the VA stating they received my NOD & they wanted to know if I wanted to have a Decision Review Officer assigned to my NOD or use the Traditional Appeal Process. Does anyone know if one is better than the other or does it even matter that much? Will one process take longer than the other? Any suggestions? Or pros/cons for each one? I have 60 days to let them know if I want a DRO assigned. If I don't let them know anything, they would automatically use the Traditional Process. THANKS!!!

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Hello Gurus,

I received a letter from the VA stating they received my NOD & they wanted to know if I wanted to have a Decision Review Officer assigned to my NOD or use the Traditional Appeal Process. Does anyone know if one is better than the other or does it even matter that much? Will one process take longer than the other? Any suggestions? Or pros/cons for each one? I have 60 days to let them know if I want a DRO assigned. If I don't let them know anything, they would automatically use the Traditional Process. THANKS!!!

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Thank you! Good info here. My only other questions are: Do I write them a letter telling them which one I want or is there a form I need to fill out. It doesn't mention what to do, except let them know which one. They attached a VA Form 21-4138 (Statement in Support of Claim) to the letter. Is this what they're expecting me to write on saying which process I want? They didn't mention the form at all. It is just attached. huh.png

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It takes longer but personally I tell them I

want a hearing scheduled in person with a DRO

at the earliest date possible.

I do this on a 21-4138.

Without a hearing it will be a DRO review of the evidence of record

and possibly anything else you submit.

You might want to study more at the link below, in regards to

Hearings and Appeals.

http://www.benefits.va.gov/warms/M21_1MR1.asp

JMHO

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There are a lot of differing opinions on this but I personally wanted my appeal out of the VARO as fast as possible. But that was my own opinion.

The following is lengthy but may be helpful in letting you make an informed decision, one way or the other.

http://www.gao.gov/assets/590/585481.html

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