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Appeal Awarded For Ptsd A Week Ago


Hey guys I was notified by my DRO that my appeal for PTSD was granted a week ago. My question is how long before I get the back pay and the increase monthly ? As always thanks for your help.

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Congratulations. You may see the retro any day but then again you may not see it until this coming Friday. I suspect that you won't see it until this Friday.


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Hold the phone. A DRO? Are you sure you do not mean your Veterans Service officer like AmLeg or DAV? A Decision Review Officer(DRO) works at the Regional Office (VARO) in the major city closest to you where you filed. They are not involved in calling Vets and informing them that they have won anywhere-least of all at the Board of Veterans Appeals in Washington DC. An "appeal" is a claim that has been denied at the RO and one you have filed a Form 9 on to seek a substantive appeal before a Veterans Law Judge. A DRO review, on the other hand, is a readjudication of a denied claim at your RO and one you choose to have adjudicated by them again before seeking the standard appeals path to DC.

If you won your appeal in DC, it will be two months before you see anything in the mail or the bank.



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The appeal took almost 5 yrs. And it did not go to DC it was a DRO review that I chose at the time, I thought it would be quicker and it would also give me the opportunity to go to DC with it if things went bad. And it was my DRO that called me not Vet service officer. He had called me earlier in the month to send me for another C&P exam for PTSD and he told me he would call me with the end result when he made his final decision.

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