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I filed my claim through the Chicago Regional Office, as I was living in Illinois at the time. I have since moved to California. My claim is at the Preparing for Decision phase now. If, when, I need to appeal do I do it through the Regional Office here or Chicago? How do I get any appeals or claims moved to my new location? Just trying to be ready ahead of time.

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ctbenja 1015: A very interesting question, I'm not sure at this point, I will research the answer. However, at this point be sure your US mailing address is kept updated. If denied, I would send my NOD to the VARO holding your C-File. I think your looking at approx. 21/2 yrs for a DRO Personal Hearing. I've read where VA Appeals are brokered out to other VRO's for completion. If your using a VSO or not, it would be advisable to check with an experienced VSO regarding your questions on all aspects of your claim. Just remember, Trust but Verify. Quite often discussing your appeals and even basic claims questions with more than 1 VSO or VA Accredited Attorney, will provide different opinions. I have personally experienced this and it remains your responsibility to get as informed and knowledgeable as you can regarding your claims, appeals and VA Regulations.

Maybe all will be awarded and you won't have to appeal, YA.

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Gastone, Fat and Philip thanks for the responses. Good advice. I

am sure everything will go through the first try....lol. Been on the phone all day with VA Education trying to get them to resend a certificate of eligibility so I can get them to pay and quit paying out of pocket. They no Longer accept phone requests over the phone...wtf.....have to send a letter requesting them to send a letter. With my luck everything will have to be appealed.

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ctbenja1015: No offense, but never "WAIT and SEE" with the VA. Prepair for the Denial, then celebrate if you are awarded on the first try.

I am assuming, usually not something you, I or We should ever do, that you have a SC Compensation Claim filed about a year or so ago. If you filed a SC FDC you probably had a C&P exam within a year of the filing date. Have you obtained a copy of the C&P Exam from the VAH Medical Center Records Dept? If not, please request all VA Clinicians notes as well as the VA DBQ that was completed and forwarded to the VARO rating Dept that has responsibility for your claim. That would be Chicago VARO. Be Proactive!

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