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Visiting the Regional Office in person, to see the rater...?


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On asknod's recent blog post on VBMS (VBMS–THE NEW ELECTRONIC FRONTIER-PART I) he suggests visiting the RO an attempt to speak to your rater, in person:

"One of the strongest methods I have discovered is to show up at the front desk of your Regional Office and ask to talk to the rater who authored your denial. "

Sounds interesting, but what are the chances that (1) I'll actually get the face-to-face with the rater and (2) that I'll be escorted out of the building by VA MPs as soon as I show up asking to speak to the rater? Okay, so I'm mostly joking on #2, but really, it seems like just another one of those situations where you'll be told to shove off, there's no way, Sir!

I love the idea in concept, but what is the reality of the situation? How many have tried? Succeeded? Any suggestions for success? Any pitfalls to watch out for?

Note: This is about a denial that happened in August in which I was not given a C&P, the decision reason is complete nonsense (gasp!); I now have an IMO that asserts my present condition exists, impacts work, and is more likely than not SC'd; and several new signed sworn declarations. Also, thanks to all who have helped me along the way. It has been invaluable to the successes I have managed to secure. Last post I was on the fence yet again about my VSO. I finally dropped him and obtained a real life attorney.

 

(I've posted this here instead of asking directly so others might benefit from the question. I searched the forums but could not find an answer to all of my questions.)

 

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I have done this several times and always met with the individual. The first was in 1975 over a VA mortgage I was turned down for. The rater reversed his decision based on my imminent marriage.The sec

IMO each RO is different  the people are way different across the country Pete I use the Waco RO also  and I find them very helpful  Raters Dro's and all  the Staff I believe a lot of it is ''attitude

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AskNod's advice is usually spot on.

I did go to my VARO and asked to see my C-file. The guy at the front desk just laughed at me and said I would need to make an appointment.

All of my approval/denial letters from the VARO were always signed by the person running the facility and never mentioned the actual rater's name. This is likely to prevent any personal conflicts/calling security and/or to keep the raters at their desks.

I did have an in-person DRO review for a 5+ year old denial, but it took almost two years to get an appointment. In that case, the DRO sided with me because I had strong IMOs, multiple sworn statements, and a mountain of evidence on my side, much like you. Because you're just a couple of months past your most recent denial, I hope your lawyer is advising a reconsideration and converting it to an actual NOD if they don't approve before your time limit is up.

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I agree.  I did not find out who my rating specialist was until I read it on the Rate sheet in the RBA.  You MAY be able to find out, but if they dont want to tell you, they may not.  MY RO is about 4 hours away, and, even tho I have been there, they directed me to my VSO.  They also gave me BS about an appointment.  However, when I asked for an appointment on IRIS, I could not get one.  Go figure. 

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I believe your chances are good to meet the rater but not sure if you need an appointment or not? for that,  if you don't have an appointment and you go to your RO anyway just be nice and polite and I believe they will let you speak to your rater in person. (if he/she is there?)

Remember they can tell you anything  like the rater is not here today  or he went to another RO to train someone, they can tell you anything if they actually don't wont you to see your rater, it may be good to call first and ask!

 

My experience with raters is they don't like to talk much, when ya ask a question its just a simple'' yes  or no'' but some will talk and be veteran friendly  , I've talked to two different raters in my past experience and I had one that was veteran friendly and one that was not  .

a lot of it depends on their personality in my opinion

 

jmo

 

..............Buck

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Appreciate the responses. I have put all of the RO-level options I'm interested in in front of my attorney, but I'm confident that the path he chooses will be the best and have said I will follow his advice on the matter. I just have to wait for him to review everything and let me know which way we'll go. I'm interested in the idea of getting things done at the RO, but really only if there's a high probability it's going to get action in less than a year. I feel there's a more likely than not chance that the RO is going to spit out the same decision without much, or any, new investment in fact checking. So if it's something that is going to take a long time, I'd rather just be in line at the BVA I suppose.

 

Thank you all!

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