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Hi Everyone!

Thought I'd let you all know that I'm scheduled for a DRO Hearing on October, 27 2016 at 1:00p.m. I've taken my time and reviewed all my documents and trying my best to stay positive. Is it too late to take a spousal and parents statement with me to give to the DRO? If not too late, do you think it's a good ideal to present them or not? Also, are there a certain way that it has to be written? I'm really not familiar with any protocol on statements. I'd have to say that I'm a little proud of myself because I took the time and advice of Hadit's pioneers and organized, and labeled all of the New and Material Evidence. I'd hope that I'm able to present it as well as it looks...lol. Anyway, you all have a blessed evening/night!

Thank you!

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Well, to say your at the 11th Hour, right. If it makes you feel better, do it.

With that said, Statements from relatives aren't going to rule the day, they are somewhat biased in your favor. If your going to use them, have them stick to the facts as they've witnessed them. Try to keep the Feelings and emotions out of the discussion.

I trust you have supplied the DRO, post Decision, with extremely Compelling New & Material Evidence, which by itself gets the Decision made in your favor.

Semper Fi

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Thank you for responding @Gastone!

Hmmmm, now that I've seen the word biased, I really don't think it would make me feel better to present. Just was a thought since I had them.

 The answer to have I supplied the DRO with extremely compelling New & Material Evidence...Yes, I have! And hopefully, he/she will be able to decipher how I've arranged it to be readable and comprehensible. Thanks!

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I would take anything favorable  they do use lay statements (get them  from family& friends (be good to get them notarized)...they used my wife lay statement about my behavior change after military.


Get you a folder with colored inserts(I USE RED ON THE EVIDENCE I REALLY WANT THEM TO READ) AND MAKE EXTRA COPIES. PREFER PLACE TWO OF EACH IN THE FOLDER  SO YOU CAN LEAVE  COPY WITH THE DRO. ..They may not take your only copy  or take the time to copy.

Place a cover sheet on the top when you first open it (Kinda of an Index)

that tells where and what everything is & on what page 1.page 2. ect,,ect,,

Like New Evidence from Dr Jones  page 1. 

and page 2. Notarized Lay Statements from Family/Friends.

Page 3. Medical Records that will help substantiate my claim 

Page 4. My last C&P Exam

page 5. anything you can have to help support your claim.

Knowing where THINGS  is so  you can find it fast for the DRO

Also ask the DRO if he/she has any medical records you think they should have...b/c some times the VA don't send them everything!

The DRO will read off the computer your records(TO HIM/HER SELF)  so listen to him/her very carefully what they say to you &  ask questions if you need too after about 5 min you can tell where the hearing is going.  either good vibes or bad ones...lets hope there good ones!

They are suppose to read your records before the Hearing  so make sure everything is right.

so be sure and ask any questions that you think will help your claim.  This is your shot at it again for them to get it right this time.

I wish you the best Outcome.


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This is truly sad that after I've written my reply, it wouldn't post. So I had to screenshot it! ???




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Remember Usually if the DRO agrees with you that you may have had an Inadequate Exam,  they usually will set you up for another C&P...Which can result in a better out come.

At least a veteran friendly DRO will. Unfortunately DRO's are Luck of the Draw

I had a DRO Hearing years ago and the C&P Examiner chose to not tell the truth(I never got to see the report before my DRO Hearing)  The DRO was telling me what the examiner said at my C&P   and a lot he never mention to me  I told the DRO he is lying  he never mention any of that to me ect,,ect,,...

So my C&P was Inadequate and he ask me if I agreed to take another C&P with a different examiner  I said yes sir...anyway as the hearing progressed I had new & material  evidence to present  including Specialist Dr Reports & Notarized  Lay statements from family my new evidence was   enough to satisfy the DRO...He expedited my claim that day award was TDIU P&T 


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