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DRO Hearing at RO



When veteran goes to DRO Hearing and everyone Agrees to certain things about solving his claim and  the DRO THE VETERAN & HIS REP...Are in good standing with each other, can the veteran request a Rater  or rating specialist to be present at his Hearing?

 Reason why I ask this,  what if the DRO agrees with certain things in the veterans claim...ok with the rating specialist at his hearing  the rater can sign all and everything that needs to be sign & advise the DRO What paper work (proper forms) to be filled out..while at the Hearing.

I remember way back yonder  I had a DRO Hearing  and a Rating specialist at my Hearing  and We all came to an agreement/understanding  and the DRO had the rating specialist to figure out how they could rate me  for TDIU P&T...they expedited my claim that day  with what we all agree on...had the rating specialist not been at my Hearing  I believe my Hearing would have took another turn...turn to the BVA.

Anyone know if the Veteran can request a rating specialist?  if there's not any around that day  just stay at a  nearby hotel the next day  and have your hearing with DRO and a Rating specialist.  if need be.

After all DRO hearing is granted to the veteran by the DRO  to hopefully solve this veterans claim or claims.

Anybody know?

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Probably not.  The VA LOVES to delay you, its their next favorite thing after denial.  Remember, there is financial incentive for VA to delay your claim as long as possible, for the following reasons:

1.  There is a good chance the Vetran will die, or become too sick to keep his claim going, or abandon his claim.  The VA wins.  

2.  There is also a good chance the VEteran makes a mistake, such as fails to timely file his NOD, or I9, and looses out on his claim.  The VA wins. 

3.  Even if the Veteran performs everything he needs to do, and persues his claim and appeals perfectly, and finally wins his money 5 years down the road, the VA pays "0" interest, so the VA gets to use YOUR money for 5 years for free.  Sometimes the vA can simply loan this money, to others in the form of a VA home loan and collect interest on this money.  (A VA direct loan).  The VA wins.  


     In every single instance, no matter what, its always better for the VA to delay the claim as long as possible, which is what they are good at doing, in no small part because their is financial incentive for VA to delay your claim.  

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A "Rating Specialist," help me here, the VA Rating Dept has Reg A$$ Raters. Sr Raters and DROs. There's another Rater called a "Rating Specialist?" Not sure, but I don't think so.

I do know that there are VA Decisions "Quality Review Personnel," just had a Quality Review in 12/15 of my 07/15  Denial Decision. I believe this Quality Review was completed by a VA Sr Rater or possible DRO, not really sure.

You guys could be right, I'm always willing to stand corrected.

I've only had the (1) DRO Hearing 06/14. The DRO Awarded everything from 10 & 12 NODs. He advised me at the end of the Informal Hearing that his only sticking point, was determining my exact Retro Dates. He didn't mention anything about having to get with a "Rating Specialist," to confirm anything about the Award. By 3:00 that afternoon, I had an Email copy of the Complete DRO Award, including exact Retro Dates.

Just read recently in regards to BVA Remands, after being Date Stamped by the RO Clerk, the Remand is immediately delivered to a RO DRO, where he or a designee of his choosing, begins complying with the BVA Remand Issues. Again, no mention of the "Rating Specialist." I think all VA Raters are considered Rating Specialists, some are just more Senior/Experienced, as indicated by their GS Pay-grade. As I recall, DRO's are in the GS 14/15+ range.

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I've used the VA Backed Mortgage Program (3) times, VA doesn't lend the actual money, they guarantee the Vet Mortgage to the Bank or Lending Institution. The VA receives no Interest or originating Fees from the Mortgage.

In years past, we've heard or read stories about US Postal Workers (Primarily Mail Delivery Personnel) hiding large quantities of undelivered mail. Let's exclude thieves looking for Holiday Gift Cards and concentrate on just regular people trying to do their job.

Why on earth would they hide the undelivered mail, taking it back to the Post Office at the end of the day, seems like what they should have done, right. They get paid by the Hour, not by the piece of mail delivered. A number of answers seem highly likely, I don't think conspiracy to actually hurt the mail recipient is one of them.

I prefer to believe the same thing has happened in the past, at the VA. The "Peter Principle," is alive and well in both Private and Govt Employment. Stressed people fearing for their jobs, that they probably weren't qualified for in the 1st place. Better to face the consequences of there actions/in-actions 3 - 5 years down the road, then now.

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The VA can make direct loans.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VA_loan  However, in any case, the VA often uses the money due to a VEteran in the form of benefits for 
"other things" such as VA parties, wasteful spending on contractors and budget shortfall.  

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