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Sorry if this has been addressed before, but I was not able to find an answer anywhere else. 

After collecting dust for 480 days after filing an NOD with a DRO, my appeal has apparently entered a "Review" phase.  According to the VA rep, the electronic system had a new note entered into my file a few weeks back stating that a DRO had begun to review the file. Can anyone offer insight into how long it could take from here to get to a DRO decision? I understand it depends on what else the DRO has going on and how complicated my appeal is, just wanted to see what others' experience has been. 

Appreciate any feedback.

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I tried to get a VSO to assist, but they would never return my numerous phone calls or emails. I then tried getting a lawyer to assist but they wouldn't take the case. Ended up going at it alone on my initial claims and managed to get 60% (using what I learned on this site). They gave me the things I thought were a long shot and denied the claims I thought were a slam dunk. It's baffling. Just going to continue going at it alone.

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Angryemu:  As far as a VSO I would not wait for a call. Go to your local VA- Hospital or Outpatient clinic and look for their office - no appointment needed - get there early- 0730 if possible because there are usually lines. 

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On 6/16/2017 at 7:26 AM, ahergott61 said:

16 Jun 17

My NOD is still pending and as of 11 June is approaching 1000 days old and was sent to Houston TX VA office requesting a DRO.

It took 2 years and 4 months for the Houston office to look at the NOD. As Relayed to me by VSO, Houston VA Office then decide they could not manage in a reasonable time and outsourced claim to Newark, NJ.

As I understand, this allows the VA to restart the average processing time (records keeping time). Per VA Houston VSO, the average processing time is 289 days to make a DRO decision. Per VSO again, I was told that all information is on hand and DRO (would not tell me who) is pending decision 26 October 2016. Still no decision.

VA current completion date estimate is June 2018 to September 2021.  This means a 5 to 8 year decision time for my DRO then the appeal can go forward. 

I hired Hill and Ponton to assist in November who went out and got a new C-File. No visible or mentionable improvement or assistance at this time. 

Allen

Call (202) 530-9470 and Post your answers ask them what's going on O Calle after one month I had a hearing after 3'months no Hardship either  just talked about my issues. If you get answers please post I'm trying to promote these guys and increase their workload there's only 4 of the I know all of their names just from calling. They can help you get answers this number was given by one who was the head of a correct a claim by Ms Hickey whose no longer in here spot but they still help everyone tremendously... call and post I'm increasing my chance of not getting answered but if you get help I'm happy

 

 

 

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jfrei, I called the 202 number and they were helpful. Told me a decision could be made any day, and to call back in a week if nothing happens. They mentioned that they typically won't take action until an appeal is over the 500 day mark.

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Sounds like they gave you better help then 1800827knows how to piss you off...

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