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What does it mean your appeal was activated by the board?

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What does it mean your appeal was activated by the board?

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It means your appeal is now sitting in that dark corner and your looking at 4-7 years for a decision unless you can get it expedited due to hardship.

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you might ask  asknod this question?  Depending on when you submitted it to the board?

Activated could mean they started looking at your claim also.

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PING....

Again, still wondering what this RAMP criteria means...

What does it mean your appeal was activated by the board?

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If you give more background, we can give a better answer.  Has your claim been "certified"..do you have a docket number, etc.?

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FORM 9 filed May, 10, 2016...  Received at least two docket numbers from that date (16xxxx and 16xxxx)

..."When the case is received at the Board, the appeal is activated or reactivated and formally placed on the Board’s docket..." (according to the BVA Report of the Chairman of 2011)

And then...  Lucky Lawyer filed a more recent Oct 2017 FORM 9 opted for a RAMP decision on this one alone , since all other appeals had docket numbers and were already "at the Board".

 

Then my local Houston RO errantly sends us a notice that ALL appeals have been combined into RAMP, and that all my appeals at the Board have been withdrawn (acting as if they/RO was unaware that my docketed appeals were actually AT the Board.  Vets.gov and eBenefits gets posted as everything COMPLETE and denied.  Lucky Lawyer gets that corrected for about a month... 

Then, this crap happens again.  An RO, this time in Winston Salem NC, sends a Rating Decision Letter denying all appeals, even the retro date of the original claim of 2012.  And AGAIN Vets.gov and eBenefits gets posted as everything COMPLETE and I have zero access to WTH is going on.  Lucky Lawyer emailed me that he would look into this nearly a full month ago:

"...I believe this is just an RO trick. It seems that whoever processed the decision at the RO probably has just marked everything as complete. That should change as the decision goes through the quality review process once the quality review team realizes that your appeal is active at the board. Again, the RO there is no reason for the RO to have issued a decision so I am perplexed as to why it did. I have a hearing on Monday and Tuesday but I will see what information I can find out. ..........  Talk to you soon,... Lucky Lawyer..."

I have not heard from council since, even though I am/have and are trying to contact same.  IMO, though I don't know for sure, my council may have made the mistake of opting the last/recent appeal into RAMP and thus causing the above meltdown.  I am not really angry about this , HOWEVER, I need to know what steps have been or are being taken to correct this mess.  BTW, my claim and appeals are now over 6 years old and counting.

 

And CURRENTLY posted on va.gov: 

"...Compensation appeals certified to the Board and "activated" through formal placement on the docket are excluded and will remain pending in the current appeals process..."  https://iris.custhelp.va.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/3076

 

 According to everything I can find, even from va.gov, the above crap should NOT be happening!  Am I missing something here?

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