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1305 days since NOD filed


I am getting pissed, initial claim filed ten months before NOD

Time since NOD filed.

3 years six months 28 days,  

112,752,000 seconds

1,879,200 minutes,

31,320 hours

1305 days

186 weeks three days

357.53% of a common year (365 days)

Who's counting,

EBenefits  says its in Prep for Decision

YES I'M STILL ALIVE and waiting

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Sorry to hear that it has been so long.  I thought my NOD was going long at about 1.5 years old.

Do you have a VSO?

What Regional Office is handling your NOD?

I wish you well.





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You're talking about a DRO Hearing, not a BVA Hearing or a DRO Review correct?

What's the history of your submission of New & Material Evidence supporting your NOD'd issues?

Late submissions of N & M Evidence can likely extend the Appeal wait time. VA is required by reg to work every submission of actual N & M Evidence to determine if it results in an Award or continued Denial. Could be very time-consuming.        How long after your initial decision did you wait to file your NOD?

My DRO Hearing didn't hit the On Deck Circle for 4.25 yrs (1540 days). After the DRO opened the Hearing, I opted on an "Informal DRO Hearing," no Recording or Transcription. Left the Hearing after 35 min knowing the DRO had decided to Award all issues, including IU from a more recent NOD. I got the DRO Award Letter the same day. 

Had I went Recorded and Transcribed, would have been 6 to 9 mos more before I receive the actual Award Decision.     Semper Fi

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I got a call about three weeks ago and this nice lady asked if I wanted a formal hearing and I replied no, I said informal will do. She asked if I had been to a doctor about my wrist, I said no I was told my condition was static from the VA and there was not a thing they could do for it about three years and I sent that info in. I asked if she saw it in my file. She stammered and stuttered that their was over 50 pages and she did not know. She said that I should be hearing from her soon about a new C&P exam.  I got my white envelope in the mail and they denied me. This was my DRO review and informal hearing. When she called I was at a disadvantage due to me not being at home with my paperwork in my hand. I received my statement of case paperwork and I now will be appealing to the BVA. That was a joke doing a dro review and a lot of wasted time. This whole process is stupid. Its made to wear you down. I am going to appeal to the BVA now. Its really depressing wasting so much time and sending in new material and just get a letter in the mail.

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The tragedy is that this is "normal procedure" for VA..to take 4 or 5 years for an appeal.  

There has been new legislation passed which is supposed to help this, that VA is supposed to be testing.  

I think the big problem is not the BVA...if you read the chairmans report, you will see that the VARO "sits" on your appeal for years before they even certify it to the Board.  


I think that the new legislation is trying to change the "multi year process" of certifiying your claim to the Board, when it really should take hours to do, not years.  

I got a VARO decision in 2009.  I appealed, and in 2012, the Board remanded it.  It took the VARO 3 years to comply with the remand, and in August, 2017, I finally got a decision which Im now appealing the effective date, to the CAVC.  Oh, I forgot to mention this.  The 2009 VARO decision was from a 2002 claim.  So I have waited 15 years, total, and Im not done yet.  

I have hired a lawyer for the CAVC and we should see results in 2018, as the CAVC is not as bad as the rest of them.  

Since about 80 percent of first time claimants are denied, it is taking about 5 to 10 years, average process time, for Vets to get delivered benefits.  

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I understand you on your 2002 claim broncovet, my initial claim for my hand and wrist was 1984. Its a shame we have so many layers between us and them and yet I have a VA hospital 25 miles from home. It just don't make sense why I can't walk in to a VA doc and show him/her what's going on, instead of contractor only hired for C&P exams.

The system is so screwed up. broncovet I understand why they don't want to pay. The Navy during my 8 months of rehab never noted the loss of range of motion and loss of strength in hand. Now thirty years later I have more issues due to age which an orthopedic doctor could see plain as day.  The VA has documented my hand and wrist but nobody has put them together. There is also a recent case that increase's compensation due to arthritis. They did not take that recent case and apply it to my hand.

I am at a crossroad now. I believe I need a Lawyer. My pile of paperwork needs reduced and I need a doctor that says my wrist condition is a result of my tendons being reattached in my hand.  I need a Lawyer and a Doctor, what do you think broncovet?


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