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Got a question....I filed five NODs 17 months ago....... eBenefits under Open Appeals  for these 17 months just said  - Appeal Pending -Notice of Agreement received and dated.  Well, sometime over the past week days that changed to Appeal Pending - Statement of the Case (SOC) VA has received your Form 9 and will begin completing final actions regarding your appeal before it is sent to the Board of Veteran's Appeals.  I requested a DRO Hearing when I filed NODs.  Is this just routine procedure to be sent a Statement of the Case at this stage?   I have not received a DRO Hearing date yet?   

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And it may be a bit unless your experiencing a financial hardship losing your home or death bed as such is what I have been told. And yes this sounds about the right time for as SOC or SSOC if it's a remand as my experience has gone with my 4 appeals so far all in my favor it's funny how the BVA practices their own  law but the Regional Office ignores it until upheld by the BVA...

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Thanks for clarifying the time frame on this as being about right.   In your case, once the Form 9 was submitted and then acknowledged  by VARO how much longer was it that you actually got a DRO Hearing date.   Just curious.  Thanks brother.

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It sounds like you are "on track", tho it does seem a bit unusual to have the SOC prior to the DRO hearing.  Likely, its gonna be a BVA hearing, but I can not say that for sure.  It sounds like you submitted the I9 timely, so you should be good to go.  

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If they did not give you the hearing you requested, then you can surely use that as leverage in the event of a denial without a hearing,,,down the road....

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Who requested the DRO Hearing, you or your VSR? Do you have Evidence that you filed for the DRO Hearing, not a DRO Review?

A good friend thought he was waiting for a DRO Hearing for about 18 mos back in 09/14, when out of the blue a DRO Review Denial and SOC arrives. It appears there was some miscommunication between the Vet and his "POA VSO Rep" as to what type of DRO Appeal he wanted.  Verify everything filed on your behalf. Errors and misstatements are almost impossible to undo.

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