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How many years does it take the BVA to render a decision after hearing?

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How long does it take approximately to get a BVA decision after the hearing?

Hard to believe that no one has asked this question before.

All I want to know is if you had a BVA hearing and got a decision, how long did it take?

 

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Of course, we dont know.  I communicated with a Veteran who had a hearing recently.  (He had an advance on the docket as he was homeless.)  In typical VA style, the VA contracted a group to type up the transcripts of the hearing.  The transcript company had not done that after 6 weeks, claiming they were backlogged.  

This has a direct affect on how long it will take.  

There are also more unknowns.  WE dont know how many cases will "leapfrog" ahead of you since we dont know how many hardship cases there will be.  

Finally, the VA has promised Vets who have "opted in" to RAMP priority at the BVA.  So, we dont know how many of those are ahead of you.  

You may get your decision in days, or even hours.  Or, it could take 2 years or more. "Waiting on a decision" can mean different things.  Im "waiting on a decision" from the VARO to mail my claim to the BVA...and, according to the BVA chairmans report, it takes 1200 days (almost 3 years) for the VARO to certify my claim and mail it to the BVA.  

According to this site, the BVA is handling "up to August 2015" docket dates.  So, if you filed a nod and it made it to be certified by the BVA by august 2015, after the VARO sits on it for its usual 3 years, then you will be about 5 years or more, which is about the normal.  

https://www.bva.va.gov/CustomerService.asp 

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The VARO's need to go away, along with all VAMC's. Biggest waste of tax payer money there is.

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I certified to bva in 2014 hearing in 2015 and award 3 of 4 with 4th remanded in 2018

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Update.

Had hearing March 13, 2018 for 9 contentions

Transcripts made of record June 9, 2018

Decision July 24, 2018

So about 4 months from hearing to decision and I  had 9 contentions.

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going on 4 years here at bva (after bva hearing) (had 2 remands back to the R.O. as they refused to do what bva judge asked them to do)... it took 6 to get to the bva

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