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Galen Rogers

Submitting a NOD

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Howdy All,

I'm preparing to submit a NOD once I pull together the additional support items I need. My question is about how long are NODs taking now for the DRO review and either a concurrence or statement of the case to be accomplished?

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On ‎1‎/‎4‎/‎2019 at 5:14 PM, Galen Rogers said:

Howdy All,

I'm preparing to submit a NOD once I pull together the additional support items I need. My question is about how long are NODs taking now for the DRO review and either a concurrence or statement of the case to be accomplished?

It's been a little more than two years since the VA has received my NOD for a DRO review.  I think the average is about 260 days or around 9 months but I believe it depends on the RO. I am out of Roanoke.

I started to get the impression that I'm failing myself so in September I decided to give them a monthly reminder.   I am hoping they read my statement when I call?

In October I went through the chat and was told it's in the final review but I didn't know what that meant until I called on December the 28th. Apparently, final review means I'm a liar because it hasn't been touched since it was received November 18, 2016. 🙄

 

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My VA RO is also Roanoke, VA. SO guess I'll be waiting a while.

 

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According to the Chairman of the BOard of appeals report, it takes about 5 years from the time you file a NOD to completion of your appeal.  That is, of course, before RAMP.  You can read the chairmans report here:

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

Year 2018 has not been completed yet.  

 

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I can't give you an answer to your question but I can share my experience as each R.O is different. My DRO was submitted 17 months ago to the Montgomery,AL R.O in August of 2017. I called the R.O and was told the average process time was 314 days depending on the complexity of the case. I am at about 515 days and counting. The ramp program is an option but my lawyers advised me to stay in the legacy system. I wish you the best of luck and the strength to be patient.

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I had submitted a NOD for a DRO review to the Roanoke, VA and after it had been pending about a year I opted for the RAMP and it was completed in about 5 months. Unfortunately it was denied, but the RAMP program was faster. I filed an appeal an on the denial an opted for RAMP so I am hoping it will be completed by March or April of this year.

I have also filed another NOD for a DRO review in October of last year and opted for RAMP and the system says I should receive a decision by the end of March. 

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