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Money Timeline on DRO Grant?

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I received a grant on 4/5/19 of one of my appeals awarding an increase to 100%.

Anyone have feed back on the time line it took back for the money to be direct deposited  after the DRO grant?

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Congratulations!  As always, we dont know when VA will do something.  I dont even always know when/if I will complete stuff I need to do!!!  Let alone guess at VA.   

However, since this is a DRO decision (we dont know which regional office), then your "money is on the way"...as they say.  If its an ebenefits "guess", well that is not so good.  

I suggest you get a hobby.  One "fun" thing you can do while waiting is make a chart of what you will do with the money.  Go drive cars you are interested in, for example, if you think you want to get a car with your money.  Im not saying you should do that, but you can do fun stuff like that!    You dont have to tell them EVERYTHING..such as you have to wait for the deposit.  

Some people actually get the money BEFORE the VA letter.   I expect it wont be long..a few days or weeks.  Hopefully, some doc did not do stuff like say you are incompetent to manage finances, because that is going to hold everything up big time.  

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So I can give one piece of advice that worked for me after waiting for almost a year to get my grant applied.  I contacted all of my congressmen/women and one of them was who finally got the regional office to move.  It took about 40 days, but an aid got in-touch with regional and my grant was applied.  

The website states 1-2 months, but we all know that is not real.  This might be something to try.  Also Bronco is right find something to burn your time as you wait.  I do Bonsai.

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I would say it  depends on the size of the retro.

My DRO Grant was sought  on appeal, took reto about a week  but the retro was not that much  around 10k....> my retro beat the BBE

We were still eating Bologna Sandwiches before we knew the reto arrived.

but this was back in 2002

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The back pay amount owed is approximately $50,000.

I'm not adjudicated incompetent

The DRO decision was from Muscogee, but my home VARO is St. Petersburg.

 

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Most of the complaints are with the VARO implementation of a bva decision.  That is not what your''s is, according to your post.  Yours is a DRO decision (which is a VARO decision).  

The good part is you dont have to wait for the RO to implement the (BVA decision) with a new decision.  That has already been done with the DRO, which "skipped" the BVA decision.  

If you dispute the effective date, you can appeal a DRO decision to the BVA.  

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