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Can anyone tell me what date (docket number) the BVA are presently working on?  I have  not been able to log in to Ebenefits for weeks.  When it does work the info it provides is highly suspect.

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I was wondering how the BVA would handle a  form 9 that was filed on Jan 3, 2012.  It sat waiting to be certified to the board for almost 8 years.  Would they feel an urgency to move on it because of the date?

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Yes, BUT, 7 years is not unusally long for VA/BVA.  The board is required to do them in "docket number order", and they dont have control over how long it takes to be docketed.  

So, they blame the VARO.   Its like that all over VA...dont worry about fixing the problem, just fix the blame on someone else.  

  I have a 2008 appeal docketed at the BVA ahead of you.  Its from benefits I applied for in 2002.  

The "Dec.2017" obviously means "if nothing goes wrong" and, "something always goes wrong" as you pointed out.  There is always a "glitch" in getting us our money.  If there were those glitches in getting VA employees paid, then those employees would all quit.  

I say they should "trade"...whoever works on paying VA employees, should be assigned to paying Veterans, and vice versa.  Then, VA employees would be waiting 4, 5, or 10 years to be paid, and Veterans would always have theirs straightened out in 2 weeks...by next payday.  

According to the link I posted for you, above, I think you have an average of 643 days, but that is after the appeal reaches the BVA.  

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That's a good question- the real question is why it sat at a RO for 8 years.

I had an I-9 at my VARO for 2 CUEs - 2003 and 2004  that were not resolved  until 2012 .

It was 2 simple and obvious CUE claims.

When I filed my AO IHD claim in 2010, my claim was sent to 2 or 3 wrong ROs, then finally to the Nehmer Philadelphia RO. I wrote to this VARO, telling them of those 2 CUEs , set for BVA transfer but never sent to the BVA- because they hinged on my IHD death claim.

They awarded one CUE ( SMC) and awarded direct SC for the IHD-the CUE appears to still be open,  but -long story- I requested a full audit of my claims ,with a complaint to the IG, and  letter to the person at IG who does audits and to both RO directors involved.

Maybe I will get an answer on what you are going through.

One thing is for sure- the VA has made every mistake in the book on all of my claims, as a surviving spouse.

The director of my RO even tried to get me to believe a false statement, totally disproved by the evidence they have.*******

They even attributed my husband's death to possible overdose of cocaine-he didnt even drink and they had a full autopsy and toxicology report showing only VA meds in his system.`996- I overcame that BS.

I told the IG and others above ,with proof that VA had withheld a signficant amount of money from me in three separate situations, that took a past Regional Counsel , and the GC in DC, to resolve.I know my 2012 audit is wrong.


******* I need to get this issue resolved for all other surviving spouses, if their veteran spouse was 100% Total SC and died , their death makes the 100% SC ,if continuous to death, a Permanent Disability.

That is BVA case law and stated quite clearly by th BVA , as well.

The director of my VARO wanted me to believe that any veteran with 100% SC, or 100%  1151 SC continuously in their lifetime, is not Permanently disabled with it when they die.Even in spite of a P & T status noted by 2  or more VA doctors, loss of Voc Rehab,  and an autopsy indicating 6 areas of significant brain trauma. that VA caused ( FTCA/1151).

Somewhere here ,under a search ,is the regulation for requesting an Advancement on the Docket and that might help you.It might be a form at the BVA web as well.








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The BVA explains the criteria here for Advancement on the docket- it explains the criteria for that- and has to take the form of a Motion-

there should be a Motion template here somewhere-it does not have to be fancy-

Just state Motion for advancement on Docket, and put below it:

(Your name)                                                                Date:


Secretary Robert Wilkie ,Veterans Administration          C file #

And follow the criteria at the above link ,stating why you shoud be advanced, and count your exhibits, list them and total  them at the end, and make sure you name, address, and C file# is on all of them.

We have one of two members who asked for this advancement here.

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