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I can only be guessing here but maybe a rater that had your claim had some problems making a decision and he ask his supervisor such as a DRO (decision review officer) review your claim/case  and the DRO will do a complete review of your files on your claim and make the decision.

It can go either way  DRO's are pretty precise with their decisions  I always figured they grant the award if they have all the evidence they need to make the decision.   & you got that  so no use to worry.

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7 minutes ago, Buck52 said:

I can only be guessing here but maybe a rater that had your claim had some problems making a decision and he ask his supervisor such as a DRO (decision review officer) review your claim/case  and the DRO will do a complete review of your files on your claim and make the decision.

It can go either way  DRO's are pretty precise with their decisions  I always figured they grant the award if they have all the evidence they need to make the decision.   & you got that  so no use to worry.

Thank you Brother, hoping this is over soon.

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16 minutes ago, Buck52 said:

I can only be guessing here but maybe a rater that had your claim had some problems making a decision and he ask his supervisor such as a DRO (decision review officer) review your claim/case  and the DRO will do a complete review of your files on your claim and make the decision.

It can go either way  DRO's are pretty precise with their decisions  I always figured they grant the award if they have all the evidence they need to make the decision.   & you got that  so no use to worry.

Do you think since this is a HLR that they are just running it by DRO for approval ?

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yes  this is what a HLR  is or how it suppose to work.\if a rater has any doubt about your claim on any issue  they have to send it in for HLR  in this case it was a DRO  Which could be a good thing  especially if he grants it and the rater probably would have not.

some raters if they doubt something or not sure they just go ahead and deny the claim.  it depends to as why the rater wanted this to be reviewed?

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The term "decision review Officer" has been eliminated with RAMP/AMA.  Its "sort of" the same thing, only a DRO has been replaced with 2:

1.  Higher level review.  An appeal in which you have "no" new evidence that stays in the VARO.  

2.  Supplemental Claim lane.  An appeal in which you submit new evidence.  

    The old "DRO review" was sort of a combination of both of the above.  You could submit new evidence or not submit new evidence with a DRO review.  

     Of course, you can get a hearing with either HLR or SCL (or, in the past, DRO).  Yes, the old DRO review officers are likely working on SCL's and HLR's now that the DRO term has been eliminated.  

      Its ok to refer to them as "DRO" even tho that isnt precise, and will confuse some.  Again, they used to be called DRO, now they are called HLR or SCL.  

      It could be important to you to understand the differences between DRO, SCL and HLR.  Hopefully, you can get them straight, now.  If not, please ask away.  

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I would think this is what the HLR Is for   to have a DRO review the veteran records and make a decision..its when they can't make DECISION and the Appeal gets longer.

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In my state, a GS 13 earns between 95,000 (GS 13 Step 1) and 117,000 (GS 13 Step8 )  per year.  

Since a 100 percent Vet makes 32,000 per year, this means his rater makes 3 or 4 times what the Veteran will get paid "at best".  

Does anyone else see, "What is wrong with this picture?"   Why should a VA paper pusher, who is wrong 75 to 80 percent of the time get paid 4 times what the Veteran gets?  Source:  BVA chairmans report, showing that, of appeals that reach the BVA, only 20.76 percent of claimants were denied.  This means over 80 percent of VARO decisions has one or more errors which results in a reversal or remand.  

https://www.bva.va.gov/docs/Chairmans_Annual_Rpts/BVA2019AR.pdf

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When I meet with my D.R.O. at my R.O.  for my Informal D.R.O.. Hearing   HE NEVER MENTION WHAT HE WAS CLASSIFIED AS A GS 13 STEP-8  OR WHAT EVER HIS YEARLY INCOME WAS.

  BUT HE WAS THE SENIOR RATER AT MY R.O.  with more experience than the rest of them , but at least he did review my claim and it was a favorable outcome.

Matter of fact  he wrote in my award letter  that ''with a Senior D.R.O. and a senior rating specialist present at this Veteran hearing ,  his disability is real and a increase instead of a decrease  will be warranted.  or something like it  I can't remember what all he mention but it was favorable. along with my evidence.

So actually I don't care how much $$$ his income was or is...I am concerned about winning my damn claim.

Veterans don't have time to be worrying about what a D.R.O. Makes  they need to worry about winning their claim/claims  and hope the D.R.O. Will review their claim in a favorable way. (jmo)

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