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Hi Everyone, I wanted to share my experience with having a informal DRO hearing and the results, so as to help you when you have your hearing. I had a DRO hearing March 21, 2016. It involved my lungs, back, spine area. My VSO got the results on June 22, 2018, and printed the VA rating Decision letter for me. I got everything I requested, and then some. I was give a rating for the scars on my back, sciatic nerve problems, both right and left leg, along with my lungs, back and spine. I received my Retro Pay on February 19, 2019, (it was over 50K) Nine different payments all on the same day, and I finally received my actual BBE from the V.A March 25, 2019. Some of you will remember my situation, Broncovet, Buck152, Ms. Berta. I am the guy that had a C & P exam, that was supposed to be cancelled (via R.O.) but she was transferred and couldn’t notify them, and the doctor I had said “I am going to deny you, that’s what I do. I deny everyone, that’s why they like me here. But you should appeal, because you have a really good case”. Well appeal I did! What I did, rather then get mad, I made sure I had all my evidence. I prepared 28 pages on information, with a table of contents, numbering everything to make it easy for the DRO. I had my DBQ’s Nexus letters, and credentials of the doctors. My doctors were “Board Certified Specialists” in their field. I went step by step over the information, and pointed how these doctors were Board Certified. The hearing took 90 minutes, and my VSO said the DRO person I had was one of the top ones, and a really fair individual. I cannot tell you how important the credentials of the doctors were. The DRO constantly made reference to their being Board Certified, and how that out weighed the V.A. doctors. I didn’t waste my time being angry, frustrated, etc. I just made sure I had the information available for the DRO. I also made a second packet for him, which he appreciated, as I seen he was taking notes and writing things on the original packet. Also I qualified for SMC-S, as that was indicated on the letter, and began the beginning of March. So I hope this helps. I made sure I hade the information needed, but didn’t want to overwhelm the DRO with couple hundred pages of stuff.
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Hi Everyone, I wanted to share my experience with having a informal DRO hearing and the results, so as to help you when you have your hearing. I had a DRO hearing March 21, 2016. It involved my lungs, back, spine area. My VSO got the results on June 22, 2018, and printed the VA rating Decision le...