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  1. Kontum6870

    If. a changes diagnosis does that change ratings?

    I don’t think there would be any reason for the VBA to even know anything about your appointments unless they were part of C&P exam or you file a new claim. Once you’re 100% PT, the VBA has no reason to follow your medical treatment.
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    BCNR timeline after docket number received

    I am a huge fan of the NVLSP. My experience with them has been great. They are the ones who provide training to lawyers who represent veterans. Additionally, they have been very successful in high impact cases resulting in the payment of millions of dollars in benefits to veterans.
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    BCNR timeline after docket number received

    From my AO response to board was 45 days. From board to notification of denial was four months.
  4. Kontum6870

    BCNR timeline after docket number received

    Unfortunately, you do need an attorney and the sooner the better. They may not prevail with the BCMRs; however, they are essential for appeals to the federal court. My attorneys are confident in the merits of my case, but didn’t expect success through the ABCMR. They needed an arbitrary and...
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    Federal Court after ABCMR Appeal Denial

    I have seen cases at the Court of Federal Claims and Federal District/Appelate Courts. Do you have a preference? Do you have a WAG on amount of time required from date of filing? Thanks Jason.
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    BCNR timeline after docket number received

    Timeline ABCMR Initial Application: Aug 2012 Board Date: Jan 2015 Decision Received: Feb 2015 Appeal Submitted: Jan 2016 Medical Advisory Opinion (AO) Received: Oct 2017 Comments to AO Submitted: Nov 2017 Board Date: Dec 2019 Decision Received: Apr 2018 Total Time Wasted on Fraudulent...
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    BCNR timeline after docket number received

    I wish I had taken Jason’s advice and gone to the Federal court after initial denial. I wasted more than 2.5 years on the ABCMR appeal. I believe the chances of success at the ABCMR on anything except actual paperwork correction or well documented missing awards is remote.
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    BCNR timeline after docket number received

    Unfortunately, yes. In November I received an advisory opinion which was total bs. I had 14 days to respond. I responded in three days with 24 pages rebutting the opinion point by point and including regulations in force in 1971. I received the denial on April 7, 2018, 27 months after...
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    BCNR timeline after docket number received

    I concur that advisory opinions are only used to deny appeals which appear to have merit. Although the claimant is given an opportunity to comment on the opinion, those comments, even if they contain specifics concerning laws in effect at the time of the PEB decision, are ignored. My opinion...
  10. Kontum6870

    PDBR Processed, Retirement Received.

    Congratulations on your retirement. You deserve everything you get. Thank you for your service.
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    BCNR timeline after docket number received

    My advisory opinion was extremely negative and concluded that the PEB was correct in lowering the rating given by both the physician that prepared the NARSUM and the MEB. I do have the regulations on my side and my NVLSP attorneys think my chances are excellent with the Federal court should the...
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    BCNR timeline after docket number received

    Mine was received by ABCMR on January 25, 2016. I received medical opinion on October 27, 2017 and submitted my comments on November 1, 2017. Four months of crickets since.
  13. Kontum6870

    BCNR timeline after docket number received

    I have been fishing as often as weather permits. I just wanted to get a status report in case of shutdown. Keep us posted as yours hopefully draws closer to the finish line.
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    BCNR timeline after docket number received

    I’m at the two-year mark, more than 700 days, and there is no end in sight. The ABCMR gave me this answer today: I apologize for the length of time your case has taken to process. Your case is pending consideration by the Board. Once the Board renders the decision in your case, you will be...
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    100 rating for PTSD and places on PDRL

    RonG is an expert in CRSC. He has helped countless veterans understand this confusing benefit. Thanks for all you do Ron.
  16. Kontum6870

    Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!!

    Thank you Jason. Best wishes to you and yours.
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    BCNR timeline after docket number received

    With the holidays, it is BS that you only have until Dec 30. Get it done. Good luck.
  18. Kontum6870

    NVLSP Attorney or Navy Appointed FPEB Attorney?

    The NVLSP is an excellent organization with a tremendous track record. That said, if your timeline is tight, you might be better off with your Navy attorney. If that doesn’t work out, use them for the BCNR. ABCMR is taking more than 18 months to render decision. I don’t know about BCNR.
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    BCNR timeline after docket number received

    Thank you for the update and insight. I'm at 569, going fishing...
  20. Kontum6870

    Heavy shit.... What are VA MH providers required to report to law enforcement?

    Tony, Hang in there brother. I think your inpatient decision is a good one. I am 70 and was at my darkest period 47 years ago. Things will get better. Stay safe and please keep us updated.
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