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The DRO Hearing — Decision Review Officer At The Regional Office

The hearing with the decision review officer (DRO) takes place at the local regional office. It is informal. One of our attorneys will get you ready and attend the hearing with you. The point of the hearing is to organize all of the issues and conditions.

The QuatriniRafferty attorney will guide the veteran through his or her military history and the event(s) that caused his or her injury/conditions. The DRO may ask follow-up questions.

Following the hearing, the DRO may order further testing, allowing additional time to pursue a private medical examination, or close the evidentiary record.

The officer will then issue his or her decision in the form of a statement of the case. If the statement is favorable, the veteran will be assigned a percentage, payments will be issued, and the case will be closed. If the decision is unfavorable, an appeal must be filed within 60 days to the Board of Veterans Appeals.

Contact us online or call 888-534-6016 for assistance in obtaining advice on applying for veterans disability compensation benefits or appealing an unfavorable decision.