I still hadn't gotten any updates from my service officer so this morning I e-mailed him again and just asked where my case was. The following is the response I got just before lunch today....
I have discussed your case with a Decision Review Officer. You indicated
you may have some treatment records from a rheumatologist. If you can get
those records to me it would help. I reviewed the BVA decision you
referenced. It is not precedent setting but it may lend some basis to your
claim. It has little legal standing as it is from the Board of Veterans
Appeals and not from the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The
Decision Review Officer is willing to re-look the decision before we file
the Notice of Disagreement to begin the appeal process.
Incidentally, I have recieved two letters from my congressman since I wrote him. I appreciate the updates, even if its just simply a note to say they are working on it.
BTW, when I looked at the letter the VA sent me, they didn't use any medical records newer than 2004.
I wonder why they have had me sign a new release of information every 6 months or so. Ahhh well, I went and signed another one today.
I also went and replaced a bunch of my tackle, since someone broke into the toolbox on my truck and stole all my old stuff. I'll be taking the kids camping/fishing at Holter Lake next Monday-Wednesday.