Recently I was asked by a veteran “Why does it take so long for an appeal to go through even when a VA Doctor indicated in writing that my foot condition would have been aggrivated during my sevice time?”
The VA benefits process is complicated. Although doctors can help or hurt a claim with their C&P reports, they do not ultimately decide the claim. Once a doctor makes her report it goes back to the adjudicator in charge of your claim at the VA and that person must make the decision. Unfortunately, it is common for a doctor to write his report and the VA still take months to issue a decision. I’ve also seen instances where a doctor wrote a favorable report and the veteran was still denied.