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I am trying to find the most current manuals on what the VA must include in a SOC; in particular what they must list and include about evidence. Can you point me in the right direction. Thanks.
From the M21-1MR, VA defines a Statement of the Case (SOC) as;
"A statement of the case(SOC) is an explanation of the decision made on the appellant’s case.
An SOC provides the appellant with a complete understanding of the decision so the appellant can prepare an effective substantive appeal with specific allegations of errors of fact or law."
The M21-1MR further instructs the rater;
"Issue an SOC if the appeal cannot be satisfied after review of the claims folder and all necessary development when the notice of disagreement (NOD) has not been withdrawn, or when the appropriate response time has passed."
The SOC is a required step that is intended as a sort of quality review before the service center passes the appeal upward in the chain of command.
VA once again makes it almost too easy. It just issued a report on an investigation into the Department's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Issue Date: 4/14/2014
City/State: VA Office: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Report Author: Office of Investigations
Report Type: Administrative Investigation Release
Type: Restricted Summary
Notice the "Release Type" is "restricted." That means that no one can get the report. A report by a public agency on the public agency's compliance with a public law intended to assist the public in accessing public facilities. Hmmmm, you don't suppose there are one or two embarrassing findings in that report . . . or is VA just trying not to brag about its spotless compliance???
Guns and Veterans
A diagnosis of PTSD doesn't mean you can't own weapons.
The federal NICS system is often more liberal than gun control laws in your home town or county.
If you have ever been committed to a psychiatric treatment facility, you may not be able to purchase or own weapons.
If VA declares you incompetent for fiduciary reasons, your incompetence will be reported to NICS and will restrict your rights to own a weapon.
Appeals to any denials by the NICS system are routine and fairly simple.