In spite of all you have been told by those oh-so-knowledgeable VSOs, you can kick ass and take names at the CAVC with a petition for a Writ of Mandamus. If you’re dirt poor and aren’t getting any respect, you get a bye on the $50 ante. That makes this a freebee for you.
Take our good buddy William V. Bachstet. Smart cookie. Pro se at the Court gets you the red carpet treatment. You’re as sharp as a marble in their eyes so it helps to keep it in monosyllabic words like “Ugh. Me want DRO hearing. Write letters. Use wet blanket and green Madrona smoke signals. Beat tom-toms. No hear from Great White Father. Bill want justice. VA speak with forked tongue.”
And lo and behold, before they can even think about granting the Writ, why, we find out the check was in the mail all along. Chances are Uncle Bill got one of those pronto provisional McClaims jobs, but what the hey? Just as Exlax® is inexorable, VA pooped and got off the pot. It does produce “regularity” such as it is in the claims world. It’s no guarantee that you’ll win-just that the constipation your claim has been suffering will suddenly be resolved. Check it out. I love these things.