Apparently my claims were assigned to the rating area on April 29 and my VSO informed me today that my claims were assigned to a senior rater on May 18. Is this the last hurdle? and should I expect a decision by the end of the month? (assuming no other records are required) FYI- I submitted my claims on January 14, 2008. They went to the rating area last October and got kicked back because my dental reocrds were missing for my TMJ claim. They sent a request to St. Louis for the records and apparently they have 6 months to locate your records. In my case, they were not found.