What Is An Initial VA Disability Claim?
The VA Disability Claims process is a complicated one. It includes both federal and state components, which can make the application procedure confusing for some veterans. The initial claims are currently taking an average of 270 days on average to be processed by the system, which means that Veterans in need of disability benefits are being forced to wait much longer than they should get the assistance they need.
There is some ambiguity in the VA's initial claims process. For example, how long you served in active service or whether your discharge was honorable are two factors the VA looks at when determining eligibility for benefits. Making sure you know your rights and what procedures you need to take to avoid missing out on anything good is the most crucial thing.
Some veterans may not realize that there are a number of ways to ensure their Disability Claim is accepted and processed quickly. For example, you can contact an accredited Veterans Service Officer (VSO) because they're trained specifically in the VA's Disability Claims process and know how to get your application approved efficiently.
We highly recommend that if you have never filed a disability claim before that you reach out to a VSO as they will be able to assist you in getting that taken care of!
They will help in getting your records, showing you how to complete the paperwork, helping you claim various disabilities, and will submit everything to the VA on your behalf. VSOs are extremely beneficial for initial claims and veterans should know how to locate their local VSO so they can utilize their services.
As always we personally recommend claiming as many conditions as possible as you never know what the VA will determine is service-connected or not. We have had many veterans be service-connected for something they never had an issue with, but get denied for stuff that was in their medical records, so claim it all!
If you have more questions about the initial claim process, let us know!
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Results are not guaranteed and 360 Veteran, LLC. makes no promises. 360 Veteran, LLC. staff does not provide medical or legal advice. Any information discussed such as, but not limited to; likely chance of an increase, estimated benefit amounts, potential new ratings prior to a doctor reviewing patient’s file, is solely based on past client generalizations and not specific to any one patient. The doctor has the right to reject and/or refuse to complete a Veteran’s DBQ if he/she feels the Veteran is not being truthful. The Veteran’s Administration is the only one that can make a determination, in regards to whether or not a Veteran will receive an increase in their service-connected disabilities. A refund of sorts will be offered (medical fees are non-refundable, in accordance with State governing medical board.)