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Open Claims v. Intent To File: Which One Do I Have? Which One Do I Need?

There are two types of veteran claims, open and intent to file. This means you can complete VA Form 21-4122 (the claim form) at any time. Learn more about the differences between them here!

You may be eligible for VA benefits and compensation as a veteran. You can submit an intent to file form, which notifies the VA that you intend to submit something. If you have an open claim, it signifies that you have already filed your papers to the VA and are awaiting a response.


Our straightforward guide makes it simple to complete an intent-to-file. It's completely free and only takes a few minutes! Doing an intent to file can establish the date of backpay, which the VA will honor up to the date of when you filed. In essence, the VA will owe you backpay for the months after your initial filing date, up to and including the day of their decision. The sole caveat is that an intent to file is valid for only 365 days... then, you must submit a new one and the clock will reset.


It is critical to understand the distinction between an intent to file and an open claim if you are a veteran with an open claim. An intent to file establishes back pay, whereas an open claim exists if your VA has not yet made a decision on something. If you have any questions about this procedure, we can walk you through the steps of completing an intent to file and determining the status of an open claim. Let's go on a brief conversation right now to get things started!

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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.)