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How do I file my claim?
You can file online right now.
In most cases you must prove the claim that you make. If you claim that you injured your knee in basic training but your medical records lack substantive support, you'll likely need the opinion of an expert who is experienced in disability medicine. The opinion may come in many forms, the IMO is the most common today. Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) are required and if you don't offer your DBQ completed by an expert of your choosing, VA will have one completed for you by their examiner at a C & P exam.
You may guess which will be more favorable to you.
Statements In Support Of Claims or Buddy Letters have little value unless they are very specific by a credible witness. A credible witness might be a battle buddy who was with you when you took mortar fire and you witnessed violent death up close and personal. Your mom, your spouse, your pastor and high school teachers who support you because you've always been a good citizen aren't credible witnesses. What's your spouse going to say? VA knows all about bias, even if it isn't outright.
You need an expert. If you submit a favorable IMO with your claim, you are much more likely to prevail with little or no fuss and no appeal! Go for it!
How To File A VA Claim
We are a DIY site.
You DO NOT need any sort of "VA rep", VSO or anyone else to help you.
If you need help with forms, ask a family member.
You are not allowed to use a lawyer unless you're appealing a denied claim.
Filing a disability benefits claim isn't difficult...you CAN DIY.
Take your time. Follow the instructions. Be brief, be precise.
You can file electronically or using mail and fax.
Filing a VA disability claim is not hard to do. There is no mystery to it.
The VA is not out to get you but it is a badly broken machine and it doesn't function very well.
This means that the burden is on YOU to get your claim filed right the first time.
The goal is to avoid an appeal.
More on that as we go along.
We do not believe that you need a "rep" to help you. Most of those people aren't as
smart as you are and all they can do is to help you fill out some forms.
You can do that from your home computer...it just isn't that big of a deal.
Read on, do your homework, file your claim.
Hey Jim...can you help?
I'm a veteran from Desert Storm. I live in an assisted living facility in FL. I've been living here since 2011. Since I moved in I've been harassed, abused, and robbed by my neighbors in and out of the apartment.
My husband served in the Army and has passed away. Can I, his wife, go to the Army base and have my will made out? I didn't know if I could since he is longer living.
I'm messaging you on behalf of my husband. Last night I had to bail my husband out of jail, he had a warrant out for his arrest. Because, a little over a month ago he had a PTSD attack, with suicidal thoughts. (Combat Veteran, in Syria, less than two years ago)
My ex husband get VA benefits he gets over $3,400 and now brags he gets even more. He is supposed to pay $400 once a month and he can't even do that and taunts me how he can't be touched or his VA benefits.
I am 100 percent Disabled unable to work. While waiting for this decision, I was on Disability SSI which rolled over to social security after i turned 65. Am collecting both now. Do I have to give up one or the other ?
My son's mother applied for a state benefit assistance in Michigan and they asked if she was living with me and she said no and now they're coming after me will making me go to court to decide how much child support I should pay for her.
Shortly after I got a medical discharge, I got pregnant. The VA stated they would pay all expense plus delivery and 6 weeks after delivery, however they never paid anything. She was born early and thankfully only stayed in hospital 11 days. However it raked up $76,000 in debt.
Thinking of Filing a VA Disability Claim?
We Have A Proposal For You To Consider.
Claims, Denials, NODs & Appeals
The Wheel Just Keeps On Turning
We propose that veterans who are filing claims take charge of the process, avoiding the flawed C & P exam
report by having their own Independent Medical Opinion and DBQs completed by expert doctors who are
not employees of the VA. Although this brings about an expense the veteran must bear, we believe that
any out of pocket expense is an investment toward a faster claims resolution and is thus justified.
There is no substitute
for the veteran claimant who is involved and informed. Once you've learned how the system really works, filing correctly...getting it right the first time...isn't that hard to do. Educate yourself by reading what the experts have to say.
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We've been keeping veterans informed of news and events important to them since 2005.
You'll find all you need to file your claim and referrals to professionals who can help you when things don't go well.
What you won't find here is unending chat or opinions from strangers who like to think of themselves as experts.
Our goal is to ensure that you are awarded the benefits you earned with your service to our country.
We're here to help you take charge of your benefits, and that is all.
VA Form 21-526EZ
Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection
Temporary Total Disability Rating
Compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151
Special Monthly Compensation
Special Home Adaptation
Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child
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