DD Form 214

Discharge Papers and Separation Documents

Read what a DD 214 is and

when you might need it

Let's file a VA claim right now 

Intent to File  

Too many of us skip this important step. Spending a few minutes taking care of this may give you months of additional benefits.​​ 

GetStarted 

You may file claims on  eBenefits 

 or you can mail them in using certified mail or you can fax them in. ​ 

​V A Claims Intake Center
PO BOX 4444
JANESVILLE, WI
53547- 4444
Toll Free Fax:
844-531-7818


Centralized Intake Coversheet


How to file a VA disability claim


Welcome to the KnowVA Knowledge Base
Locate information
more quickly and efficiently


38 CFR Book C
The Schedule for Rating Disabilities


The NPRC
Military Records​


Track Your VA Claim

or Appeal Status
Learn how to track

your status online​

View your VA disability ratings
If you have one or more disability ratings, you can
view your VA

combined disability rating and

your individual ratings online

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Military Health History Pocket Card

Did you see combat, enemy fire,

or casualties? 

Were you or a buddy wounded, injured or hospitalized?​ 

Do you have a claim pending for illness or injury related to

your military service?

​Do you have a service-connected condition?

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The VA Watchdog

 ~  How To Win Your Veterans Disability Claim  ~​​​​​​

Stateside Legal Help For Veterans

Get Some Hometown Help!

These are the folks that know your state and federal benefits the best. Your state provides service officers to help you navigate all your benefits. Check them out for state tax info, veterans claims, homelessness...and a lot

more. Don't get advice from well meaning

friends,  neighbors or volunteer "VA Reps", 

go with the pros.

SSDI - TDIU

How To Know If It’s Time To Return To Work

​When you have taken a step back from work due to a disability, you may reach a point in your

recovery where you begin to wonder if, when, and how to best approach a return to work.

​​Welcome to the VAWatchdog...

Since 2005 we've been a leader in providing

expert resources to help you win your claim for the benefits you earned through your honorable service to our country.

We'll guide you to valuable resources you as you file a claim and when needed, we'll connect you to professional, board certified consultation.

Our privacy policy, fair use policy and contact information  is here.

If you're a health care or legal professional interested in helping America's veterans with their claims, drop me a note at <jim912@gmail.com> and I'll be happy to explain how this works. /s/  Jim

This is the CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses,

and Veterans' Relief​​

Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL​ 

Many service members use industrial solvents in regular military tasks

​Benzene   Tetrachloroethylene

(PCE or PERC)   Acetone    Trichloroethylene (TCE)   Xylenes

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs

It's  Your  VA - Deal With It!​​

It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired.

You quit when the gorilla is tired.

Robert Straus

C & P Exams unemployability tdiu benefit

I forgot to tell the examiner some things, ​now what should I do?

​​​Alabama

New In 2022...

The Review will be a weekly email to subscribers with information about your benefits...any changes, upgrades etc.

We won't publish this more than once a week, we don't want to clutter up your in-box.

As with all our services, this is free. We never ask you for your money, and you can't find a way to give it to us.

We're supported by advertising...if you use an ad-blocker, maybe reconsider on our site?

Thanks.

Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA

disability benefits. Jim writes extensively about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 
Jim's Mailbag is a regular column featured at  Stateside Legal  where veterans, servicemembers,

and family members can  ask Jim their questions  about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 

How To File A Claim For Veterans Disability Benefits

We are believers in Do It Yourself...DIY.​​ 

We're pretty sure that most veterans will be able to manage their claim best if they DIY.  If you managed to get a DD 214 you're smart enough to manage a claim. If you DIY you don't have to sign a  POA,  you don't risk signing on with a  Veterans Service Officer (VSO)  (sometimes called a 'VA rep') who is too busy and you'll have greater control over your records.  If you do need help with forms and understanding the process, ask a  state or county veterans service officer  to help you. These folks are government employees and usually have a good understanding of how the process works.

Continued below​​

Veterans Lawyer Nexus Letter Doctor
Veterans Disability Lawyer

When you  file your claim  you can do it electronically, print the form and fax it in or print the form and mail it using certified mail, return receipt requested. I don't think one is better than the other, just remember to keep good copies for yourself.  When you make the decision to file a claim, stop what you're doing and  file an Intent To File A Claim form right now.  That will set the effective date  and now you can take up to a full year to develop and perfect and file your claim. But don't take that long...get to work. Once your claim is received in Janesville, you'll be notified of that. Then you'll eventually get notice you're scheduled for a  C & P exam  that you must attend. 

Continued below

Your claim is electronic and may be worked on at any of the  VA Regional Offices.  You'll more or less be able to see the progress of your claim by following it in your  eBenefits account.  I say 'more or less' because the  eBenefits report  isn't as accurate as we'd like it to be with all kinds of lag time delays and update malfunctions. But it's a pretty useful tool if you're patient. You'll need it as you go along so get used to how it functions. That brings to mind the topic of access to the Internet. You really aren't going to want to do this on your phone. There's a lot of reading and forms and a PC, a laptop or even a pad will be better. You need a reliable and fast connection. Nothing is more frustrating than a dropped connection when filling out a form on the VA site. Public libraries are often the best access you'll find but of course, here we are in 2021 and access may be a challenge. Whatever it takes...these are your benefits, you earned them.

File the claim!

They'll also be able to help you to determine your state benefits...those can add up!  You aren't allowed to use a lawyer unless you're appealing a denied claim but even the very best claims are often denied so there may be a  veterans law attorney  in your future. To file a claim you should prepare to present and explain the 3 elements of a well grounded claim. 1) An event or some occurrence that happened while you were active duty, 2)  A record of a diagnosis or some form of treatments of the event that caused you injury or illness and 3) an ongoing record of treatments of the named and medically diagnosed disabling conditions have affected you over time.

Continued below​​

Veterans Benefits Administration Reports

​Detailed Claims Data  - 

 Status Reports
Reports contain data covering claims inventory, claims

backlog, claims accuracy, and

Fully Developed Claims. 

Entitlement to service connection

for bilateral foot disability claimed

as secondary to carbon

tetrachloride exposure.

C & P Exams

Are you scheduled for a C & P exam? 

You should read:

C&P Service Clinician’s Guide

It's your chance to know what the examiner

knows before you go in the room. ​

The C & P examiner will

see you now...

                                 Jim's

              Mailbag