Let's file a VA claim right now
Too many of us skip this important step. Spending a few minutes taking care of this may give you months of additional benefits.
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
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38 CFR Book C
The Schedule for Rating Disabilities
or Appeal Status
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Did you see combat, enemy fire,
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?
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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.
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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.
If you're a health care or legal professional interested in helping America's veterans with their claims, drop me a note at <firstname.lastname@example.org> and I'll be happy to explain how this works. /s/ Jim
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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.
I forgot to tell the examiner some things, now what should I do?
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Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA
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.
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.
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.
Detailed Claims Data -
Reports contain data covering claims inventory, claims
backlog, claims accuracy, and
Fully Developed Claims.
for bilateral foot disability claimed
as secondary to carbon
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