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. 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. 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 2020 and access may be a challenge.
Whatever it takes...these are your benefits, you earned them...file the claim now!
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Hey Jim: This Court of Appeals decision is a bit of a smack-down for VA’s implementation of the Appeals Management Act. VA will need to relook what they are doing under AMA - although this case only speaks to three specific regulations, a broader relook of their overall implementation of AMA would probably be prudent. /s/ Drew
Decided: July 30, 2021
Congress enacted the AMA in 2017 to reform the exist-ing VA administrative appeals system, which was,
by all accounts, “broken,” marked by lengthy delays, and plagued with a formidable backlog of cases.
More problematic, however, was the “continuous evidence gathering and readjudication
of the same matters”that caused appeals to “churn” in the system.
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In a November 2011 nexus statement, the Veteran's neurologist opined that that the Veteran's progressive supranuclear
palsy is most likely caused by or a result of his exposure to Agent Orange. The neurologist explained that PSP is a
movement disorder very similar to Parkinson's disease. The neurologist further explained that PSP affects the same areas
as Parkinson's disease and is possibly causally related to chemical exposure such as Agent Orange.
The Board finds that the evidence is at least in equipoise regarding service connection for progressive
supranuclear palsy and will resolve reasonable doubt in favor of the Veteran.
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The language used in this guide is very much in effect at your VA. When you have a nexus letter, it should conform
to the phrases you'll find here. For example, your doctor should write "More likely than not" when talking of service connection.
That phrase wins claims, anything less may not.
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The professionally written Nexus Letter is often the single most valuable tool we have at our disposal to win claims. If you doubt any of that please go to the Board of Veterans Appeals and use their search to look for cases with Nexus Letters or IMOs. You'll find, "...the Board finds the September 2019 Independent Medical Evaluation Report to be probative even though the Veteran’s service treatment records are silent...". I've referred vets to a small handful of reliable doctors for years. I've received hundreds of positive messages that tell me that the IMO/Nexus Letter works for you as well as it did for me. If you're caught up in an appeal and you aren't sure what else you need or if you want to file a new claim and prevail without a lot of fuss...talk with these doctors and make a plan to win.
Good luck! /s/ Jim
The Board assigns significant probative weight to the September 2019 independent medical opinion of D.B.M., M.D
finding it is at least as likely as not that the veteran’s present left knee condition is the direct result
of his motor vehicle accident injuries that occurred while on active duty.
(This looks simple enough. There are only 4 different links you have to click-through to get to ever more complex instructions.
I'll try to use this today. I have no hopes I'll be able to get any appointments. /s/ Jim)
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You may file claims on eBenefits or you can mail them in using certified mail or you can even fax them in.
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Original Date: 2019-07-01
Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL