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Mail your forms, documents
and evidence here...
Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 5235
Janesville, WI 53547-5235


Toll Free Fax: 844-822-5246


We recommend that you mail a copy
and then fax a copy!  Yes, it's twice the
work but maybe VA will only lose one
and the other will be processed.
Remember: Use Certified Mail!

Forms to File Claims

VA Form 21-526EZ
For...
Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection

IncreasedDisability Compensation

Temporary Total Disability Rating
 Individual Unemployability
Compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151
 Special Monthly Compensation
Specially Adapted Housing

Special Home Adaptation

Automobile Allowance/Adaptive Equipment
Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child


VA Form 21-0958 - NOD
​Notice of Disagreement

VA Form 21-534 EZ

Application for DIC, Death Pension
Change of Address​

TDIU Annual - VA Form 4140
Declaration of Status
of Dependents
VA form 21-686c


How To

How To Apply For SSDI

How To Apply For

TDIU Unemployability

How To Use

Disability Benefits Questionnaires

(DBQ's)

How To Apply For A Disability Rating

How To Apply For An Increase

to an existing rating

How To Retrieve Your

Military Personnel Records


Research Your Claim

The M21-1MR
The CFR
TDIU
SMC

The Schedule For Rating Disabilities




Veterans Benefits

Administration

(VBA)

Fact Sheets

Standard Claims and

Appeals Forms Update

Disability Compensation Benefits

C-123 Aircraft and

Agent Orange Exposure

DBQ's

TDIU

Unemployability

MST

Presumptive Benefits

Special Monthly

Compensation

(SMC)








Many VA Benefits aren't.


Read why and what you

should do about


Permanent & Total (P & T)




C & P Exams & the

Claims Process

New data sheets from VA

http://www.benefits.va.gov

/compensation/claimexam.asp.
If you’ve already been scheduled for a VA

claim exam, but need to reschedule the date

and time, be sure to change your

appointment using the phone number

given to you as soon as possible. For more

information about the claim process, go to www.benefits.va.gov/compensation


VA Claim Exam Factsheet

VA Claim Exam Tips

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

VA Claim Process Step-by-Step

Mental Health Exam Factsheet

Review Exams Factsheet



Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Veterans Administration [VA]

(DTRA)

Defense Threat Reduction Agency

VA Payment for Emergency Care

Patient Record Flags



OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA

VA Benefits for Sleep Apnea

as a service

connection to PTSD
Brett Valette, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist



Speak With A

Veterans Law Attorney

An Expert Physician

or a

Veterans

Clinical Psychologist

TODAY!

Case Evaluations Are

Always Free!



PROCEDURAL Guidance
requests to Add Dependents

Legislation will help Pacific veterans

exposed to Agent Orange
How To Leak To ProPublica

Tech Q&A

Finding veterans' records online
MRI twice as likely as biopsy to spot

prostate cancer, research shows
Become a Freedom Fighter

Join the ACLU
VA starts domestic violence program

Department of Defense Extends

Online Military Exchange

Shopping Privileges to Veterans

Here's What Medicare Part A

Costs and Covers in 2017



Veterans Benefits

Administration

(VBA)

Benefit Brochures

The Fully Developed Claim

eClaim Disability

Compensation Brochure

eBenefits

Your VA & DoD Benefits. Online

Summary of VA Home Loan

Guaranty Benefits

Summary of VA Benefits

Summary of VA Benefits

for Disabled Veterans



The Veterans Voice

International


Opinion   Editorial

News & Views


(Under Construction)




VA SPOTLIGHT

Brett Valette, PhD


UPDATED...April 2017

This is a series of stories

bringing light to the dark side of the

VA’s treatment of some Veterans

applying for disability.  Whether out

of frustration, desperation, anger, or

‘just to make it right” they contacted me, and together, we fought the injustice. 

These are actual cases and claims. 

I have changed names and identifying

information for confidentiality reasons.


Spotlight March 2017

This is the first in a series of stories bringing

light to the dark side of the VA’s treatment

of some Veterans applying for disability. 


Spotlight April 2017

Claim Killer DBQ Questions.
VA Spotlight is a series of stories bringing

light to the dark side of the VA’s treatment

of some Veterans applying for disability.

Whether out of frustration, desperation,

anger, or ‘just to makeit right” they contacted

me, and together, we fought the injustice.


Click Here To Contact Dr. Valette


VAWatchdog​

America's Leading Resource For
Military Veterans News & Benefits Information 

Over Ten Years of Service to America's Military Veterans

Since 2005 This Is The Site VA Reads When They

Want To Learn What They've Been Doing

Welcome Aboard!

Veterans Law Attorney


Do it right the first time

Step Five


Give VA everything they need to adjudicate your claim.

Overwhelm them with accuracy and evidence.


Be Patient!


You've submitted your claim properly.

VA has notified you that they're working on your claim.


DON'T DO ANYTHING ELSE!

Don't start thinking of the stuff you coulda shoulda woulda done

and start submitting new evidence.


Be patient. Wait to hear from VA and let your claim go through the process.


You're done until you get the letter of approval. Or a denial.



Do it right the first time

Step Four


Give VA everything they need to adjudicate your claim.

Overwhelm them with accuracy and evidence.


Wait for it!


VA should soon notify you that they have received your paperwork

and they should schedule a C & P exam(s) for you.


DO NOT MISS OR RESCHEDULE A C & P EXAM!

Rescheduling never works!

Missing an exam is a default to losing.



Do it right the first time

Step Two


Give VA everything they need to adjudicate your claim.

Overwhelm them with accuracy and evidence.


You must support what you tell VA about the conditions you're claiming with evidence.

If you broke your arm during an evacuation exercise in 2012 and it

hasn't healed properly, you should seek the military records of that event here;


The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)

The best evidence is in your military and veterans and/or civilian medical records.

Your military records should be at the NPRC.

Your VA records are in your VA electronic health record.

Any civilian medical records you may have are with that provider.


You should seek your military records.

You do not need to gather VA health records.

You MUST gather your civilian records yourself.

VA will not do this for you even though they are supposed to.



Do it right the first time

Step Three


Give VA everything they need to adjudicate your claim.

Overwhelm them with accuracy and evidence.


When you apply, follow a few basic rules.


Organization is important!

You know what happened to you better than anyone else.

Now you have to explain it to a rater and make that rater

understand why you're filing a claim.


Your application, all forms and all evidence must be

accurate, neatly organized and presentable.


Ultimately, everything you submit will land on the desk of a human being who

will have to look it all over. Make it easy for that person to approve your claim.

If you submit less than adequate evidence or if you say things you can't prove,

you aren't going to win any sympathy from the rater.


Make and keep copies of everything!


Veterans Medical Opinion Doctor


The VAWatchdog is a DIY site.

We promote the idea that veterans are smart enough to submit

their own VA disability claims.


We do not believe that any sort of "VA rep" is necessary.


Nobody cares about your claim the way you do.

Do it yourself, do it right the first time.


​​

Pro Tips

These are a few of  the little details that we've learned over the years.


Consider getting an Independent Medical Opinion (IMO) before you go to the C & P exam.

Although you'll have to pay for an IMO out of your pocket, think of it as an investment

in your future. The IMO is usually the key piece of evidence that wins your claim. We

do not trust the C & P examiners to be experts in diagnosing your conditions. 


Don't rely on "buddy letters" from friends or family to help you establish your disabling

conditions. These statements in support of your claim don't carry much weight unless

they are from people who you served with and they witnessed an event that caused

your disabling condition. You need solid evidence.


Talk with a veterans law attorney. Although you may not be able to retain an attorney

to represent you unless and until there is a denial of a claim, the attorneys you see

featured on VAWatchdog will be happy to speak with you at no charge.  The lawyer

you speak with may have some really good ideas for your claim.



Do it right the first time

Step One


Give VA everything they need to adjudicate your claim.

Overwhelm them with accuracy and evidence.


You must clearly state what it is you're after.

For example:

"I broke my right arm during an evacuation exercise in May 2012.

Surgery was done and the arm hasn't healed properly.

I am seeking a 30% rating for this disabling arm condition."


Repeat for each disabling condition that you're claiming.

Be precise.   Be brief.  



How To File & Win Your Claim For Disability Compensation - 2017


The following are the steps to take to file & win your claim.

Following these steps in order doesn't guarantee you'll win

but it will increase the chances of a positive outcome.


Think about it. What are you going to claim?

The more precise you are, the better.


Find your condition in The Schedule For Rating Disabilities.


Use the VA language when you can.


Register for and familiarize yourself with eBenefits.


Gather your records for your own use.

If there are civilian medical records, get those yourself. Do not rely on VA to get them for you.

If you only have VA medical records, they will be accessible to the raters.

Military records and DD-214 replacements are here.


Get your records (evidence) organized.

Make copies, collate them in good order. If you plan to upload them on-line, start scanning.

If you want to mail them in, the address is

:

VA Claims Intake Center
Department of Veterans Affairs
PO Box 5235
Janesville, WI  53547-5235


Toll Free FAX Janesville – 844-822-5246


Pro Tip

Organizing your records for presentation and review is critical. Eventually a VA employee

(a rater) will sit down at a desk and review your claim submission. If you have given

the rater little to work with, you'll get little in return. If you've given the rater good

evidence, presented neatly and in order, your claim is more likely to win.


File the claim

It's time to formally file

your claim for disability compensation benefits.

You may use the 

electronic claims forms available on line at eBenefits.

You'll be completing the VA Form 21-526EZ


You're done! 

Congratulations. You've filed your claim for VA disability compensation. Now you wait.

VA will notify you that you'rescheduled for a C & P exam.

 Once that step is completed, you wait for the notification that you've won your claim.


How hard was that?



You Must Understand the New Rules


​The Federal Register


Standard Claims and Appeals Forms


A Rule by the Veterans Affairs Department on 09/25/2014



How To Win Your Department of Veterans Affairs

Disability Claim