Your VA Claim
If you haven't figured it out by now,
it's time to realize you're involved in a giant paper shuffle
and this IS NOT a spectator sport.
Put down your gun
and pick up your keyboard.
The battlefield has changed.

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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.



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.



How To File & Win Your Claim For Disability Compensation - 2016


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.


Complete and file the VA Form 21-0966

​Intent To File a Claim For Compensation, Pension,  Survivors Pension, Or Other Benefits

This will set the effective date of your claim. Retroactive benefits will be paid to this date.

Now you have one year to complete the details of the claim.


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 addresses are:

The VA Claims Intake Center - Western Region
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

You've had up to one year to complete the steps above. It's time to formally file

your claim for disability compensation benefits. We recommend that you 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 for 2015


​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



Things You'll Need













VA Form 21-526EZ

File A Claim
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 Apply For SSDI


The Schedule For Rating Disabilities


How To Apply For TDIU Unemployability


Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQ's) 


How To Apply For A Disability Rating


How To Apply For An Increase


Military Personnel Records


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!


The Veterans Law Library


U.S. Medicine


Veterans Benefits Administration
Fact Sheets


Benefits.gov

The M21-1MR


The CFR


TDIU


SMC


Veterans Benefits Administration

Benefit Brochures






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va.gov


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