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Step Five

Do it right the first time

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.

Step Four

Do it right the first time

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.

Step Two

Do it right the first time

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.

Step Three

Do it right the first time

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!

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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.

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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 often 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.

Step One

Do it right the first time

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 - 2018

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

:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO BOX 4444
JANESVILLE, WI 53547- 4444
Toll Free Fax: 844-531-7818


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.


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