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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



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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


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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


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Medically Unexplained Chronic Multisymptom Illnesses
A prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans is a cluster of medically unexplained

chronic symptoms that can include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems.
VA does not use the term “Gulf War Syndrome” when referring to “medically

unexplained chronic multisymptom illnesses” reported by Gulf War Veterans.

Symptoms vary widely and therefore, do not meet the definition of a syndrome.

A syndrome is a group of symptoms that usually occur together and characterize a

certain disease or abnormal condition. That is why VA uses the term “medically

unexplained chronic multisymptom illnesses” instead of “Gulf War Syndrome.”

Gulf War Veterans who meet the criteria below do not need to prove a connection

between their military service and medically unexplained chronic multisymptom

illnesses in order to receive VA disability compensation.
VA presumes certain chronic, unexplained symptoms existing for 6 months or more are

related to Gulf War service without regard to cause. These "presumptive" illnesses

must have appeared during active duty in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations or by

December 31, 2016, and be at least 10 percent disabling.

These illnesses include:


Chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition of long-term and severe fatigue that is

not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other conditions. 


Fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by widespread muscle pain. Other symptoms may

include insomnia, morning stiffness, headache, and memory problems.

Functional gastrointestinal disorders, a group of conditions marked by chronic or

recurrent symptoms related to any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Functional condition

refers to an abnormal function of an organ, without a structural alteration in the tissues.

Examples include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional

dyspepsia, and functional abdominal pain syndrome.


Undiagnosed illnesses with symptoms that may include but are not limited to:

abnormal weight loss, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, muscle and joint pain,

headache, menstrual disorders, neurological and psychological problems,

skin conditions, respiratory disorders, and sleep disturbances.
VA’s final rule specifying that functional gastrointestinal disorders

are covered as presumptive illnesses took effect on August 15, 2011.



Gulf War Presumptions  Gulf War Service
For VA benefit purposes, Gulf War service is active military duty in any of the following

areas in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations any time during the first

Gulf War starting August 2, 1990 through the current conflict in Iraq.  

This includes Veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2010) and

Operation New Dawn (2010 and continuing).

Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, The neutral zone between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain,

Qatar, The United Arab Emirates, Oman, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Waters of the

Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, and the Red Sea & the airspace above these locations.


Presumptive Veterans Affairs

Disability Conditions & Ratings



Presumptive Conditions

A "condition", in the language of the VA, is any disease, illness or injury that occurs during

active duty military service. To be service connected and eligible for a disability

compensation rating, the condition must be caused or contributed to by an event that

occurred during service. If the condition existed prior to service, it must be shown to

have been aggravated (made worse) by military service.

To achieve a disability compensation rating, the veteran must prove that he or she had

appropriate military service, that an event that caused the claimed condition occurred

and that a medically diagnosed condition that is disabling exists today.

The regulations that govern presumptive conditions only eliminate the requirement to

prove that an event caused the condition. For example, a Vietnam veteran does not have

to prove that agent orange caused the diabetes he has today. It is presumed that he was

exposed to agent orange and also that agent orange is at the root of the diabetes.

While agent orange and the Vietnam veteran are the best known of all presumptive conditions

and ratings, atomic veterans, certain Korean veterans and other veterans may also be

eligible for presumptive ratings of certain conditions.

The regulations are complex. Some veterans who have a Vietnam Service Medal aren't

eligible for presumptive ratings because they didn't set their boots on the soil of the country

of Vietnam. Many Korean veterans don't realize that they may be eligible for service

connections due to exposure to the herbicide agent orange.

If you believe that you may be eligible for any presumptive condition and rating, the best way

to find out is to file a VA disability claim. The process of adjudication is the only sure way to know.