VA Disability

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VA Disability
Applying for VA Disability
Maximizing Your VA Disability

 


VA Disability

A veteran qualifies to receive VA DisabilityThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives VA Disability Benefits to all Disabled Veterans with service-connected medical conditions.

To receive VA Disability, a veteran must go through the VA Disability Process

After applying for VA Disability, the veteran undergoes the C&P Exams to determine the severity of the conditions being evaluated for VA Disability. The VA’s Rating Authorities then assign a VA Disability Rating to each condition. These ratings are based on the laws of the VASRD and are used to determine the exact amount of VA Disability the veteran will receive.

Note: All VA Disability is NOT taxable!

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Applying for VA Disability
 

To apply for VA Disability, a veteran must submit a VA Disability Claim.

It is best for a veteran to apply for VA Disability within one year of his date of separation from the military. If a VA Disability Claim is submitted within this first year, then the veteran will be eligible to receive VA Disability Back Pay and all of his conditions will be assumed service-connected unless there is definite evidence that they aren’t.

If, however, the claim is not submitted until after this 1-year mark, then the veteran will lose all the pay for the period between his date of separation and the VA Disability Rating Decision, and he will need to provide evidence that his claimed conditions were definitely service-connected.

If a service member is being separated from the military because of a medical condition, then his VA Disability Claim will be automatically submitted as part of the Integrated Disability Evaluation System. If he is separated for any other reason, he will have to apply for VA Disability independently.

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Maximizing Your VA Disability

To ensure that you receive the best VA Disability possible, you must carefully prepare for the VA Disability Process.

It is essential that all the necessary information the VA needs to properly assign VA Disability Ratings to your conditions is submitted along with the original VA Disability Claim. Find Your Conditions on our site to determine what evidence is needed.

With this information, you can also ensure that the physician who conducts your C&P Exam records the proper information needed to rate your conditions for VA Disability. While the VA is trying to correct this, not always do the physicians know exactly what information they should record, so going in armed with this knowledge can help you ensure that your VA Disability Process runs smoothly and that your VA Disability is determined correctly.

Once your VA Disability has been decided, if you disagree with the Rating Decision, you may be able to get your VA Disability increased by submitting an appeal.

VA Disability can change over time if a condition worsens or improves. If your condition has worsened, and you’d like to get your VA Disability increased, you do not need to submit an appeal. Simply contact your local VA office and schedule another exam to have your condition re-evaluated.

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