There are eight distinct steps that most claims for disability compensation follow. These phases may vary in time depending on the complexity of the claim, the amount of evidence that must be gathered to support the claims, and the type of evidence.
You are strongly encouraged to submit as much evidence as possible with your claim to help minimize processing time. The eight steps of claims processing are as follows:. Your claim has been received by the VA. If you applied through the U.
Your claim has been assigned to a Veterans Service Representative and is being reviewed to determine if additional evidence is needed. If we do not need any additional information, your claim will move directly to the Preparation for Decision phase. The Veterans Service Representative will request evidence from the required sources.
Requests for evidence may be made of you, a medical professional, a government agency, or another authority. It is common for claims to return to this phase, should additional evidence be required. We have received all needed evidence. If, upon review, it is determined that more evidence is required, the claim will be sent back to the Gathering of Evidence phase.
The Veterans Service Representative has recommended a decision, and is preparing required documents detailing that decision. If more evidence is required, the claim will be sent back in the process for more information or evidence. The recommended decision is reviewed, and a final award approval is made. If it is determined that more evidence or information is required, the claim will be sent back in the process for more information or evidence.
The VA has sent a decision packet to you by U. The packet includes details of the decision or award. Please allow standard mailing time for your packet to arrive before contacting a VA call center.
The length of time it takes to complete a claim depends on several factors, such as the type of claim filed, complexity of your disability iesthe number of disabilities you claim, and the availability of evidence needed to decide your claim. You can track the status of your claim by registering for eBenefits at www. Here you can find the average processing days for the regional office that is working on your claim.
To find the average processing days for your state:.If you receive disability benefits from the VA, you know how important the payments you receive are. What some veterans may not know at first, however, is that the VA will periodically request to reexamine you so that they can reevaluate your disability rating. This request may seem harmless at first, but in fact, it can have a significant impact on the benefits you receive.
You can expect the VA to reach out to you and ask for a reexamination at two different points in time:. At each of these points, the VA will reevaluate your disability rating. Any changes to the rating could affect the amount you receive in disability payments going forward. If the VA decides to lower your disability rating, you could receive less in benefits. If the VA raises your rating, you could receive more.
Whatever change there might be in your rating, if you disagree, you have the right to appeal. If something happens outside of the scheduled timeframe and your disability worsens, you may want to request a reevaluation yourself.
You have the right to do so. If the VA decides that your condition warrants a higher disability rating, you could see a much-needed increase in your benefits. However, there is also a risk involved, as the VA might instead decide to lower your rating and therefore your payments. Consulting with an experienced veteran law attorney can give you a better idea of whether you should request a reevaluation. The VA is a huge, complex bureaucracy.
How to navigate it is not something they taught you in Basic Training. It can take years of fighting to truly understand how the VA works and how to make it work for you. An experienced veteran law attorney will have just that knowledge.
If you are seeking to appeal your new disability rating, or if you want to better understand how to handle the reevaluation process from the beginning, the veteran law attorneys of the Berry Law Firm can help. A reduction in the benefits you need is difficult.
In addition to depriving you of income you rely on, it can feel like an insult from the department that is supposed to take care of you after you sacrificed so much for your country.
For more information on how the Berry Law Firm can help, contact us now for a free consultation and advice about your legal rights. Unemployment Benefits for Veterans. First and foremost, welcome to our VA practice! Our team is committed to getting you the VA benefits you earned through your faithful service to our country.
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Preferred Method of Contact Phone Email. Opt Into Email.Federal government websites always use a. The following questions are a list of problems and complaints that veterans sometimes have in response to stressful military experiences.
Please read each question carefully, then select the answer that indicates how much you have been bothered by that problem in the past month. This entire screening is processed on this local computer. No information is collected, stored or sent over the Internet. To ensure complete privacy, exit your web browser after completing this screening. If you have problems accessing this tool, there is also text-only version. Instructions on scoring and interpreting your results are located after the final question.
There is also an interactive version of this tool. Repeated, disturbing memories, thoughts, or images of a stressful military experience? Not at all A little bit Moderately Quite a bit Extremely. Suddenly acting or feeling as if a stressful military experience were happening again as if you were reliving it?
Feeling very upset when something reminded you of a stressful military experience? Having physical reactions e. Avoiding thinking about or talking about a stressful military experience or avoiding having feelings related to it? Avoiding activities or situations because they reminded you of a stressful military experience? Trouble remembering important parts of a stressful military experience? Feeling emotionally numb or being unable to have loving feelings for those close to you? Now that you have answered each of the questions, you will need to score your answers.
Each "Not at all" answer has value of one. Each "A little bit" answer has a value of two. Each "Moderately" answer has a value of three.
Each "Quite a bit" answer has a value of four. Each "Extremely" answer has a value of five. Total all your answer scores to determine your screening result.
Your screen results indicate that you have few or no symptoms of PTSD. This screen is not designed to provide a comprehensive assessment or diagnosis of PTSD. Only a qualified physician or mental health provider can provide a complete assessment and diagnosis of PTSD.
Only a qualified physician or mental health professional can differentiate symptoms of PTSD from other medical conditions.Home What's new Latest activity Authors.
Thread starter epb Start date Feb 13, Status Not open for further replies. Question: On the ebenefits page there is an option for me to load additional documents. I called the VA and they advised it wasn't necessary or advisable to upload any optional documents myself, and just go with requested documents from the examining Dr.
Does this sound right? Any general advise or info on the VA reeval process. Warrior Super Moderator Staff Member. PEB Forum Veteran. Lifetime Supporter.
Registered Member. Thanks for the feedback. Definitely helps me settle it in my mind. I have a tendency to obsess about most everything and good feedback is reassuring. Follow up question.
If you have days left on active dutyyou may be able to file a pre-discharge claim through the Benefits Delivery at Discharge BDD program. This may help speed up the claim decision process so you can get your benefits sooner. Find out how to file a pre-discharge claim. Learn more about gathering evidence for standard and fully developed claims. This is called a postservice claim. But you should know that the process may become more complex the longer you wait. Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation.
Learn more about special claims Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation. Then 2 years later, an X-ray of your elbow showed signs of arthritis a painful swelling and sometimes wearing down of a joint. In this case, you would need to send your new exam and X-ray results to us as new evidence related to the claim.
Disability benefits. How to file a claim. More in this section Types of VA disability claims and when to file Find out when you can first file a claim for service-connected benefits—and what to do if you want to request more benefits or have new evidence to support a claim we denied in the past. Original claim—file your first claim for disability compensation. We refer to the first claim you file for a disability as your original claim. You can file a claim up to days before leaving the service: If you have days left on active dutyyou may be able to file a pre-discharge claim through the Benefits Delivery at Discharge BDD program.
Learn more about gathering evidence for standard and fully developed claims You can also file a claim for a disability that appears after discharge: This is called a postservice claim. You can file an increased claim to request: An increase in your disability rating More financial support Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation.
You can file a special claim to request compensation for special needs. You can file a Supplemental Claim if you meet all of the requirements listed below.
Learn more about Supplemental Claims. Last updated: September 27, Posted in Uncategorized on April 4, Tags: ptsdtips for caregiverstips for seniorsveterans. PTSD is one of the most well-known but little-understood illnesses in modern American life. When it comes to military servicemen and veterans, it helps to know some basic information about what they can expect in a VA PTSD evaluation.
Post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD is a mental health disorder that, although quite common, is frequently misunderstood and even misdiagnosed in many cases. Because other diagnoses like anxiety and depression share many of these symptoms, many veterans are diagnosed too late.
After a diagnosis has been confirmed, the next step is to get help. Department of Veterans Affairs. Second, credible evidence of the in-service stressor must be presented. This is often the most challenging aspect of service connection, as there are numerous and strict rules that dictate what can be considered credible evidence of a stressor.
Finally, medical evidence that reveals a causal relationship between the stressor and the symptoms must be presented. This rating is an important part of the process, as it has an impact on average impairment in earning capacity. And during the evaluation, the VA must also consider the following:.
In addition to assessing the severity of the disorder, this process helps the VA determine what level of disability benefits a veteran may qualify for. The year begins with the date on the Veterans Affairs decision letter.
Taking adequate time to review these details could very well mean the difference when seeking a second diagnosis and service connection. I was told My records were destroyed in Denver in ' I went to my Congressman's offices twice in the last year, as recently a week ago.
I received a call from the VA this past Tuesday, scheduling an appointment for June 7th. You must be logged in to post a comment. See Larger Video. If you are a veteran, the surviving spouse of a veteran, or the responsible family member of a veteran, we urge you to apply for the VA Aid and Attendance Special Pension at the earliest time possible. This benefit could make the difference between a veteran or surviving spouse living in a high-quality assisted living facility or in a state-operated nursing home.
Veteran Aid. Four groups of symptoms are taken into account when PTSD is being diagnosed: Intrusion Symptoms: Nightmares and flashbacks related to the traumatic incident, psychological and physical reactivity to things related to the traumatic incident Avoidance Behavior: Avoiding places, people, or situations with reminders of the traumatic incident Negative Changes in Cognition and Mood: Issues with memory, lack of interest in pastimes enjoyed before the traumatic incident, feelings of detachment or sadness Heightened Arousal and Reactivity: Very sensitive startle response, feeling jittery and hyper-aware of surroundings Because other diagnoses like anxiety and depression share many of these symptoms, many veterans are diagnosed too late.
What happens after a PTSD diagnosis? And during the evaluation, the VA must also consider the following: Frequency and severity of psychiatric symptoms Length of remission between symptoms Capacity for treatment and adjustment during remissions In addition to assessing the severity of the disorder, this process helps the VA determine what level of disability benefits a veteran may qualify for.
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