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Friday, October 26, 2012 - 6:56pm
If you suffer from physical, psychological, or emotional service-related injuries due to your time in military service, you may be eligible for VA Disability Benefits.
Through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, disability benefits are awarded as a result of the length and type of your service commitment, and any injuries which resulted. Although the amount of the disability benefit is contingent upon the severity of injuries, many veterans are beginning to file claims due to the progressing symptoms of their service-related injuries.
In 2012, it is estimated the Department of Veterans Affairs will process 1 million disability claims, though claims are greater than that.
For many veterans, applying for your disability benefit is just half the battle. Did you know your VA Disability Benefits can be denied? Although many service men and women apply for disability benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs can deny your claim for many reasons including lack of substantial documentation and ineligible service-related injury.
It is important not to get discouraged. If you suffer from an injury and feel as though your VA Disability Benefits claim was wrongfully denied you still have options. By understanding them you can fight.
Here are a few approaches you can implement to get the benefits you deserve:
- Be Informed - Understand the application process, appeals process, and reasons for denials
- Know Who’s On Your Side - Veterans Service Organizations can assist you through the claims process and fight for your justice.
- Ask Questions - Obtain clarification and details regarding your denied claim
- Submit a 1st Level Appeal - Submit a Notice of Disagreement to the VA Regional Office
- Submit a 2nd Level Appeal - Execute a 2nd level appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA)
- Seek Legal Guidance – If your appeal is denied, consider consulting with an attorney to determine if legal representation is needed
- Final Appeal - If denied by BVA you can appeal to the U.S. Courts of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- Know Your Alternatives - Reopen your case with the VA Regional Office and submit new and material evidence
Many veterans are not getting the justice they deserve. If a decision has been made to deny your VA Disability Benefits you still have options. You have a right to these benefits so take action.