VA Benefits Participant Guide.pdf

Submit your claim from 90 to 180 days prior to

This preview shows page 26 - 27 out of 239 pages.

Submit your claim from 90 to 180 days prior to separation (as close as possible to 180 days prior). Submit copies of your service treatment records for your current period of service, health treatment records, and mental health records, if applicable. Attend the required VA medical exam(s) at your last station of duty. PRE-DISCHARGE: Less than 90 days prior to separation Work with an accredited VSO to submit a claim using the method called Decision Ready Claims (DRC). Submit your intent to file a claim through your VSO up to 89 days prior to discharge to receive your examination while on active duty. Submit your formal VA claim through your VSO the day after your discharge from active duty. Attend the required VA medical exam at your last station of duty. Anytime Post-Separation Submit a claim using the traditional claims process. OR Expedite your post-separation claim using the DRC or the Fully Developed Claims (FDC) method. You may actually submit an FDC claim up to 90 days pre-separation, but your claim will not begin processing until after your separation. If you are a demobilizing National Guard or Reserve member, you are exempt from the requirement to provide a copy of your Service Treatment Records (STRs) for your current period of service at the time you file your pre-discharge claim. The Disability Claims Process When filing a disability claim, VA may need to gather additional evidence to support your claim. There is an eight-step process (Figure 2-4). that your claim will go through and your VA representative will work directly with you on the process after submission.
Image of page 26

Subscribe to view the full document.

Participant Guide – Version 1.1 26 Figure 2-4: Disability Claims Process The length of time each step requires may vary depending on the complexity of the claim, the amount of evidence that must be gathered to support the claim, and the type of evidence needed. To help minimize processing time, submit as much evidence as possible with your claim. Step 1: Claim Received The claim has been received by VA. If you applied online, you should see a record of receipt in your list of open claims within one hour. If you applied by mail, please allow mailing time plus one week for VA to process and record receipt of the claim. Step 2: Under Review The claim is assigned to a Veteran Service Representative (VSR) and is reviewed to determine if additional evidence is needed. If no additional information is needed, the claim will move directly to Step 5: Preparation for Decision. Step 3: Gathering of Evidence If more information is needed, the VSR will request it from the required sources. Requests for evidence may be made to 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.
Image of page 27
You've reached the end of this preview.
  • Winter '19
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern