VA disability is a monthly cash benefit provided to veterans who are disabled due to a service connected injury.  It is common for veterans to be denied the first time they apply for VA disability.  When a veteran is denied VA disability, they are given a year from such denial to appeal.  It is important that the veteran closely monitor the appeal date to ensure that the appeal is received within the year.  When a veteran is approved for VA disability, following any appeals, the benefit is paid back to the date the first claim was filed.

If an appeal is not received within a year of the denial, the appeal cannot relate back to the original claim.  The veteran will be required to file a new claim for benefits and lose the benefits for the time period between when  the two claims were filed.  Veterans who have been denied VA Disability should seek the assistance of an experienced accredited VA attorney to assist with the appeal.