Many veterans are entitled to VA disability benefits due to ongoing symptoms from a disability they sustained during service. Even though the receipt of the monthly tax free cash payments would be life changing, many veterans abandon their claim. The veterans do not pursue their claim because of the significant delay and nonsensical denials involved. This frustration is understandable, as the VA has a long wait time and can ask for incomprehensible requests for information.
We encourage veterans to both stay in the fight with the VA and improve their chances of approval through a simple procedure. A VA claim requires three elements: 1. A disability 2.The disability needs to be connected to military service and 3. There are current symptoms of the disability. We often see veterans denied disability benefits because they fail to prove one of the three elements. Often, they have volumes of medical evidence related to the disability, and simply send this information to the VA. They expect the VA to be able to connect the disability to their military service. While this is far from an unreasonable expectation, the VA often fails to make the connection. The veteran needs to point the VA to the specific events during military service that lead to the disability. A similar rejection of a claim occurs where the veteran alleges a disability, connects the disability to service, but fails to show that he has current symptoms of the disability. Without proof of current symptoms, the veteran cannot receive disability payments. This is common when a veteran had a condition, such as kidney stones or prostate cancer, and underwent successful treatment. If there are no residual symptoms, there is no recovery.
While it is possible for a veteran to handle an appeal themselves, iit is often advisable to seek the assistance of an experienced accredited VA attorney. The attorney can provide assistance documenting the evidence needed to support a VA claim, and construct an argument that will raise the chances of approval.