VA Claims Process

Veterans seeking benefits from the VA often have to jump through many hoops until they finally get a favorable decision granting service connection for a condition, and often may have to go further through the process in order to seek a higher rating.  Though this can be tedious and frustrating to veterans and their family members or survivors, it is important that those seeking VA benefits take time to learn the intricacies of the VA process, or seek help from someone who can guide them through the process.  The VA claims process often operates as a “hurry up and wait” system – there are important deadlines that veterans should be sure to meet so as not to delay their claim or miss out on the chance to appeal; however, the VA generally moves slowly through a backlog of claims.  Patience and procedural vigilance are necessary for those involved in the VA claims process.

The information given here is meant to provide a general overview of the claims process at the VA.  It is not intended to be a comprehensive source.  Those who are engaged with the VA claims process are advised to seek guidance from a professional, or do further research.


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