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Disability Benefits Questionaire

E-4 Marine


Hi everyone,

I was on ebenefits and came across a “Disability Claims Questionaire” form. I have never heard of this questionaire before and was hoping that someone can provide some insight. Unless, I understood it incorrectly it seems as if the VA is marketing it as a way for veterans to obtain a C&P from clinicians outside of the VA. Has anyone had any experience with using a questionnaire? Here is the link: http://benefits.va.gov/TRANSFORMATION/disabilityexams/index.asp

Semper Fi,


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The "DBQs" are the VA's way of accomplishing several things at the same time.

The older C&P exam "guides" are/were not being followed, and the VA automated many anyway.

The DBQ can also give a veteran's PCP a distinct input into the claims process.

Finally, the use of a DBQ as part of an "IMO" helps to standardize such things, make the results easier fo the VA to understand,

and give the IMO physician guidance.

Too many times in the recent to far past, the VA refused to give any and proper weight to treating physicians opinions and the accompanying medical records.

Naturally, history has also shown that the VA regards "safeguarding" government funds a more important goal than awarding veterans proper compensation.

Congress hasn't done any better, and has failed to put laws in place that prevent the VA from doing such things as "low balling" claims, improperly denying claims,

delaying claims processing, and generally doing seemingly everything possible to make the claim process a bureaucrats wet dream.

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The wars in the middle east are winding down rapidly. I think the VA wants to avoid the liability of a ten year war. They do see a tidal wave of PTSD claims coming at them and who knows what else. It took years for Agent Orange to really start to make its mark. I mistrust anything the VA and/or military comes up with to re-evaluate how they determine disability if it is going to cost them money.


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My last C&P exam was based on the DBQ and frankly I believe there should of been more insight when they figured the questions that needed to be on them. One other issue I had was at the end of the questionneer it asked if my disability would interfere with work. Now according to the VA regs, it quoted that the examiner MUST explain the answer he gave as to his/her reasoning. What he wrote on mine was, yes it does interfere with work, but can do Sedentary type work. Tell me folks if I'm off based with his reasoning, but to me that's not a reason. To me a reason would be like; Examination shows Vet can sit for 8 hours or more therefore he can do sedentary work. The way he wrote it was just saying I can work not the reason why I can work. Does this make any sense? I got what I wanted out of it, but still, how about the Vets that are, or going to be in this situation.


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