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Veteran's Application For Compensation Or Pension


Charleese

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Hi everyone,

I was looking at a 1983 Veteran's Application for Compensation and I noticed in section 8 is ask Have you ever filed a claim for compensation from the office of workers' compensation program? (Formerly the U.S. Bureau of Employees Compensation). 9A ask for a VA File Number, 9B ask Have you previously filed a claim for any benefit with the veterans administration and list the following to be checked off: None, Hospitalization or Medical Care, Waiver of NSLI Premiums, Disagbility Compensation or Pension, Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31), Veterans Educational, Assistance (Chapter 33 or 34) War Orphans Or Dependents Educational Assist (Chap. 35), Dental or Outpatient Treatment, and Other (specify). 9C ask VA Office Having Your Records (If known).

It struct me that anyone filling out this application back there then would definitely have been confused and could easily check the wrong box and VA could deny their claims because of this confusion. For example in 8 when it ask have you ever filed a claim for compensation from workers' compensation and 9A then ask for a VA file number. A person could easily think that they had to file with worker's compensation in order to get a VA File Number, and therefore would check 9B as None because they never filed a worker's compensation claim, or if a person filed with VA and never heard from them they can't give a File Number and therefore could check 9B as None because they don't have a file number and never filed with workers compensation. 9C would be blank because if they filed and never heard from VA they won't know who had their application. Furthermore, this application never asked what are you applying for Cmpensation, Pension, or both.

Evidently this section was so confusing until the VA changed it. Now Section I of Application question 1 ask What are you applying for and list Compesnation, Pension, Compensation and Pension; Each one tells you what part(s) of application to fill out to answer this question. 2a ask Have You ever filed a claim with VA, the words previously filed a claim for any benefits is omitted. It also explains if No which item to go to and if Yes go to item such in such. 2b ask I filed a claim for and it list Compensation, Pension, or Other.

As you can see the VA may a drastic change for the better of understanding for this section.

My question is does anyone here at hadit know when this change was made and why was it made.

Please answer this question because it can help some Veteran who put NONE on application because he was going my previous question 9A.

Thanks!

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