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14 Questions about Veterans Disability Compensation Benefits Claims 

When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about when it comes to filing VA Disability Claims.

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!!! Value of IMO cannot be overstressed !!!

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An IMO, and letter to the President did it.

The VA did every little trick:

- Unilaterally added disabilities

- Uploaded a development letter, but didn't send it

- Literally threw out the claim

- Started developing for records they could never get (but had), just to delay

My advice:

1. Research. Go to ratings CFRs, USC and the manual (M21-1). This is hard, but pays off.

2. Get an IMO with correct DBQ.

3. Never contact the VA directly. Use a POA, county officer, cong aid or Whitehouse hotline as an intermediary.

4. If (When) the VA makes a mistake, complain through as many channels as possible

5. Keep correspondence as brief as possible. Explaining you're a veteran is wildly redundant.

6. Verify all advice (self inc'l). From the VA on down, the system is fraught with well intentioned, but bad info.

7. Do it now. People (like me) lose thousands of $ and die by putting things off.

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Yes...great advice....if I had never gotten tough with VA they would have walked all over me..

but I had to get tough with EVERY claim I had. At some point a vet has to go as far to the top as possible.

Thanks Mike for explaining this.

It often takes a big foot to get a thumb out of an a--hole..that goes for our well paid vet org reps as well as the VA.


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Congratulations, Mike!  

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