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    Compensation and Pension Exam Forums

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    The VA claim exam, also called a C&P exam, is different from a regular medical appointment because the examiner won’t prescribe any medicine or treat you for your disability. This exam occurs only if you file a compensation or pension claim. It is a part of the claim review process and helps VA determine if your disability is service connected, the level of your disability, or if your condition should receive an increased rating due to it worsening.

    The amount of time the examiner spends with you during your exam depends on what conditions you claimed and if VA needs more information to make a decision. The length of your visit could be very short, or last an hour or more. However, a mental-health evaluation typically lasts two to four hours.


    • Ask you questions
    • Observe your behavior
    • Perform a limited physical exam
    • Simply review your file with you

    Each exam is different. Remember, your in-person visit is only one part of the claim review process. Typically, examiners spend time before and/or after your appointment reviewing your medical records. Even if your visit is short, he or she is still carefully reviewing your claim. Source: VA Claim Exam Fact Sheet

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