Be Patient – The VA has gotten better at processing claims. But this is not an overnight process. (Read- Understanding the Claims Process)
Be Prepared - The application and claims creation process is long and sometimes confusing. Use an accredited veteran’s service officer to submit your claim. They will ensure every “I” is dotted, and “t” is cross; having a FULLY developed claim means faster results. Work with your service officer when they request information, they work WITH you to develop the claim. See the checklist for items to bring to your initial meeting.
Be On Time – During the development process of the claim the veteran may be asked to visit a VA Medical facility for an examination. Show up on time to your appointment, the VA Health Care System is working with millions of veterans each year making time slots important. Missing your appointment will only delay a decision concerning your claim and could end up with a denial.
Be Active – Be actively involved in your claim, you will receive information about your claim before your Veteran Service Officer. Any correspondence you receive from the veterans administration make sure you contact your service officer immediately. If there are time sensitive instructions, we want to deal with them. There are time limits on processes. If you have questions about your claim, call your veteran service officer.
Do Not Face the Veterans Administration Alone!