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Contact an accredited Veterans Service Organization representative who can assist you in submitting your claim.
Veterans who have disabilities, medical conditions, or injuries incurred or aggravated during active military serviceâ€”no matter when or where they servedâ€”may be eligible to receive tax-free monthly benefits.
To support a claim for service connection, the evidence must show the following:
If you have any of the following relevant items, you should submit them with your claim:
The fastest and simplest way to obtain a VA decision on a compensation claim is to submit all supporting documents and evidence together in a Fully Developed Claim (FDC) online at www.eBenefits.va.gov or by mail. Typical steps to apply online include:
If you think you want to file an FDC but aren’t quite ready yet, you can start an FDC at eBenefits.va.gov, save your incomplete application, gather all your documents and then submit your claim up to one year later. This will preserve your effective date if the claim is submitted within one year.
The Decision Ready Claim (DRC) program is the fastest way to get your disability compensation claim for an increase processed. Veterans with a service connected rating who are currently receiving disability compensation, and whose condition has worsened, may be eligible to apply.
To submit a DRC, you will need to work through an accredited Veterans Service Organization representative who will assist you to ensure all supporting evidence (e.g., medical exams) is included with your claim. This will accelerate the process and allow VA to complete your claim within 30 days of submission.
Learn more about Decision Ready Claims.
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