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Veterans Disability Process

Steps to Take in Veterans Disability Process


So you might be wondering what is the process that the Department of Veterans Affairs uses.

In other words what are the steps in a veterans disability claim for pension or compensation.

The first step is to apply at your regional office.  You will then get what is called a Ratings Decision.  If you are unhappy with the result you then file a notice of disagreement to your regional office with in one year.  You will then get Statement of the Case or SOC.  At this point you may submit additional evidence.  Then you will get a Supplemental Statement of the Case or SSOC.  If you are still not pleased with decision you can appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals or BVA.  You do this at your regional office.  You have 60 days from your SOC or one year from Rating Decision.  You have opportunity for hearing before BVA at this stage.  You will then receive your decision from the BVA.  This can take a very long time.  The BVA can do a few things.  They may send it back on remand to the RO for a new decision.  They can also grant benefits.  Lastly they can issue the final denial of BVA.  If you are still unhappy with decision you can file suit at United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims or CAVC.  You have 120 days from BVA decision.

If you are looking for help with your claim from a lawyer see my page on the new law on hiring lawyers for veterans disability and it will explain when you can do so.

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