The Claim Filing Process

  1. Getting Started
  2. Reviewing Your Medical Records
  3. Preparing Your Claim
    • Proving Your Claim
  4. Filing Your Claim
    • Veterans Organizatinos
    • Informal Claims
    • Formal Claims
    • Online Form
  5. Claim Arrival at Regional Office
    • Compensation & Pension Exam
    • Disability Exam Worksheet
    • Rating Team Decision

The Claim Filing Process

Historically 80% of claims are DENIED. Learn the process so you are not one of them.

If your disability is not DOCUMENTED, it may be DIFFICULT TO PROVE...
Learn the process!

Good To Know:
VBA Annual Benefits Reports

Most Prevalent Service-Connected Disabilities for Veterans Who Began Receiving Compensation During Fiscal Year 2006
Disability Number of Veterans Percent of Total
Tinnitus 51,360 9.7%
Defective Hearing 38,330 7.2%
Diabetes Mellitus 23,756 4.5%
Lumbosacral or Cervical Strain 22,445 4.2%
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 20,516 3.9%
Degenerative Arthritis of the Spine 15,945 3.0%
Arthritis, due to trauma 15,368 2.9%
Limitation of flexion of leg 15,232 2.9%
Generalized Muskuloskeletal Disabilities 13,881 2.6%
Hypertensive Vascular Disease 11,626 2.2%
Total: Most Prevalent Disabilities 228,459  
Total: All Disabilities 529,885  

Getting Started

Starting the claim process depends on your status: Active Duty or a Veteran.