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

Claim Arrival at Regional Office

If you fulfilled all requirements for your claim, you will be scheduled for a Compensation & Pension Examination (C&P). The examiner will use a specific Disability Examination Worksheet to document findings. Your claim file along with the C&P worksheet will be forwarded to the Rating Team. The Rating Team will send you notice of the rating decision stating:

  • Claim is Approved from 0% to 100% disability in increments of 10%
  • Claim is Denied - Denied claims must state in detail why it was denied

If your claim is denied or you disagree with your rating you must submit a Notice of Disagreement (NOD).

Notice of Disagreement

The NOD must reasonably counter why their decision was wrong. We strongly recommend that you file an NOD if you receive a denial letter or you disagree with the rating decision. The law requires the VA to provide you with the reason your claim was rated as such or DENIED. Here is your chance to counter their decision with valid reasons and any additional documentation to further justify your claim.