When Indiana veterans need disability benefits, they submit a claim to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This agency can approve or deny their claim. If the claim is denied, know that it is possible and often worthwhile to appeal the decision.

How can veterans appeal the VA’s decision on their claim?

If a claim for veteran’s benefits is denied, there are a few options.

  1. The first option involves filing a supplemental claim. This involves providing new evidence that might change the VA’s stance and get it to approve the claim.
  2. The second option is submitting the claim for a higher-level review. Under this process, a senior official will review the claim and decide if it should be approved or denied.

What to do if these options fail

If these options fail, veterans can go directly to the appeal board. The applicant can choose a direct review where a judge reviews their case, though the applicant will not be there when this review happens. If the applicant want to add more evidence to strengthen their case, they can choose to do so through the evidence submission route. Finally, if all else fails, the applicant can apply for a hearing with a veterans law judge. This takes the longest, but it also allows them to make their case directly to the judge.

What is the best way to apply for veteran’s benefits?

Applying for veterans’ disability compensation can often be a long and complicated process. Working with an attorney can make the process easier and help the claim to be filed as promptly as possible.