Obtaining VA Disability Compensation Benefits
If you are a military service member who suffered a service-related injury or whose condition was made worse due to your service, you may qualify to receive veterans disability compensation. Unfortunately, obtaining these benefits can be a frustrating, confusing and ultimately fruitless process. The lawyers at McKown & Myers, LLP want to help make the process as easy and effective as possible for service members throughout Indiana.
What Do I Need To Prepare For My Application?
If you are eligible for VA disability compensation benefits , the first thing you need to do is gather compelling supporting documents, including:
- VA medical records that provide details about the origin of your disability or illness
- Private medical records that include a diagnosis and prognosis for your disability or illness
- Supporting statements from anyone who can confirm your illness and exactly how and when it happened
- DD214 discharge papers and all service treatment records
- Original: A first claim for disability
- Increased: Request for additional compensation for a disability that has worsened
- Special: Claim for special needs linked to your disability
- Reopened: New evidence is introduced to support a previous claim
- Secondary: Added or new benefits linked to an existing disability