Do you still remember your first day of boot camp? How about when you were assigned to your first unit? Other memories are there, too, like rifle qualification, awards, learning life skills. And then there are other memories. The day you realized even a minor injury might be more serious than you thought. That's the thing about military service. It's a hard job and it's very common for veterans to carry a lifetime of medical problems as a result of serving our country.
Our team of veterans and experts know the VA and we know the law. The Department of Veterans Affairs is comprised of hard-working fellow Americans. However, they're people and people make mistakes. If you applied for an initial rating or an increase in your VA rating and were denied, let us review the VA's decision. We know the VA's playbook for every medical condition and we know how to help them understand the severity of your condition.
How to Start Your Veteran's Disability Claim
The best way to begin the process to apply for an initial rating or an increase in your rating is to complete the VA Form 526EZ. For a government form, it's very user friendly! However, if the VA does not grant everything you request when you apply, you must take action right away. Typically, you will have one year from the date of the denial to appeal. That year will pass quickly so the key is to contact us at your earliest opportunity.
Let's talk about mental health. Like the most of the country, the VA is beginning to understand that mental health issues are not just for veterans who experienced combat events. There are levels are stress in military service that cannot compare to anything else on the planet. We know that every day on active duty, service members feel the pressure to perform and maximize every moment to ensure our nation is protected. This can take a toll on mental wellness and sometimes not even surface until later years. It takes courage to talk to anyone, especially a medical professional, about mental health. But we all know it's a moment of courage that will pay off enormously when it comes to your health.
Keep in mind that VA disability law is a constantly changing environment. For example, over the years, individual medical conditions have been added to the list of issues that are presumptively service-connected if there was any exposure to Agent Orange. In fact, any amount of time on the ground in Southeast Asia is sufficient to establish exposure to Agent Orange.
Veterans should be aware of occurrences of secondary medical problems. What if a veteran has a service-connected medical problem that causes additional problems? For example, an injury to the right leg can cause problems in the left leg from changes to a person's walking pattern. Problems that may seem purely physical can result in depression from the struggles that come with any disability. When we talk about your VA claim and your health, let's be sure to talk about everything you are experiencing. We want to be certain to make sure the VA knows about every issue that should be compensated.
It's a busy world and we know you need fast answers. Contact us at your next opportunity. Let us assess your case and come up with a strategy to get you your increase. You fought for us. We'll fight for you.