Dating man disability
We will take your claim and get you examined before you go home.Normally, decisions are available about two months after you separate or retire. If you are still on active duty but have less than 60 days to go, you can still file a “Quick Start” claim.In either case, we will have to write to you and tell you that if you want the records considered you will have to get them and send them. The letter may also include specific requests from your local regional office for information.In the worse case this can add two to three months to the process. Read it carefully for specific requests for information from us.Quick Start claims are processed at dedicated facilities so decisions are quicker for most Veterans. If you are out of service for less than a year, think you might have a claim, but are unsure if you want to “go through the hassle” apply.The evidence is fresher and cleaner, there are unlikely to be what we refer to as “inter-current injuries” (i.e.I have worked for VA for over 36 years and the overwhelming majority of people who work for VA are committed to the mission.
Their jobs are complex and it takes a while to become fully qualified so if you think we made a mistake, ask you may be right. While there are attorneys who will represent you for a fee, it is rarely necessary to pay to have your claim processed efficiently and successfully.
On the other hand if you broke your leg and recovered from it you should claim that because the fracture, if found on x-ray, can be service connected.
While it might only warrant a zero percent evaluation now, if you develop arthritis at the site later, you are covered.
If we have made a mistake, we would rather just fix it now than get involved in a lengthy appeal that isn’t terribly satisfying for you or VA.
Final Note: VA exists to serve those who served and their survivors.