Worried about winning your VA disability claim? Check out these simple tips

If you're a military veteran, then you'll understand how difficult the transition from the military to civilian life has been. Especially if you're suffering from an illness or disability as a direct result of your time as a soldier.

Worrying about finding work, keeping your fitness levels high, reconnecting with civilians and financially supporting yourself and your family are some of the top concerns that ex-military personnel struggle with. If you have returned from service with an injury or disability, then it makes sense to file a VA Disability claim. This benefit is rightfully owed to veterans who have served their country and as a result, have ended up with a life-changing injury.

Sadly, this process can prove incredibly complicated and drawn out. Leaving many veterans dejected and reluctant to carry on with the process – you’ll find the veterans affairs disability payment schedule, here just click the link.

So, with this in mind, I've gathered some simple tips that will increase the likelihood of your case being accepted. 

File as soon as possible
Simply put, the sooner you file the sooner you’re likely to be receiving payments. Payments will be backdated from your application, so even if the process is drawn out, if you are successful, you’ll receive what you are owed.

Get family and friends involved
Personal statements and observations from your family and friends can highlight your daily struggles, your chronic pain, what life with your disability looks like and the amount of pain you’re suffering with. Therefore, gathering statements from those around you can add weight to your claim.

Ensure that your records match up
Gather copies of your medical and treatment records whilst in the military and post-service. If you believe that your chronic pain is a result of your time in the military then this should be reflected in your military notes. Analyse what evidence there is to support your claim will tell you whether or not your claim is likely to be accepted. Analysing this evidence will help you see what else you need to gather to support your claim.

Don’t limit yourself to just one claim
You have chronic back pain, which is well documented, but the depression and anxiety that comes with it should also be claimed for. Don’t limit yourself to just one claim. Speak with your doctor about other possible injuries you could be suffering with.

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