1A. Do you qualify for VA Disabilities?
Common service connected disabilities. Advice for veterans ready to begin the VA processes.
Are you service connected?
Hey all! I'm back again and today's post will be quick and simple. So many people believe that you need to have been injured (i.e specific accident, or hospital records) to claim a disability with the VA. That could not be farther from truth. While having medical documentation helps in the claims process and it provides the case reviewer with more information, it is not required. When you separate from active duty and are given a DD214, that right there holds the answer to what you could be eligible for. It is misleading when the VA asks for supplementing information, but the reality is that if you served over seas, you most likely wore body armor, a helmet and probably carried a weapon. All three of those examples are given proof that your your back, your shoulders and your neck could be causing you misery. The point that I am trying to get across is that it is not just an injury that deems us worthy of having a service connected disability. Serving in the military is all the evidence needed to start. Once you have this service connection, even if it is 0%, you can always request an increase ( coming in later blog posts as well). While not everyone feels aches and pains at the moment, there is a very good chance that at some point down the road you will have an issue of some sort. Hence, the necessity to have these parts of your body Service Connected. When it comes down to it, you qualify for anything that may be holding you back. Injury or not, you could still be broken and the VA medical doctors will evaluate you and will provide their findings to the claims reviewer. Below you will find some common claims that would not need medical documentation. I have personal experience with most of these, and have no medical documentation other than the VA documents. I believe that if you served in a combat capacity or even combat support, you may qualify and should look into applying for VA Benefits if you have any of the issues listed below.
* Upper/Lower Back
* Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
* Issues with your feet
* Skin disorders
If you have any of the following, it helps to have any medical documentation handy as it is harder to prove.
* Surgical procedures
* Lung/breathing (where you served may be enough to prove that your lungs are damaged. Documentation does help though.)
Coming soon, we will discuss how you can submit a claim I will also be discussing the in's and out's of the VA medical exam. If you have any questions, or want to add to this, head to my contact page and send me a message! Do not forget to subscribe if any of this may benefit you, or maybe you just enjoy getting some useful and motivational snippets. Eventually I will be creating an entire class "From Start To Finish, Conquering The VA" and hopefully have an eBook ready to go at the end of the year. Until next time, don't be afraid to reach out and get the help that you deserve. Thank you for stopping by and I am striving to better my abilities as a writer every day. The only way to go is up!Brandon G.