You’ve submitted your compensation or pension claim to VA or have been scheduled for an exam; do you know what’s next?
Depending on the medical information submitted with your application, VA or a VA partner may ask you to come to a claim exam, also known as a C&P exam, as part of the claim process. This exam helps VA gather additional information and determine if your disability is service connected, the level of your disability, or if your condition should receive an increased rating due to it worsening. It’s an important part of the claim decision process. Make sure you know what to expect before going to your claim exam.
Check out VA’s new resources on the VA claim exam process at: http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/claimexam.asp
You can also view VA’s video series on what to expect during exams for the most common claimed conditions here. If you don’t know which disability category your condition falls under, check the Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) form list.
If you’ve already been scheduled for a VA claim exam, but need to reschedule the date and time, be sure to change your appointment using the phone number given to you as soon as possible.
It is sad to say, but 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 100 men have been victims of MST.
Military Sexual Trauma (MST) is the term that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uses to refer to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the Veteran was in the military. It includes any sexual activity in which the veteran is involved against their will – he or she may have been pressured into sexual activities, or may have been unable to consent to sexual activities (for example, when intoxicated), or may have been physically forced into sexual activities.
Other experiences that fall into the category of MST include unwanted sexual touching or grabbing; threatening, offensive remarks about a person’s body or sexual activities; and/or threatening or unwelcome sexual advances.
At Hale Law Office, we understand that all Veterans who experienced MST suffer effects to their physical and mental health, sometimes not even developing symptoms until many years after the MST happened. We also know that you can recover from this trauma.
Unfortunately, the VA still tends to deny most VA disability ratings (i.e., “service connection”) for MST. You should NEVER GIVE UP! Instead, call Roger Hale, an experienced veterans disability attorney for help.
You may be able to receive free VA Health services even if you are not eligible for other VA care. You do not need to have reported the incident(s) when they happened or have other documentation that they occurred. However, without this type of information, you will have a difficult if not impossible time receiving service connected disability benefits.
Call Hale Law Office today at 1-800-522-4595 for more information. At Hale Law Office, we are in the veterans corner and fight for your rights.
Letting all veterans know that the VA recently sent out THOUSANDS of overpayment notices in error.
Please call1-800-522-4595 if you have any questions.