VA Claim Pros

Frequently Asked Questions

We have a deep appreciation of the service Veterans have provided and the contributions and sacrifices they have made. Members of our staff have served, and that only deepens our empathy and genuine investment in helping our clients understand what medical documentation is needed to support their VA claims.

Disclaimer: Please note this information does not serve as legal advice in any manner. Their accuracy of the content is not guaranteed. Make sure to consult with a professional for individual circumstances.

No, we are not a Veterans Service Officer. A VSO provides help with acquiring services, filing claims, and representing Veterans at VA hearings. A VSO is not a government service, but an accredited agent of the VA available free of charge to Veterans. VA Claim Pros does not fill out forms for you. We are a service that helps you optimize VA disability benefits you medically, legally and ethically qualify for with supporting medical evidence to try and achieve the best results possible. We offer medical consulting in support of your claim. You can call us at any time with questions, and our team is on hand to help.

When you file a disability claim with the VA, you will receive a VA Rating Decision letter. This letter outlines the decision of the VA Rating Board. It will include a decision on whether your conditions are deemed service-connected, if they’re eligible for benefits, the amount of benefits, and when you will begin receiving your VA disability payments. Your rating will be a percentage from 0%-100%, and that determines the percentage of benefits you’ll receive.

The VA Disability Rating is decided by the VA’s Rating Authorities, based on your claim and condition. It is given a percentage score dependent on whether your claim is service-related. Disability ratings are rounded to the nearest 10 – for example, 50%, 60%, 70%.

The total combined VA Disability Rating is the combination of all of the disabilities and medical conditions in a Veteran’s medical file. All of your various ratings are combined into one number that decides the exact amount of disability benefits you will receive.

The C&P exam is sometimes called the Compensation & Pension examination. It’s a medical examination that determines your compensation and pension. A doctor performs the C&P exam on behalf of the VA. The C&P exam can include multiple exams, as some require a specialist or follow-up visits.

We offer a free initial strategy intro call to see if we can help you improve your rating percentage or help with your case for benefits you medically, legally and ethically qualify for. We only receive payment after we have helped increase your VA rating and monthly compensation.

We work with Veterans in all 50 states, helping with their claims by developing medical evidence. We want to help all Veterans get the benefits they medically, legally and ethically qualify for.

Yes. A Veteran can receive both VA disability and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) at the same time. However, receiving VA disability benefits can impact your eligibility for SSI benefits. Also, your VA benefits may be decreased if you are receiving Social Security disability benefits.

Generally, you can work while receiving disability benefits from the VA. There are some limitations, however. Veterans with an unemployability rating of 100% are restricted from working full-time. Also, some benefits are reserved for low-income households, usually determined by the federal poverty level. The guidelines can vary depending on the disability, affliction, and your claim.

No. Veteran’s disability benefits are not federal taxable income. Money for education or training, subsistence allowances, and disability compensation are all non-taxable income.

Recent changes to the claims and appeals process have streamlined some of the timelines for claims. With the passing of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, the VA’s goals for completing claims are as follows:

  • A Supplemental Claim takes an average of 125 days.
  • A Higher-Level Review takes an average of 125 days.
  • For Appeals to the Board of Veterans Appeals, timelines vary by each docket.
    • The Direct Docket: Claims are decided within 365 days.
    • Evidence Docket: Claims may take longer than 365 days.
    • Hearing Docket: Appeals in this docket are projected to take the longest time and may exceed 365 days.

The passing of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 has restructured the appeals process. Suppose you are unhappy with the rating or result of your claim; you can choose three different review options when filing an appeal. Additionally, if you are still dissatisfied with the outcome, you can choose to pursue a second and even third appeal using whichever process you have not used.

  • Supplemental Claim: The Supplemental Claim is an appeal that includes the addition of new and relevant evidence. The VA has a duty to assist you in gathering evidence to support your claim. When using this appeal, you get to keep your same effective date while also submitting new and relevant evidence. You keep your effective date as long as the supplemental claim is submitted within one year of their Regional Office’s initial decision.

  • Higher-Level Review: With the Higher-Level Review, you can request to have a more experienced rating specialist conduct another review of your claim. The higher-level reviewer can overturn a previous decision. You are not allowed to submit any additional evidence with this appeal.

  • Notice of Disagreement: With the Notice of Disagreement, you can appeal your case directly to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. There are three choices you can make. You can request a hearing with the Board of Veteran’s appeals, or you can simply ask for a direct appeal to be considered without a hearing, or you can request to submit more evidence also without a hearing.

If you receive an unfavorable result from your appeal, you can file an additional appeal using the other strategies. For example, you can file a Supplemental Claim or Notice of Disagreement after an unfavorable Higher-Level Review.