This is a question we get asked repeatedly by the Veterans that we represent. There is no doubt that there is a very long lag time and delay when the VA processes a disability claim. Veterans have complained about this problem for years. It is so rampant that various news organizations have reported on this problem from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on May 2, 2013 and September 5, 2013, to the Chicago Tribune dated April 2010, to USA Today dated November 12, 2010 and June 13, 2013, as well as CNN dated September 30, 2012 and March 13, 2013. Our best advice to our clients is to stay attentive and dogged in your pursuit for your VA disability claims.
If you are a Veteran and believe that you are entitled to VA disability, please make sure you do not miss any deadlines in applying and responding to claims, notices of disagreements, VA Form 9’s and appeals to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), attend all scheduled examinations without fail, and make sure that you mail everything to the VA by certified mail, return receipt requested and keep a copy of everything you both send to and receive from the VA along with the returned green cards that shows proof of what you mailed to the VA. Unfortunately, there are many Veterans in the same situation experiencing the same delays. Again, just stay attentive to your claim and keep everything that you have with regard to your claim.
Our office represents Veterans in all stages of their VA disability claims from an initial claim denial all the way through the court appeal process at the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) in Washington, D.C. Please see our previous blog posts regarding the VA process at these links:
- What Are the VA Deadline Dates If I am Trying To Get My VA Disability
- VA Declines Initial Disability Claim/
- How Does a Veteran File an Original VA Disability Claim
As a Veteran myself, I know what you went through in your service to our country and, on behalf of our law firm, we want to thank you for your military service. If you need assistance with your VA claim at the Regional Office or at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, please feel free to contact our office.
Ron Sykstus is a Managing Partner of several of the Bond & Botes Law Offices throughout Alabama. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and a Juris Doctorate from the Northern Illinois University College of Law. Ron has served in numerous positions throughout the U.S. Army and now utilizes his expertise in the areas of VA issues, security clearances, military law, and bankruptcy to assist his clients when they need it most. Read his full bio here.