We will take your claim and get you examined before you go home.
Normally, decisions are available about two months after you separate or retire. If you are still on active duty but have less than 60 days to go, you can still file a “Quick Start” claim.
Don’t claim things like personality disorders, baldness, the fact that you wear glasses, or similar kinds of things because they are considered “constitutional or developmental abnormalities” that you would have gotten whether or not you were in service. Don’t claim lab results like hematuria (blood in the urine) or high cholesterol. On the other hand, you should claim pseudofolliculitis barbae (a skin condition that affects some black people). If private providers have treated you, get the records and send them to us.While the application you fill out does offer the opportunity to sign a release and we will request the records for you, we cannot compel providers to send us records nor can we pay for them.We won’t be trying to determine whether you warrant service connection in the first place. If you have been out of the service longer but still think you have a condition related to your service apply! It just might be a little more complex and take a little longer because of the need to develop more records. Our goal is to complete all claims within 125 days or four months by 2015 with 95 percent accuracy.Right now more than 30 percent of our claims have been pending longer than that.Or maybe you need to see a terminal map to see where your airline's gate is.
i Fly helps passengers book their flights, arrive at the right time, park in the right place, get through security, and board their plane without delays, by being armed with the right information to make air travel less stressful. Some claims, such as those involving participation in nuclear tests, covert operations, military sexual trauma or other similar circumstances where records may be difficult to locate can and frequently do take longer, sometimes much longer. To meet the challenge of a rapidly growing claims volume, VA has been provided with significant numbers of new staff in the last couple of years.Their jobs are complex and it takes a while to become fully qualified so if you think we made a mistake, ask you may be right. While there are attorneys who will represent you for a fee, it is rarely necessary to pay to have your claim processed efficiently and successfully.It is my experience that many times–maybe even most–when VA sends a release a private provider, the provider ignores the request.If the provider does respond, many times they will ask that we pay them in advance for the records. The first thing you will get from VA once you file your claim is a lengthy letter commonly referred to as a “VCAA letter.” This is a letter required by the law that tells you what we will do, what you will be expected to do, and in very general terms tell you how we will decide.Additionally, legal requirements can sometimes be confusing and time consuming.