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When you decide that you want to receive VA benefits from a disability you received during your military service, you will want to file a claim. Filing a claim requires filling out an application. This application is the VA Form 21-526, called the Veterans Application for Compensation and/or Pension. Once you fill out this form you can send it into the Department of Veterans Affairs or your local Regional VA Office. When you send in this paperwork there are a few other documents that you will want to send in as well. These materials include your discharge or separation papers, your dependency records, and any pertinent medical evidence.
Once you send in your application to the VA, you will receive a letter in return. This letter will contain important information about what you must send into the office in order for it to grant the claim. It may also include more forms for you to fill out. One of the most important areas of information in this process is your medical records. The forms will help the VA to gain access to relevant records. It is best for you to fill out all the forms and send in as much of the information that you can within a month of receiving this letter from the Veterans' Affairs office.
You most likely will then have to undergo a medical examination. This assessment will evaluate and measure the claims you made in your application. If you filed more than one medical condition on your claim, it is likely that you will have to submit to more than one medical evaluation. When going through the application process, it is best to do so in a timely manner. The quicker you get paperwork and information into the VA office, the quicker they will be able to give you an answer.
The first step towards adjusting to life after a wartime injury is to contact a skilled veterans disability attorney.