Week of July 23, 2012
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that it is deploying a new model for processing compensation benefits claims at 16 VA regional offices. The new organizational model involves special handling of claims from veterans who are facing the most serious injuries or illnesses or experiencing financial hardships or homelessness, and therefore need immediate attention. Veterans and their Veterans Service Organization representatives are encouraged to provide all the needed evidence along with their application in a "fully developed claim" in order to expedite the process. A list of the sixteen regional offices using the new model is available on the VA website. To learn more about how to file "fully developed claims," visit VA's Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) webpage.
For complete guides to all veterans benefits, visit the Military.com Benefits Center.
Sean P Eagan
Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans