Magazine article VFW Magazine

One Year of Retroactive VA Benefits Available

Magazine article VFW Magazine

One Year of Retroactive VA Benefits Available

Article excerpt

VA is offering veterans an incentive to use service officers and provide as much supporting evidence as possible when submitting claims for service-connected disability compensation. Those who take advantage of the offer may be eligible for up to one year of retroactive benefits. It is only available to vets who have never filed a compensation claim.

"We want every claim to be as fully developed as possible," said VFW Commander-in-Chief William A. Thien. "This is especially important because it normally takes well over six months for anew claim to get adjudicated, and if denied for insufficient documentation, two years or more just for the appeal. VFW supports this initiative because a fully developed claim (FDC) can cut the initial time in half, which helps speed the delivery of VA programs and services to deserving veterans, and helps to reduce VA's overall claims workload."

The retroactive benefits are in effect Aug. 6, 2013, through Aug. …

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