Unfortunately they don’t have a RSS Feed so it will be a bit of a problem for me to keep Vets.gov news and their information updated. Here is some Disability Claim information. All links should lead to Vet.gov Types of Disability Claims
Disability claims can be based on disabilities that:
Were there before you started serving in the military but got worse because of your service,
or Happened while you were serving in the military,
or Appeared after you ended your military service
Learn more about the different types of disability claims:
If you’d like us to help you gather evidence to support your disability benefits claim, file a standard claim.
Fully Developed Claim
If you’d like to get a faster decision on your disability benefits claim, use the Fully Developed Claims program and send in all evidence you have when you file your claim.
If you have a disability and you’re within 180 days of ending military service, you can file your first claim—known as the original claim.
If you had a disability claim that was denied in the past, file a reopened claim to get a new decision.
If you already get disability benefits—but think you may qualify for more—file a new claim.
If a disability you already have causes—or makes worse—another disability, file a secondary claim for added disability benefits.
If a disability you had when you started military service got worse because of your service, file a preserve claim.
If your disability was caused by an injury or illness you got while in the line of duty, file an in-service claim.
If you have a disability and you’re currently in pre-discharge status, file a pre-discharge disability claim 180 to 90 days before you leave the military.
If you have a disability related to military service that didn’t appear until after you ended your service, file a postservice claim.
When you file a claim for disability benefits, you’ll need to gather all related evidence (supporting documents like a doctor’s report or medical test results) so we can decide on your claim. You may have some of these documents—or be able to easily get them—but we’ll need your permission to get others.
File a claim now.
The documents you’ll need to provide include:
Your DD214 or other separation documents
Service treatment records (if you have them)
Medical evidence related to your illness or injury
We’re responsible for:
Getting related records from:
Any federal agency (including the military)
VA.Gov medical centers (including private facilities where Vets Affairs has authorized treatment)
The Social Security Administration
Providing a medical exam or getting a doctor’s opinion, if needed to decide the claim
You’re responsible for:
Getting related records not held by a federal agency. These may include records from:
State or local governments
Private (non-VA) doctors and hospitals
Current or former employers
Giving us any information we may need in order to get other records
A US Veterans filed a disability claim that included prior treatment from a private doctor and a prior Social Security disability award. In this case, we were responsible for getting the Social Security records. We also helped to get the private doctor’s records, but the US Vets was responsible for making sure we got those.
Evidence Procedures for Fully Developed Claims and Standard Claims
Fully Developed Claims
The Fully Developed Claims (FDC) program lets you resolve your claim faster. You’ll need to send these items when you file your formal claim:
All related service-treatment and personnel records
Any related private medical records
We consider disability claims to be fully developed when you have no more evidence to send and the only help you need from us is getting federal records and providing—or helping to provide—added medical exams or doctors’ opinions. If we discover that there are other private records we need to decide your claim, we’ll remove your claim from the FDC program and review it through the traditional claims process.
Learn more about the FDC program. Standard Claims
With standard claims, we take more responsibility for gathering related records from both federal and nonfederal sources that you identify and authorize. These may include:
Privately held evidence and information that you tell us about (such as records from a private doctor or hospital), and
Records from state or local governments or current or former employers
We’ll provide a medical exam for you, or will get a doctor’s opinion, if it’s needed to make a claims decision.
Learn more about standard claims. Disabilities That Appear Within 1 Year After Discharge
You may be able to get disability benefits if you have signs of an illness like hypertension (high blood pressure), arthritis, diabetes, or peptic ulcers that started within a year after you were discharged from active military service.
If your symptoms appear within 1 year after discharge—even if they weren’t there while you were serving—we’ll conclude that they’re related to your service.
Can I get disability benefits from VA?
You may be able to get benefits if you have an illness that’s at least 10% disabling that appears within 1 year after discharge and both of the below requirements are true for you.
Both of these must be true:
The illness is listed in Title 38, Code of Federal Regulation, 3.09(a),
and You were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable
See Title 38, Code of Federal Regulation, 3.09(a) for the complete list of covered illnesses. Who’s covered?
What kind of benefits can I get?
How do I get these benefits?
You’ll need to apply for benefits. When you apply, you’ll have to show that your illness is at least 10% disabling. (For example, you may include a doctor’s report showing that you’re taking medicine for your high blood pressure.) You’ll also need to show that the illness appeared within 1 year after being discharged from active service.
Apply for benefits.
The following diseases are covered, even if they appear more than 1 year after you separated:
Hansen’s disease (a long-lasting infection that affects your skin, nerves, and mucous membranes) can appear within 3 years after discharge.
Tuberculosis (an infection that attacks your lungs and sometimes other areas of your body) can appear within 3 years after discharge.
Multiple sclerosis (a long-lasting illness that can cause numbness, weakness, and many other symptoms) can appear within 7 years after discharge.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease (a long-lasting illness that affects muscle control), can appear any time after discharge.