VA Disability FAQ
Moellring & Ambler, LLC are accredited VA attorneys with more than 10 years’ experience assisting Veterans and their families with VA disability compensation benefits. Here are answers to some of your most frequently asked questions, but please contact our office to schedule your VA consultation appointment.
It is not required to have an attorney represent you in the appeal process. However, once you have been denied VA disability compensation benefits on application there are several deadlines and decisions that must be made to ensure that the VA is processing your claim properly. An experienced VA attorney will be able to ensure that all the evidence needed to prove your case successful is submitted to the VA correctly and timely. The attorney will be better prepared for any future hearings the sooner they become involved in the claims process.
A service connected VA disability is a disability that can be linked to or is a result of military service. The VA provides monthly benefits for disabilities that can be proven to have been caused by or a result of military service.
Generally, no, your benefits will start from the date that you file your application.
A veteran may be eligible for a non-service connected pension if he or she served during a period of war, meets the income guidelines and is disabled.
A veteran must provide evidence of a current condition, an event in service and a link between the current condition and the event in service. A nexus opinion from a treating physician or through a compensation and pension examination is often necessary.
VA lawyers and agents are not legally allowed to take a fee until an appeal has been filed to a Regional Office or Board of Veteran’s Appeals decision. If you request the services of an attorney for your appeal, a fee agreement should be discussed prior to the filing of any appeal.
Yes, any service connected condition can be reduced if the service connected disability improves.
The AOJ is the Agency of Original Jurisdiction. This is the Regional Office where you file your initial application for VA disability benefits.
Veterans can file an application online through ebenefits or complete VA Form 21-526EZ and either fax or mail the application form with any supporting evidence to the Department of Veterans Affairs Evidence Intake Center as outlined on the form.