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Get an Answer Within 30 Days of VA Receiving Your Claim

Considering submitting a claim for an increase in your disability compensation? VA’s new Decision Ready Claims (DRC) program delivers decisions within 30 days.

Eric, a Marine Corps Veteran, was urged to apply for VA disability compensation because of an injury to his upper back that occurred during boot camp.

“The only thing that helps are massages, so I use the money for that. It goes towards normal living expenses too, because it is more than I expected,” he says. “It has made my life a lot easier to have that extra income.”

In addition to claims for increases, DRC covers certain claims related to direct service, presumptive service and secondary service connections. Surviving spouses can file certain claims under DRC, and transitioning service members can use DRC to file pre-discharge claims less than 90 days from leaving the military.

To file a DRC, Veterans must work on the submission with an accredited Veteran Service Organization (VSO). This preparation allows claims processors to make a decision within 30 days. The VSO representative will work with you to ensure you have the required supporting evidence, such as military service records and medical exams.

“Whatever small thing you have right now that you did get from the military can snowball into something greater down the line,” Eric says. “The compensation can provide security.”

Visit Explore.VA.gov to learn more about all VA benefits and apply, or click the button below to get started on your DRC. 

“The only thing that helps are massages, so I use the money for that. It goes towards normal living expenses too, because it is more than I expected,” he says. “It has made my life a lot easier to have that extra income.”

In addition to claims for increases, DRC covers certain claims related to direct service, presumptive service and secondary service connections. Surviving spouses can file certain claims under DRC, and transitioning service members can use DRC to file pre-discharge claims less than 90 days from leaving the military.

To file a DRC, Veterans must work on the submission with an accredited Veteran Service Organization (VSO). This preparation allows claims processors to make a decision within 30 days. The VSO representative will work with you to ensure you have the required supporting evidence, such as military service records and medical exams.

“Whatever small thing you have right now that you did get from the military can snowball into something greater down the line,” Eric says. “The compensation can provide security.”

Visit Explore.VA.gov to learn more about all VA benefits and apply, or click the button below to get started on your DRC.


 

VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans — yet another action honoring their service.

This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor Veterans, and today’s rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue promise.

Only those Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and other services where offered to Veterans.

“The new Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most Veterans to show proof of service,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “With the card, Veterans with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-214s to obtain Veteran discounts and other services.”  

The VIC provides a more portable and secure alternative for those who served the minimum obligated time in service, but did not meet the retirement or medical discharge threshold. Veterans who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and who have a discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) can request a VIC.

To request a VIC, Veterans must visit vets.gov, click on “Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card” on the bottom left of the page and sign in or create an account.

Veterans who apply for a card should receive it within 60 days and can check delivery status of their cards at vets.gov. A digital version of the VIC will be available online by mid-December.

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