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How To File A Service Connected VA Benefit

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces who have sustained service-related injuries in the line of duty are eligible to receive disability benefits, which can range from $120 to $3,100 each month. Filing your application for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs quickly is very important, as the process can take months to complete. If your benefits application is denied and you still need help, be aware that you can file an appeal. Contact your local Veterans Affairs office and ask them to send you VA Form 21-526, entitled "Veterans' Application for Compensation and/or Pension." You can locate a…

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Asserting that VA failed to fulfill its duty to assist the veteran

If you file an appeal on behalf of a veteran regarding service connected injury, asserting that VA failed to fulfill its duty to assist the veteran when it failed to obtain complete disability records from a government agency i.e. Social Security Administration (SSA). The outcome is favorable, as long as a reasonable possibility exists that SSA and other medical records are relevant to the veteran’s claim, the VA is required to assist the veteran in obtaining the identified records. However, Congress has placed reasonable limits on the VA’s duty to assist. Consequently, the VA is not required to obtain records…

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