Veterans in Connecticut can face difficulty navigating the process of filing a disability claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) due to its complex and ever-changing procedures. Consequently, disabled veterans require evidence that accurately describes their condition and supports their right to receive VA disability benefits. Here is an overview of what types of evidence disabled veterans need when they file a disability claim with the VA.
What evidence is needed for a disability claim?
There are three types of evidence that are generally accepted by the Veterans Affairs (VA) as proof of service-connected disabilities:
Official military records
These include your service medical records, treatment records, hospitalization records, and any other official documentation from your service.
Private medical records
If you have seen a doctor or other healthcare provider for your condition since leaving the military, you will need to provide copies of those records as well.
Statements from witnesses
If you have friends or family members who can attest to the severity of your condition and how it has affected your life, their statements can help support your claim.
If you still need to get all this documentation readily available, the VA can help you obtain it. They may also consider other evidence, such as employment records or school transcripts if it is relevant to your claim. The more evidence you can provide to the disabled veterans department, the stronger your case will be.
Evidence supported claims
By gathering this information and following the guidelines outlined by Veterans Affairs, you can ensure that your disability claim is appropriately evaluated. Additionally, understanding what to expect when filing for VA disability benefits can help you better prepare for the application process. The goal is always to provide veterans with access to the compensation to which they are entitled.