I’ve been working with thousands of Veterans for the last 8 years – helping them file claims, reviewing their Claims files, filing appeals, teaching them how to file VA Claims, and more.
There are 3 mistakes that I see so many Veterans make all the time – these mistakes are SO common, that my “How to File a VA Claim” Training Modules are designed to specifically help Veterans AVOID these mistakes.
So let’s dive in and talk about the “Big 3″ Mistakes in Filing VA Claims.
Mistake #1: Veterans Approach their VA Claims without a Plan or a Roadmap.
Think back to your days in the military. If you were an infantry-man, did you ever go out on an ambush without a plan?
If you were a pilot in the Navy, did you ever go on a mission without multiple plans and contingency plans for refueling and other emergencies?
And you Air Force folks – you ALWAYS had plans how to find the best bars and most comfortable living quarters.
(Just kidding folks…everybody has to pick on the Air Force a little bit, right? *wink*)
The same is true of your VA Claim. If you don’t have a plan for how you are going to file, what evidence you are going to include, and what elements of your claim that evidence will prove, then you are going to get sidetracked, delayed, frustrated….or Backlogged.
In the “How to File a VA Claim” Training Modules, I will give you – and show you how to use – my VA Claim Map.
Watch this Video to learn more about the VA Claim Map and what it will do to help organize and give structure to YOUR VA Claim:
Mistake #2: Veterans Give the VA a Haystack and then Yell at Them for Not Finding the Needle.
If I had a nickel for every time I saw this mistake, I’d have enough nickels to buy the rest of the nickels in the world. (Sorry, bad nickel joke).
Seriously, this is one of the most common mistakes that I see when Veterans are filing VA Claims.
Here’s what MOST Veterans do….don’t be embarrassed if this is you… I will show you a better way in a couple sentences
→ Fill out the initial claims forms, attach 500 pages of medical records and send it in to the VA
→ The VA rater can’t make heads or tails of all that info, so it just denies the claim
→ The Veteran fills out the appeals form and re-attaches those same 500 pages of records, maybe adding 300 pages of more recent records
→ The VA doesn’t have the man-power to sort through and make sense of all those records, so it hits the proverbial “high notes” and denies the appeal.
→ The Veteran starts sending in pages of expletive loaded rants about the incompetence of the VA bureaucracy, or worse (not faulting anyone here…it’s a maddening system).
But what if there was a BETTER way?
→ What if you had a way to decide what evidence should be included in your VA Claim and which did NOT need to be included?
→ What if you had a way to organize that evidence so that it made it easy for a VA Rater to see your argument?
→ What if you had a way to present your argument in a way that showed that was MORE persuasive to the Federal Bureaucrat that has about 15 minutes to understand and evaluate your complex military injury?
My VA Claim Map – and the sample templates that are included in the “How to File a VA Claim” Workbook with the Training Modules – are going to teach you how to make a better argument that will hopefully make it easier for a VA Rater to understand and more quickly decide (and hopefully grant) your VA Claim.
Mistake #3: Veterans Don’t Hold their VSOs – or Advocates – Accountable.
The Veterans Community has mixed feelings about VSOs and attorney advocates. I’m not getting into that debate. You are entitled to choose the advocate – VSO or Attorney – that you want to choose.
Hell, your choice to represent yourself should be respected by others as well!
Where Veterans commonly go wrong, though, is that they don’t “keep tabs” on their VSO or advocate. They don’t follow up to make sure that the VSO is doing what needs to be done to properly file and develop and prove the VA disability claim.
A big reason that Veterans DON’T hold their representatives accountable is because nobody has ever taught Veterans what SHOULD go into filing a Fully Developed Claim.
My “How to File a VA Claim” Training Modules teaches you:
→ The basic investigation that should be done in a VA Claim
→ Forms that should be filed and language that should be in those forms.
→ Where to find medical and lay evidence
→ How to develop lay evidence
→ How to organize and submit that evidence in a persuasive manner to the VA.
If you watch my “How to File a VA Claim” Training Modules, you will know EXACTLY what your VSO or advocate SHOULD be doing….
….and since you know what they SHOULD be doing, you will be able to tell if they are looking out for YOUR best interests….or their own.
So There you Have It. Here’s a couple links for you to learn more