How to Apply for VA Disability Compensation – Beginning the Process

The process to apply for disability compensation from the Veterans Administration (VA) is complicated and it takes time.

  • It can take two to three months for the VA to acknowledge receipt of your application.
  • It takes another three to four months on average to get a decision on your claim.

What to expect from Alpha

  • We help you gather all necessary paperwork required to develop your case.
  • We give you straight answers on the type of evidence you should put together for your case.
  • We submit your claim to the VA.

Acknowledgement of Your Claim

  • The VA will send you a Veterans Claims Assistance Act (VCAA) letter that acknowledges receipt of your claim.
  • The letter will notify you of:
    • Medical exams you must be present for to verify your condition.
    • Additional medical evidence required to support your case.

The Alpha team will assist you in completing these requests.

The VA Reviews Your Claim

A VA Regional Office (RO) reviews all documentation. They will:

  • Verify and consider in context the circumstances of your military service.
  • Consider all medical and personal statements.
  • Review medical opinions.

The Rating Decision

Assuming that all exams and requested evidence has been satisfied, you can expect a decision on your case, on average, in six to seven months after submittal. They may:

  • Grant a fully favorable decision
  • Partially approve your claim
  • Deny your claim

If you receive a fully favorable decision, pay attention to the effective date of the award and the percentage of disability assigned. You may disagree with the decision. If you believe the decision is not fully favorable, or if the claim is denied, you should consider an appeal.

You have the option to appeal within one year of the VA’s decision. Get expert advice on your options from the Alpha team. We will help you appeal for more.

Contact us to get started on your claim.

Note: All representation coordinated by Alpha is provided by our employees, the Advocates, who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). No private organization that trains and employs accredited agents has been legally recognized by the VA for the purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims. This work must be done by the Advocates themselves and not organizations.