Benefits Appeals Process
The veterans appeals process is complicated and can take months or even years to complete. If you are considering filing an appeal for your veterans disability benefits, your claim will follow these steps:
Disability Application Process
The first step to getting the veterans benefits you earned is filing a claim. Preparing your application with thorough and detailed information can be an advantage. The North Carolina veterans disability lawyers at HensonFuerst are here to help you gather the documents you need to apply.
When filing for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), you will need to document the following:
- Dependency records (marriage certificate and children’s birth certificates)
- Discharge and separation papers (DD-214 or equivalent)
- Employment history (W-2, etc.)
- Medical evidence supporting your disability (doctor and hospital records)
Once you have collected this information, you can file for benefits online at eBenefits or you can complete VA Form 21-526 and mail or take your application to the closest VA regional office. You also can call the VA at (800) 827-1000 and request that an application form be mailed to you.
Where to Apply
The first step to getting the benefits you need is determining what benefits you are eligible for and filing a claim. Thousands of veterans and their dependents apply for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) each year, so it’s important to file your application correctly and as soon as possible.
You can file your application by:
- filing online through eBenefits,
- submitting a completed VA Form 21-526—Veteran’s Application for Compensation and/or Pension—to the VA,
- or calling the VA at (800) 827-1000 and requesting that an application form be mailed to you.
When submitting a hard-copy of your application, you can mail or deliver your application to your local regional office. If you need help with your application, contact the North Carolina veterans disability lawyers at HensonFuerst.
How We Can Help You Apply
Including accurate and thorough information in your application for veterans benefits is an important part of getting approved. Gathering military records and documentation of your medical history can be challenging. We can help you collect the pertinent information you need to apply.
Whether you’re a disabled veteran or a dependent of a service member, we’re here for you. Our North Carolina veterans disability attorneys believe that all veterans and their loved ones deserve the benefits they’re promised, and we can help you apply. Call us at (919) 781-1107 or complete a free initial consultation form.