You should not claim acute disabilities or illnesses you had in service unless they left a residual.
For example, if you got the flu in service and got over it, the claim will be denied.
In the worse case this can add two to three months to the process. Read it carefully for specific requests for information from us.We will take your claim and get you examined before you go home.Normally, decisions are available about two months after you separate or retire. If you are still on active duty but have less than 60 days to go, you can still file a “Quick Start” claim.After serving in Vietnam as an Infantry Platoon Leader with the 101st Airborne Division, Thomas Pamperin began his career with VA in 1974.Having risen through the ranks, he is currently VA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Disability Assistance and is responsible for oversight of Compensation Service, Pension Service, Benefits Assistance Service, Fiduciary Service, and Insurance Service in the Veterans Benefits Administration.We won’t be trying to determine whether you warrant service connection in the first place. If you have been out of the service longer but still think you have a condition related to your service apply! It just might be a little more complex and take a little longer because of the need to develop more records. Our goal is to complete all claims within 125 days or four months by 2015 with 95 percent accuracy.Right now more than 30 percent of our claims have been pending longer than that.If we have made a mistake, we would rather just fix it now than get involved in a lengthy appeal that isn’t terribly satisfying for you or VA.Final Note: VA exists to serve those who served and their survivors.As I said earlier, one of our goals is to get our quality level to 95 percent by 2015. While a significant portion our quality problems reflect process errors rather than errors in the final decision with respect to the granting or denying of benefits, rates paid and effective dates of payment, we do make mistakes. Here is what you can do to help yourself and VA: 1. National Service Organizations such as the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, as well as State Departments of Veterans Affairs or Veterans Commissions and County Veteran Service Officers can give excellent assistance and its free. Many Servicemembers and veterans have been told they should go through their service medical records and claim everything they have ever had or been treated for.Call your local regional office to see what organizations are available at that office. While you can do that, it is likely to significantly increase your frustration level, result in unnecessary examinations, and slow the process without getting added benefits.