As the largest organization of combat veterans, we understand the frustrations that can arise with making a VA claim. That’s why our National Veterans Service (NVS) was created. Our nationwide network of skilled VFW Veterans Service Officers helps you wade through all the bureaucratic red tape, offering you a better opportunity to get the disability claim you deserve.
You don’t even need to be a VFW member to take advantage of this free service. As a veteran, this is a service you’ve earned.
A VFW Service Officer will:
- Offer research and advice to veterans who wish to handle their own claims.
- Assist veterans who are filing original claims for compensation and/or pension with the Department of Veterans Affairs and complete the required VA forms on behalf of the claimant.
- Assist veterans in reopening claims for service-connected disabilities and complete the required VA forms.
- Follow up on status of claims filed by veterans with the VA Regional Office.
- File Notice of Disagreement with the VA Regional Office if a veteran believes the decision made by the VA was incorrect.
- Review statements of the case from the VA regarding denials of claim and assist veterans with the preparation of responses.
- Assist veterans or surviving spouses in the preparation of appeals for denial of claims and file the appeals with the local VA Regional Office for forwarding to the Board of Veterans Appeals in Washington, D.C.
- Complete VA Forms other than for original claims.
- Answer/research telephone inquiries regarding medical, death/burial and other miscellaneous benefits.
Let VFW Help
Filing and backing up your Veterans Affairs claim can be tough. VFW Service Officers are the key to your success. These trained experts develop your case with ease by reviewing and applying current law, pertinent legislation, regulations and medical histories. As highly skilled professionals, they assist veterans and their families in filing for disability compensation, rehabilitation and education programs, pension and death benefits, and employment and training programs. And they won’t hesitate to request hearings before the VA and the Board of Veterans Appeals to present oral arguments when needed.
The first step in filing your claim is to confirm you’re eligible for compensation. Then, after you’ve signed a VA Form 21-22, a VFW Service Officer can contact you to begin developing your case. Two key elements to a well-rounded claim include evidence that an injury, illness or disease occurred during your service and evidence of a current medical condition as a direct result.
If you’re looking to increase your current disability rating, we’ll obtain a copy of your claims file from the VA and, after careful review of your medical records, discuss with you how we should proceed.
If the VA has rejected your claim and you wish to reopen it, we help with that, too. After reviewing your VA claims file, we can recommend a course of action that may result in its successful reopening.