This week, Veteran’s Administration (VA) launched a new retroactive benefit program passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last year. It will officially end in August 2015. Based upon eligibility, veterans can receive one year of backdated benefits.
It requires that veterans complete the Fully Developed Claim (FDC) form, which is supposed to take less time to process than the traditional form. But only vets who haven’t previously completed this form are allowed to participate in the program.
This special form can be filed electronically and is anticipated to take half the time to process as a traditional claim. It’s also expected to help reduce tens of thousands of disability claims that have been backlogged for months or even years.
The FDC form is comprehensive, requiring accuracy and completeness. Those who would like assistance filing the FDC form or any other disability paperwork may wish to consult with an attorney primarily focused in this area of the law. It could prevent an unnecessary delay and ensure the claimant receives all benefits for which he or she is eligible.
This is important to keep in mind since unlike the traditional form where the VA assists with gathering all supporting documents, veterans are on their own when completing the FDC form. Everything must be collected and sent at one time. Missing or incomplete documentation could create the very thing a veteran is attempting to avoid, a delay in reaching a decision.
Some of the documentation the claim requires includes medical records (relevant to the injury or illness connected to one’s time in the service), certificate of military service and more. By seeking legal counsel, claimants also better understand their rights to disability benefits. To learn more about how an attorney can help, contact the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group