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The Fastest Way to Get a Disability Claim Decision

Agent Orange Newsletter: Information for Vietnam-era Veterans and their families.
 

If you’re a Veteran who needs to file a disability compensation claim for the first time or you need to submit a new claim for a previous service-related condition, there is now a faster, easier way to get a claim decision. With the help of your local Veterans Service Officer, you can file an electronic claim, or eClaim, through eBenefits and get a faster VA decision.

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What is an eClaim?

Veterans now have the ability to start and submit claims online through the VA/DoD eBenefits web portal. All you need is a free Level 2 Premium eBenefits account to start your eClaim today! An eClaim removes all of the paper clutter connected with filing a traditional paper claim. You can submit your information online into VA’s claims processing system. This allows VA to more quickly process your information and make a faster claim decision. For an even faster disability compensation claim decision, Veterans can also choose to file an electronic Fully Developed Claim (FDC) through eBenefits.

What is an electronic FDC?

In order to file an electronic FDC you must simultaneously provide all required documentation, submit an electronic claim through eBenefits, AND certify that you have met all program requirements. Providing all your documentation up front accelerates the claim decision process.

Failure to provide required documentation in a timely manner, missing scheduled VA medical appointments, and/or submitting additional documentation after the initial submission can result in ineligibility. If you are determined ineligible for the FDC program, your claim will be processed through the traditional route. You can learn more about the FDC program and how to file an eClaim at www.benefits.va.gov/fdc, or visit the VBA Media and Publications Page at www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/media-publications.asp to view informative videos on these topics.

Contact a Veterans Service Officer for help filing an eClaim or electronic FDC, or visit www.ebenefits.va.gov and follow the guided step-by-step process. Agents at VA’s toll-free number, 1-800-827-1000, can also answer any questions you may have. Don’t get stuck waiting for a claim decision longer than you have to—take control of your claim and file an eClaim today!

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