At Marc Whitehead & Associates, our veteran disability attorneys thoroughly understand the VA’s rules, including the critical importance of your VA Disability Decision Letter. We have decades of experience and respect the challenges you face. You won’t have to travel to our office–everything can be done remotely. Our compassionate staff will work hard as they gather evidence and build your case.
There are no upfront costs until we recover money for you. Our team is dedicated to fighting for your benefits, from the crucial starting point of a VA Disability Letter and onward to an appeal.
What is a VA Decision Letter and How Do I Get One?
The VA Decision Letter, sometimes called a Rating or Award Letter, is an essential building block of a claim. That’s why it is so vital to obtain a copy of it. It usually arrives about three and a half months after all the paperwork is submitted. Further, you have a right to see your VA Decision Letter. It’s available from your regional VA office and at VA online portals. It is essential because it reveals what the VA relied on to rate your disability. It also forms the basis for review or appeal.
Typically, a VA Decision Letter includes:
- Rating of the veteran’s disability
- Description of the veteran’s military service
- VA’s decision approving or denying the claim
- Detailed description of the disability and its onset
- Whether the disability is connected to the veteran’s service
- Evidence the VA considered, including medical records and Buddy statements
What is a VA Rating?
The VA decides whether you are or are not disabled. If they conclude you have a service-related disability, it will assign a rating to your disability in your Decision Letter. It is expressed as a percentage from 0% to 100% and indicates the degree the disability impacts your life. The rating is critical because it influences your benefits. They may decide you have a service-related disability, but you might disagree with your rating.
How Can a Lawyer Help with a VA Decision Letter?
If you disagree with the rating of your Decision Letter, a review or appeal is complex. Request a free, no obligation consultation at Marc Whitehead & Associates. We are a well-known and trusted Veteran’s Disability Law Firm. We help disabled veterans throughout the country to fight for their rights to compensation. We have the utmost respect for your burden and want to help make the process as easy as possible for you. Reach out to us today.