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When a veteran files for disability benefits from the VA, it can take some time to complete. The VA processes a tremendous volume of cases, and there are many steps to the process, so you should start as soon as possible. By filing an “intent to file” (VA Form 21-0966 or call them directly) you initiate the process with very little effort on your part, and you have a full year to actually file your claim. 

Submitting an intent to file is valuable because, in most situations, it sets the effective date for retroactive pay. It is a misconception that the VA will give a veteran back pay to the date of the injury or disability for which the veteran is filing. The calculation of the retroactive benefits date is determined by several factors, as follows:

  • In most cases, your retroactive pay date will be the date you filed for VA disability compensation or the date you submitted your intent to file.

Filing with the VA for veterans’ disability benefits is usually a time-consuming process. Sometimes years can go by from the time of initial filing to when your case is settled. It may include requests for additional information, denial of benefits, appeals, and another review before you are granted a disability rating. Because the process can be quite cumbersome, time-consuming, and stressful, especially for a person struggling with a disability, veterans get the best and fastest resolution of their claims with the help of an experienced VA attorney.

Once you’re granted disability, you will begin to receive monthly installments. But what about all the time you waited? Fortunately, the award is retroactive and you will receive a lump sum of benefits when your benefits are awarded. This back pay is dated from the time of your original filing. For example, if you received a disability rating of 50% three years after you initially filed your claim, you will receive a lump sum of three years worth of disability payments at a 50% level. 

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