Filing and appealing VA claims feel overwhelming on your own
The Good News is, You don’t have to!
Veteran Services Offices can help you with compensation/pensions, medical care, military records, educational benefits, family benefits, veteran home loans, death and burial benefits and more. Basically, they will fight for everything you EARNED through your service, for both you and your family. Typically they will help you obtain missing records and file claims and appeals for you, and follow up.
And, since these are County operated centers, they can also guide you to other Federal, State, County and community resources that can help you.
Often these include tax reductions, extra educational benefits for yourself and sometimes even your children. Some counties may also have dedicated funds to assist you with temporary shelter/utilities, food/health supplies, medical/dental, job placement, counseling, and transportation. Many have ID cards so that you can get discounts from local stores and services, as well as national chain stores and restaurants, even if you are not registered with the VA or have a “0” rating. Please see our Freebies and Discounts page at https://www.knowavet.org/freebies-and-discounts/
In Santa Clara County 95% of all claims are processed online, with a 94% first time approval within an average of just six weeks. Compare that to the huge first time rejection rate and a wait of over a year and a half for people filing via paper, on their own.
The professionals at VSOs are certified by the VA. They interview you to find out about all your circumstances and your family’s as well. They know what to say and how, to maximize your compensation and treatment options. And they are FREE.
Some counties may also have dedicated funds to assist you with temporary shelter/utilities, food/health supplies, medical/dental, job placement, counseling, and transportation.
Non-VA LOCAL HELP
Know A Vet presents this information and these national resource directories, not as a recommendation of any specific service or provider, but as a starting point for your own research.
In addition, there may be other federal, state and local government or private resources for your individual needs. A VSO counselor https://www.knowavet.org/office-of-vet-services/ may be able to help you find them.