July 2nd, 2018| As a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, you’re entitled to many benefits because of your years of service for your country. Among these benefits is a form of income replacement if you get hurt in the line of duty and are unable to work and earn a living for yourself and your loved ones. Unfortunately, veterans disability benefits can be difficult to acquire. Countless applications are denied every year, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has strict criteria for determining when claims are valid and eligible for approval. In many cases, applications are jeopardized because applicants make mistakes. Two of the most common mistakes that can harm claims include:
- Lying about any aspect of an illness or injury—If the VA suspects that applicants aren’t being completely truthful about their service-related conditions, it will deny their claims. That’s why it’s important to never exaggerate or downplay any aspect of an illness or injury.
- Putting off the application process—The VA views claims that aren’t filed soon after injuries and illnesses occur with suspicion. When applicants wait too long, the VA may believe that their health conditions aren’t related to their service.