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Veterans may get 1 year of retroactive benefits with ‘fully developed claims’

The U.S. Army’s website has a good story about VA’s “fully developed claims” project.  Using this process may help speed up the incredibly long VA claim process.

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 8, 2013) — Veterans filing an original “fully developed claim” for service-connected disability compensation may now be entitled to up to one year of retroactive disability benefits.

The retroactive benefits, in effect Aug. 6, 2013 through Aug. 5, 2015, are the result of a comprehensive legislative package passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last year.

“[The] VA (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) strongly encourages veterans to work with veterans service organizations to file fully developed claims and participate in this initiative,” said Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits. “It means more money in eligible veterans’ pockets, simply by providing VA the information it needs up front. At the same time, it helps reduce the inventory of pending claims by speeding the process.”

Filing a fully developed claim, or FDC, is typically the fastest way for veterans to receive a decision on their claims because fully developed claims require veterans to provide all supporting evidence in their possession when they submit their claims.

Read the full story at its source:  https://www.army.mil/article/109004/Veterans_may_get_1_year_of_retroactive_benefits_with__fully_developed_claims_/

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