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VA's Decision Ready Claims Program Upgraded
December 12, 2017

  

WASHINGTON — As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing efforts to modernize and improve Veterans’ experience with the disability claims process, VA unveiled its latest enhancements to the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) program, which will expand the pool of Veterans, surviving spouses and service members eligible to participate in the program. 

“These enhancements are another key step in modernizing VA’s benefits delivery to Veterans to a fully digital operating environment,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “With electronic claims processing as a foundation, VA’s innovation will
improve service to Veterans, their families and survivors.” 

In addition to claims for increased disability compensation (commonly known as
claims for increase), veterans will now be able to file certain claims for direct service connection, presumptive service connection and secondary service connection. Additionally, surviving spouses will be able to file certain claims for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, and transitioning service members will be able to file pre-discharge claims less than 90 days from leaving the military. Veterans who choose to submit their claim under DRC can expect to receive a decision within 30 days from the time VA receives the claim. 

To file under DRC, Veterans must work with an accredited Veteran Service Organization (VSO) representative, who will ensure all supporting evidence — such as medical exams, military service records, etc. — is included with the claim submission. This advance preparation by the VSOs allows claims to be assigned immediately to claims processors for a quick decision. 

In the future, VA aims to expand the DRC program, where possible, to ensure more veterans can get faster decisions on their claims. For more information about DRC or to find an accredited VSO representative,

visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/DRC.asp     

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New Presumptive Conditions Under Consideration
December 28, 2017

Did you know the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is considering adding five new suspected conditions to its list of illnesses that are caused by exposure to Agent Orange?

VA has recognized a number of different cancers and other health problems related to Agent Orange exposure and other herbicides used around veterans during their military service. When and if the new diseases under consideration are included on the presumptive list, veterans and their survivors may be eligible for benefits and compensation for the new conditions.

The new health conditions related to Agent Orange exposure under consideration by the VA include: bladder cancer, Parkinsonism, hypothyroidism, stroke and hypertension.

VA Secretary, David Shulkin said, “After thoroughly reviewing the National Academy of Medicine latest report … I have made a decision to further explore new presumptive conditions for service connection that may ultimately qualify for disability compensation.”


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