As wars in Afghanistan and Iraq come to an end, soldiers are returning home to thankful communities. These brave men and women are striving to get back to their normal, everyday lives after being way for so long.

Some of these soldiers have sustained injuries or illnesses while on duty. These injuries can make it difficult for veterans to readjust to civilian life or find and maintain employment. In some cases, these individuals will need medical treatment in order to recover. Veterans benefits can help members of our armed forces get the care they need at affordable rates, but the VA itself appears to cause additional problems for those in need of assistance.

In order to receive compensation for disabilities, veterans must apply for VA benefits. However, the approval process can take a long time to complete and many find their initial applications denied. This can be a very frustrating process. Most veterans begin this process without the assistance of an attorney. They compile the information that they need to submit, and wait for the VA to review their claims. If a veteran is not satisfied with the VA’s response, he or she can appeal the decision and hire a lawyer to assist in the appeals process.

The delay in obtaining benefits convinces many to give up after their requests are denied. However, there are options available to those who wish to move forward. There is a multi-stage appeals process that allows veterans to have their cases reviewed more extensively.

But veterans need to take the crucial first step of beginning this process, which many are reluctant to do. According to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of American (IAVA), roughly 45 percent of eligible veterans have declined to file their initial applications for benefits, despite having conditions which could potentially be approved by the VA.

The IAVA believes that the majority of individuals have refused to apply due to the lengthy wait times. Despite reforms intended to improve access to care, some facilities continue to grapple with delays of two months or more.

You may need to hire an attorney to assist you with fighting the VA. The Berry Law Firm represents injured veterans throughout the United States. Call (888) 883-2483 or contact us online for your free consultation.