Veterans who plan on filing a VA claim for disability benefits within the next year should let the VA know by submitting a letter of intent to file. This allows the Veteran to gather supporting evidence for their claim while also setting an early effective date. What is a Letter…

Earlier Effective Dates

Generally speaking, there are four different ways you can get earlier effective dates for VA disability benefits compensation claims. The general rule for effective dates is the date the VA received the claim, or the date that entitlement arose, whichever is later. 38 C.F.R. § 3.400 (2013). If veteran filed…