Veterans frequently contact our office regarding effective dates for their VA disability claims. They have many questions about how the effective date was assigned, and whether or not the VA made an error when assigning their effective date. The effective date is important in a VA disability claim as it…

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…