After a veteran makes a claim for compensation due to service disabilities, a Compensation and Pension Exam (C&P) or VA examination is usually scheduled to determine whether a veteran’s disability is related to his or her service or to decide the degree of a service-connected disability.
The VA will contact veterans by phone or through the US Postal Service to inform them of the time, date, and place of the C&P examination.
If a veteran cannot attend the examination at the time the VA has scheduled, he or she may suggest a different time and date. Failure to attend an examination or reschedule before the date of the original appointment can result in a denial of a veteran’s claim.
If a veteran misses an appointment and fails to reschedule, he or she may still be able to schedule a new examination by providing “good cause” for missing the initial appointment (he or she did not receive notice of the examination, was hospitalized during the date of the examination, did not have transport, was incarcerated, etc.).
Veterans may dress as they would normally dress. They do not need to wear formal clothing or make extra efforts to improve appearance for an examination. The examiner would prefer to see veterans as they appear in everyday life.
A veteran’s spouse can be a great source of information for how disabilities affect daily life. A veteran’s spouse may know just as much about the symptoms of a service-related disability or condition as the veteran does. For example: “He snores all night. He has nightmares and says things in his sleep. He is always checking the locks on the door. He doesn’t like to see any friends anymore.”
A veteran can bring any private medical records he or she feels may help the examiner make a favorable decision.
If a veteran wears orthotic shoes, carries a cane, or regularly uses any other assistive devices, he or she can bring them to his or her examination. The examiner may want to see how they are worn or used and why they are needed.
Finally, a veteran may ask for a copy of the examination paperwork immediately after the examination is completed. If a veteran cannot get a copy of the examination immediately, he or she may ask the examiner to mail a copy as soon as possible. It takes less time for a veteran to send examination results to his or her representative than it does for the representative to request the results through the VA.
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