As a young Marine processing out of the military, filing a compensation claim was the furthest thing from my mind. I felt young and healthy, and filing a VA compensation claim felt like another item to be added to my never-ending admin checkout sheet. At the time, preparing for college was my top priority so I postponed my claim. Like most college students, I became really good at procrastinating and nearly two years later, I had yet to file my claim. But, as old military injuries began to surface, filing my compensation claim quickly became a priority. Fortunately during college, I worked for VA as a workstudy and had access to the right resources to help me with the process.
For most fellow Veterans, however, access to this sort of help may not be as readily available. You may feel alone in the process or not even know where to begin. For those considering filing their first or even second VA claim, the short video below provides some helpful tips to ease your stress or reluctance.
In addition, you can see some of our other helpful videos:
- What is disability compensation?
- What is service connection?
- Once you have that down, we even have a tutorial: Step-by-step filing of an FDC on eBenefits (part 1 of 3)