At some point, we all depart Service. And, many of you will be just like me when I retired after 20 years: I simply did not know enough, nor concerned myself with, the Department Of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability process. That was a mistake.
In just over a year, medical conditions which began in Service, worsened. It was only then that I realized I should have been more serious about submitting claims for those conditions.
For those of you who haven't a clue, here's what you can expect when you report to have the VA look through your medical records: A dedicated individual who has a set amount of time to glance through your medical records/CD and identify the easy "low-hanging fruit" as far as identifying conditions to claim.
While these good folks mean well, the fact is that they are "on the clock". Nowadays, Veterans are far more fortunate to enjoy Veterans Services Organizations (VSOs) and VA Accredited Agents who are more proactive, better qualified and committed to assisting with the claims process. Most are awesome, and I HIGHLY recommend you find one you’re comfortable with and get assistance.
But here at Funky VA Math, we are not on "the clock". We provide a service matched by none. We will professionally and tediously review your Service Health Records from front to rear. We will decipher those hard to read handwritten notes in your records. We go beyond that master problem/diagnosis list found on the fancy medical records CD you'll receive.
Then, as the sample HREC Review extract below shows, we'll identify every possible condition the VA may consider for a rating. We'll even advise you on Secondary conditions you should consider. This way, you are prepared when you meet with a VA representative. You can then compare what they suggest, against what we've found.
Be prepared, enough said!
Remember: a failure to plan, is a plan to fail!
Best wishes and thank you for your Service!