Veterans that are actively involved in their healthcare have a greater chance of approval; as an active member of your healthcare team, you should:

In the past, the patient‐doctor relationship was one‐directional, the

doctor typically took the lead, and the patient followed. Today, the

relationship is a partnership.  Taking an active role in your healthcare

can help you get the best care possible from your doctor.

Experiencing a physical injury can be challenging for anyone. Whether you were wounded in combat, injured in a training exercise, or hurt while going about your daily life, dealing with pain and disability is difficult and can sometimes be traumatic. Many types of physical injuries can result from combat or service-related incidents. Common physical issues include hearing loss, vision loss, burns, back and joint pain, or traumatic brain injury.


Any physical injury can make it harder to cope; you may have to stop doing hobbies or sports or learn to do them differently. These challenges can affect you emotionally, too. If you believe your condition was caused or aggravated during your service, discuss these conditions with your Dr.; remember, you're your own best witness. Without medical evidence, the VA is clueless about what caused your medical conditions; if you believe it's important; speak up and discuss it., Your Dr. can help you establish a diagnosis for your condition by referring you to specialty clinics, labs, physical therapy, and testing.


  • Keep a Medical Journal

  • Write down your question before you attend an appointment. 

How to Talk to Your Doctor