The length of time it takes to complete a claim depends on several factors, such as the type of claim filed, the complexity of your disability(ies), the number of disabilities you claim, and the availability of evidence needed to decide your claim.


There are eight distinct steps that most claims for disability compensation follow. These phases may vary in time depending on the complexity of the claim, the amount of evidence that must be gathered to support the claims, and the type of evidence. You are strongly encouraged to submit as much evidence as possible with your claim to help minimize processing time. The eight steps of claims processing are as follows:


Step 1. Claim Received


Your claim has been received by the VA. If you applied online with VONAPP Direct Connect, you should see receipt in your list of Open Claims within one hour. If you applied through the U.S. mail, please allow mailing time plus one week for us to process and record receipt of your claim.


Step 2. Under Review


Your claim has been assigned to a Veterans Service Representative and is being reviewed to determine if additional evidence is needed. If we do not need any additional information, your claim will move directly to the Preparation for the Decision phase.



Step 3. Gathering of Evidence


The Veterans Service Representative will request evidence from the required sources. Requests for evidence may be made of you, a medical professional, a government agency, or another authority. It is common for claims to return to this phase, should additional evidence be required.



Step 4. Review of Evidence


the VA has received all the needed evidence upon review, it is determined that more evidence is required, the claim will be sent back to the Gathering of Evidence phase.



Step 5. Preparation for Decision


The Veterans Service Representative has recommended a decision and is preparing required documents detailing that decision. If more evidence is required, the claim will be sent back in the process for more information or evidence.



Step 6. Pending Decision Approval


The recommended decision is reviewed, and a final award approval is made. If it is determined that more evidence or information is required, the claim will be sent back in the process for more information or evidence.



Step7. Preparation for Notification


Your entire claim decision packet is prepared for mailing.



Step 8. Complete


The VA has sent a decision packet to you by U.S. mail. The packet includes details of the decision or award. Please allow standard mailing time for your packet to arrive before contacting a VA call center.


Addition Steps May Be Required:



If the Veteran Agrees with Step 8. decision, no further action required



Step 9. Veterans who disagree with the decision may file a Notice of Disagreement if the Veteran is still in disagreement.



Step 10. VA Disability - Step 9: File an Appeal to the Veterans Board of Appeals (VBA)


Visit or Call 702-209-5722 

for your free consultation. 

Albert L. Thombs Jr.

Accredited Veterans Claims Agent #57654

Office: 877-823-2838

Fax: 702-441-8080

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