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What Type of Veteran Claimant Are You?

A Message from The Disability Advocate

There are two distinct types of veteran claimants: those who undermine their own claims through poor habits and those who enhance their chances of success through proactive behavior. On the one hand, we have procrastinators who delay submitting required documentation and minimalists who provide vague or outdated information, both leading to significant delays and potential denials.


Inconsistent engagers fail to seek continuous medical treatment, while non-attendees miss mandatory VA exams, showing a lack of seriousness about their claims. Poor communicators fail to update their contact information or keep their advocate informed, and disorganized filers submit claims piecemeal, creating a disjointed process. Claim abandoners let their claims lapse without following through, and reluctant applicants hesitate to apply for benefits despite their entitlement. Advocate hoppers frequently switch representatives, disrupting the continuity of their claims, while impatient claimants expect quick results and become frustrated with the necessary thorough process.


These veterans seem to believe that submitting required documentation whenever they feel like it is perfectly acceptable. The VA, however, will not wait around for late submissions. Missing deadlines and delaying paperwork are ways to get your claim denied or significantly delayed. To combat this behavior, emphasize the importance of timeliness and the consequences of procrastination. Regular reminders and follow-ups can help keep these veterans on track. If you want your claim processed before the next century, submit your documents on time.


Some veterans think providing vague or outdated information is enough to approve their claims. They seem to operate under the assumption that minimal effort will suffice. However, the VA requires detailed and current information to make informed decisions. Stress the need for thorough and updated documentation. Explain how providing complete and accurate information can significantly impact the success of their claim. If you think the VA can read minds, think again.

Inconsistent Engagers

These veterans do not seek continuous medical treatment or fail to keep up with regular doctor visits, believing that sporadic care is adequate. Highlight the importance of ongoing medical care in building a strong case. Regular medical appointments and detailed records are essential to demonstrate the seriousness and persistence of a condition. Encourage veterans to maintain a consistent treatment schedule. The VA can’t connect the dots if no dots exist.


Missing scheduled VA exams is a common behavior among some veterans who assume these exams are not crucial. In reality, these exams are mandatory, and missing them shows a lack of seriousness regarding the claim. Clearly communicate that attending these exams is non-negotiable and crucial for the claim’s success. Explain how missed appointments can lead to automatic denials. If you love rejection, keep skipping those exams.


Poor Communicators

Many veterans fail to update their contact information or inform their advocates of new developments, leading to communication gaps. Stress the importance of maintaining updated contact details and regular communication with their advocates. Provide easy ways for veterans to update their information and stay in touch. Missing crucial updates because of outdated contact information can derail a claim. If you enjoy playing hide-and-seek with important updates, keep your new address a secret.


Disorganized Filers

Submitting claims piecemeal leads to a disjointed and prolonged process. Veterans who do this end up creating more work and delay for themselves. Advise them to file all claims simultaneously to streamline the process and avoid unnecessary delays. Explain how a comprehensive approach can give the VA a complete picture of their situation, leading to quicker decisions. If you prefer dragging things out, continue filing piecemeal.

Claim Abandoners

Letting a claim lapse or close without following through is a critical mistake. These veterans often lose potential back pay and must restart the process from scratch. Emphasize the importance of keeping claims active and appealing decisions promptly. Outline the serious consequences of letting claims close. If you enjoy the thrill of starting over, let those deadlines pass.

Reluctant Applicants

Some veterans hesitate to apply for benefits, feeling they might not be deserving or fearing judgment. Reassure them of their entitlement based on their service and encourage them to apply. Provide success stories and statistical data to boost their confidence. Veterans must understand that applying for benefits is a right, not a privilege. Enjoy your unnecessary hardships if you think it’s better to tough it out.

Advocate Hoppers

Frequently switching advocates disrupts the continuity of a claim and ensures that no one fully understands the case. Encourage building a strong relationship with a single advocate who can provide consistent support. Explain how sticking with one advocate can benefit their case and improve outcomes. If you prefer confusion and delays, keep switching advocates.

Impatient Claimants

Expecting quick results and becoming frustrated with the process is a common behavior that can lead to rash decisions. Set realistic expectations about the timelines and the claims process. Encourage patience and persistence, emphasizing that thoroughness takes time. Claims take time to process properly, and patience is key.

The VA Disability Advocates Advice

This process has taken a lifetime for many veterans, seeking acknowledgment for the sacrifices made and compensation for the injuries and illnesses sustained during service. As a fellow veteran, I understand the frustration; I have been on the other side. If you are engaged in the process, you have a better chance of success in less time. Those resistant to the process are more often denied and receive lower ratings, spending years caught in the matrix.

Be humble, patient, and proactive. Provide your representative with comprehensive statements and evidence, both past and present, to let them do their job while you do yours. By working together, you can navigate this complex process more effectively and increase your chances of obtaining the benefits you deserve.

The VA Disability Advocates Main Office is Located in Las Vegas, NV. We Represent Veterans throughout the United States. 702-209-5722 

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