VA Claims Briefing offered Dec.15

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A VA disability claims briefing for veterans benefits will be given on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. in Bldg. 941, located behind the Heritage Club. 

This is an independent (VA Accredited Claims Agent volunteer) briefing being provided by a fellow veteran who will share valuable insight into the claims process, will provide the necessary forms to file a claim with the VA, and will assist with the complete preparation of the claim.


ALL assistance is provided to vets and widows of vets is free.  The intent of this briefing is to provide guidance, claims forms, and support by using the VA's "Fully Developed Claim" process to those who intend to file a claim for benefits. Retired Chief Master Sgt. Chuck Norton is a VA accredited claims agent. This briefing is independent of the Transition Assistance Program and does not replace the requirement for retiring and separating veterans to attend the MANDATORY TAP BRIEFINGS.


  The following topics will be the primary items briefed:

  •     What constitutes a valid claim?
  •     What medical issues can be claimed?
  •     Secondary medical issues caused by the primary medical issue.
  •     What are presumptive diseases recognized by the VA?
  •     What medical documentation is required to support the claim?
  •     What forms are required to submit a claim?
  •     Who will assist in preparing a claim?
  •     How do you organize a claim?
  •     How does the claim get into the claims system?
  •     Are there time limits on filing a claim?
  •     Can I request an increase in a current rating?
  •     What is a C&P medical examination?
  •     How do I get a copy of the examination report?
  •     Who decides the outcome of a claim?
  •     How are disability percentage ratings determined?
  •     How are combined multiple ratings counted?
  •     Can I appeal a claim decision?
  •     MST (military sexual trauma)
  •     PTSD
  •     MEB action and "other medical issues" prior to separation
  •     VA pension eligibility (For Widows & Non-Svc connected veterans)
  •     DIC payments for eligible widows of veterans (VA monthly payments)
  •     Aid and Attendance (for severely disabled veterans)
  •     CDRP and CRSCP for separating military members


This briefing is recommended for active duty, guard, reserves, retirees, prior military, widows of veterans and those facing MEB action.  Spouses are encouraged to attend.  The briefing normally lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer period where additional info is provided and many questions answered.


For more information, email Chief Norton at