If you are a Texas veteran who intends to file an application with the VA for disability benefits compensation but will not have all the documentation necessary for several months, you might want to consider obtaining an early filing date from the VA.
An early filing date will allow you to establish a much earlier effective date—sometimes as much as twelve months. Whatever your reason, this option is extremely useful for veterans who need or want extra time to build a persuasive case to present to the VA without losing out on months of important retroactive support.
How can I get an earlier effective date?
Essentially, all you need to do is ask. Before you file your official application, notify the VA of your intent to file. This can be done by submitting one of the following to the VA:
- A written letter.
- A Statement in Support of Claim form.
When you contact the VA, be sure to include your name, dates of service and Social Security number. The VA will confirm your request by sending you an application form for disability compensation benefits.
In order to keep your early filing date, make sure you apply for benefits within twelve months of receiving it. If you miss the filing deadline, your effective date will return to being the day you officially file.
The VA disability compensation process can be frustrating and confusing. Schedule a free consultation with a Houston VA attorney to learn how our team may be able to serve you. Call 800-800-6353today.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.