You’ve served your country, and now your life has changed because of it. You deserve the benefits that the federal government is supposed to provide for you, so why has your claim been denied?
It is a hard pill to swallow, but a number of claims are rejected. Bureaucratic red tape is complicated. Not only is there a large volume of information that needs to be submitted, but even small mistakes or discrepancies could be grounds for rejection.
First, don’t give up. You have options for appealing a denied claim. To begin the process, you will need to submit a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) with the regional VA office that denied your benefits claim. A Notice of Disagreement is simply a letter that explains that you disagree with the decision and that you are going to appeal. This notice must include the date of the denial letter, and you must use the exact phrase “Notice of Disagreement.”
Next, choose the type of appeal. You can request a decision review officer appeal either with or without a hearing. You also have the ability to appeal directly to the Board of Veterans Appeals. If you opt for a decision review officer appeal and do not agree with the outcome, you may still take your case to the Board of Veterans Appeals later.