People often ask, who is the best Veteran Service Officer (VSO) for VA claims? Many veterans have strong opinions on this. Some Veterans say the DAV is the best. Other Veterans say that American Legion is by far the best.
It boils down to not so much about one VSO vs. another–it’s about how much individual attention is focused on your particular case, and what kind of help they can provide.
Bear in mind that each VSO may have at least 1,000 claims at any one time. Depending on what region of the country, the number of cases they have will vary. If your claim is complex or has gone into the appeals process, you may not get the attention you need. Some VSOs in densely populated regions are so booked up you can’t get an appointment with them for three to five months. That is hugely frustrating for Veterans who need help.
Coupled with the fact that the VA disability claim timeline can be long, Veterans need some support. Some Veterans have been fighting for disability benefits that they deserve for years because they have to appeal over and over and over again. We hope you will not let this happen to you. If you’re stuck in a gathering of evidence phase, or you’ve submitted your claim and you keep getting letters from the VA stating that they need more information, it can feel like a never-ending process.
If you’re serious about getting the VA disability benefits that you medically and ethically qualify for, you need the best medical evidence to support your claim. Your VSO, no matter how wonderful they are, may not have the medical training or experience to understand how to pursue disability benefits with a medical strategy properly. The raters look at medical evidence and if it’s not there, the case is can be wrongfully denied.
At Vet Comp & Pen Medical Consulting, we are experienced at providing detailed medical evidence for your disability claim. We can consult with you about what secondary claims you may consider that you didn’t even know you were medically eligible for. This is what we specialize in.
Our advice, to avoid the merry-go-round of back and forth with the VA is to consult with Vet Comp & Pen up front, that way we can help you put together the appropriate medical evidence to support your claim.
If you already have a claim that is being processed, you can track eBenefits to see when a VA decision notification letter has been sent, indicating that you are going to get a decision. If you receive that letter in the mail and you don’t feel like the rating is correct or you are denied service connection, please contact Vet Comp & Pen Medical Consulting to see if we can help you put together the evidence that you need to get the benefits that you ethically and medically qualify for.