Federal law states that attorneys cannot represent a veteran until the veteran has a decision from the VA that is less than a year old. However, we will help you file the initial claim (absolutely free of charge) and follow up with you until you get a decision from the VA.
It is important to file the initial claim as soon as possible so you can get the earliest effective date. The VA will consider the date they received your application as the effective date. If your claim is awarded, they will pay you back to this date.
Recently discharged? If yes, you should file right away. If a veteran files a claim within a year of discharge, the effective date will be the date of discharge for any awarded conditions that are filed for within the first year.
Depending on when the medical/mental condition started and where you served, the condition may be presumptive for VA compensation. For example, a Vietnam veteran does not have to prove that agent orange caused the coronary artery disease he has today. It is presumed that he was exposed to agent orange and also that agent orange is at the root of the disease.