The compensation and pension (C&P) exam is often a major factor in deciding whether a veteran qualifies for disability benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
If a veteran or service member is scheduled for a C&P exam, it is important to know what to expect and how to best prepare beforehand.
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) can help warriors prepare for their C&P exams free of charge. WWP benefits services officers can answer warriors’ questions and concerns and, as VA-accredited National Service Officers, they have the ability to monitor the progress of warriors’ claims, as well as advocate on their behalf.
“The C&P exam can basically be the deciding factor,” said Michael Snook, WWP regional benefits director. “There are nuances, and every claim is different, but it can make or break a case. It can be the difference between approval or denial. It’s really the most important part of the process for a lot of warriors to really substantiate what is wrong and how bad it is.”
C&P exams help establish if a veteran’s injury or illness is linked to active- duty military service, a requirement for VA disability compensation. Establishing that link is crucial, and C&P exams are one of the most common and recognized ways VA confirms this connection. C&P exams are also often used to determine whether a veteran’s disability rating should be changed because symptoms have worsened or additional illnesses or injuries from military service have appeared.
WWP Benefits Training Specialist Timothy Velasquez, who spent nine years with the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), details some obstacles and advice veterans should consider when it comes to C&P exams.
If you are a veteran, you don’t have to go through the process alone. The WWP Benefits Services program can help guide you through the disability process from start to finish, at no cost.
“When in doubt, talk to a VSO,” Snook said. “If you’re concerned about your benefits or about being set up for success with your examinations, there are VSOs out there that can help you. We want our warriors to know they can come to us to help them obtain the benefits they’ve earned in a manner that honors their service.”
Contact: — Paris Moulden, Public Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 904.570.7910
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