VA Gets Helpful Access to Defense Department Electronic Medical Records

According to the U.S. Department of Defense website, the Department of Defense has recently moved to make the health records of troops electronically available to the Department of Veterans Affairs.  This effort that will hopefully allow the VA to improve its processing time on claims for disability benefits.

How will electronic medical records help improve VA’s claims processing

When a veteran applies for disability benefits, the VA usually needs to obtain medical records about medical treatment that occurred during a veteran’s service to determine if there is an in service event so that it can determine if there is a nexus between the disability and the event.  Medical records for treatment during service are often necessary to establish that there was an event or that the condition started during service.  Hopefully, now that the VA will have electronic access to these records, the VA claims examiners in the regional offices will be able to process applications for benefits more quickly.

What if I have more questions about my VA claim?

I understand you want your VA claim to be done as quickly as possible. But remember the ultimate goal – to win your VA disability compensation claim.

You may eventually get there on your own, but it may be after a series of decisions by the Regional Office and Board of Veterans Appeals. Sometimes claims are appealed and remanded several times, which can cause a claim to drag on for years. If you are interested in avoiding unnecessary delay in your claim and want to do everything you can to maximize your chances of success, it is probably a good idea for you to consult with an accredited veterans disability attorney.

We would be happy to talk to you. If you would like a free consultation with our Perkins Studdard veterans disability attorneys just click here or give us a call to begin the process.

Travis Studdard is an attorney who focuses on representing veterans in VA disability compensation claims.  He regularly writes about issues that are important to veterans and their families.
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