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Veterans' Disability FAQs

How long does an appeal take?

Getting VA disability can take a long time.

It can take up to a year to get a rating decision from the VA after filing your application. If you are not happy with the rating decision, you have 1 year to appeal by filing a Notice of Disagreement.

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If you appeal a Statement of the Case, then you have to file a VA form-9 requesting a hearing with the BVA. From the date you file your form-9 until you get a decision can take more than 2 years.

Ultimately, it can take many years for your case to be fully resolved. But on average, it takes about four and a half years to get your case decided by the VA, assuming you have only one appeal to the BVA, and the VA approves your case when it gets sent back to them.

The Hamster Wheel
Many veterans are stuck in what we call the "hamster wheel" - where you get part of the benefits you are seeking, but the VA keeps sending your case back for bits and pieces of it to be decided. This can go on for years with no end in sight.

Hiring an attorney to represent you can take some of the momentum out of the hamster wheel.



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