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Old 24 September 2014, 18:48
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VA Updates Disability Claims Application
September 24, 2014

New Process Will Reduce Processing Times and Improve Quality

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is introducing a uniformed disability claims form to better serve Veterans, families and survivors. Standardizing the process by which Veterans file claims and initiate appeals will make it easier for Veterans and their survivors to clearly state what benefits they are seeking from VA and provide information that is necessary to process their claims and appeals. The new forms eliminate applicant guesswork, which often leads to delays in decisions and ultimately delays in receiving benefits. The new regulations go into effect in late March 2015.

“We must do everything that we can to make it as fast and easy as possible for Veterans and their survivors to file for and receive an accurate decision on their claim,” said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. “Our Veterans and survivors will know, at the outset of the claims process, what is needed, which removes subjective interpretation from the process. We want to eliminate any barriers that make it difficult for our Veterans or survivors to receive benefits to which they are entitled.”

In the past, a Veteran or survivor did not have to use a certain form to seek compensation or other benefits from VA. Claims or appeals (Notice of Disagreement) could be submitted on any piece of paper which caused delays due to missing information.

By using standard forms for all disability claims, VA can more quickly and accurately identify what the Veteran is claiming or appealing. This will allow VA to immediately move on to next steps in the evidence-gathering and decision-making process, which saves administrative processing time and speeds the delivery of earned benefits. The existing process is also inconsistent with most, if not all, other government and non-government application processes, such as applying for social security, applying for a driver’s license, applying for a job or filing for an income tax refund.

“These days, government agencies and private businesses rely on standard forms to deliver faster and more accurate customer service,” said Under Secretary for Benefits Allison A. Hickey. “VA’s ability to deliver better customer service requires the use of standard forms as well. That is why we worked extensively with our partners in the Veterans community to streamline the way we process claims while preserving the effective date rules concerning informal claims through the creation of a new intent to file a claim process.”

The updated process also includes standardizing the traditional informal claims process by employing a new “Intent to File a Claim” process which affords the Veteran or survivor one year to compile the necessary documentation or evidence to support the claim while preserving an effective date of claim.

More information about VA Forms 21-526EZ-ARE.pdf, 21-527EZ, 21-534EZ or VA Form 21-0958, Notice of Disagreement, may be found at www.ebenefits.va.gov or www.va.gov/vaforms/.
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Old 25 September 2014, 09:18
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FWIW - I used the VA Form 21-0958 for my appeals last February. (Still haven't heard anything)
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Old 25 September 2014, 10:06
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FWIW - I used the VA Form 21-0958 for my appeals last February. (Still haven't heard anything)
Don't remember what form I used, but they have not made progress on my appeal in about two years..... so it would "appear" that this new and exciting process is all window dressing.
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I am in the same boat still waiting, I looked at the forms what are they saying


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Don't remember what form I used, but they have not made progress on my appeal in about two years..... so it would "appear" that this new and exciting process is all window dressing.
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Old 26 September 2014, 20:30
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...and you put your money down, the con-man moves the shells around, and he asks you, "Which one has the nut?"....and the game continues unabated.
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The last time I checked to where my claim was which was submitted in 2013 for my appeals. I was at 125,098 in the stack.
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I received a letter 3 years after I filled my appeal that said I could possibly see a traveling judge in 3 years at a minimum.
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I received a letter 3 years after I filled my appeal that said I could possibly see a traveling judge in 3 years at a minimum.
When I was the State Service Officer for the VFW we visited the Board of Veterans Appeal in Washington DC. The National Level VFW Officers wanted us to see the offices where they kept just the VFW Appeals. The two Offices were at least 30'x30' with a 12 foot ceiling. The room was absolutely spilling out into the hallway with folders. This was back in 2006. I can only imagine what the room looks like now.
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I recently got a letter from the VA about the RAMP program. I think I will enroll,need to talk to my lawyer first.
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I recently got a letter from the VA about the RAMP program. I think I will enroll,need to talk to my lawyer first.
I enrolled about 3 weeks ago.
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Old 19 July 2018, 20:18
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cool.Im going to also.
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I asked my lawyer about RAMP and was told to pass on it.
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id Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP)
What is RAMP?
Launched in November 2017, the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP) provides Veterans the opportunity to use the new review process in the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. The Act, otherwise known as the Appeals Modernization Act, was signed into law on Aug. 23, 2017.
RAMP aims to provide eligible Veterans with resolution to their appealed claims as early as possible.
RAMP will run through February 2019. At that point, The Appeals Modernization Act will be fully implemented.
VA will process RAMP elections as long as necessary to resolve legacy appeals.
How does RAMP work with VA’s Appeals Modernization Plan?
The Appeals Modernization Act established a new review process for VA claims. This process is fast, transparent, and fair. It allows for improved benefits and services to you and your family.
Through RAMP, you can receive a review of your claim decision much faster. You will have the option to use the “Higher-Level Review” or “Supplemental Claim” lane outlined in the new law.
Which Review Lane is Right for You?
Supplemental Claim Lane
Select this option if you have additional evidence to present. The evidence should be new and relevant to your claim. We aim to complete these claims in an average of 125 days.
We will help you gather evidence to support your claim.
We will review any new and relevant evidence since your claim decision.
If you still disagree with your decision, you can submit another supplemental claim with new evidence, or you can request review in the Higher-level Review Lane. An election for further review must be made within one year of the date of your decision.
We aim to complete these claims in an average of 125 days.
Higher-Level Review Lane
Select this option if you have no additional evidence, but believe there was an error in your initial decision. We aim to complete these claims in an average of 125 days.
A higher-level review consists of an entirely new review of your claim, by a more senior claims adjudicator.
The reviewer will only consider evidence that VA has at the time you opt-in. You will not be able to add new evidence during this process. Your representative will also not be able to add new evidence.
We cannot assist you in developing additional evidence. If the reviewer discovers an error in the prior decision, your claim will return to initial decision makers to correct the error.
You can request a one-time phone call with the reviewer to identify specific errors in your case. Your representative can also request this call. However, this call may cause some delay in processing.
If you still disagree with your decision, and have additional evidence that you would like to submit, you can use the Supplemental Claim Lane after you receive a decision in the Higher-level Review Lane. An election for further review must be made within one year of the date of your decision. However, you will not have immediate access to the Higher-level Review after receiving a decision in this lane.
Who is eligible for RAMP?
As of April 2018, any Veteran with a pending disability compensation appeal in the stages listed below can opt into RAMP. Complete the opt-in form online on the Appeals Modernization webpage, or turn in a paper form.
You are eligible if you have a pending disability compensation appeal in one of the following legacy appeal stages:
Notice of Disagreement (NOD)
Form 9, Appeal to Board of Veterans’ Appeals
Certified to the Board, but not yet activated for a Board decision
Remand from the board to VBA
Advantages of RAMP
Early participation in the new review process
Potentially faster decisions and earlier resolutions
Multiple review options
Supplemental Claim Lane
Higher-level Review Lane
Appeal to the Board after October 2018
The same potential effective date for benefits, regardless of review option
The option to ask for a quick look at a VA decision by a more senior claims reviewer
A new requirement for clear and convincing evidence to change any findings favorable to Veterans in a VA decision
If you have questions about RAMP, talk with your VSO about whether RAMP is right for you.
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Old 3 August 2018, 23:29
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RAMP is a great program.
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