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How long does it take to get a claim through the VA?

The VA is notoriously one of the slowest agencies in the Federal Government.  Normally, on a routine issue, we are expecting the first decision from the Rating Board in 4 months.  We are being told that the decision makers in the St. Petersburg Regional office are working on a 365 turn around to make a decision on an appealed claim.

There is no good answer to this question.  Claims that have substantial value are being reviewed more carefully and are taking more time.  There is nothing that a veteran’s advocate or attorney can do to hasten the VA claims process.  The only thing that can be done is to make sure that the VA has all of the required information when they are ready to make the claim.

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by Attorney Brian Hill

November 24, 2008

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