New VA program speeds claims process

The DRC program will expedite a decision within 30 days or less from the date the claim was received. Additionally, the program covers other claims related to direct, presumptive and secondary service connections. Surviving spouses are eligible to file specific claims for dependency and indemnity compensation and transitioning service members can file pre-discharge claims less than 90 days before leaving the service.

To submit a DRC, you must:

  • Appoint and work with an accredited Veterans Service Organization (VSO) or other accredited representative,
  • Gather all relevant and required evidence to support your claim, and
  • Attend a VA claim exam, if needed, before submitting your claim.

To file a DRC, you must have previously filed a VA claim and received a rating decision on that claim.

For more information about the DRC program, contact your local VSO, or call the VA toll-free number at 1-800-827-1000.

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