Filing a VA Compensation Claim for Aggravation of a Medical Condition

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Learn the difference between a service-connected aggravation and a natural progression of a non-service-connected medical condition.

Dear Disability Advisor,

USMC 1977, three weeks into training I broke my wrist doing jump down push ups sent home my position because of scare tactics of operation and recovery time by usmc. Filed they said it was an old break had arthritis in it said it was a oversight at recruitment physical (not true) denied claim filed again years later they said I should file for made worse by training . VA no help. I Don’t trust any of this where do I go for help. Jim

Dear Jim,

A viable compensation claim can be made as a result of a service-connected condition or due to an increase in severity of a non-service-connected disability. The increase in severity has to be attributable to aggravation by a service-connected medical even, which you appeared to suffer. That aggravation must not be caused by the natural progression of the non-service-connected medical problem.

First, you must establish a baseline of the non-service connected disability from before you entered the servcie. If this is not possible, then you must find the earliest medical records that show the onset of the current aggravation and the then-current level of severity of the non-service-related disability. If you cannot do so, then it is doubtful that you will ever be granted VA benefits.

Accordingly, you need to seek the advice of a VA accredited attorney or the services of a non-profit veterans’ organization such as Disabled American Veterans or the American Legion. These providers of VA services can decode your claim and situation to determine if you have a viable VA compensation claim.

Craig L. Ames

Filing a VA Compensation Claim for Aggravation of a Medical Condition
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