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Reservists more likely to be denied benefits by VA

Recent reports have found that National Guard and reserve members are more likely to face claims denials when applying for veterans' benefits. Statistics indicate a bias: the denial rate for claims filed by the reserve component combat veterans is 4 times higher than for post-9/11 combat veterans who were active duty members.These reservist members at risk of denial make up 40% of the veteran population.

Though the Veteran's Administration has not offered any reason for the disparity, the difference could be a sign that the system isn't being fair to reserve component members in Los Angeles, California and nationwide. Any applicant seeking the approval of a disability compensation claim could benefit from working with a professional. A disability attorney can review medical documentation, file necessary applications and follow protocol to minimize delays and prevent denial.

Veterans' advocates and reservist service members are concerned about the high denial rate; however, the problem is nothing new. In 2008, the denial rate was twice as high for reserve disability claims. The disparity has simply grown, making the problem more pressing for those in need of benefits. According to officials, the problem could be related to outdated record keeping, communication issues and structural problems in the system.

In an attempt to cure the issue, the agencies are aiming to streamline the process into single electronic medical records shared by the National Guard and reserve components and the VA to ensure that both departments have access to records. If you are a veteran or you have suffered a disability, and experienced attorney can help you file your claims and pursue the benefits you are entitled to.

Source: Army Times, "Reservists more likely to have VA claims denied," Rick Maze, Oct. 23, 2012

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