For years veterans who disagreed with their
VA disability claim decision were able to let the Department of Veterans Affairs know in a
very straight forward way. They picked up a pen, some paper, and could
write almost anything to the effect of “I disagree with your decision”.
And that simple process was how to file a Notice of Disagreement. Unfortunately,
the VA decided that process was far too uncomplicated. Therefore, they
have decided to invent some new hoops for disabled veterans to jump through.
Now, if a disabled veteran disagrees with the decision from the VA they
have to file their Notice of Disagreement on a VA Form 21-0958.
The VA says that the Notice of Disagreement form will be issued with the
decision notification letter. What happens when a veteran does not receive
the form with the decision and does not know about the new process? Will
the veteran be notified they have filed the Notice of Disagreement incorrectly
or will they be left to think that the country doesn’t care about
their needs? What happens if an elderly veteran does not know where to
look for this new form?
The VA claims that this new process will make the filing process easier.
It will be easier, easier for the VA, not the veteran.
Fortunately, you can find the new Notice of Disagreement form and many
other helpful VA forms
If you have questions about filing for an appeal, please
call Shook & Stone for a free consultation.