The VA Disability compensation process is something of a hassle. It tends to take a long time, as the VA has to go through many different lists to check off before deciding if someone is eligible for VA benefits. Now, the last thing disabled veterans want to hear is how long the wait fordisability compensation help is. Sadly, the wait for disability benefits through the VA can take a bit.
However, the VA does state that they do make up for this in back pay. Basically, back pay is the money and payments that the disabled veteran would have had access to if the VA process had worked by the time they had initially qualified for these benefits. The longer it takes for one to be considered eligible for benefits, the more money accumulates in back pay.
There’s a lot of information associated with VA disability back pay, which can make understanding it a bit difficult. In this article, you will find everything you need to know about back pay, including how it can affect you, as well as overall information when applying for benefits.
VA back pay: the basic information
Let’s start off with, the most basic information that you need to know to truly understand how VA disability back pay works. First of all, VA disability back pay, as we discussed briefly above, is all of the money that has accumulated over time during the months where a qualified veteran did not receive the benefits they should have during this time. This timeframe is from the date of eligibility and the ultimate approval and rating decision from the VA.
Now, let’s first talk about what the date of eligibility encompasses. This date is essential, as it decides when your back pay even starts. However, this date can actuallybe determined in two different ways to fit the needs of the many people who may be applying for benefits. First off, your date of eligibility can be determined by the date of a VA Disability Claim that you submit. This claim must be done within one year of your separation date. After filing this claim, your VA back pay will go off of the date of your separation, not the date you filed your application. However, it is essential that this claim is submittedto begin with, as this helps keep things organized and easy to access.
The second way to understand your date of eligibility is only slightly different from the first situation we discussed. If you submit your VA Disability Claim after your one-year mark, then your time of qualifying for back pay will change from your separation date to the first day of the month after you submit your claim—or after the VA gets this claim. Then, the date that your back pay will start, or when your back pay is even eligible to begin, will be the first day of the month after you submit your claim. This honestly isn’t the best situation, as it lessens the amount of back pay you will get.
There is a widespread, very confusing misunderstanding that the VA will grant your back pay that originates with a date of injury or date of a particular event while in the military. This is not true. The VA does not consider any other times when considering the date of eligibility or the date to start back pay. The only two dates they will consider are the ones we discussed above. There is also a misconception that the VA always considers your discharge date from the military to be considered the date that starts your back pay—this, again, is false. The VA only uses this date when one sends their claim within the first year of their separation.
It’s always important to make sure you’re fully aware of the most critical concepts of back pay. For the most part, learning just when your date of eligibility happens to be the most crucial information. Always make sure that, if you have any questions that you can’t find the answer to, you look at the accurate information the VA provides on disability benefits.
As you can see, it is imperative that you submit your VA Disability Claim as soon as possible, after your discharge from the military. Ideally, you’re going to want to file your claim within the first year of your release, making sure that you can receive the back pay payments and use them to your advantage.
How much back pay can you get?
This depends on a variety of situations. As we mentioned above, if you submit your benefits claim before your one-year mark of separation and quality for benefits, you will more than likely get a more substantial payment than one who filed after the one-year mark. Again, it’s vital that you register to receive benefits as soon as possible so that you are able to gain access to these significant benefits.
The amount of pay you receive also depends on the disability rating that the VA grants you.Obviously, the higher the score that you earn, the more benefits you will get, which means the VA will owe you more back pay.
Back pay is also only paid in one full, single payment. Once the VA deems that you are eligible and sends this back payment your way, this could end up resulting in a reasonably substantial payment check to help cover the costs during the time you were actually eligible for benefits, but yet hadn’t been approved yet.
The VA makes sure to provide accurate back pay to those who qualify for benefits in different ways. Again, it’s essential that, if you know that you need disability benefits after discharge from the military, you fill out a claim immediately and before your one-year mark is up. Why not reap all the benefits that you can, instead of waiting? The VA will pay back the time it has taken to approve you of your benefits and,hopefully, make your life just a little bit easier in the process.