Your response to a rejected disability benefits claim is what counts.
The VA provides multiple opportunities for disabled veterans to appeal its decisions. But an appeal must address the initial problem — what kept your claim from being approved in the first place.
In most cases, your appeal of a VA benefits claim denied must provide evidence that was not previously in your claim file.
Before a veteran goes through the VA appeals process, the veteran should understand why the VA denied his or her claim. The veteran’s appeal must directly address the VA’s rationale behind its decision and consider the evidence and law which the VA cited in its decision.
Here are five common reasons why the VA denies claims: