What are the differences between a claim and an appeal with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)? You submit a claim when seeking VA disability benefits (or increased benefits) for one or more medical conditions you believe are related to military service. These claims can be filed online through eBenefits, submitted by mail or in person at the nearest VA regional office. The multi-stage appellate process is available to you after you have already received one or more decisions on your claim, but disagree with some aspect of VA's decision For more information, read the VA VAntage Point Blog.
For more on appeals and claims processes, visit the Military.com Benefits Center.