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When a disability claim is confirmed by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), what’s called an “effective date” is established. Basically, it’s the day on the calendar when a veteran will begin receiving their payments or other benefits.

To check on the status of a claim (or appeal) you do that online here.

To file a new disability claim, click here.

How Is This Date Determined?

The date depends upon a variety of factors, including what the benefit is, as well as the claim itself (the nature of it).

To make it make it easier, each claim falls within one of the following categories:

– Direct Service Connection

– Presumptive Service Connection

– Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

– Disability and Death Due to Hospital Stay

To see a complete breakdown of each, including examples of scenarios and cases, click here.

Go here to learn more about what to expect after you file a disability claim go here.