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Are VA benefits retroactive?

Status: Open    May 17, 2014 - 10:09 PM

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Mar 29, 2015 - 09:09 AM

The VA pays from the first of the month after you file for benfits, so if you filed today 3/29/2015, the Benefits would begin accruing on 4/1/2015. BUT, it is better to make sure you qualify BEFORE you lock in the benefit, so do your homework before locking in. We have had to assist many eople with appeals who could have avoided that and gottent he benefit from an earlier period if they had not rushed to lock in.


Aug 19, 2015 - 03:30 PM

Generally, VA disability benefits are effective on the first of the following month from initial filing. For example if a claim was filed in August 2015, funds would be retroactive to September 2015. The effective date can be held for up to 12 months by filling an Informal Claim expressing the intent to file a full claim for benefits.


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Mar 25, 2015 - 09:22 AM

Yes and no. If you apply for the VA Aid & Attendance benefit, it sometimes takes several months to be approved for the benefit. Once approved, the VA will pay back retroactively from 30 days AFTER the application was submitted. So yes, they pay retroactively, but you'll still be responsible for the first 30 days.
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