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VA Regional Offices Conducting Fully Developed Claims Workshops

Washington D.C. (KELO AM) - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that each of its 56 regional offices across the country will conduct workshops on the Fully Developed Claims (FDC) Program.

The workshops, which begin July 26 and run through September 16, are aimed at providing those who help Veterans file disability claims with additional training on the FDC program – the fastest way for a Veteran to receive a decision on their benefit claims. VA can process FDCs in half the time it takes for a traditionally filed claim.   

“Fully Developed Claims are the fastest way for Veterans to receive their benefits,” said Under Secretary for Benefits Allison A. Hickey. “These workshops are designed specifically for all of our partners who help Veterans and their families with VA benefit claims. The workshops provide an opportunity to learn more about the FDC Program and how to help Veterans file fully developed claims.”

The workshops are for those who assist, serve, treat, or otherwise interact with Veterans. Participants will receive a basic understanding of the FDC program and will be provided with the most up-to-date resources available to help Veterans submit FDC applications. Fully Developed Claims are a key part of VA’s overall transformation plan to end the backlog in 2015 and process claims within 125 days at 98% accuracy.

Under the FDC Program, Veterans, their family members and survivors provide all evidence in their possession, such as private medical records, at the time they submit their claims. Veterans and survivors also confirm that they have no other evidence or information to submit concerning their claim. This allows VA to provide a faster decision on their claims.

Veterans can learn more about disability benefits on the joint Department of Defense/VA web portal eBenefits at www.ebenefits.va.gov and more on how to file an FDC at www.benefits.va.gov/fdc