Veterans Disability Claims: VA Striving to Remove Confusing Language

Posted on February 19, 2016 by Disability Help Group

A frustrating part of filing and pursuing a veterans’ disability benefits claim is interpreting the government jargon used in the forms and correspondence from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Now many government branches are taking steps to help clear up some of the language used in official documents.

As part of the Plain Writing Act of 2010 the VA, among many other government entities, is working on making the language they use in their official documentation easier for non-government readers to understand. Some terms, such as “no-cost”, are being simplified to “free”, while other phrasing, such as “your estimated response time”, is being changed to the more direct “we expect to mail them to you by…”

This should benefit disabled veterans who may already struggle with interpreting their veterans’ disability claim paperwork. Even so, simplified language cannot always simplify the instructions or information communicated in many government forms and documents.

Disabled veterans seeking to file their initial disability benefits claim can find help with their paperwork from an experienced veterans’ disability representative.
Your representative can explain exactly what the VA is requesting or saying in their correspondence and help you reply to requests for information or act on any status changes for your application.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.