Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Update to VA Claims Process

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December 15, 2017


Dear Friend,

The VA recently announced updates to The Decision Ready Claims (DRC) process, which allows eligible San Diego veterans to get a decision on VA claims in 30 days or less by working with an accredited Veterans Service Organization (VSO).


You can now file a DRC for the following claim types:

  • Direct Service Connection Claims: Claims for conditions that began during your military service or were caused by an event while serving.
  • Presumptive Service Connection Claims: Claims for conditions that are presumed to have been caused by an event during your military service, even if there is no specific evidence showing a connection between your condition and your military service in your service records.
  • Secondary Service Connection Claims: Claims for conditions that were caused or aggravated by a service-connected disability.
  • Increased Disability Claims: Claims for existing service-connected conditions that you have medical evidence to show have gotten worse.
  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) Claims: Claims for surviving spouses of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease or who was rated 100% disabled due to service-connected conditions (including entitlement to Individual Unemployability) for 10 years prior to their death.
  • Pre-Discharge Claims: Claims for disability compensation filed by Servicemembers who have less than 90 days remaining before their separation from military service.

Visit our website to learn more about Decision Ready Claims. 


Veterans can also contact our San Diego office at 858-455-5550 with questions or for assistance with their benefits.