Can I appeal a denial of compensation for a service connected disability if they awarded me medical treatment?

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Can I appeal a denial of compensation for a service connected disability if they awarded me medical treatment?

June 13, 2024
Question

VA gave me medical treatment only for a service connected disability. They did not give me compensation. Am I able to file and appeal? I have 3 other claims pending. The discharge I received was Other Than Honorable (OTH). Although I was not diagnosed with PTSD for my discharge, I was diagnosed with the symptoms of PTSD in 1977. They did not tell me nor give me any meds. They informed other soldiers who were told at their exit to go to the local hospital and let them know you have mental issues and then come back file a disability claim.

Answer

Yes, you should file an appeal because the VA recently changed its Character of Discharge regulations, which should make it easier to receive compensation even with an OTH. You can see more information about that at TVC's website.

You can also apply for a discharge upgrade to the Board for Corrections (through the Dept of Defense, not the VA) to change what is on your DD-214. To see if you qualify for free help with your discharge upgrade, please complete our online intake.