Intent to File
Your VA has created a new “intent to file process” for Veterans and survivors who intend to file a claim for VA compensation, pension, or survivors’ benefits but need additional time to gather all of the information and evidence needed to support their claim.
This new process gives you additional time to collect all of the information needed to support your claim. When you use this process, you are creating an effective date for any award of benefits or increased benefits. The date VA receives your intent to file will be protected as your effective date as long as the completed application form and additional information is submitted within one (1) year.
The intent to file process also allows VA to award benefits retroactive to the date of your medical diagnosis or treatment as long as the intent to file is filed within one year of the diagnosis/treatment and the completed claim form is filed within one year of the intent to file that you submitted.
For example: VA receives an intent to file for compensation benefits on April 1, 2015. Then VA receives an application for compensation benefits on August 1, 2015, and another application for compensation benefits on January 1, 2016 (two more applications within one years of the intent to file application). In this case, VA will consider an effective date of April 1, 2015 (the date VA received the intent to file) for any benefits awarded as a result of the August 1, 2015 application.
For more information and clarifications, call toll-free 1-800-827-1000 or visit http://explore.va.gov/intent-to-file. Be sure to take advantage of this new process – it will help.