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Preparing for a Hearing at the VRB

How can I prepare my case?
Entitlement matters
Assessment matters
Attendant allowance matters
What should I bring to my hearing?

HOW CAN I PREPARE MY CASE?

There are three types of matters that can be the subject of a VRB application:

  1. Entitlement matters — these are about whether injury, disease or death has been caused by service.
     
  2. Assessment matters — these are about how much pension should be paid for incapacity from injury or disease that has already been accepted as caused by service.
     
  3. Attendant allowance matters — these are about whether there is a need for an attendant to assist in everyday living activities because of service caused injury or disease.

1. ENTITLEMENT MATTERS

Understand what the VRB has to do

Understand why your claim was rejected

Gather evidence to support your claim

What happens if your claim is successful?

2. ASSESSMENT MATTERS

Understand what the VRB has to do

There are three levels of pension that can be payable:

General rate of pension

Extreme disablement adjustment (EDA)

The special (TPI) and intermediate rates of pension

Gather evidence to show how your disabilities affect you

3. ATTENDANT ALLOWANCE MATTERS

Understand what the VRB has to do

Gather evidence to show how your disabilities affect you

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO MY HEARING?

First, you should bring your copy of the Departmental Report which was sent to you by the Department of Veterans' Affairs. You should also bring any other papers you will rely upon to support your case-for example, doctors' reports, service records, diaries. However, it is important that you send copies of these to the VRB as early as possible before your hearing. If your representative has these documents, you should make sure he or she has sent copies to the VRB.

Forms

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