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How to Request a VA Disability Re-evaluation

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There are two reasons a veteran may request a re-evaluation of his or her VA disability rating. The first reason would be that a condition has worsened since the original rating came into effect. The second reason is that the veteran has a new or preexisting medical condition that was not reviewed initially. Whichever reason the veteran holds, the VA accepts new information in an effort to re-evaluate their disability ratings.

Assemble any new and relevant medical information which can be used to present the nature of the request for re-evaluation of the disability. The information should include copies of any medical records and personal statements which illustrate the severity of your new medical condition or how the preexisting condition has worsened.

Print out and complete the VA Form 21-4138-Statement In Support of Claim to begin the request for re-evaluation of VA disability. If you prefer you may call the VA at 1-800-827-1000 to request the VA Form 21-4138 be mailed to you.

Combine the VA Form 21-4138 and all additional information you've assembled, and mail both to your VA Regional Office. You may also deliver the documents in person, if you prefer, or if you have any questions regarding the re-evaluation paperwork and process. If you need the address of the nearest VA Regional Office, the VA has a website specifically designed to allow the veteran to find the office in his or her state.


Evan Salveson has been writing for various websites since August 2009, specializing in the military and health care. Salveson served in the U.S. Navy for eight years, aboard a submarine and as a Navy Instructor. He has a Bachelor of Arts in workforce education from Southern Illinois University. He is currently working towards graduating as a registered nurse.

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