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DBQ's are coming back now codified in federal law

oddpedestrian

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Thanks to the recently approved Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, publication and acceptance of VA DBQ forms are now codified in federal law.

The passage of this new Bill protects veterans (and private healthcare providers) who wish to use a private DBQ as medical evidence to support their VA disability compensation claims.

Even though the VA “discontinued” the availability of public use Disability Benefit Questionnaires (DBQs) in March 2020, DBQ forms never actually went away—they CAN STILL BE used by private providers to help support a veteran’s VA disability claim.

By law, the VA Rater must consider all credible evidence submitted with a veteran’s claim for VA benefits.


 

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Thank you for sharing this excellent news. The lack of access to DBQs was hinderance to many veterans hoping to submit fully developed claims. The removal of the DBQ from public access was based on a mistrust of veterans and slap in the face to veterans.
 
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