Disability benefits questionnaires are downloadable forms created for veterans to use in the evaluation process for disability claims. DBQs were developed to streamline the collection of necessary medical evidence for the purpose of processing veterans’ claims. These forms provide veterans with an improved means to submit medical evidence to support their claims.
DBQs allow veterans and service members to have more control over the disability claims process by giving them the option of visiting a health-care provider in their community instead of waiting for a VA compensation and pension exam to be scheduled.
The forms use check boxes and standardized language so that a disability rating can be made accurately and quickly.
Veterans can have their private providers fill out any of the more than 70 DBQs available that are appropriate for their claim conditions, and they can submit them to the VA with supporting medical documentation The VA can use these forms to decide your claim, streamlining the claims process.
If you choose to use the VA’s new DBQ forms as part of your application to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, your DBQ must be completed by and signed by a licensed provider with all supporting medical documentation attached.
It is important to realize that the VA will not pay or reimburse any expenses or costs incurred in the process of completing and/or submitting a DBQ. The VA also reserves the right to confirm the authenticity of all DBQs completed by private health care providers.
A list of all DBQs available can be viewed on the VA website at: benefits.va.gov/compensation/dbq_listbysymptom.asp Or you can visit your local County Veterans Service Officer for more information and assistance in choosing the proper DBQ for your disability claim.
Richard Schleeter is the veterans service officer for the La Plata County Veterans Service Office. He can be reached at 759-0117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.