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Getting Service Connected

How do I get service connected for an injury?

The first step in getting service connected is when you leave the military you will be given an exam. This is the first opportunity you will have to discuss your in-service injuries with a medical professional about any injuries you suffered and how that injury actually affects your day to day life. This is where the VA determines if you get a service connection upon separation.  

If you don’t get service-connected or receive a lower rating, even when it’s not compensated, it’s not the end of your claim. It’s easiest to relate service-connection disabilities within a year of separation but again not necessary.  Some disabilities are Presumptive Service Connected. 
If you have a secondary condition or a presumptive condition that shows up years after your separation, then the VA needs documented evidence to link your disability to your military service. In these situations, we have come up with a few things the VA reviews before it will grant service-connection.

  1. A current diagnosis by a medical professional.
  2. You will need a Nexus Letter by a medical professional to link your condition to service or to link it as a secondary condition to a condition that developed from another service-connected disability.
  3. The VA will review all evidence of the condition from VA Health facilities.
  4. The VA will review all evidence submitted by you from your private healthcare provider.
  5. The VA will review any buddy letters you submit to show that you suffered a condition in the military or you currently suffer the condition.


After reviewing your file, the VA will make a decision and you will be notified. We don’t guarantee that the VA will grant your claim.