If you were denied veterans benefits and you have exhausted your appeals (DRO, BVA, CAVC), or you missed the appeal deadlines, you may not be out of luck, and you don't necessarily have to start a new claim for benefits to try again. While you always have the right to start your veterans benefits claim
If you've been denied disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or believe your disability should have received a higher rating, you have the right to appeal the VA decision.
When you apply for disability benefits, the VA creates a claims folder. Information you send to the VA, records the VA obtains on your behalf, and documents created by the VA are all in this folder. The claims file is commonly referred to as the “C-file.” Requesting Your Claims File If you have been
Written by a former SSA medical consultant, Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability is the essential book for learning about the disability process, and can be helpful whether you hire or lawyer or not.