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  • 10 Sep
    2016
    How Effective Dates are Assigned

    How Effective Dates are Assigned

    Listed below are the most common types of claims and generally how effective dates are assigned for each type.

    Direct Service-Connection

    Generally, an effective date for service-connection for a disability that is directly linked to an injury or disease that was incurred or aggravated by military service is the date VA receives a claim or the date entitlement arose, whichever is later. The date entitlement arose means the date the condition was shown to exist by medical evidence.

    There is an exception in cases where the claim is filed within one year of separation from active military service. For these claims, the effective date will be the day following separation.

    Presumptive Service-Connection

    Generally, an effective date for service-connection for a disability that is presumed to be related to military service is the date entitlement arose if the claim is received by VA within one year of release from active duty. If the claim is received by VA after one year of release from active duty, the effective date is the date of receipt of the claim or the date entitlement arose, whichever is later.

    Reopened Claims

    Normally, the effective date for a reopened claim is the date of receipt of claim or date entitlement arose, whichever is later.