For many veterans or spouses who have applied for the VA disability compensation or pension the time it takes the VA to process their paperwork and eventually issue the checks is agonizing.
It doesn’t matter whether you are waiting for a service related disability compensation check or a non-service connected disability pension check, the wait is the same.
It is apologetically slow. On average it takes the VA six to eight months for a veteran’s claim. Some state’s Regional Offices are quicker, some slower. North Carolina always seemed to be the quickest where NYC and Chicago the slowest.
There is one way to make your claim application processing a bit faster. That is to make sure you have every item of documentation properly completed, in acceptable format and sent in all together at the same time.
You’ll get a series of letters over the processing time frame. Make sure if a response is requested that you don’t delay. The VA gives you only 30 days to respond before it gets stuck in the pending file from hell.
Once you get the approval letter you should get the first retro-active check within 1 month’s time. Faster if you submitted the direct deposit information with your original claim application. This first payment will be equal to the amount you are eligible to receive from the 1st of the month following the date the VA received your application to the date they approved your claim.
Then you will receive a check (or direct deposit) the first of each month for the previous months time frame.