Fully Developed Claim

You can use the Fully Developed Claims (FDC) program to get a faster decision on your disability benefits claim. With this program, you send in all the evidence (supporting documents) you have—or can easily get—when you file your claim. This may include:

  • Records of medical treatment you’ve received for the claimed illness or injury (also known as a condition) while serving in the military
  • Military personnel records that relate to the claimed condition
  • Private medical records related to the claimed condition, like reports from your own doctor or X-rays or other test results from a non-VA hospital or other treatment center

We consider your disability benefits claim fully developed when:

  • You’ve sent us all evidence, and
  • We plan to get your federal records, if needed, and
  • We plan to arrange for any added health exams or doctor’s opinions that may be needed

File a claim now.