What is a VA Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ)?

A Disability Benefits Questionnaire or DBQ is a form the VA uses as part of their evaluation process for VA disability benefits. Using this form allows veterans to visit a primary care provider for their medical evaluation as an alternative to a Compensation and Pension Exam at a VA clinic or facility. Sometimes, if the veteran submits this information early in the claims process they can completely avoid a C& P examination. Because the form uses standardized language and check boxes to help provide critical information, an accurate disability rating can be made quicker and more easily. 

The VA says the DBQ speeds up the disability claims process.  While there is no statistical evidence to back up this up, we have had vets tell us that they have been satisfied with the processing time when they have used the DBQ.


Sean D. Cuddigan
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SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska
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