When you file a VA disability claim, it’s often helpful to provide a buddy statement to support your application packet or appeal. You should have someone write a buddy letter for several reasons. For starters, to qualify for disability benefits, you need to connect your current condition to an injury or event which was experienced during military service. Oftentimes, veterans do not realize the impact a good buddy statement can have on their VA disability claim. In fact, a buddy letter is an example of a piece of lay evidence the VA is required to review and take into consideration when determining a claim decision.
The buddy statement or buddy letter includes important details which could help you build your case. You may have heard of it referred to as a “Statement in Support of Claim.” So, what should be included in a buddy statement? Without a doubt, there must be specific details about the event that caused your service-connected condition. This can include location, date and details about the incident.
Typically, there are two types of buddy statements that can be provided to support a claim.
1) Statements written by a friend, spouse, or family member
2) Statements written by military co-workers
Let’s take a closer look at the type of information included in each buddy statement.
Buddy statements can play a critical part for achieving a fair disability rating – one that actually reflects your condition. It’s sometimes hard to admit that we have been affected by our time in service. Above all, a well written buddy statement is an open and honest description of your experiences.
Do you need help understanding which disability benefits you may be eligible for? Contact us today to learn how we can help you achieve the benefits you are entitled to for your honorable service to the nation.