This is our second installment of Top terms every veteran should know when filing for claims. It's' so very important that veterans know and understand these terms: #34 Presumptive. This is when the VA presumes that a veteran has an illness or injury related to the place where they served . The PACT ACT is a perfect example. #33: Secondary claim. This is a claim that is filed by a veteran because of a direct service injury or illness. For example, you hurt your back while jumping out of an airplane. You got rated 20% for lower back injuries. A few years later you develop nerve damage in both legs. You now have a secondary to your service connected lower back. #32: Primary claim. This is an injury or illness that happened while on active duty. it's also known as Direct service connected. #31: Deferred Decision. This happens when the VA does not have enough medical evidence to decide a claim. For example, You file for flat feet. There's evidence in your service treatment records but the VA can't find them at this time. The rating is deferred until the medical records can be located. #30: Not service connected. The injury or illness the veteran filed for is determined by the VA as not happening during active duty service. You got out of the military and hurt your back. You file and the VA determines that your injury happened after active duty service. Stand by for part three.
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