Veterans Center for Wellness

VA Disability Claims Help

Your invisible wounds have a story

We give your story an expert voice for your claims, so you get the benefits and Peace of Mind to live the life you’ve earned.

Battle Buddies – Have you been told that your mental health has changed since joining the military? If so, have you submitted your mental health Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) to the VA? You are not broken; you are battle-tested because of your bravery. You are a warrior.

Military life has led us to extraordinary experiences that only a brother or sister in arms can understand. We joined the military, strengthened our character, refined our values, and lived by the creed of duty, honor, and country. Many of our experiences contributed to our growth and helped us build resilience and grit. Other experiences challenged our physical safety, emotional stability, or beliefs about ourselves and those with whom we served.

Those traumatic events left many of us looking for ways to survive the turmoil. Traumatic events often fester in our memory, contributing to long-term psychological and physical injuries and leaving invisible wounds.

You didn’t have to deploy to have experienced trauma or stress. Whatever way your stressors occurred, those events left many of us looking for ways to survive the turmoil. Distressful events often fester in our memory, contributing to long-term psychological and physical injuries and leaving invisible wounds.

Services We Offer:


DBQs are how veterans share relevant medical information for processing disability claims. A healthcare provider (a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist) completes these forms with the medical evidence needed to support your service-connected claims. The VA allows for four (4) types of psychological DBQ forms: (a) Initial PTSD, (b) Review PTSD, (c) Mental Health Disorders, and (d) Eating Disorders. Conditions covered for mental health DBQs:
  • PTSD
  • Depression (Major Depression, Dysthymia)
  • Anxiety (Generalized Anxiety, Anxiety NOS, Panic D/O)
  • Alzheimer’s Disorder/Dementia
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Obsession Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Psychosis (Delusional D/O, Psychotic D/O, Schizophrenia)
  • Cognitive Impairment/TBI
  • Military Sexual Trauma

Nexus letters

Nexus letters are a comprehensive report used to support your DBQ and is where your voice is heard. We share information and an evaluation of your current and past mental health diagnoses, counseling experiences, and details about the stressors you experienced in the military. On average, our Nexus letters are 2-3 pages of well-supported information to support your claims based on your active duty and civilian medical records, a clinical interview, and Buddy letters.

VA Aid In Attendance or Housebound Allowance
If you need help with daily activities or you’re housebound VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits provide monthly payments added to the amount of a monthly VA pension for qualified Veterans and survivors. Check if you qualify:


Types of Claims:

  • Original Claim – Filing the first disability claim.
  • Increased Claim – Filing for more disability because a service-connected claim has become worse.
  • New Claim – File for added or other benefits for a service-connected disability.
  • Secondary Claim – A new disability that is linked to a service-connected disability that you have been given a rating.
  • Special Claim – Special needs linked to service-connected claims.
  • Supplemental Claim – This allows you to provide new evidence to support a disability claim that was denied.

Disability Ratings:

Veteran disabilities are rated from (0% to 100%) based on the VAs determination of your mental health injury severity. Benefits may include a monthly financial compensation from the U.S. government with the amount depending on the degree of your disability, travel expenses for rehab or treatment, and medical treatment through the Veterans Administration. Additional benefits may also be available.

Getting Started through the VA

Determine if you are eligible for VA disability benefits

Review VA disability benefits eligibility criteria to find out if you can get disability compensation for an illness or injury that was caused by—or got worse because of—your active military service. Compensation may include financial support and other benefits like health care.

Secure the appropriate documents needed to submit your disability compensation

  • Discharge or separation papers (DD214 or equivalent)
  • Medical evidence (doctor and hospital reports) for active duty and civilian/VA
  • Dependency records (marriage and children’s birth certificates)
  • Buddy letters to support your claims

To file a disability claim on your own:

  1. Use VA Form 21-526EZ (Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits) to file your claim online: 
  2. Use VA Form 21-0781 (Statement in Support of Claim for Service Connection for PTSD) if you’ve been diagnosed with PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) and want to apply for related benefits or services: 
  3. Use VA Form 21-0781a (Statement in Support of Claim for Service Connection for PTSD Secondary to Personal Assault) if you’ve been diagnosed with PTSD related to or because of personal assault, and you want to apply for related benefits or services.
  4. If completing forms 21-0781 and 21-0781a, mail to: Department of Veterans Affairs, Evidence Intake Center, P.O. Box 4444, Janesville, WI 53547-4444.
You may also apply for your disability compensation by obtaining an eBenefits account and applying online.

To Get Us Started with Your Expert Claims:

A few questions to get us started

What We Do?

We create a comprehensive, well-developed Nexus letter and DBQ that will support your mental health claims.

The four mental health DBQs accepted by the VA are:

Initial PTSD
PTSD Review
Mental Health
Eating Disorders

How We Do It?

After the clinical interview with Dr. Price, she reviews all of your medical and administrative records to create your reports. The records review and report writing take about 60 days to complete. We go over your completed claims with you to make sure your story is accurately represented.

We give you the best chance of having your claims rated or increased because of the thoroughness of our records review and reports.

Why We Do It?

Dr. Price is a 4th generation Army Veteran who is committed to honoring the service of veterans and service members. She has supported the emotional needs of Veterans since her Army career. She values you and your service and recognizes that veterans have a better quality of life when they have the financial, medical, and household benefits they have earned.

Our Process:


Complete our questionnaire and the contact form below to reach out to our office to schedule your clinical interview with Dr. Price.


Secure all of your active duty medical and administrative records, civilian medical records, and Buddy letters before your appointment. Your records will be uploaded to our secure documents vault.

a. What is needed to complete your report:

  1. Active-duty military, VA, and civilian medical records
    National Personnel Records Center
    1 Archives Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63138-1002
    (314) 801-0800
  2.  DD214/ Military administrative records
  3.  Buddy Letters (anyone who can support your claims).
  4. Dependency records (marriage and children’s birth certificates)

You will have a 1 hour to 1 ½ hour clinical examination via telehealth with Dr. Price to discuss all of your mental health, social, occupational, and medical concerns.


Dr. Price will review all of your records to develop an expert report that is comprehensive, well-developed, accurate, and details the stressors associated with your chronic military story.


Once your Nexus letter and DBQ are complete (60 days from the clinical interview), you will receive the signed copies via your secure email and the originals through express mail.


You send the reports to the VA via EBenefits, U.S. Postal Service, or a Veterans VA Claims Clinic.

What to expect after submitting your claims to the VA:

The VA reports it takes an average of 125.3 days in July 2022 for a decision to be made after you submit your claim.

The amount of time for a review and decision of your disability claim depends on:

  •  The type of claims filed
  •  The number of injuries or disabilities claimed
  •  The amount of time needed to collect the medical evidence for a decision on your claims

Options if your claim is denied

If your disability claim is denied, you have several options to consider:

• You can appeal the decision to the Veterans Law Judge (Board Appeals)

• Request a Higher-level Review by a senior reviewer. 
• Add new and relevant evidence (Supplemental Claim/Decision Review)
o extension:

The C & P (Compensation and Pension) Exam

It is not uncommon for the VA to request an additional exam after you have submitted your paperwork. The C & P exam is performed by a medical provider employed or contracted with the VA to perform exams for veterans. The VA will arrange the date and time for you to meet with the medical provider and mail it to you. The results from the exam are sent to the VA and used to help rate your disability. Increasing your Rating

You can file a claim for increased disability compensation if you have a rated service-connected disability that’s gotten worse. You’ll need to submit up-to-date medical evidence that shows your disability has gotten worse.
You can file an increased claim to request:
 An increase in your disability rating
 More financial support
 Based on Employability


• Application in Acquiring Specially Adapted Housing or Special Home Adaptation Grant

Our Packages:

Primary Reports Package

You will receive a well-developed Nexus letter with a timeline of your mental health experiences and one DBQ (PTSD, Mental Health Disorders, or Eating Disorder Report) form to support your mental health claim.

Enhanced Reports Package

You will receive a well-developed Nexus letter and option (a): two DBQ (PTSD, Mental Health Disorders, or Eating Disorders Report) forms to support your mental health claims or option (b) one DBQ form and one Aid in Attendance form.

Premium Reports Package

You will receive a well-developed Nexus letter, two DBQ (PTSD, Mental Health Disorders, or Eating Disorders Report) forms to support your mental health claims, and an Aid in Attendance form.

About Dr. LaRay Imani Price

73B, Army Psychologist Veteran

Service to my country is a family affair as the 4th generation to serve in the Army. I received my Ph.D. from Purdue University. I was commissioned into the U.S. Army in 2004 to complete my psychology residency at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Ft. Gordon, GA. For six years, I served as an active-duty Army Clinical Psychologist and ETS with the rank of Major. While serving as an Army Psychologist, I supported assault victims as a Victim Advocate, mentored cadets, and advocated for diversity and inclusion in the military. My last active-duty assignment was at the United States Military Academy at West Point. I spent an additional 3 1/2 years working as an Army Reserves Psychologist at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Service members are a unique population and supporting our mental health can be complicated by military stigma or the confidential nature of our missions. We were required to perform missions that others couldn’t conceive of, resulting in emotional injuries that others may not understand. This isn’t because we’re weak but because we dared to serve. Deployments have significantly contributed to invisible wounds but aren’t the only way service members experience trauma. Many of us have witnessed, known about, or been involved in training accidents, suicidal gestures, bullying or intimidation by supervisors or peers, or an unthinkable military sexual trauma. I’ve walked in your jump boots and would never leave a fallen soldier.

Since 2016, I've helped over 1,000 Veterans successfully get the disability benefits results they desired. I create a well-developed, comprehensive DBQ and Nexus letter about the events that compromised your mental health so that you can submit your claims to the VA. Submitting your mental health claims can be the difference between suffering in silence or having a lifetime of steady support.


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