fbpx

How to Document Medical Conditions for VA Claims

Document Medical Conditions for VA Claims dd form 2807 dd form 2808

Veterans often face challenges in ensuring that their medical conditions are adequately documented during their time in the military. This is a crucial aspect when it comes to filing VA claims for later on. Leah Bucholz will focus on two essential forms, the DD Form 2807 (Report of Medical History) and DD Form 2808 (Report of Medical Examination), which play a pivotal role in order to document medical conditions for VA claims and for a service member’s health history. Properly understanding and utilizing these forms can significantly impact the success of a veteran’s benefits claim.

DD Form 2807: Report of Medical History

The DD Form 2807 is a comprehensive document that records a service member’s medical history. It is filled out by the individual and covers various health conditions, providing a snapshot of their overall health. This form is typically completed during entrance physicals at MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) and at various points throughout a service member’s career.

How to Fill Out DD Form 2807

  1. Personal Information: The service member’s information is filled out on the form, including name, social security number, and other identifying details.
  2. Medical History Page: The service member responds to a series of questions about their medical history, indicating whether they have ever suffered from various conditions such as sinusitis, bronchitis, allergies, arthritis, and more.
  3. Additional Information: There is space provided for the service member to elaborate on specific conditions, providing details and any relevant information.
  4. Signature: The service member signs the form, acknowledging the accuracy of the information provided.

Utilizing DD Form 2807 for Documentation

One valuable aspect of the DD Form 2807 is its role as a historical record. Service members approaching retirement can use this form to compile a list of their health concerns. Rather than overwhelming medical providers with numerous issues during a single visit, scheduling individual appointments for specific conditions ensures thorough documentation over time.

DD Form 2808: Report of Medical Examination

The DD Form 2808 complements the DD Form 2807, focusing on the physical examination conducted by medical providers. This examination assesses various aspects of a service member’s health, including head, eyes, ears, nose, throat, heart, and lungs.

Completing DD Form 2808

  1. Medical Provider’s Examination: A healthcare professional conducts a thorough physical examination, evaluating different body systems.
  2. Notation of Abnormalities: If any abnormalities are identified, such as flat feet or other conditions, they are marked on the form.
  3. Additional Information: The form includes sections for notes, where the medical provider can provide details about specific findings or recommend further assessments.
  4. Signature: Unlike the DD Form 2807, the service member does not sign the DD Form 2808. Instead, the medical provider acknowledges receipt and completion of the examination.

Leveraging DD Form 2808 for Claims

For veterans, the DD Form 2808 may serve as a crucial piece of evidence in the claims process. By examining these records, veterans can establish a historical timeline of their health and pinpoint instances where conditions may have originated or worsened during their military service.

Strategies for Effective Documentation

1. Schedule Appropriate Appointments

Avoid overwhelming medical providers with a multitude of health concerns during a single visit. Consider scheduling individual appointments for specific conditions to ensure thorough documentation.

2. Use DD Form 2807 as a Compilation Tool

Before retirement, use the DD Form 2807 to compile a comprehensive list of health issues. This document serves as a reference point for discussions with medical providers and facilitates accurate documentation.

3. Ensure Proper Recording of Abnormalities

Review the DD Form 2808 for accurate notation of any abnormalities. These records are essential when establishing a connection between service-related exposures and subsequent health conditions.

4. Stay Informed about VA Presumptive Conditions

Stay updated on VA policies regarding presumptive conditions. Recent changes may grant presumptive status to certain conditions, making it easier for veterans to establish service connection.

Conclusion

To effectively document medical conditions for VA Claims during military service is crucial. The DD Form 2807 and DD Form 2808 provide a valuable framework for this documentation. By understanding how to fill out these forms, leverage them for effective documentation, and stay informed about policy changes, veterans can enhance their chances of successful benefits claims. Empowering service members with knowledge about the importance of thorough medical documentation is a key step in ensuring they receive the support and recognition they deserve for their sacrifices.

Also read: Hip Pain and Veterans Disability

At Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting, a veteran-owned company, we specialize in Independent Medical Opinions (IMOs) known as Nexus letters.

Our purpose is to empower YOU, the veteran, to take charge of your medical evidence and provide you with valuable educational tools and research to guide you on your journey.

Understanding the unique challenges veterans face, our commitment lies in delivering exceptional service and support.

Leveraging an extensive network of licensed independent medical professionals, all well-versed in the medical professional aspects of the VA claims process, we review the necessary medical evidence to incorporate in our reports related to your VA Disability Claim.

Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting is not a law firm, accredited claims agent, or affiliated with the Veterans Administration or Veterans Services Organizations. However, we are happy to discuss your case with your accredited VA legal professional.

You might also enjoy

IMG-20231106-WA0042 (2)

Danielle McClaskey

Client Relations Specialist U.S. Navy Veteran

In her active-duty service in the United States Navy, Danielle undertook a variety of responsibilities, ranging from essential administrative duties to providing crucial medical care. Her multifaceted contributions played a pivotal role in enhancing her fellow service members’ operational effectiveness and well-being.

As a disabled veteran, she developed a profound understanding of the unique challenges faced by her fellow service members. Now, in her civilian role, Danielle is a valued member of the Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting team, where she continues to leverage her extensive background and educational achievements to provide exceptional support to veterans.

Leticia

LETICIA

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Leticia has been in the medical field for nearly 14 years. She has always had a passion for medicine and caring for her community. Leticia has spent the last 4 years caring for veterans and first responders with alcohol and substance abuse in a medical rehabilitation setting whilst continuing her education working towards a degree in software development.

Someday she hopes to develop medical software that further enhances the patient’s experience in medical care. Leticia has a deep respect and love for those who have served as she comes from a family of law enforcement and military veterans.

Alan Bucholz

ALAN BUCHOLZ, PA-C:

U.S ARMY VETERAN, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Alan enlisted in the US Army as a combat medic, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Influenced by his time as a combat medic, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant program while on
active duty, was commissioned as an officer, and subsequently deployed to Afghanistan.  

Alan’s military and medical background inspired him to form Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting with his
wife, Leah Bucholz, a Physician Assistant and Army Combat Veteran.  He has devoted himself to using his
knowledge gained in the military as a medical professional to serve the Veteran community.

Alan Bucholz

ALAN BUCHOLZ, PA-C:

U.S ARMY VETERAN, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Alan enlisted in the US Army as a combat medic, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Influenced by his time as a combat medic, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant program while on
active duty, was commissioned as an officer, and subsequently deployed to Afghanistan.  

Alan’s military and medical background inspired him to form Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting with his
wife, Leah Bucholz, a Physician Assistant and Army Combat Veteran.  He has devoted himself to using his
knowledge gained in the military as a medical professional to serve the Veteran community.

Julie Pereira

JULIE PEREIRA:

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

During her Active-Duty time in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, Julie provided medical administration
and patient care services in the field, the hospital, and base medical office settings.  This military medical and
administrative background has given Julie the hands-on experience and extensive knowledge necessary to
provide unparalleled service to her fellow Veterans through the Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting team.

Julie’s educational achievements include a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Human Services and a pre-nursing associate in arts and science.

Julie has been inspired by her firsthand knowledge of navigating the VA Benefits process. She has dedicated
most of her adult life to serving Veterans through her knowledge derived from her military and civilian medical
education and training.

Jennifer Januta

JENNIFER JANUTA

U.S ARMY VETERAN, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

During her Active-Duty service in the Army, Jennifer supported various research efforts centered on combat casualty care and Soldier performance. Her military background gave her unique insights into veterans’ distinct challenges, ultimately inspiring her to join the Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting team.

Jennifer’s educational achievements include a master’s in molecular biology from George Washington University and a master’s in data science from Texas Tech University. Jennifer wholeheartedly dedicates herself to utilizing her knowledge and expertise gained from 15 years of healthcare experience to impact the well-being of those who have served positively.

Alan Bucholz

ALAN BUCHOLZ, PA-C:

U.S ARMY VETERAN, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Alan enlisted in the US Army as a combat medic, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Influenced by his time as a combat medic, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant program while on
active duty, was commissioned as an officer, and subsequently deployed to Afghanistan.  

Alan’s military and medical background inspired him to form Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting with his
wife, Leah Bucholz, a Physician Assistant and Army Combat Veteran.  He has devoted himself to using his
knowledge gained in the military as a medical professional to serve the Veteran community.

Leah - Meet the Team

LEAH BUCHOLZ, PA-C

U.S ARMY VETERAN, MEDICAL EXPERT & FORMER C & P EXAMINER

Meet Leah, the founder, and leader of our organization. ​​A combat veteran herself, she understands the unique challenges veterans face, making her mission about much more than running a successful business. It’s about the opportunity to provide a legacy of exceptional service for our heroes.​

​“It is essential to remember that there is no greater honor than caring for service members on the battlefield. Continuing to care for Veterans after separation is an opportunity that I have been afforded to extend that care in this new battlefield related to service-incurred disabilities.”

Her inspiration comes from years of military experience working alongside her fellow servicemembers, particularly key leaders who have influenced her journey, applying their wisdom to her path. She values her team deeply, most of whom are also disabled combat veterans, each member a trusted individual sharing her vision.

 “Driven by passion and purpose, I aim to create a sustainable change that empowers veterans and future generations.”

Leah’s journey hasn’t been without challenges. From overcoming and living with her service-related disabilities to navigating work-life balance, she’s learned to face each hurdle head-on with resilience.  Like many of her veteran brothers and sisters, her early background consisted of limited resources and opportunities. Her military service has helped shape her into a steadfast leader, offering relatable inspiration to others.

Join us in celebrating Leah, a compassionate leader, and resilient veteran, driving our mission to serve those who served our nation.