Compensation and Pension Examinations (C&P Exams)


About Compensation and Pension Examinations (C&P Exams)


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes that you may have questions regarding the VA claim exam (also known as a Compensation and Pension Examination, or C&P Exam) process if you have filed a disability claim. To help answer many of these questions, VA has updated the following:

Claim Exam Information:  The Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) provide Compensation and Pension Examinations if they need more information to decide your claim.

During Step 3 of their claim process, they may ask you to take an examination.  They may request this to help them determine if a claimed disability is related to your service or to determine the severity of your disability.

Not every claim requires an examination.  It depends on what medical evidence is already in your file and what you included with your application. If we ask you to have an examination, VBA will schedule your appointment at one of our facilities or with one of our contracted medical examiners.

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After you file your disability benefits claim, we may ask you to have a claim exam (also known as a Compensation and Pension Examination, or C&P Exam).  Get answers to commonly asked questions about the VA claim exam.

Why might I need a VA claim exam?  This exam will help the VBA determine if you have a service-connected disability. It will also help them rate your disability if you have one.

VBA base your rating on how severe your disability is—and your rating will affect how much disability compensation you will receive. Compensation may include things like monthly payments and enrollment in the VA health care program. 

For more information about Compensation and Pension Examinations (C&P Exams), click on the link below: