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VA Compensation Pension Exam

by Joe Whitcomb / July 13, 2017

The VA Compensation Pension Exam is a routine part of the Veteran’s Administration claims process. In some cases, individuals who have more than one injury or illness might even need to attend a Compensation and Pension Exam for each individual health condition.

How VA Compensation Pension Exams Are Conducted


Typically, the exams occur at a VA medical center near the claimant. In the event that an individual lives too far away from this location, the Compensation and Pension Exam might be conducted with a physician in private practice. In many cases, these independent compensation and Pension Exams are advised only when necessary. Individuals must remember that it is essential to attend a VA Compensation Pension Exam. Without this assessment, a veteran’s case is at risk of being stalled indefinitely or even automatically denied. Instead of being diagnosed and receiving treatment like at a doctor’s examination, an individual will be interviewed regarding their medical condition. For a physical health condition, a doctor will examine and perform all medical tests necessary to diagnose an individual’s disorders. In the case of mental health conditions, a physician will interview a client about symptoms and might even administer a psychiatric test. The Veteran’s Administration assesses four factors in these situations: whether there is sufficient evidence that the veteran has a current disability, whether evidence establishes that an event, injury, or disease occurred during service, whether the disability is associated with the Veteran’s service, and whether there is competent medical evidence of record to make a decision on the veteran’s claim. The Veteran’s Administration might not conduct a Compensation and Pension Exam if the veteran has not provided enough information or the Veteran’s Administration made an error.

Advice on Attending a VA Compensation Pension Exam

There are some important pieces of advice that individuals should follow when attending a Compensation and Pension Exam should follow these pieces of advice:

  • Accurately Reflect Your Symptoms. Individuals should neither downplay or exaggerate symptoms. Individuals who downplay symptoms are at risk of being found to not have a disability, while exaggeration can result in individuals being found for faking conditions.
  • Dress in Daily Wear. Individuals should avoid dressing up for these evaluations. It is a wise idea to wear everyday clothing to these meetings so that the evaluator can get a sense of the individual’s ordinary condition.
  • Make Sure to Attend the Hearing. If an individual misses an exam, this absence will negatively impact the decision regarding a veteran’s case.
  • Prepare for the Exam. Individuals must make sure to adequately prepare for the evaluation. This includes making a comprehensive list of an individual’s symptoms and how these conditions disrupt the veteran’s life.

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Consult with a Knowledgeable Veterans Affairs Lawyer


For veterans who must attend a Compensation Pension Exam, it is frequently wise to consult with a knowledgeable attorney about how to handle this evaluation. The legal team at Whitcomb, Selinsky, PC or its disability arm, Rocky Mountain Disability Law Group help veterans with a variety of issues including these evaluations. Contact our downtown Denver office today at (303) 534-1958 or complete our convenient online form.

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Joe Whitcomb

Joe Whitcomb

Joe Whitcomb is the founder and president of Whitcomb, Selinsky, PC (WSM). In addition, he manages the firm and heads up the Government Procurement and International Business Transactions Law sections. As a result of his military service as a U.S. Army Ranger and as a non-commissioned officer in the Air Force, he learned mission accomplishment. While serving in the Air Force, he earned his Bachelor’s in Social Sciences and a Master’s in International Relations. His Master’s emphasis was on National Security and International Political Economics. After his military career, Joe attended law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

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