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Protecting Your Interests:

Subject: Protecting Your Interests:

Free Aid: Seek assistance from VA and accredited representatives, who offer free aid in accessing your benefits. Avoid paying for help with your initial claim.


 


 


 


Accredited Professionals: Collaborate with accredited representatives, Veteran Service Officers (VSOs), or trusted attorneys before filing a claim or sharing personal information.


 


 


 


Verification: Confirm accreditation using the Office of General Counsel accreditation tool before engaging with any representative.


 


Document Scrutiny: Carefully review all forms and documents. Refuse to sign any fee agreement with a party unwilling to sign a VA representation form.


 


Fee Awareness: Understand that accredited individuals may charge a reasonable fee, but it should not exceed 33%.


 


Direct Payment: Utilize VA's direct payment method, where VA directly remunerates your representative for securing past-due benefits. Be wary of anyone unwilling to accept this arrangement.


 


Privacy Protection: Avoid divulging sensitive information, such as login details, to anyone purporting to assist with your benefits.


 


Beware of Assurances: Exercise caution with entities claiming special connections with medical professionals and offering guaranteed VA benefits awards.


 


Reporting Suspicious Activities:


 


If you suspect fraudulent behavior or encounter discrepancies in your benefits, promptly notify VA at 1-800-827-1000. Additionally, lodge a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) if you or a loved one falls victim to deceitful practices.


 


By staying informed and adhering to these guidelines, you can shield yourself and your benefits from predatory tactics.
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