What Are the Easiest VA Disability Claims?

It may sound like a contradiction, but there are some VA disability claims that are easier to be approved for than others. That doesn’t mean the process is any faster, but it does mean that some conditions increase your likelihood of approval.

What are Easiest VA Disability Claims

In 2021, there are ten top claims for which the VA awards disability. However, not all may include a 100% rating. As we’ve mentioned before, a compendium of lower-rated conditions can mean a higher rating based on the VA’s complex formula. This may or may not lead to a full 100% disability rating. But the combination of two or more conditions can give you a higher rating than a single condition might receive so filing properly for  VA disability claims is critical.

So what are the easiest claims to get VA disability approval for?

The Top Ten New Claims For Disability

According to the VA’s latest report to Congress, these are the top ten conditions that veterans are receiving when applying for the first time:

1. Tinnitus, with 157,152 new claims
2. Limitation of flexion of the knee, with 99,467 new claims
3. Hearing loss, with 76,102 new claims
4. Lumbosacral or cervical strain, or back and neck strains
5. Limitation of arm motion
6. General scars
7. Limitation of ankle motion
9. Migraines
10. Paralysis of the sciatic nerve

Before applying you should have an understanding of your condition and what you’re asking for on your claim.

So What Are The Top Five Easiest For 2022?

Veterans have a high chance of approval for:

1. Tinnitus, or “ringing in the ears.” There isn’t a definitive test for it as a blood or audiology test. Veterans are prone to tinnitus if they were subjected to considerable exposure to loud noises such as munitions. Veterans can’t normally wear hearing protection because they can’t hear commands and orders, so they develop hearing problems including tinnitus over the course of their enlistment. Because it’s impossible to disprove tinnitus, if you say you have it, you’re very likely to be approved.

2. Mental Health Issues such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, sexual trauma, and somatic symptom disorders are considered “high-value claims” because they most frequently result in a 30% or higher rating. Four out of ten veterans are rated at 70% or higher due to a disabling mental condition. Like tinnitus, it’s subjective, and there isn’t a definitive test to prove or disprove the claim. NOTE: Many service-related conditions can exacerbate a mental health condition, so consider adding a mental health issue as a secondary condition if needed.

3. Musculoskeletal conditions such as pain and reduced functionality in the neck, back, arms, and legs, arthritis, knee/ankle injuries, sprains, and strains are common complaints among veterans, especially those who served in the infantry. You’ll need to demonstrate recurrent, persistent symptoms. However, most veterans rated for these conditions see 20% ratings, so it’s wise to list it as a secondary condition.

4. Scarring is visible and generally difficult to dispute but must be significant enough for a rating. They are usually mentioned in a service record, and a medical nexus is usually not in doubt. Scarring and scar tissue that affects mobility and reduced movement in the limbs, neck, or back may also qualify as a secondary condition under musculoskeletal.

5. Presumptive Disorders, that the VA presume are service-connected based on the veteran’s service record. For instance, veterans who served in Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, and show one or more of a series of conditions are presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange. Similar criteria exist for veterans of the Gulf War, including those exposed to burn pits, and “atomic veterans.” A medical nexus is not necessary, and it will be easy to get secondary diagnoses approved as well. You’ll need to show your DD-214 to prove that you were deployed to a specific area. Presumptive disorders may be rated from 0% to 100%.

Evidence Is Still Required

The claim that has adequate medical evidence that supports your claim, evidence of a service connection, and a current diagnosis is the one that you will win. This documentation is critical to proving your claim and showing how your condition impacts everyday life.

If you’re already rated for a condition but believe you might be under-rated, you can request to have your condition re-evaluated. This is especially helpful if you have a condition that has worsened over time, such as a musculoskeletal condition.

Need Help? Work With A Houston VA Disability Attorney

We’re not saying that filing one of these claims makes the process easier—far from it. But although these are the easiest claims to be approved for, you’ll still need to go through the complex VA application process. That’s where we can help, as well as with an appeal.

Call The Herren Law Firm in Houston at 713-682-8194 (or use our online contact form) to schedule your free consultation for VA disability and other benefits. Our contingency fee basis means you won’t owe a fee until we win your case, and there’s no obligation.

Where Can I Get Assistance Filing A Veterans Disability Claim In Houston, TX?

Filing a Veterans disability claim is often a difficult process that can be extremely frustrating and irritating. If you’ve had about enough of the VA and their endless forms and phone calls, you may realize that it’s time to ask for help. But where?

Veterans don’t have to feel helpless against the VA. Help is available, all you have to do is reach out for it. Here’s a list of some of the places you can contact for help filing a Houston Veterans disability claim.

Filing A Houston Veterans Disability Claim


This online referral service is run by Texas A&M, and is a state program for veterans, their families, and the groups that serve them, offering verified information and referral resources.

County Veterans Officers

There are two of these officers in the Houston area. The Veterans County Service Officer Association of Texas’ website here, with additional information. The VCSOAT is a 501c19 non-profit organization.

The Texas Veterans Commission

This Austin-based state agency was created in 1927 to be an advocate for veterans throughout the Lone Star State, to assist them in getting the benefits they’ve earned. Their focus is on nine programs:

  • Claims Representation and Counseling
  • Veterans Employment Services
  • Veterans Education
  • Communications and Veterans Outreach
  • Veteran Entrepreneur Program
  • Health Care Advocacy
  • Veterans Mental Health Program
  • Women Veterans Program
  • The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance

TVC has counselors available statewide to help with claims, appeals, and resources available, with a women’s veteran program available.


This nationwide organization offers veterans free help with claims, even if you’re not a paying member. There are two Houston-area posts, one northeast of the city in Rye, TX, with two points of contact, and additional posts throughout the state. AMVETS offers free assistance for filing Veterans disability claims, veteran healthcare advocates, career assistance and other related services through their National Service Department with a series of National Service Officers.

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV)/DAV Of Texas

If you live in Houston, there are a number of available services to help you file a Veterans disability claim. But what if you live in the outer environs, and can’t get to the VA Medical Center or someplace else?

Headquartered in Lufkin with additional locations in Houston, San Antonio and Waco, the DAV has help available from DAV National Service Officers throughout the Lone Star State. The DAV also has Mobile Service Offices (MSO) that travel to the smaller towns and rural areas for veterans that don’t live in town. These services are provided free of charge to disabled veterans and their families to help them access to benefits and services. Information seminars, outreach programs, employment assistance and other resources (including for homeless veterans) are available upon request, free of charge.

The Wounded Warrior Project

Founded in 2003, WWP was created to serve injured veterans who became injured after September 11, 2001. With an office located in Clear Lake, WWP is both a non-profit and a VA-accredited agency that can help you with both the VA and the DoD to get benefits and services you need. Team members work with veterans to make sure their claims are filed correctly, and through the process. You can also call their Resource Center at 888.WWP.ALUM (997.2586), 904.405.1213, or email at resourcecenter@woundedwarriorproject.org. WWP also offers health and wellness programs, family support, employment assistance and other programs to wounded veterans.

A Veterans Disability Attorney

With all the free help that’s available to veterans, you may not think hiring an attorney is necessary. But if your Veterans disability claim is denied, finding a veterans disability attorney who understands the process can make sure your application and any appeals are handled correctly, and according to the VA’s rules and regulations.

Organizations that work with veterans may be over-worked and understaffed. They may not be able to help with appeals. An attorney who specializes in VA cases is able to take the time to work with you and make sure everything is done properly. You can also speak with your attorney (or a member of staff) when you call to ask about your case.

The best reason to hire an attorney: both the VA and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) treat an application differently when the veteran is represented by an attorney, increasing your chances for approval or winning on appeal.

Helping Houston’s Veterans

William Herren is a Veterans’ disability attorney who has worked with veterans in the Houston area for more than 30 years to help them get the benefits they deserve. Call The Herren Law Firm today at 713-682-8194 (or use our online contact form) to schedule your free consultation. There’s no obligation, and we’ll take your case on a contingency fee basis, with no up-front charges. We don’t charge you a fee until we win your case.

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