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13.4. Self-Filing Good Practices

A claimant who decides to file his or her own claim can improve the chances of a smooth experience by considering some good practices that have proven to be useful by other self-filers. Not all of these suggestions will apply in every case, but many will. Also, anyone who is considering handling his or her own claim but finds these suggestions are too difficult or time consuming to follow should carefully consider whether self-filing is the right choice for them.

Whatever else happens, a claimant should not hesitate to get help if he or she does not understand what the VA is requesting or if a claim is denied.

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