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1.2. Word of Caution
Because of the complexity of the transition and VA benefits matters, having an experienced veterans service representative is always an advantage. Going it alone unnecessarily risks an unsuccessful outcome at virtually every stage of the proceedings. Professional representation enhances the chances of receiving a favorable results at the outset, thereby eliminating the need for time-consuming appeals.
You should always coordinate your transition out of the military with a Transition Assistance Program. If you have sustained any injuries or aggravated any injuires, diseases or disorders during your military service, you should contact a knowledgable veterans service organization before your transition to ensure that necessary documentation is in place to speed any claims for VA compensation. See the Veterans Guide to VA Benefits for more information.